Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Lab School

Want to learn more about arts integration? One very interesting example is The Lab School of Washington, D. C. Founded by Sally L. Smith in 1967, The Lab School is an innovative, rigorous, arts-based program for intelligent students with moderate to severe learning disabilities. They operate schools in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD. and the Academy in Manyunk in Philadelphia.
The teaching methods developed there have led to the development of The Lab School Methodology, including the Academic Clubs and the highly individualized arts based curriculum in Baltimore and Manyunk.
Sally Smith died in 2007, but her book "The Power of the Arts: Creative Strategies for Teaching Exception Learners" (Brookes 2001)explains her methods and how the arts help the learning disabled overcome their limitations.
For a quick glimpse at The Lab School visit this website:

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