"The Arts Go To School"
Teaching for Understanding
Across the Curriculum
WHAT WE DO
To strengthen teaching & learning, each training opportunity centers on:
Making Puppets to "Tell the Story"
Moving/Freezing & Focusing
Native American Paper Making
We come to you!
Foster Educational Systems offers trainings, workshopsand retreats that help educators, artists, organizations, and others discover how the arts--music, dance/movement, theatre, the visual and literary arts, and traditional folk arts--become an integral part of the teaching and learning process...illuminating and inter-connecting classroom content areas.
Trainings are one-day to one-week opportunities. They may involve a single arts educator/artist or a team and may represent one or more Arts Disciplines. Each training is designed especially for a site's specific needs. The Workshops are hands-on, immediately useful for the classroom and are intended for all educators K-12.
All of our programs engage participants in standards-based practice, reflection and assessment leading to greater student understanding and achievement in both the targeted curriculum areas as well as the arts.
As in all of our work, the Workshops' emphasis is on:
Learning Modalities/"Multiple Intelligences"; Focus & Concentration; "Visible Thinking" "Brain-Gain" Activities; and Arts-Integration as a tool for teaching and learning.
"Telling the Story" using all the Arts
Learning to Drum
It all comes together in...
"THE CLOSING CEREMONY"
SCHOOL-SITE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Artist-in-residence (AIR) programs serve schools, school districts and organizations. The Residencies are available in each of the fine arts disciplines: music, theatre, dance/movement, and visual and literary arts. A number of traditional folk arts, representing a variety of cultures, are also available. The focus of the AIR program is two pronged:
(1)to provide arts-integrated experiences for students and (2) to demonstrate how infusing the arts across the core curriculum informs teaching and learning.
Residencies are offered for a minimum of three days and may extend for several weeks--using one artist/arts educator,or a team of two or more in collaboration. Each Residency is specially designed for a specific site.
Exploring negative & positive group shapes
Paper Sculpture & Science
We are pleased to offer our newest program: developing arts-infused curricula and programming for schools, school districts and organizations. Each curriculum is developed as grade specific, sequential and content-based. And, each is designed for a school or district's specific needs while meeting state standards for the arts as well as for each core curriculum area.
GRANT WRITING & FUNDRAISING
In these fiscally difficult times, your arts-education goals can still be realized. Our professional staff includes experienced, professional grant-writers and fund-raisers to help you achieve your arts funding objectives. Schools, districts and organizations can fulfill their arts training and programming by using our successful funding services.
INTEGRATED TEACHING MATERIALS
Over the past 30 years our faculty has developed a number of innovative, hands-on teaching materials to inform learning and aid the infusion of the arts across the classroom curriculm. They range from books to kits and are designed to be used both by the classroom teacher and the students to help explore each of the arts disciplines and how they illuminate and interconnect with the classroom content areas. A full description of each may be found under "Resources".
FOSTER EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
A LEADER IN
We are delighted to be celebrating our 18th year serving students & educators.
TEACHING IS ABOUT "TELLING THE STORY"
As educators, we are all "storytellers". Whether we teach math, social studies, science, language arts, the fine arts, or the art of everyday living, we are all "telling a story". As effective "storytellers", we know that we must first create interest, stimulate curiosity, and challenge our "audience" of students.Â And if our "storytelling" is clear, exciting, imaginative and relevant--then our students begin to understand, internalize and synthesize these "stories" into a dialogue that crackles with new ideas and creative connections.
Ellen Phelan, former Chair of Harvard University's Visual and Environmental Studies Department once said,"I see art as a longconversation which has been going on for 500 years or more...and we need to give students a sense that they can be a part of this conversation."
In the same way, when we're teaching, we must give ourstudents not just the sense--but the opportunity to be an important part of the "conversation of learning". To successfully invite them into this "conversation", we need to know what "language of learning" each student best understands. In other words, we need to find out how each child learns. Whether we call it "Modes of Learning" or "Multiple Intelligences", we know that each student brings his or her own unique way of learning, knowing and understanding into the classroom every day. Tap into that unique way--and you not only have a riveted "audience" for the telling of your "stories", but a group ofengaged learners who are launched into a vital, original and motivated lear"conversation of ning" and critical thinking for each subject that you offer.
TELLING YOUR STORY THROUGH
Working with schools, districts, state departments of education and organizations for over 30 years, we have developed and codified critical tools and programs for helping educators successfully engage students in the"conversation of learning." Our curriculum-based, hands-on Professional Development Workshops and School-Site Residencies provide educators with the opportunity to explore, experience and understand thedynamics and relevance of teaching and learning through the arts.
The response of educators around the country has been overwhelming. We see them enthusiastically engaged in the sessions and, at the close of each workshop, return to their schoolsenergized; with a new vision of their place in education and with the motivation to make a significant difference in thier work, in their lives and in the lives of their students. We are pleased to share these opportunities with you.
I came to my first "The Arts Go To School" retreat ready to take notes on the latest theories of Multiple Intelligences, focus and integrating the arts across the core curriculum. But, it was when I set down my notebook and became actively immersed that the learning began. And in the end, because of the interactive nature of the retreat, I came away with a clearer understanding of who I am as a person and as an educator. I was given the gift of myself.
Early on in the retreat I became a student for my sake. I turned off the intellect and simply tuned in. I tuned into letting the creative process teach me; I tuned into the other educators around me telling their stories; I tuned into how it felt to take risks and truly learn with all facets of my mind and body--using all of my "intelligences"; and finally, I tuned into how to make that kind of teaching and learning possible for other educators and children. Words cannot express my gratitude for this.
Director, Childrens Museum
WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING...
*"The Workshop gave me renewed creative energy & dedication to bring the power of learning through the Arts to my students."
4th grade teacher, NM
* "I came to the Workshop eager to learn a few new ideas. I left rejuvenated with hundreds of ideas!" Social Studies Teacher, Middle School, CA
* "The Workshop gave me a greater appreciation of how to create the ultimate learning experience for my students."
2nd grade teacher, NH
* " I gained multiple ideas to share with and incorporate in the whole school. All the ideas were fabulous & well presented." Elementary School Administrator, SC
* "Learning how to teach using 'Multiple Intelligences' was very informative. 6th6th grade teacher, GA
* "I leave the Workshop with wonderful activities and the creativity to enhance my thematic units. I look forward to sharing with our staff." 3rd grade teacher, NJ
"Telling the Story" with found-sound musical instruments.