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Long-Term Impact: Reflections From Arts Integration Elementary School Graduates

Hello BTSALP Team, I am amazed each day at how you are all working to make this situation as successful as possible for your students.  We are battling changing environments, internet struggles, supply shortages, and on top of that, the worries that come with a worldwide pandemic.  I want to express how much I champion…

Mastering the Art of the Cart!

2020 has been a year of adaptation and sacrifice for everyone; however, few people understand how Covid protocol affects an art teacher/turned “Olympic Runner.” You might witness this teacher making a mad dash back to the classroom to snatch a forgotten art supply mid-lesson, or you’ll find these unsung heros awkwardly wheeling carts from room…

Some things never change… even during a pandemic… Kids love making art!

I am trying to use the enthusiasm of the students as my example and enjoy simple pleasures daily rather than wait for things to change. So far it’s working. ART BRINGS JOY, and not just to the students.  Cool Projects: Clay without a kiln (and no sharing) Project 1- Mini Medieval Gargoyles using ½ oz.…

Have a wiggle or two to work out? Need to jump start your brain? Has it been a while since you felt your heart quicken?

Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance is a perfect way to satisfy and engage learners. The following 3-5 minute cardio braindance videos will not only give your students a brain break to satisfy the wiggles, wake up the brain, and quicken the heart but will initiate brain-compatible learning cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally. Courtni Giles has provided the…

Research Article: Connecting arts integration to social-emotional learning among special education students

Greetings BTSALP Specialists! We are excited to roll out a series of interesting and pertinent research articles each month throughout the school year. We hope you find them exciting and informative. When we take into consideration the most current research, it can help inform our best practices and feed our need for continued education.  …

Books to Inspire and Promote Art and Social/Emotional Well Being

Welcome back to school! Children, faculty and parents are all trying to navigate these unusual times. This booklist contains some titles that focus on Social and Emotional Health and Well Being. All of these books lend themselves to integrated activities in all four art forms   A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth…

SEL Themed Children’s Literature with Possibilities for Music Integration

Debbie Beninati has over twenty years of experience teaching elementary general music, elementary orchestra, early childhood music, private piano lessons, and substituting in the regular elementary classroom. Ten years of her general music experience has been in Title I schools and five of those years were at Sandy Elementary--in Canyons School District--as a BTSArts Music…

Africa Project - Part 2

as told by our favorite Art Coach, Bruce Hucko The Performance This really needs to be experienced in person. We have a video and it's wonderful, but it's just not the same as having been there in Ms. Sheila's music room, which had been converted, quite simply, easily and indeed, magically, into a hybrid theatrical…

Africa Project - Part 1

as told by our favorite Art Coach, Bruce Hucko Africa, The Book is a celebration of an artistic collaboration that took place at Helen M. Knight Elementary School in Moab, Utah during the 2019-2020 School Year. It centers on the creative energy of Mrs. Charlotte Quigley's 3rd Grade class. It involves the school's inspired music…

Art in Transit: From Schools to Community

Brooke Smart is a visual artist collaborating with Better Days, the organization celebrating both Utah and national suffrage by honoring women throughout history. Brooke was brought to Logan as a resident artist with both Cache Valley and Logan City School Districts. During her week stay, Brooke worked with BTSALP visual art educator, Sheree Given and her 4th grade…
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