Closing the Literacy Gap
With Arts Integration
On June 13 & 14, 2012, the Southeast Center for Arts Integration and Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, came together to offer this unique professional development workshop for Elementary educators–classroom generalists, and teachers of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Visual Art, Drama, Dance, Music, and Special Education.
In this two day workshop, participants selected workshops that were focused on their own subject, grade level and student populations, so that everyone found ideas that are relevant to the setting in which they teach.
Participants learned proven strategies for integrating Visual Art, Drama, Music and Creative Movement with literacy education across the Elementary Curriculum including pre-school and special education. Workshops addressed reading comprehension, fluency, language structure, reading across the curriculum, writing, history, and cultural issues in literacy.
The workshop was free. Fifty-five teachers from public schools in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Onslow, Cumberland, Durham, Roberson, Sampson, Scotland, and Wake counties attended, participated, collaborated, created, and went home with one literacy credit, as well as many fruitful ideas for using the arts to teach literacy.
I certainly have more tools in my tool chest! —K-5 teacher with 8 years experience
The Cameron Art Museum Café provided delicious box lunches. Many thanks to the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Corning, Inc. Foundation for their funding support!
Thank you so much. This was one of the best & educational workshops I have ever been to. — 6th grade Social Studies teacher with 5 years experience