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Weber State University: BTS Arts Educator Spotlight | Jodi Offret + Pieter Lingen

In this blog post, we’d like to highlight two more of the BTS Arts Educators in the Weber State University service region!  We’re so happy to have Jodi Offret and Pieter Lingen in our BTS Arts community! Name: Jodi Offret School: Syracuse Arts Academy North Campus, Charter School Art Form: Music Number of Years Teaching:…

Weber State University BTS Arts Educator Spotlight: Austyn Russell & Emma Kozlewski

In this blog post, we’d like to highlight two of the BTS Arts Educators in the Weber State University service region.  Austyn and Emma are doing great work with their students! Name: Austyn Russell School(s): North Park Elementary, Weber School District Art Form: Dance  Number of Years Teaching: 1  • If you were a dessert, what dessert would you…

Weber State University: In Search of Floyd the Flamingo

New Children’s Book! Weber State University students in Children's Literature: Building a Book with Art & Science (Instructors Goldbogen & Roundy, Spring 2023) worked together to create an original children's book called Floyd the Flamingo Flees the Flock. The book was inspired by Pink Floyd, the legendary pink flamingo that, in 1988, escaped from Tracy…

Drawing To Learn - Fiddlers Elementary

Fiddlers Canyon Elementary principal, Michelle Hall and school instructional coach, Suzy Moon spent a year researching how to improve the learning environment for the more than 500 students at their school. Focusing on a holistic approach that could be applied to students in their Chinese immersion program as well as those following a traditional track,…

Nature Journaling with Aurora Hughes-Villa

The artsFUSION program at Southern Utah University works to provide a variety of arts focused professional learning opportunities for our local BTS educators. In November 2023 we were lucky to host Utah State endowed chair, Aurora Hughes-Villa, who presented her workshop: Nature Journaling and Clay Connections. Aurora demonstrated how using the journal prompts “I notice… I…

BTS Spotlight - Lisa Stewart

BTS Arts teacher, Lisa Stewart is a passionate arts educator who exemplifies all the best parts of arts integration. Her classroom is often filled with students smiling and laughing along with her. Lisa created a ‘Tall Tales’ lesson for students as a way to visualize the fun and silly stories we are often told. She…

BTS Specialist Spotlight - Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter’s love and dedication to the arts has helped her bring children's natural creativity into the classroom. One of her most loved lessons, "Sound Wave," helps students gain confidence in understanding how sound waves work in the world. Students listen to music and are encouraged to draw what they hear. They also watch videos…

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…
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