Wicked BooksmART Book Group – How the Arts Can Save Education – 2023

MAEA is excited to announce this summer’s book for the Wicked BooksmART Book Group.

This summer THE Wicked BooksmART book group will be reading: How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Instruction

Purchase a physical or digital copy of the book here directly from Teachers College Press. It’s also available on Bookshop.org and Amazon.com.

DATES:  July 6 – August 10, 2023
FACILITATORS: Nadege D. Tessono Okotie
SYLLABUS: View or download
Live Zoom Meetings: Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm
July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, and 10.

  • July 6: Introduction and Chapter 1
  • July 13: Chapter 2
  • July 20: Chapter 3 and Chapter 4
  • July 27: Chapter 5
  • August 3: Chapter 6
  • August 10: Chapter 7

In addition to reading, participants are expected to dedicate an average of 30 minutes a week applying the content to their own practice. The Google Classroom will be used to share information, solicit questions, and host conversations. If you are unable to attend a live zoom session, you may respond to the corresponding reflection prompt(s) in the Google Classroom to get credit for the week. 

This six-week book study will focus on the book, How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Instruction.  Here’s what publishers have to say about this book: This book provides a blueprint for using the arts—performing, visual, and multimedia—to rethink what good learning, teaching, and curriculum can be. The author presents a bold plan for saving education with an arts-based approach to teaching that focuses on risk-taking as the most important aspect of a successful classroom. Halverson offers new models for learning that embrace the social, cultural, and historical assets that kids bring to the classroom, with guidance for designing engaging learning experiences for all grades and subject areas. Featuring many evocative examples from Whoopensocker, the author’s in-school artist-in-residence program, this resource illustrates how classroom practices and school structures can be reorganized for more inclusive success. Readers will learn how to reframe learning as acts of metacognitive representation, identity, and collaboration. And lots and lots of joy.

Book Features:

  • A guide for using theater, music, visual arts, dance, and digital media to transform the process of teaching and learning.
  • Guidance for building learning environments with art at the core, as opposed to adding art to curricula built around standardized tests.
  • Specific examples are designed to inspire students’ creativity through writing, improvisation, and performance.
  • Exemplars culled from the author’s 25-year history of making art with young people.
  • Accessible language appropriate for nonacademics and non-experts.

Participants will earn 15 PDPs after the successful completion of all of the book group sessions.