Thank YOU so much for invigorating my summer. It is an experience I shall not soon forget. Nor will those around me-- I have told the story of your workshop MANY times already!

– Ginger Cunningham, Tennessee Music Teacher

Bruce Taylor has knowledge, enthusiasm and extremely innovative ideas!

– St Louis Educator

Best arts teaching in service ever! Excellent pedagogy for CCSS. This PD will change the way I teach forever!

– Chicago Educator

He demystified Common Core

– Chicago Educator

I learned a lot and received excellent inspiration on how to promote student centered learning.

– Atlanta Educator

Bruce is a lively, intelligent presenter who communicates with energy, humor, directness and wonderful expertise.

– St Louis Educator

It was so wonderful to have Bruce present for us as he is knowledgeable about the Common Core and the arts.

– Atlanta Educator

[His workshop is] a professional development activity that to applies to ME!

– St Louis Educator

I believe my administrators will be pleased with me having worked on my understanding of Common Core. I highly recommend this to others.

– St Louis Educator

He explained exactly what he meant. I loved how he broke down the standards

– Illinois Educator

I've sat through a number of Common Core meetings and they waste far too much time on explaining the policy with little of substance devoted to strategy. Bruce's presentation was a welcomed departure from this trend.

– Illinois Educator

Bruce Taylor's presentation on Common Core and the Arts is a practical and authentic explanation of interdisciplinary support of academic standards.

– Sally Flaherty, PA Dept. of Education Acting Division Chief of Curriculum

I [was] so excited about [his] book after hearing [him] speak last Friday- [he was] such a boost to our validity! [He] make it look so easy–[he was] such a dynamic speaker! We were all blown away!

– Tennessee Arts Teacher

I will take away the idea of work on (integrating) my students' ideas and the curriculum with mine.

– Atlanta Educator
CREATIVITY IS THE NEW LITERACY
Anyone involved in education will gain valuable guidance form this idea-filled exploration of how schools and performing arts organizations can work together in mutually beneficial programs.

While funding for the arts declines, there is also an awakening regard for the need for arts in the education of well-rounded human beings. By presenting specific programs for artists's visits to schools and school trips to performing arts institutions, this timely guide shows how to interface within tight budgets and informs emerging standards of the federal Common Core Standards program.

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Bruce D. Taylor (Author of The Arts Equation) - Goodreads
Bruce D. Taylor is the author of The Arts Equation (4.50 avg rating, 2 ratings, 0 reviews, published 1999)
"Common Sense Arts Standards" takes into account the challenging contexts in which the arts are taught in America's schools. This book illustrates the unrecognized and significant contributions the arts can make to overall student achievement in this era of Common Core State Standards which presages a profound shift in this country's paradigm for teaching and learning.

"Common Sense Arts Standards" provide clear methodologies for employing what Bruce calls the "Common Core Habits of Mind" through an arts lens in ways that students can transfer to other domains of learning."

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On June 2nd., 2010, Common Core State Standards were adopted throughout the country. Since then, education policy-makers have published vast amounts of overly complicated compilations of guidelines, graphs, Venn diagrams, charts, and step by step instructions that have left many front line educators frustrated, angry, overwhelmed and demoralized. This book clarifies and simplifies a common approach to Common Core that demonstrates how the skills inherent in this new paradigm for teaching and learning can contribute to overall student success, not just in academics, but in life as well. In our increasingly complex, conceptual and globalized world a focus on access, delivery, and retention of content is no longer as important as an ability to use the unlimited amount of content that is instantly available literally at one's finger tips through technologies that evolve at a blistering pace. This reality will challenge students' ability to imagine things that do not exist, create products and methods that matter to others, and communicate effectively with people in a variety of cultures and from different backgrounds. The content of this book emerged from dozens of workshops the author has conducted around the country on how to relieve the anxieties that educators presently have regarding the Core. Thousands of evaluations filled out by attendees following these workshops encouraged Mr. Taylor to put some of the basic principles of his approach in the form of a book. Additional motivation was provided by the success of his previous publication, "Common Sense Arts Standards: How the Arts Can Thrive in an Era of Common Core." Within the coming decade, Mr. Taylor predicts that the next iteration of school reform will require that students develop their creativity in order to function in a society of ideas and synthesis. This book, and its companion volume on the Arts, are not only valuable resources for today, but for the future as well.

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