Helping At-Risk Students Through Creative Arts (EdWeek)

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From Education Week magazine:

Live Chat:
Helping At-Risk Students Through Creative Arts

WHEN: Monday, December 17, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time

WHERE: edweek-chat.org

Submit questions in advance here.

Please join us for a live online chat with Vanessa Camilleri, editor and contributing author of Healing the Inner City Child, Creative Arts Therapies With At-Risk Youth (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

According to the National Center for Children Living in Poverty, nearly 13-million children in the United States live below the national federal poverty level. And children who live in poverty are statistically at a greater risk of living with hunger, depression, violence, and general instability–all of which can affect their academic, physical, and psychological health.

Camilleri, a social and emotional learning specialist, believes educators can intervene in this cycle by using the arts to help at-risk children improve their social skills and academic performance. “The creative arts therapies [music, dance, art, drama, poetry] provide unique avenues for working with children,” she writes. “Participation in the arts is fun, playful, and intrinsically gratifying–which increases motivation, investment, and participation in therapy.”

In this chat, Camilleri will take your questions on working with at-risk students and incorporating creative arts therapies and social and emotional learning into school curricula.

Please join us for the discussion.

Read more about the book “Healing the Inner City Child, Creative Arts Therapies With At-Risk Youth.”

About the Guest:

Vanessa Camilleri is a social and emotional learning specialist at The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, DC. She is the editor and a contributing author of Healing the Inner City Child, Creative Arts Therapies With At-Risk Youth and a number of related journal articles on the topic of arts and education. She has taught and run two music therapy programs for at-risk students at inner-city charter schools in New York City and Washington, DC. *************************************************

No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in this text-based chat. A transcript will be posted shortly after the completion of the chat.

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E.C. 🙂

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