Susan Riley | February 2016

Episode 41: Who Does What in an Integrated Lesson?

Ah…the roles and responsibilities piece of arts integration and STEAM.  While it may seem trivial, it’s actually a critical piece to figuring out how to include integration in your own classroom.  In fact, many arts educators part of the integration conversation, so that the approach doesn’t take over their arts education classes.

I used to think that was being blown out of proportion.  Sure – if it wasn’t explained correctly, some administrators may try to cut arts programs and use arts integration as a cost-saving measure.  So, we should be focusing our attention on educating those administrators, right?

Yes and No.

Turns out, there’s an undercurrent of classroom educators just as misinformed.  These educators think arts educators should be the only ones responsible for using arts integration and STEAM, effectively cutting arts curriculum for arts sake at its knees.

How do I know this?  In today’s episode of SparkChasers, I fill you in on a secret project I’ve worked on behind the scenes. My goal in doing this is to share some enlightening details of what I’ve learned.  Let’s just say, you may or may not be surprised (depending on your own background).


In the end, though, my biggest takeaway has been that ALL educators (classroom, arts and leaders) need to have a clear understanding of what arts integration is, and WHO is responsible for WHAT.  We all need to know our place on the ladder, right?  That’s why in today’s free resource, I’m sharing with you the STEAM Tasklist.  This download will help you determine who should be focusing on what specific parts of an integrated lesson, and when it’s appropriate to work together.


What do you think about this Integrated Lesson?  Where do you think Arts Integration/STEAM should happen?  

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