Lisa Winkler is an art teacher in the Collingswood Public School System.
Lisa is being recognized for her award of one of ten NJDOE Title 1 Arts-Integration Grant for $100,000 for 2016-17 and $75,000 for 2017-18 school years.
In Lisa’s own words:
The NJDOE offered the Title 1 Arts-Integration Grant last year in the amount of $100,000 to 10 schools. We were one of the schools selected for the pilot. This is the first time that any state is allocating Title 1 funds for arts-integration, so we are very excited to be part of this groundbreaking pilot program.
I believe that our proposal was the only one written solely by an art teacher. Our proposal was for an after school arts-integration program for 6th grade students. We ran the program for two hours once a week from Feb-June. The theme of our program was storytelling with an emphasis on ancient Greece. We worked with 31 sixth grade students and there were 9 teachers involved (visual art, social studies, science, 2 language arts, technology, 3 special education). We were looking for increased academic achievement and improved school climate.
- Students read “The Lost Hero” graphic novel by Rick Riordan.
- Students broke into small groups to write their own stories, inspired by ancient Greece. They wrote throughout the program.
- We used virtual reality viewers to “visit” the Acropolis and other ancient Greek sites. Students used the time to scout locations for their stories.
- We went to the Met and toured the Greek galleries. Students were required to add one of the artworks they saw at the Met in their stories.
- We excavated Greek urns using dig kits. We discussed how the layers of the earth tell a story.
- We had an astronomy night where students assembled their own telescopes. We observed the stars and discussed how the constellations influenced Greek storytelling.
- We attended a performance of “Chariot of the Sun” from Young Audiences of NJ. Seth performed Greek myths and discusses Greek storytelling.
- We completed a science lab where students experimented with the effects of acid rain on ancient building materials. We discussed why it is important to preserve ancient sites.