arts specialist teachers practice in their own art forms with students
and share their skills and ideas with teachers in other subject areas:
Kathy DeJean, a dance teacher at arts-based Lusher Alternative
Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana, coordinates her lesson
plans with classroom teachers, using dance to integrate reading and
Mary Perkerson, a visual art specialist, conducts workshops in visual
art techniques for new teachers at Harmony Leland Elementary School
in Mableton, Georgia. For an honors art class, she introduces a group
of kindergarten through second-grade students to techniques of cel animation.
Perkerson also demonstrates some of the ways she integrates
visual art topics and literacy.
Amanda Newberry, a theatre teacher at Lusher, works with a first-grade
the classroom teacher. They explore storytelling by using improvisation
to write a story in your heads.