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BHESA staff kicks off school year in artistic style!
The staff of Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts kicked off their new year in artistic style with two full days of Staff development in Arts Integration on July 28th and 29th. The entire faculty met in Charlotte to participate with two other A+ schools from CMS on utilizing the arts for best practices in the classroom.
Many ideas for taking various arts forms and using them to teach lessons in all subject areas were presented. With the theme, “The Heart of A+, administrators and faculty met in whole group and concurrent breakout sessions to answer focus questions like, “How does arts-integrated instruction support standards-based 21st century skills focused instruction?” The staff sang, danced, used visual arts and many hands on experiences during this event. The training was facilitated by the A+ staff from Raleigh and a team of A+ Fellows from around the state. These Fellows were from schools like the NC School of the Arts in Winston Salem and many other flagship A+ schools across the state.
Mr. Frank Casstevens, Arts coordinator at BHESA commented that the sessions were rich in showcasing how the arts are a natural way for all students to make connections to the material they are studying. “We must continue to provide instruction that is going to reach the wide range of multiple intelligences in our schools today to see great success and to prepare our students for the 21st century skills needed.” The workshops included works by Matisse, Shakespeare, and Howard Gardner’s New Blooms Taxonomy. Each session was filled with movement, music, visual art and hands on learning experiences that would easily transfer to the regular classroom and create a campus that is arts infused.
Benton Heights became a School of the Arts 7 years ago and is a school of choice in the UCPS system. We love the arts and look forward to taking these ideas and seeing them in action throughout this new school year.
Written by: Mr. Frank Casstevens, BHESA Arts Coordinator
Posted: Aug 04, 2014 by Beth Lanzy