University Hall celebration marks second series of teacher-created materials
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, representatives of the publishing house, Lesley faculty and administrators, education professionals, alumni and other members of the public — about 150 people in all — gathered in the University Hall Amphitheater for an engaging and interactive presentation on how integrating the arts can help classroom teachers achieve the Common Core standards.
Shell Education, the professional resources division of education publisher Teacher Created Materials, and Lesley forged a partnership more than a year ago via Lesley University trustee Barbara Russell and Lesley professor of education and mathematics Dr. Linda Dacey, co-author of numerous educational resources.
“This relationship brings two educational innovators together who share a dedication to transformative teaching and learning through active classroom inquiry,” Dacey says.
“There is nothing more powerful in education than the creation of teaching techniques and materials developed by teachers for teachers,” Russell says. “With Lesley’s unrivaled reputation for teacher training, and TCM/Shell’s development of many award-winning programs, this partnership will benefit young people and their teachers for generations.”
Shell provided attendees with tote bags brimming with free samples of the newest series of books designed for immediate use in the classroom, according to Professor Dacey.
Dr. Lisa Fiore, dean of faculty and a professor of early childhood education, adds, “The partnership with TCM/Shell is a unique opportunity for educators to collaborate on projects that directly and indirectly impact teaching and learning, capturing multiple perspectives.”
The secret to the success of the partnership, Fiore says, is that the publishing house’s editorial staff consists of experienced educators.
“These creative working relationships with content, curriculum and pedagogy experts at Lesley embody a commitment to developmentally appropriate materials, responsiveness rather than reactivity to standards and assessments,” Fiore says.
This year, 10 Lesley faculty members and one doctoral student authored books:
Other Lesley faculty members who have written books for the previous year’s series include professors Mary Ann Cappiello, Anne Collins, Louise Pascale and Erika Thulin Dawes.
Following introductory remarks on Nov. 12, Linda Dacey and Lisa Donovan, an adjunct faculty member who is also a professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, will give an interactive presentation, “Achieving the Common Core Through the Arts.” Dacey and Donovan were co-editors of TCM/Shell’s four-book series on arts integration.
“Arts integration provides powerful strategies for achieving the Common Core State Standards,” Donovan says. “The arts provide rich exemplars for the expanded notion of texts.
“A text can be a painting, a choreographed dance, a work of theater. The creative process by its nature encourages the development of Common Core skills such as metacognition, close observation and inquiry-based learning.”
Jenn Bogard, Donovan’s co-author on Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Language Arts, agrees:
“As teachers, we know that students of all ages are motivated to learn when they encounter a novel experience, when they can access content through multiple modalities, and when they feel connected to ideas.
“In this series, we bring together our experiences as teachers and learners, and we design lessons that bridge important research and theory with day-to-day practice.”
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