use arts-based techniques to engage their students minds, bodies,
and emotions, adding vitality and context to day-to-day learning experiences:
- At Maria Mitchell Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, Penny
Suazo raises achievement in her class of active fourth- and fifth-grade
boys, who have a variety of special needs. Some have limited English
proficiency, some have cognitive delays, and some are identified by
their teacher as gifted. To engage all her students, she fills her lessons
with color, rhythm, movement, drama, and other sensory experiences.
- At Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains, New York, third-grade
teacher Monica Bermiss has her students act out skits to help them better
understand the concept of cause and effect.
- At Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia, Hazel
Lucas integrates visual art into her fifth-grade social studies classes
that invite students to reflect on their personal histories.