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Dr. Christy Evans from Alcoa TN is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Learning How to Teach Tomorrow's Leonardo With STREAM PD

I need professional development resources to help me successfully complete the Art Integration Specialist Certification through Education Closet. The children's books and art integration books will help me complete program assignments.

  • $528 goal

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My Students

The heart of my classroom is my students. I am a Certified Reading Specialist and English as a Second Language Teacher who works with language learners who are new to the country or second generation immigrants. I also work with Kindergarten-2nd Grade students needing literacy intervention and enrichment services.

My incredibly talented and smart students are in grades K-2, speak several languages, and represent the diversity in our country.

They speak English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, German, and Chinese. Some of my students traveled on foot with their parents from different regions in Central America in order to attend school in the United States. They are seen in 45 minute-1 hour groups during pull-out intervention and enrichment blocks for RTI and ESL classes. They love learning to read, engaging in STEAM activities, and showing their creativity like the famous artists that we study. More time spent engaged with enjoyable literacy tasks matched to their developmental needs is key to their success.

My Project

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts defines arts integration as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form". Using children's literature for famous artists and science topics, my students have been able to utilize the various reading strategies they are being taught in differentiated reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking tasks. They are able to demonstrate their learning by creating their own masterpieces in the style of the artists that we are studying and writing about their thinking throughout the process as they develop literacy skills.

As a Reading Specialist and an ESL Teacher in a Title I School, I work with students who often come to school with limited English exposure or who are working to overcome reading deficits due to limited background building experiences.

By using high-quality children's literature about famous artists and reproductions of their artwork, I am striving to help my students develop the thinking skills that the next generation standards ask of them. The work that I have been doing with my students involving art integrated STREAM lessons has helped me grow as much as a teacher as my students have grown as learners.

This project will give me professional development texts and children's books for my classroom library that will be used to help me complete program requirements for the Arts Integration Specialist Certification Program through Education Closet. These resources will also help me plan art integrated lessons for my striving K-2 readers, develop professional development for all of the teachers in my school, and add needed children's books to my classroom library.

Dr. Christy Evans
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Art Album: : Exploring the Connection Between Hip-Hop Music and Visual Art • Amazon Business $49.62 1 $49.62
Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies • Amazon Business $36.56 1 $36.56
Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning • Amazon Business $30.55 1 $30.55
No Permission Required: Bringing STEAM to Life in K-12 Schools • Amazon Business $29.05 1 $29.05
Using Art to Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies: Lesson Plans for Teachers • Amazon Business $29.00 1 $29.00
STEAM Kids in the Kitchen: Delicious, Hands-On Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Projects for Kids (STEAM Kids Books) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $22.88 1 $22.88
Teaching Literacy through the Arts (Tools for Teaching Literacy) • Amazon Business $20.63 1 $20.63
Mr. Matisse and His Cutouts • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Street Beneath My Feet • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
The Mermaid and the Parakeet: A Children's Book Inspired by Henri Matisse • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare • Amazon Business $12.44 1 $12.44
Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ella Bella Ballerina Series) • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Patterns from Nature: The Art of Klimt (Stories of Art) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
How the Snail Found Its Colors: The Art of Matisse (Stories of Art) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Midsummer Night's Fairytale: Shakespeare's classic play with a fairytale twist • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dorothea Lange (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Pierre Auguste Renoir (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
Shakespeare's Stories for Young Readers (Dover Children's Classics) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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