Arts Education: More important than ever

“On September 19, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jerseyhad become the first state in the nation to provide universal access toarts instruction for all public-school students. This accomplishmentwas achieved after decades of sustained work by arts educators, artsorganizations, administrators, school board members, parents, andstudents built on the fundamental belief in the importance of…

The Making of a Mindfulness Garden: Fostering Teamwork

     Written by Angie Mikula The extraordinary success that can come from project-based learning was recently experienced at Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville, NJ. in a collaborative effort to restore a garden. With the help of many students, third grade teacher Moira Ganun and 6th grade science teacher Dan Chojnowski had been restoring a garden…

Teaching through the Lens of Mindfulness

This week, I’ll be sharing my Fulbright work at the Art Educators of New Jersey conference. I am so excited to hear what others are doing on this topic and invite them to share their experiences with mindfulness through these blog posts. Collaboration is key! Mindfulness is a practice that encourages a quality of being fully aware…

Photos of my last couple of months in the U.K.

Edinburgh End Cap Final Fulbright conference (to be honest, I was just posing, not presenting) Below: we traveled through Scotland visiting schools and enjoying amazing landscapes.Before leaving England, I had to make a stop at Stonehenge.So. Many. Gorgeous. cathedrals!Inspiring conferencesmeadows in Englandsharing a first draft of my book with a primary class in Cambridge

The Ultimate Maker Space

I recently visited St. Faith’s Independent School in Cambridge, England to see what it took to win the U.K.’s National Innovation Award for 2017. Jaime Mitchell, Head of Computing and Digital Learning gave me a tour of St. Faith’s impressive set-up. These days, much of the focus of education is on the race to keep…

Conversations on a Train

Perhaps the most informative moments I’ve had in the UK have occurred through conversations with people on my train commutes to London. There’s something about the anonymity of traveling abroad that can make one feel much bolder in starting a conversation. With only a little time left to learn everything I can about the U.K.,…

Resiliency

When I first began my Fulbright inquiry, I wanted to explore the two areas that I believe are critical to address with young students and are not yet receiving enough attention in the United States : mental well-being and a sense of global citizenship. So I drew out my map and cast out my net…

The Concept of an Expected Outcome

I recently posted this thought on the Fulbright Teacher Facebook page: With only a little  more than two months left of my Fulbright time in the U.K., there is a little feeling of panic in how to summarize and put into a final product all of the inspirational exchanges I’ve had with teachers and organizations…

“Teachers as Agents of Change”

I recently attended a lecture by Dr. Doug Bourn, head of the Development Education Research Center at the University of London’s Institute of Education. In this lecture he described the pedagogy of Development Education as teaching through the lens of how to work together and promote not only the idea that cultures vary, but especially…