Special Populations and the Arts2018-11-16T13:26:57-07:00

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In this series, EducationCloset authors examine how, why and when to integrate the arts with special populations. These populations include Gifted and Talented, English Language Learners and Special Education students.


Connecting with Vulnerable Students

Holly Valentine | May 2021 Connecting with Students Vulnerable students. We all have them, we love them and we worry about them. Over the last year, vulnerability has become a part of all of us, in a variety of ways. What are vulnerable students? They are any student who requires [...]

By |May 10th, 2021|

The Diversity Knowledge Gap

Amanda Koonlaba | February 2019 The Diversity Knowledge Gap As an arts educator, I’ve always had to seek out a lot of my own professional development opportunities.  I’ve had to finance those opportunities by applying through my district, or seeking outside funding. I understand this is a position that many [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|

Arts Create Opportunities to Access for All

Deirdre Moore | February 2018 Arts Create Opportunities to Access for All Our theme for the magazine here at EducationCloset this month is special populations.  That can range from English Language Learners to students with special needs.  While brainstorming for this article, I searched through the 5 year’s worth of [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|

Arts and STEAM in the Gifted and Talented Classroom

Dolph Petris | February 2018 Arts and STEAM in the Gifted and Talented Classroom Arts and STEAM integration in the Gifted and Talented classroom is, curiously interesting… in a good way.  The teacher can expect a broad spectrum of student output that ranges from bizarrely abstract to acutely sterile.  Both [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|

Arts-Based Strategies for Struggling Writers

Brianne Gidcumb | February 2018 Arts-Based Strategies for Struggling Writers Pen to a blank sheet of paper… it can be daunting for even the most experienced of writers. For our students who struggle with writing, it can be the source of limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, and doubts about abilities and [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|

Equity, Theatre and English Language Learners

Deirdre Moore | October 2016 Equity, Theatre and English Language Learners Equity - it’s a big buzzword in the district in which I work right now and I think our district is not alone.  One nice thing about the arts is that by their very nature they give more learners [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|

Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners

Amy Traggianese | May 2019 Flipping Out for Flipped Classrooms Our goal as educators is to help our students reach their full potential. When we work with students who struggle to learn concepts, we try multiple strategies to help that child succeed and grow. What happens when we meet Advanced [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|

Can Dancing Boost Brainpower?

Dyan Branstetter | October 2015 Can Dancing Boost Brainpower? We all know that dancing promotes better physical health because of its fitness benefits. But Dancing Boost Brain Power also. We know it's a beautiful art form allowing individuals to express themselves in ways words cannot. More than that, I believe that [...]

By |October 6th, 2015|

I Like to Move It: Combining Gesture with Speech

Deirdre Moore | February 2015 I Like to Move It: Combining Gesture with Speech Gestures are powerful. Whether it's a child with little to no language, and points to indicate what s/he needs. Or, a fellow driver indicating her/his displeasure with a maneuver you just executed without rolling down a [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|

Teaching with Shadow Puppets

Deidre Moore | August 2014 Teaching with Shadow Puppets I have never been much of a puppet fan. It’s not that I have anything against them I just never really got into them.  I have heard from other educators how useful puppets can be. Especially for those with students who [...]

By |August 13th, 2014|

Arts Integration with English Learners

Deirdre Moore | August 2013 Arts Integration with English Learners We have two weeks left of my Arts Immersion To Do List. As much as I have enjoyed checking off the items I needed to take a little break this week.  Over the past week I have intensely prepared for [...]

By |August 21st, 2013|

Arts Integration: A Way to Reach All Learners

Deirdre Moore | May 2013 Arts Integration: A Way to Reach All Learners “What are you doing with him?  He’s walking taller, smiling more and participating so much more in class.” This was a colleague of mine back when I was just beginning my teaching career as a teacher of [...]

By |May 22nd, 2013|