First graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently participated in a Side x Side self portraiture program led by teaching artist Sarah Boyden and based on a literacy unit exploring “Who We Are.” Art supplies were delivered to the first grade classrooms of Ms. Lausier, Ms. Mohamed, and Ms. Peterson and Boyden led sessions over
Fourth grade students at Talbot Elementary School (formerly Riverton) recently completed a Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and based on a literacy and science unit studying the adaptations of and relationship between plants, bees, pollination, and black bears. The program kicked off with a visit via Google Meet from
A Side x Side creative movement and improvisation program for preschoolers recently wrapped up at Talbot Elementary School (formerly Riverton) led by teaching artists Meg Christie and Lisa Hicks. In collaboration with classroom teachers Christine Wirth and Jen Seed, the program brought stories to life in Talbot’s outdoor classroom. Using the books “Crybaby” by Karen
This year more than any other, our teachers need support to continue providing engaging, relevant, and creative learning opportunities for our students. Side x Side supports our teachers through dynamic professional development and arts-integrated programs that strengthen their approach to problem solving, critical thinking, development of interpersonal skills, and focus on social emotional learning. Please consider a
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A virtual Side x Side drawing program for second graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up. Led by teaching artist Pamela Moulton, the program was integrated with a unit on building community, facilitating conversations about diversity, and highlighting how much we all have in common. Moulton met with students during Zoom classes and created
Side x Side was honored to be accepted as a presenter at the 49th annual North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in October. This year due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference moved online and presenters submitted video workshops along with relevant resource documents for the event. Side x Side’s teaching artist coordinator Anne Ackerman
Our annual professional development for educators – the Summer Arts Institute – was moved online and to September this year. We were thrilled to have so many of our Portland and Lewiston educators with us for the one-day virtual event last Saturday. Attendees enjoyed a Mindfulness and Art session led by Meghan Quigley Graham of the