RPS 205 students, teachers practice arts integration

In 23 years of teaching, Caroline Kelly Wright has seen what the arts can do for children. “It breaks kids out of their shell,” she said, showing them the importance of communication and collaboration. Wright, a 3rd grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School, participated this month in an arts integration workshop for the Rockford Public Schools at Flinn Middle School. The workshop was led by Stuart Stotts, a Madison, Wis.-based storyteller, musician, author and teaching artist. Stotts’ work in RPS 205 is part of a four-year arts...

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RPS 205 students pack a lot of learning in Camp Journey

Pandas in China get really fat because they eat 150 bamboo plants a day. It takes less than 5 seconds to tear down an Egyptian pyramid. (A pyramid of plastic cups, that is.) A turtle’s shell is made of a protein called keratin. Facts like these were on display as Rockford Public Schools students presented an exhibition of learning on the last day of Camp Journey, a summer enrichment program. The program followed an arts integration model, an approach to learning that allows students to explore material in creative ways and then teach others....

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RPS 205 students on summer journey to explore heritage

In two weeks, Barbour School will be transformed into a museum exhibition. The school is one of five sites for Camp Journey, a summer enrichment program for Rockford Public Schools students. Lessons are geared to Illinois Learning Standards; students also receive online personalized instruction. The camp’s shining star, however, is arts integration. It’s an approach to learning that takes its cues from students. It’s also an opportunity for RPS 205 to partner with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. RPS 205 is in the second...

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Bee hives blend science, art in RPS 205

School’s out, but two Thurgood Marshall School teachers will suit up over the summer to  check on two bee hives that belong to the school. The hives were established as part of an arts integration project, funded by a four-year, $1.2 million grant awarded to the Rockford Public Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Marshall arts teacher Lisa Normoyle and science teacher Debra Maklezow worked together to design the project and tie art and science together in a unique way. Students in the Bee Club surprised themselves, Normoyle said....

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Arts integration is golden for RPS 205 students

The Golden Mean. The Golden Ratio. The Divine Sequence. By any other name, it’s a mathematical rule of proportion that can determine whether people find art pleasing. Auburn High School teachers Miranda Schieve and Joselyn Ludtke are exploring the concept of the golden mean with their students. That’s not unusual—what’s unusual is that Schieve teaches algebra and Ludtke teaches theater at Auburn.  They are bringing their disciplines together in an arts integration project, funded by a four-year, $1.2 million grant awarded to the Rockford...

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