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Integrating Art and the Smithsonian Learning Lab in the Gifted Language Arts Classroom

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 201 B

As STEM has now incorporated the Arts into STEAM, art should become an essential element of every classroom curriculum. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free online tool that allows users to create interactive collections using resources from all the Smithsonian museums. Come see practical applications that allow teachers to combine various forms of media into catalysts inspiring careful observation, thoughtful discussion, and creative writing in the gifted language arts classroom. Although the focus of this presentation is on the arts and humanities, teachers from other subject areas will find this resource applicable to their classrooms as well!

Yolanda Toni

Coordinator/Teacher Gifted Language Arts Grades 3-8
Fairview South School District 72

Yolanda Toni has coordinated and taught the gifted ELA program for grades K-8 at Fairview South School in Skokie, Illinois for over the past nineteen years. She currently teaches grades three through eight in this culturally diverse district where over thirty languages are represented. Yolanda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Barat College. She also completed a Master of Science degree in Education and Social Policy and a Certificate in Advanced Study in The Gifted from Northwestern University. For the past two years she participated in Summer Institutes on Teaching the Humanities through Art and Design Thinking at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. The arts, culture, and literature are her passions, and she enjoys finding ways to share this enthusiasm with her students.

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