The arts humanize the curriculum while affirming the interconnectedness of all forms of knowing. They are a powerful means to improve general education.
RETA is committed to:
Development of programs that support literacy in, about and through the arts.
Sharing information on theory, research and practice demonstrating effective links between the literacy and the arts.
Development of materials that support research-based, developmentally appropriate arts/literacy practices.
Supporting and honoring teachers, schools, districts, and arts based organizations that promote literacy in, about and through the arts.
Development of a network of educators committed to excellence through linking literacy and the arts.
RETA provides the following:
A biannual newsletter. Contents include information about research, programs, products and issues related to our mission and membership.
Representation of the arts at the international conference, and whenever possible, regional conferences.
Representation in IRA publications through articles, news spots and advertisements.
Collaboration on workshops, seminars, institutes and courses linking the arts and literacy.
Awards and recognition to teachers, administrators, programs and organizations that provide exemplary models of arts infused literacy programs.
Materials to support RETA goals and objectives.
The International Reading Association 1999 conference was held in May in San Diego, CA.
We heard from our award winners at the San Diego conference, where they were the presenters at the RETA SIG session Tuesday, May 4. Joining us were the Chula Vista Childrens Choir, conducted by RETA member Deanna Joy Hastings. We learned about their unique approaches and were inspired by their stories of success.