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Arts Integration

Bringing the arts into core curricula raises student achievement and improves student engagement. Discover and share strategies for integrating the arts throughout core subject areas.

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    This is a chance to avoid literary analysis and focus instead on helping students find poems they feel a connection to.
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  • How to Support Girls in Forming a Positive Math Identity

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  • Using Art to Teach Critical Literacy Skills

    Fusing the study of art and literary texts is a great way to foster analytic thinking in high school learners.
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  • Set the Stage to Get Students Hooked on Shakespeare

    Encouraging student-led exploration and performance can help make Shakespeare’s plays accessible and fun for middle schoolers.
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  • Art as a Pathway to SEL in School Counseling

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