This webinar, led by Alida Anderson PhD, will present findings from a collaborative research study involving the use of an arts integrated drama and visual arts 'academic club' approach with students in upper elementary grades with learning disabilities. Attendees will hear about the academic club intervention method and the research methods used, as well as the student outcomes and research evidence gleaned from the study.
For art teachers, special educators, teaching artists, and administrator
Alida Anderson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, with research and practice interests in inclusive and integrated arts approaches to language and literacy learning. Anderson’s background includes experience as a visual artist and teacher-therapist to students with exceptionalities. She has worked for over two decades in preschool and school age educational settings using creative arts approaches with children and families, including students with a range of exceptionalities in special and general education settings. Her background experience includes work in museum-based early childhood education settings, art-therapy/teaching in a school for students with autism spectrum disorders, diagnostic and clinical practice in communication sciences and disorders, and pre- and in-service teacher training and professional development in language, literacy, and arts integration topics. Dr. Anderson has presented to international and national audiences on a variety of language- and literacy-related, and arts integration topics. Recent presentations have been given to the Council for Exceptional Children, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Institute for Educational Diplomacy, Association for Childhood Education International, American Educational Research Association, British Dyslexia Association, VSA International/Kennedy Center, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.