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Engaging the Eye:

Building Literacy via Visual Art

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. (ET)


Just as great literature provides rich content for inquiry and analysis, fine art offers powerful opportunities to cultivate literacy skills and build content knowledge. Through the study of painting, sculpture, and architecture, all students—particularly struggling readers and English language learners—can become more insightful readers, effective communicators, and analytical thinkers.

In this interactive webinar, Lynne Munson and Rachel Stack of Great Minds discuss and model art instruction with an eighth-grade teacher, highlighting how the study of visual art builds cultural knowledge and fosters academic achievement for the widest range of learners. Learn from these leaders as they demonstrate how to leverage visual art to build skills, increase cultural literacy, and strengthen standards-based instruction.

The written word isn’t the only text for the classroom! Let art expand your students’ skills and world of knowledge.

Lynne Munson

Serving as President and Executive Director of Great Minds since its founding in 2007, Lynne has developed the nonprofit into an influential advocate for the liberal arts and sciences and a noted creator of CCSS-based curriculum tools, including Eureka Math and a new ELA curriculum, Wit & Wisdom.

Lynne was deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 2001–2005, overseeing all agency operations. NEH is an independent agency of the federal government that funds scholarly and public projects in the humanities. She was the architect of “Picturing America,” the most successful public humanities project in NEH history. The project placed more than 75,000 sets of fine art images and teaching guides into libraries, K–12 classrooms, and Head Start centers.

Lynne has written on contemporary cultural and educational issues for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Inside Higher Education.

Rachel Stack

Rachel Stack is the Director of Humanities at Great Minds, where she leads the team of excellent teacher–writers who created the English Language Arts curriculum, Wit & Wisdom. Rachel joined Great Minds in 2015 after serving as Vice President, Literacy Content and Instruction, for Scholastic Education.

Rachel brings more than a decade of experience as a teacher. She began her career teaching third and eighth grade in New York City, and then taught World and American Literature at a high school in Pittsburgh. Rachel shares the Great Minds belief that every child is capable of greatness.

Sara Young

Sara Young has twelve years of teaching experience, with the past ten as an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher at Maysville Middle School located in Zanesville, Ohio. She has a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education, Grades 4–9, with a Certification in Reading from Ohio University. Sara has also attained two master’s degrees from Walden University—one in Reading and Literacy, Grades K–6, and the other in Integrating Technology into the Classroom.

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