Susan Bumgarner, a pre-kindergarten teacher and Greg Eskridge, the school’s drama teacher, received the awards recently at the Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC,) Inc., officials said.
The Clara Luper Arts Integration Award is given to a classroom teacher/artist who has done notable work using arts integration. Winners must also show previous experience teaching others how to effectively incorporate the arts in instructional methods in the classroom.
Former Wilson principal Beverly Story will receive the John F. Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Special Recognition Award. Story spent 15 years serving Wilson Elementary and established the school as an art integration site.
“Mrs. Story successfully brought Wilson Arts Integration School from a low performing school to one of the top 10 schools in the Oklahoma City Public School District,” said Anita Arnold of BLAC Inc.“This work included establishing a highly effective training, teaching, and learning model with arts integration, and engaging the community in adding a fine arts wing to an existing historical school building.”
Award winner Greg Eskridge said, “BLAC, Inc. has made the best arts integration trainers available to Wilson Elementary teachers since 1998. Thanks to this community-school partnership, our school has been elevated to model arts integration status. It is worth noting that university education programs from across the state of Oklahoma now send the next generation of teachers to us for mentoring and classroom observation.”
Wilson Arts Integration Elementary is at 2215 N Walker in Oklahoma City. The school is a partner with BLAC, Inc, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Teachers use arts integration techniques to teach core subjects of math, reading, science, and social studies to students in pre kindergarten through 5th grade.
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