Frederick County Maryland Arts Integration Network (MAIN) Institute

In mid-July, AEMS hosted a summer institute for Frederick County public educators to provide professional development in the use of arts integration lesson planning. Highly-respected arts integration specialists Lenore Blank Kelner and Susan Denvir led the institute, imparting valuable information to over 20 Frederick County teachers about the incorporation of standards-based drama techniques to help children learn in the areas of science, nonfiction reading, and English language skills. Attendees were ecstatic about the experience, speaking to the “contagious” and “GREAT” enthusiasm of the presenters, and voicing appreciation that Kelner and Denvir had given them tools to “instruct true drama skills, rather than using ‘skits’ or games'” and to “encourage students to take risks.”

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