How to Connect the Common Core and Arts Standards

Anchors Away! Connecting the Anchor Standards in a Meaningful Way for Your Instruction.
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

In this course, educators will take a deep dive into the anchor standards and practices that provide natural connections between the Common Core State Standards and the Arts. We will be exploring in (4) lesson modules where the standards are located, what anchor standards and practices are essential to English/Language Art, Math and the Arts and how to connected them in a way that maintains the integrity of your content while creating meaningful applications for your students.

Each lesson is between 15-20 minutes in length, which includes time for reflection and a short, 5-minute application of the lesson's content. The lesson is provided as a video lecture and includes the slides as a PDF so that you can print them and take notes as needed. Each "assignment" is an action-oriented, practical expression of personal understanding.

This course is for any educator looking to make authentic, integrated lessons a reality in their classroom. Whether a classroom educator looking to bring in the arts through the Common Core, or as an arts educator who is looking for some help in utilizing the Common Core State Standards without sacrificing their arts time, this course will help make the process manageable and practical.

What are the requirements?

  • Sketchbook/Notebook/Blank Paper
  • Pen/Pencil/Markers
  • Timer/Stopwatch
  • Internet access and computer

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to develop natural, authentic connections between the Common Core State Standards and the National Arts Standards.
  • Throughout this course, you will learn how the anchor standards in the four E/LA domains connect with the 4 Arts domains and their corresponding anchor standards.
  • Students will learn how the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practices make natural correlations to the Arts through the Habits of Mind.
  • Students will be able to find and align standards vertically and horizontally across the curriculum.

Who is the target audience?

  • General Classroom Teachers (K-12)
  • Visual Art Teachers (K-12)
  • Music Teachers (K-12)
  • Theater Teachers (K-12)
  • Dance Teachers (K-12)
  • Arts Administrators

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Meet Susan Riley, your instructor for this course. Additionally, learn about the overall structure and application of what you'll learn in the next four lessons.

Section 2: Overview of the Standards
Standard Exploration
Section 3: ELA and the Arts Standards

In this lesson, we'll be exploring the direct connection between the English/Language Arts Standards and the National Arts Standards.

Section 4: Math and the Arts standards

In this lesson, we will dig into the commonalities between the Standards of Mathematical Practice and the National Arts Standards.

Section 5: Pulling it All Together

In this final lesson, we'll be exploring how to align these standards in a way that makes sense and is authentic to your content area or focus.

6 questions

In this quiz, we will be looking for your basic understanding of the commonalities between the Common Core and National Arts Standards.

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Instructor Biography

Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist

Susan Riley focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. Susan is a nationally-sought after presenter and consultant in Arts Integration and STEAM. Additionally, Susan also has written articles for several online magazines, guest authored posts on various professional blogs and has recently authored three books. Susan has taught graduate-level classes in Common Core and the Arts, STEAM, Teacher Evaluation for Arts Educators and Social Media for Educators and brings her expertise in these topics to these online courses. She is passionate about helping educators connect and apply the arts as a lever for helping reach all students meet their unique potential. Susan received her Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and holds a Masters of Science in Education Administration and Supervision from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

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