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
Project ARTiculate is an arts integrated cross-curricular mural program developed by Side x Side to strategically serve youth across all three Portland middle schools during a pivotal developmental time. Creating site-based murals provides an opportunity for students to acquire and demonstrate the 21st Century skills of collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking while addressing core content, leadership, student empowerment,
It’s been a school year like no other with the coronavirus pandemic closing schools in March forcing teaching and learning to move online for the spring semester through the end of the year. Nobody imagined the hurdles we would encounter transitioning to remote learning, relying upon technology and other distance learning options that hadn’t been
This summer, Side x Side is proud to partner with LearningWorks and Telling Room to bring LearningWorks students in South Portland a five-week virtual STEAM camp on agricultural engineering.
Read more about the grant in an article in Mainebiz.
Just before school ended for the summer, students in Christine Wirth’s and Jennifer Seed’s Pre-K classes at Riverton Elementary School participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artists, Meg Christie and Lisa Hicks. Side x Side purchased copies of the book, “We are Growing,” by Laurie Keller, for each student which were
Fourth graders in Ms. Sanchez and Ms. St. Germain’s classes at Lyseth Elementary School recently participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artist, Jill Osgood, that was integrated with a science and literacy unit on nature and animals. From home, students studied and drew animals and then set out to hunt for natural
A well deserved congratulations to Riverton fourth grade teacher, Cindy Soule, for being chosen as the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year!
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First graders in Ms. Clifford’s and Ms. Bradford’s classes are working with Side x Side teaching artists, Sarah Boyden and Indigo Grey, on an illustration project they will complete at home.
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