Supporting Teachers in Their Possibility Thinking

Your program faculty is busy, no question about that.  But do they still manage to generate fresh ideas about new experiments to try to continually strengthen students’ motivation and achievement?  This article from Educational Leadership magazine provides a protocol for...
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Cultivating Creativity – A free e-book Resource!

In Sistema programs around the world there is increasing attention to developing creativity in our young people.  We recognize that developing compliant musical technicians does not accomplish the goals of El Sistema; we must nurture the bold creative spirits of...
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Developing Teaching Practices from Community Values

Sistema Whangarei/Toi Akorangi students mostly come from the local Maori community, with Pakeha (white Europeans) and some Asian students, and the program lives by practices that resonate with ancient Maori values, finding approval with the elders. We know that there...
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International Teaching Artist Conference 2020

For those who read about (or joined virtually with) the hundreds of teaching artist delegates from 26 countries at the ITAC4 (Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference) at Carnegie Hall in New York last September, the dates of ITAC5 have just...
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Improve Student Behavior with these Three Steps

How do we get students to consistently behave during rehearsal? This article gives three reasons to tear down the old understandings of training student behavior, and suggests three non-punitive, non-shaming reliable ways to build constructive group learning practices: 1) “Take...
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“Kernels” of Social-Emotional Learning

The Wallace Foundation commissioned a series of analytic papers that draw on their major report, Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out, which examines the 25 most widely-used Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. In the United States and other countries,...
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