Five Tips for Using the SMART I AM Approach for Inclusive Arts Integration

By A. Helene Robinson, Ed.D. I developed the SMART I AM approach, standing for Self-Managed, ART Integrated, Active Methods, from years of training practitioners in designing and implementing art integrated activities for students with varying exceptionalities and abilities. Since many students with disabilities have challenges with self-instruction, self-monitoring, and self-evaluation, utilizing methods that will increase … Continue reading Five Tips for Using the SMART I AM Approach for Inclusive Arts Integration

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Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

By Maude Wiltshire The art classroom can be a welcoming and productive learning environment for nonverbal students with autism. But in order for every student to find success and joy in creating art, we must first equip art educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to support the art making process. These tips can help … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

Five Tips for Running a Successful Digital Media Program with Students with Disabilities

By Celia Hughes There are many free and low cost media apps that provide engaging formats to help equalize a student with a disability’s experience with their typical peers when making visual art, animation, movies, and music. For instance, iMovie is good for students who have some experience with digital storytelling, and iMovie Trailer is … Continue reading Five Tips for Running a Successful Digital Media Program with Students with Disabilities

Five Tips for Teaching West African Drumming to Students with Disabilities

By Aidan Owens West African drumming is a great way for teachers and students to address a variety of goals in a fun, supportive, and musical environment. This social, sensory, and scaffolded music is energetic and participatory, and can be an excellent arts learning tool for students with disabilities. Here are five quick tips to … Continue reading Five Tips for Teaching West African Drumming to Students with Disabilities

Five Tips for Working with Families of Students with Disabilities

By Alyson M. Martin, Ed.D. and Emily R. Shamash, Ed.D. Effective communication is the foundation for promoting an enduring trust between families and educational professionals, including arts educators. It is trust that is imperative for successful long-term partnerships between families and educators to enhance the teaching, learning, and progress of students with disabilities (Cox, 2005; … Continue reading Five Tips for Working with Families of Students with Disabilities

Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

By Bev Johns Estimates show that 46 million children are impacted every year by trauma. The content and processes of art education can play a vital role in the education of children who have experienced trauma, are at-risk, are homeless, and/or are incarcerated. As educators, we must be very sensitive to the needs of children … Continue reading Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Five Tips for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances

By Sophie Lucido Johnson Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances can take myriad forms. Some students act out in the classroom, while others turn inward and demonstrate quietly self-destructive behavior. The tips below are guidelines for using visual arts as a tool to help students establish their own self-worth as they move forward in multiple school settings. … Continue reading Five Tips for Working with Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances

Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

By Arianna Ross Embodied Storytelling is an art form utilizing the body and voice to tell, analyze, and create a “story.”  Its process directly leads participants into comprehension of the material they have embodied. In its presentation in the classroom, a teacher will use a combination of dance, storytelling, drama, and visual art elements to … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Embodied Storytelling to Build Student Vocabulary and Communication Skills

Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

By Sherry Norfolk Storytelling is a natural, organic way to engage students with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities in story-making and story-sharing. Here are a few tips: Make it multi-modal. Storytelling provides opportunities for the teller to use meaningful facial expression and body language, expressive character voices, sound effects, and audience interaction – making the … Continue reading Seven Tips for Using Storytelling to Engage Students with Disabilities

The Five Ws + an H of Program Evaluation

By Erin J. Hoppe Whether you work at an organization with dozens of employees or just one, evaluation is essential to accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement. I come from the later of these dichotomies, but will always prioritize evaluation as a way to measure our success and work smarter. With limited funds but unlimited demands, … Continue reading The Five Ws + an H of Program Evaluation