Through the combined efforts of Carol Brown, coordinator of Arts in Education programs at Eastern Suffolk BOCES, and East Islip’s Director of Art and Music Stephen Guarino, art and music teachers throughout Suffolk County participated in a Common Core Learning Standards workshop presented at East Islip by literacy trainer Amy Benjamin.
Benjamin is a veteran English language arts teacher who taught on the middle and high school level for almost 40 years, and brought a wealth of knowledge to the attending staff. Her Feb. 1 workshop centered on Common Core learning shifts and integration in the art and music classroom. The participating teachers shared ideas and ways in which their classes incorporate literacy, and Benjamin helped the group find ways to continue to integrate instructional shifts and tiered vocabulary in their current lessons.
“East Islip music and art teachers continually strive to deliver lessons to students that enhance learning across subject areas while maintaining the highest caliber of arts experiences for art and music students throughout the district,” explained Guarino.