What is the curriculum?
The #EdSpark curriculum is composed of two different lessons—an elementary student version and a secondary student version for students in 6th -12th grade. Each version then contains three different sections—pre-tour, during, and post-tour.
The elementary student version is an Arts and Science integration focused lesson, while the secondary student version focuses on the integration of Arts and Social Studies.
How do you use it?
The best way to use this is to follow the lessons as they have been written. The “pre-tour” section offers an introduction of Arts Education as it has been integrated with either Science or Social Studies through valuable vocabulary that apply to both content areas. This section is one you will want to go through before your trip to #EdSpark at One Spark.
The “during” section offers activities that will guide students through the venue to engage in conversation with the different Creators as well as promote observation and critical thinking. Teachers and parents are encouraged to print this section beforehand and have it readily available for students to complete during their trip to #EdSpark.
The “post-tour” section offers students a chance to reflect on their experiences at #EdSpark. We ask students to take it a step further by tuning into their imagination, innovation, and creativity skills to either create their own invention or apply what they have learned to their school and/or community. This section is one you will want to go through after your trip to #EdSpark.
What is its purpose?
The purpose of creating a curriculum for this year’s #EdSpark is two-fold. First, we wanted to guide parents, students, and members of our community through this year’s venue, the Times Union Center, to promote movement to and discovery of the different Creators.
Second, in line with the Arts Education theme this year, we wanted to show not only the importance of Arts Education as a singular concept, but also as an overarching theme that can be integrated into the major content areas such as Science, Social Studies, Math, and Reading.
Where can you access it?
You can access this curriculum online here. We ask that you provide your email address before downloading so that we can keep track of how many people were interested in the curriculum and how useful it was on your #EdSpark experience!
About the Guest Author
Cassandra Santiago is a graduate student and research assistant currently pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. She is working with the Schultz Center this semester as the team leader in curriculum development for her practicum experience.