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BTS Arts Campus Connection Day at BYU: Penerosas Combine Music & Dance to Generate Cultural Awareness & Connections

By Camille Schirado, BYU ARTS Partnership Content DeveloperThe Sāmoan (S-ow-mo-an) Sāsā (sah-sah) can inspire educators to advocate for learning cultural dance in the classroom because it artfully and playfully tells stories through the involvement of the whole body and following the calls of a leader and the cues of a drum. Music and dance educators…

Observation Day for Alpine Music Teachers

BTS teachers in Alpine District are trying to implement more and more effective side-by-side integrated lessons with classroom teachers. Many music teachers expressed the desire to see how this can be done. So, on October 6th, the Arts Integration Coaches of Alpine School District took 15 BTS Arts music teachers to see a veteran teacher modeling…

Jessica Jensen Teaches Dance Lessons on Stress and Coping Strategies

By Heather Francis, BYU ARTS Partnership Research & Design CoordinatorDancing at the BTS Arts Campus Connection DayIn November, we met with approximately 180 BTS Arts Educators for Campus Connection Day at the BYU Conference Center. Elementary educators in dance, drama, music, and visual arts gathered to create, share, and collaborate on best practices for their…

Spreading Our Wings in the Face of Challenge: A Story of Artistic Collaboration

BTS Art teachers often find themselves facing unique challenges and opportunities in their profession. One such moment unfolded at John Hancock Charter Schools before the arrival  of Governor Cox for the ribbon cutting to open the new Eagle Mountain campus.Kim Frank, JHCS Board Chair and Utah Charter Network’s Executive Director, and Julie Adamic, the Director…

BTS Arts Specialist Highlight – Eric Spreng – Open Classroom Charter School

When asked to describe Open Classroom’s BTS Music Specialist, Eric Spreng, University of Utah’s Professional Development Partner, Debbie Beninati replied, “Eric truly embodies the phrase teaching artist. A 2020 MAT-FA graduate from the University of Utah, he brings his expertise into the classroom with many project-based musical experiences for his students. Additionally, he performs guitar…

BTS Arts Specialist Highlight Tracy Strauss – Guadalupe Charter School

One of University of Utah’s Professional Development Partners, Kerri Hopkins, had the pleasure of visiting the classroom of Tracy Strauss, a veteran BTS Visual Arts Specialist at Guadalupe School. Walking up to the classroom you find images plastered on the front of the door providing encouraging messages that set the tone for the classroom climate.As…

University of Utah’s Newest BTS Charter School – Scholar Academy

Located in the heart of Tooele, Scholar Academy hosts just over 650 students K-8 and is the newest addition to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program within the University of Utah region. We are met with a friendly welcome as we visit their Visual Art Specialist, Leslie McPhie. She walks us over to her classroom,…

BTS Charter Schools That Incorporate the Core Knowledge Model – Endeavor Hall and Canyon Rim Academy

Arts integration is a key component to what makes the Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Learning Program so effective in increasing student engagement and performance in all subjects. 2 charter schools in the Salt Lake City area, Endeavor Hall and Canyon Rim Academy, are not only BTS schools, but also incorporate the Core Knowledge Model school-wide.  …

Westminster University ArtsConnect International

This summer a cohort of 13 BTS Arts Educators embarked on the ArtsConnect International trip to Rwanda. This cohort was selected after a carefully screened application process. After meticulous planning and consideration in regard to experiences and meaningful pedagogy-building practices, the group of 13 set off to Rwanda. The purpose of this course was to…

Sunrise Elementary students combine learning and creativity to create a mosaic of Utah

BTS Arts helped make a dream of Lori Pomeroy’s, BTS Visual Artist, come true. Lori was able to work with her students to make a beautiful mosaic for their school. All 800 students at Sunrise Elementary learned about the habitats and Biomes of Utah, drew the design and created a stunning glass mosaic. Lori said, “the…
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