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Sita Frederick

Sita Frederick

Everyday Arts for Special Education Program Director

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Meet Amanda Selsky, an Everyday Arts for Special Education Intern

Hi, my name is Amanda Selsky. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but when I was young my family moved to rural Maryland. I have two sisters and will be a second year at the University of Virginia this fall. While I am currently undecided major wise, I have always had a passion for the humanities, ... Continue reading ›

Sita Frederick

Sita Frederick

Everyday Arts for Special Education Program Director

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EASE Mini-Residency Shows Pre-K Promise

“As the de Blasio administration rolls out its ambitious expansion of pre-kindergarten, it will be hard-pressed to accommodate children with special needs, special education advocates say.” EASE is already responding to the necessity for expanded programs and services for Pre-K students with special needs.  Over three weeks in May, Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) engaged a ... Continue reading ›

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Everyday Arts for Special Education Program Coordinator

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Meet Lauren Silver, an Everyday Arts for Special Education Intern

I hail from Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Growing up in a space filled with so much natural beauty has imbued me with a passion for spending time in nature; I love to hike, backpack, and explore! I am a rising Junior at Scripps College in Southern California, studying anthropology and ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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A Movement Journey: scaffolding EASE activities so students experience fun, learning, and success

Written by Nancy Volante I was working in a class in Manhattan with primarily non-verbal students, alongside the classroom teacher and paraprofessionals. We prepared our EASE lesson around exploration and movement using the “Scarf Activity” from the EASE curriculum. The teacher and I started the class at the table with small scarves so that the students could experience ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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EASE Presents at Ramapo for Children’s 2014 Youth Worker Leadership Conference

In bite-sized bits of learning-- taught through the EASE methodology, large groups of teenagers came through conference rooms at Pace University to experience and learn how to work with young people with special needs and challenges. During our EASE sessions, we sat, stood, danced, tapped, and clapped in a circle and played a good game of ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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EASE Creates Success for Teachers and Students

“I can’t believe he’s doing it!” This is what a teacher in Level I of the EASE program said to me, as she watched one of her students, a nine-year old with autism, improvise perfectly on the beat with resonator bells, while his classmates pounded out the rhythm with toned tubes and rhythm sticks.  Her eyes ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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Kinesthetic Skill and Emotional Resilience: some observations from the classroom

"What does learning look like?" is a question that always comes up in our EASE program because each student with special needs has a unique learning style, and as a result, signs of success can differ widely within a single classroom. This past term, I observed and worked with a student named Demetrius who did not ... Continue reading ›

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Everyday Arts for Special Education Program Coordinator

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NYU’s Special Guest: EASE!

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 ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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“I wish I were a science teacher….”

One day at an EASE residency in Brooklyn, as a teacher and I were watching her students concentrate intently on mixing their paint in trays – exploring viscosity, textures, shapes, figure/ground, colors  - she turned to me and said, “I wish I were a science teacher.” I turned to her and said, “You are a science ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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When is a Paintbrush more than just a Paintbrush?

In the Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) program, Teaching Artists coach classroom teachers in District 75 in our innovative arts curriculum. As an Assistant Teaching Artist in EASE Level I classrooms at Public School 176x@153x in the Bronx this fall and winter, I have had the opportunity to share these valuable activities and techniques with ... Continue reading ›