Resources for Teachers

Articles, videos, and websites to deepen your own practice or share with your colleagues and administrators.

The Art of Education

Online resources for art teachers. With an array of information about courses, conferences, workshops, and other valuable resources, this site was founded by an art educator to provide professional development and learning opportunities for art teachers at all stages of their careers.

Blicks Art Materials' Lesson Plans

Blick Art Materials offers not only the materials you might need to engage in visual arts in your classroom, but also hosts a collection of arts lesson plans for grade levels K-12, including special education. The bank of plans is searchable by grade level or by artistic discipline.

Cognitive Rigor Matricies

Developed by Webb’s Depth of Knowledge scholar Karin Hess, these downloadable rigor matrices span a variety of content areas, including the arts, that can be used to spark thinking about which rigorous thinking processes match across content areas and the arts in order to create high-rigor arts-integrated lessons.

Education Closet

Founded by Arts Integration Specialist Susan Riley, Education Closet provides various articles, lesson and unit downloads, video series, publications, and classes or online conferences.

Edutopia: Arts Integration Resource Roundup

As part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia shows educators how they can adopt or adapt best practices with a focus on students becoming lifelong learners and developing 21st-century skills.

Flying Cloud Institute

Serving Berkshire County by sharing dynamic science and art experiences, FCI provides classroom residencies, outside of school programs, and professional development opportunities.

The Getty Museum's Classroom Resources

As part of its mission, the Getty Museum seeks to inspire all to engage with art by featuring a range of activities, lesson ideas, and lesson planning guides.

The Kennedy Center's ARTSEDGE

With an expansive collection of free digital resources, including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules, ARTSEDGE promotes arts integrated instruction and learning.

Library of Congress

As the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress aims to preserve and provide access to a diverse source of knowledge with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

National Science Digital Library

Providing high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, the NSDL emphasizes the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Resources for Early Learning

Developed in connection to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), this site hosts a variety of resources with a focus on children age birth through 5 years.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

With access to more than a million images, recordings, and texts gleaned from the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, and the National Zoo, the website allows visitors to add their own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share.

Turnaround Arts

Learn how this initiative uses arts education as a tool to help turn around the highest-need elementary and middle schools.

Growing from STEM to STEAM

This article presents a case for integrating the arts and showcases how one school district developed an art-centric curriculum.

Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas

This article notes how arts education in rural schools faces a number of challenges, but also shares promising practices and opportunities for expanding access to arts education.

Introducing BRAINworks

A 30-minute segment from Northern Berkshire Community Television’s Reach Out Education, this video explains many goals of the BRAINworks grant program.

K-2 Teaching Artist Project

A partnership between the San Diego Unified School District and the University of California, Irvine, TAP offers free lesson plan and video arts integration resources for teaching literacy through the arts. Resources are designed for grades K-2.

Education Week - Leaders to Learn From: Dennis Creedon

In this video an Assistant Superintendent describes how teaching through the creative arts makes a critical difference in allowing every student to feel welcome in the learning experience.

Science Genius

A vibrant example of arts integrations, this video showcases a high school initiative that harnesses the power of hip-hop music and connects it to science content.

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

This article helps educators understand rigor in their classrooms and why exploring Depth of Knowledge levels can raise the bar.

Webb's Depth of Knowledge: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Model

In this video an educator succinctly explains what each Depth of Knowledge level looks like and how asking the right questions to students can promote higher order thinking.

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