Susan Riley | March 2015

Leading an Arts Integration Effort

In today’s episode of EducationCloset On-Demand, we’re helping leaders to tackle all of the moving pieces that are part of supporting an arts integration effort.  So many times, leaders ask me if they are doing it “right” and if they are in a good spot when it comes to arts integration.  My answer is always the same: there is no “right” or “wrong”.  This isn’t a formula or a checklist that you can check off and say that you are doing arts integration.

Instead, try taking a look at your level of support on a few big pieces that act as the foundation for allowing arts integration to bubble to the surface organically.  In today’s video, I’m sharing 3 tips that are universal to leaders everywhere who are trying to facilitate or support an integration effort.

Here are three “big ideas” to take with you on your journey:

1. Take stock of where you REALLY are in the process, rather than where you think you are.

2. Start small and support your team from the ground up.

3. Utilize peer reviews and encourage risk-taking!

Watch today’s video for more details on how to implement these big ideas and bring even more collaboration to the integration process in your school or district.

Tell me: what’s your biggest concern as a leader (team leader, facilitator, principal, etc) of an arts integration effort?  

PS – I’m presenting on innovation and integration at this month’s national ASCD conference in Houston, TX.  Let me know if you’re attending – I’d love to meet you!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan