Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) is a professional development program designed to improve student achievement in the areas of communication, socialization, academic learning, and arts proficiency through arts-based approaches.
Last week, EASE was invited by fellow UAP colleague, James Miles, to visit his undergraduate students pursuing academic study in early childhood special education at NYU. As one of several professors in a 6-hour module, James felt that his arts integration component could use a breeze of EASE. And so, we arrived!
Kathy London, our project director and arts specialist at District 75, gave a fantastic introductory overview together with program manager Sita Frederick. Then, together with program coordinator Lauren Jobson-Ahmed, the EASE team dove right into one of its classic activities: Go & Stop
Smiles all around!
EASE expanded students’ building knowledge on creating curriculum and arts integration through open-ended discussions on how each activity fosters social emotional learning and, how it may be incorporated into different subject areas. In particular, how we experience and interpret visual and verbal information, making eye contact, learning to wait for the next cue, and working together with peers.
All in all, it was a very welcomed invitation. Students had a blast experiencing and learning the activities from the perspective of the populations they are preparing to serve in their careers. In just minutes, we were already invited back to give another workshop!
See you again soon, NYU!