Marianne Adams is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Integrated teaching through the arts; theater; dramatic literature; theater education; art-infused curriculum development.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Integrated teaching through the arts.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Integrated Arts Approaches in the Curriculum; Educator Inquiry: Seminar and Thesis; Drama and Critical Literacy
Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts (Theater Arts); M.Ed., Lesley University (Creative Arts in Learning)
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Selected ConferencesGlobal Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families. Wheelock College Summer 2013. Panel on The Arts as a Vehicle for Learning, Teaching and Social Change: Stories from the Field. NELMS: Integrating into the Middle School Curriculum, The Arts and Multidisciplinary CurriculumsNETC: Readers Theater as a Tool for Literacy and Learning
Marianne has been teaching at Lesley in the Creative Arts in Learning Division since 2002. She currently works with students from the Integrated Teaching through the Arts, Community Arts, and the Art Education Professional Licensure Programs. For five years she served as a faculty academic advisor for the national ITA program. As a teaching artist whose primary interest is the integration of the arts into all aspects of children’s lives, Marianne Adams has worked for 30 years as an Artist in Residence through various agencies, traveling to schools all over Massachusetts as a drama teacher, storyteller, and program developer. She has also served as an Arts Specialist and Humanities Teacher in the Boston Public Schools. As a member of the Cambridge Public Schools Drama Collaborative from 1997-2006 she helped design and implement training and support systems for over 100 teachers in the use of drama in the curriculum. She has presented at the NELMS conference several times on various topics concerning the development of integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculums, and recently co-designed the arts panel and day-long workshop sessions for the Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families Conference at Wheelock College. She continues to consult and work with teachers to develop integrated curriculums; locally and nationally. She is a full-time instructor in the Arts at Wheelock College. In addition she is currently the Audience Engagement Coordinator for the Wheelock Family Theater and is works with VSA of Massachusetts on Residencies in the Boston Public Schools.
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