In the creative world of education today students can construct and demonstrate their understanding in many ways. Traditionally, they are asked to communicate their learning through a report or on a test. However, when they are involved in arts integration, their learning is evident in the products they create, such as the dance, painting, or dramatization. So today, we recognize an educator in our school system who uses this approach to teaching and learning in which the arts are used as the methodology for learning.
Pat Klos, Arts Integration Teacher Specialist, supports Arts Integrated Learning for Student Success throughout the district, specifically in six elementary schools and two middle schools. Arts integration strategies have been incorporated into the county curriculum, scores of teachers have been trained, and hundreds of exemplar lessons written. Arts integration has become an essential strategy in our school system in connecting 21st century learners to rigorous, relevant, engaging coursework. As part of the five-year plan of implementation, curricula has been single handedly enhanced through strategies and techniques by Pat Klos. Her expertise in visual thinking strategies, professional development and coaching have been invaluable.
Ms. Klos passionately believes that integrating the arts is the best approach to teaching, as it enriches the classroom environment with the arts, engages students, and motivates learning. Pat’s mission is to help ALL teachers realize that they can teach through the arts. Her professional development strategies help teachers rethink the roles they play and their relationship with students. Those who work with Pat are constantly inspired by her creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to the arts.
Pat coordinates a variety of opportunities for teachers to learn about and immerse themselves in arts integration. These opportunities impact teachers’ approach to instruction, engaging their students in a variety of ways. Pat writes a weekly arts integration blog for Educationcloset.com and conducts professional development in her field for school districts not only locally but nationally.
She has served as mentor teacher, instructional coach and school improvement specialist for AACPS. She is the county liaison and instructor with Towson University for the Arts cohort which has graduated over 30 staff with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration.
Pat Klos – You make learning through the arts a dynamic way to engage students,
as it lets them use their imagination and creativity as their methodology of learning each and every day. Arts integration is for any subject any time! So for these reasons and more, the Board is proud to honor and recognize you Educator of the Month for May 2017. Congratulations!