Foreword by: Ellen Weinstein
Publication Date: October 22, 2021
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.
Erica Rosenfeld Halverson is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2020, she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Visit Erica’s website at ericahalverson.com.
“Halverson blends insightful scholarship with humorous narrative to make a convincing case for the importance of the arts in education. This book speaks directly and inspiringly to teachers and teacher educators about creative, necessary classroom practices with today’s youth.”
—Johnny Saldaña, professor emeritus, Arizona State University
“A must-read for all educators…Erica shines a light on the impact and transformative power of high-quality arts experiences in the life of young learners and reflects on what happens in the moment when students are engaged at the highest level, when they are given real-world reasons for working hard. It is a focus on deep learning that transfers to everything that follows in the life of a student.”
—From the Foreword by Ellen Weinstein, artistic director, National Dance Institute