|Course Description: The arts surround us in everything we hear, see, and feel, provide emotional context for our experiences, and heighten our awareness of the world around us. The arts also deepen learning for students. In this course, teachers learn how to navigate arts-based educational strategies to foster creative thinking skills and nurture the continuing growth of children’s literacy skills and cognitive development. The teacher will learn what the arts are, why they are important, how they contribute to a child’s social-emotional, cognitive, creative, and psychomotor learning, and how they can be a part of every day literacy instruction. With easy-to-use, pedagogical models, the teacher will discover how to intentionally plan arts activities and lessons to deliver classroom content, and embrace arts-based strategies as effective and powerful learning tools. They will also learn how to apply arts education to the Common Core State Standards, integrate arts education in alignment with Bloom’s Taxonomy and to support a variety of exceptional students, including English Language Learners (ELLs), gifted and talented students, and students with a variety of special educational needs, including students who are physically different, or who have ADHD/ADD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teachers also acquire best practices for differentiating instruction and creating an engaging learning environment for all students. Finally, participants will receive thoughtful feedback from an instructional coach on their arts-based literacy strategies, activities, and lessons in order to support their learning in this course and identify additional best practices that can be used to strengthen their teaching practices.