INSIDE THE INSTITUTE

About Us

We help K-12 educators teach their content in and through the arts. So you can reach every child, every day.

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Who We Are

The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM is the world’s largest online professional development provider for teachers and leaders using arts-integrated approaches. Founded in 2013 by Susan Riley, a former music educator and administrator, the Institute now serves over 800,000 educators globally each year through its online workshops, resources, courses, conferences and certification.

Having achieved coveted IACET accreditation in 2019, the Institute’s programs continue to lead the way in high-quality and high-value professional development for educators. The Institute values collaboration with other organizations to continue to drive arts integration and STEAM forward for 21st century learners.

Collaborations, partnerships and presentations have included the US Department of Education, The Turnaround Arts Program: A National Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and many others.

Our Mission and Goal:

Every Child, Every Day.

Our mission is to serve 10,000 teachers, leaders, and artists with world-class professional development and resources by 2025. Our goal is to impact over 1 million students by helping their teachers provide learning experiences in and through the arts. 

Everything we offer is online, making PD affordable and providing equitable access to all.

We do this because we believe every child deserves opportunities to thrive, every day.

Online Courses

Earn 25 PD hours and 2.5 CEUs with each of these Arts Integration and STEAM courses.

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Conferences

Get the benefits of a conference experience without the hassle or expense of a traditional event.

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Membership

Become a member and get access to our complete suite of trainings, lessons, and resources.

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Certification

Become an arts integration specialist. Earn your certificate in just one year.

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Meet our Creative Crew

We are a group of extraordinary educators who are passionate about the power of arts integration and STEAM.  Click on any team member to view their information.

SUSAN RILEY

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

TYPHANI HARRIS

Executive Director of Academic Affairs

JAIME PATTERSON

Executive Director of Creative Affairs

HOLLY VALENTINE

Director of Curriculum & Assessment

BRYAN BENSON

Director of District Outreach

STACEY QUILLEN

Registrar & Client Support

MARY ALONSO

Certification Coach

DEE CHRISTIE

Certification Coach

CASEY DORSEY

Success Guide

ANTOINETTE ELLIS

Educator-in-Residence

SHERRY HATTON

Educator-in-Residence

LINDA JOHNSON

Success Guide & Coach

AMANDA KOONLABA

Content Producer & Evaluator

KATY LEE

Certification Coach

SHAWNA LONGO

Certification Coach

MOLLY LUCARELI

Educator-in-Residence

EVELYN MARIANO

Certification Coach

MICHELLE SIMMONS

Educator-in-Residence & Success Guide

DONNA SWIFT

Certification Coach

AMY TRAGGIANESE

Artist-in-Residence & Evaluator

Meet our Creative Crew

We are a group of extraordinary educators who are passionate about the power of arts integration and STEAM.  Click on any team member to view their information.

SUSAN RILEY

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

TYPHANI HARRIS

Executive Director of Academic Affairs

JAIME PATTERSON

Executive Director of Creative Affairs

HOLLY VALENTINE

Director of Curriculum

BRYAN BENSON

Director of District Outreach

STACEY QUILLEN

Director of Client Support & Registrar

MARY ALANSO

Certification Coach

DEE CHRISTIE

Certification Coach

CASEY DORSEY

Success Guide

ANTOINETTE ELLIS

Educator-in-Residence

SHERRY HATTON

Educator-in-Residence

LINDA JOHNSON

Success Guide & Coach

AMANDA KOONLABA

Evaluator

KATY LEE

Certification Coach

SHAWNA LONGO

Certification Coach

MOLLY LUCARELI

Educator-in-Residence

EVELYN MARIANO

Certification Coach

MICHELLE SIMMONS

Success Guide & Educator-in-Residence

DONNA SWIFT

Certification Coach

AMY TRAGGIANESE

Artist-in-Residence

OUR CORE

Values

These are the guiding principles for our entire organization.

From how we communicate, to the products and services we provide, these are central to all that we are. 

Creativity is Key

The world is a big place.  Creativity is the fingerprint of the human spirit, which gives us all a unique and personal way of relating to this world of ours. This should be embraced and cultivated, both in and out of the school house.

We are Better Together

Collaboration, sharing and connecting help us all, and in the end, help our students.  We don’t believe in going through life with a closed fist.  As Maya Angelou so famously stated, “You can’t use up creativity” and as we often remind ourselves, “there’s more where that came from”.  We are passionate about honoring intellectual property, as well as in sharing for the better good whenever we can.  And we wholeheartedly believe that these two things can co-exist.

Upward Spirals Only

There’s enough negativity in the world – there’s no need to feed into it.  We are positive people who work tirelessly to solve problems and raise up what is good.  That doesn’t mean that we’re all shiny unicorns and rainbows.  But it DOES mean that we are professional, kind, humble and look for ways up and over the challenges that face us.  If you do not fit those attributes, please move on.  We do not tolerate or feed the trolls.

Integrity Matters

There is nothing as powerful as your word.  We value the trust and collaboration of our community and it is important to us that we live up to our core principles.  That means that we will go above and beyond to ensure what we produce is of the highest value and best quality.  It also means that we respect and value all teachers, no matter their backgrounds, content areas, or perspectives. 

Serve First

We approach our work with a servant’s heart.  We are here to support K-12 teachers in successfully integrating the arts in a way that maintains the authenticity of all content areas, while showcasing the intrinsic value of the arts themselves.  We work hard to provide materials and resources (free AND paid) that will help save you time and lead you to greater joy and success in the classroom.  It is our pleasure to help you!

FURTHERING THE MISSION

Thought Leadership

We’re honored to have been featured by some of the foremost organizations, districts, and news outlets in education.

Our goal is simple: to continue to advocate for the power of the arts as a means for reaching and teaching all students. 

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LIVING OUR VALUES

Giving Back

10% of our annual profit is donated back into classrooms using arts integration and STEAM.

This happens through Donor’s Choose projects, scholarships to our programs, and targeted grants throughout the year.

With every purchase you make through our organization, you’re directly impacting the work of teachers.

Get in Touch

We’re here to support you in any way we can.

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The Vision Board, LLC

6 E. Green Street

Westminster, MD 21157

CALL/TEXT

443-821-1089

EMAIL

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