Livestream Learning Studio: Upholding SEL Standards with Art-Integrated Learning
Ward Eames, Founder and CEO The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the traditional concept of classroom learning, driving teachers and students to embrace learn-from-home methodologies. While the situation expedited the adoption of novel technologies into the school systems, it stifled the collaborative in-person learning environment that nurtures the social and emotional skills of students.
Today, with the world slowly returning to normal, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is becoming necessary to foster those social and emotional skills so students can better function in society. However, a majority of teachers lack the resources and training to effectively deliver SEL programs as a part of the curriculum. In this scenario, the importance of integrated learning programs that combine academic content with SEL programs cannot be overstated.
Helping educational institutions address the need for integrated programs that deliver academic and personal growth is Livestream Learning Studio. The company was established by the leadership team at The National Theatre for Children (NTC) as a direct response to the deficits in teaching methodologies worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Livestream Learning Studio offers a robust solution to solve SEL challenges through fun and engaging programs that teachers can easily access.
“We deliver dynamic virtual learning experiences to students throughout the school year, helping them learn academic concepts while enhancing social and emotional growth,” says Ward Eames, CEO of Livestream Learning Studio.
A K-12 edtech platform, Livestream Learning Studio provides specific and aligned content through a yearlong subscription service that supports both SEL and academic growth through live-streamed programs.
Livestream Learning Studio’s dedicated SEL resources align with educators’ skill sets, teaching strategies and general approaches toward integrated curriculums. Unlike traditional movement-based or game-oriented learning methodologies, Livestream employs discussion as the primary learning medium. Some programs are highly flexible and adaptable to context, while others are scripted and uniform.
This ultimately caters to an institution’s unique requirements based on its student demographics.
Integrating SEL Strategies into Regular Classroom Routine
With respect to its SEL services, Livestream Learning Studio delivers a 30-minute, virtual, interactive session that aligns with the national standards for K-12. Teachers are given access to 24 original topics from three subject areas: STEM, health and wellbeing, and financial literacy. Livestream Learning Studio also provides 192 live, real-time virtual events over a school year. These sessions are also pre-recorded and made available on-demand to help teachers simplify their curriculum schedules.
Livestream Learning Studio aligns the virtual content and follow-up lessons with five core competencies of the Casel SEL Framework, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. This supplemental content is supported by activities and lessons that help young people in classrooms across the country learn and apply their knowledge and skills effectively.
We deliver dynamic virtual learning experiences to students throughout the school year, helping them learn academic concepts while enhancing social and emotional growth
Going the extra mile, Livestream Learning Studio encourages collaboration and builds productive relationships among students by mandating that they work in pairs or groups to complete learning activities and conduct constructive discussions. The teachers also get the opportunity to prepare beforehand by downloading pre- and post-program materials from Livestream Learning Studio’s dedicated educator portal.
Leveraging Arts as the Foundation of Learning
Livestream Learning Studio adopts an arts-integrated, interactive approach that uses performing arts as the foundation of learning to deliver educational content and boost student engagement.
“We believe using arts as the key to developing optimal SEL opportunities for students as an arts-integrated curriculum leaves an indelible impression in their minds,” says Eames. “Arts integration is often used as a blanket term for incorporating the arts into curriculum. What most people do not realize is the thin line of difference between arts enhancement and arts integration.”
Asking students to create a digital art collage to demonstrate their understating of a book would be arts enhancement.
On the other hand, arts integration is about providing students with opportunities to represent themselves or understand the material in an avenue they enjoy and can connect to.
Once schools create an academic and thematic curriculum map for the entire year, Livestream Learning Studio helps them determine the best way to embed arts in lesson planning. A great example of this is how John Schultz, Executive Director of Metro ECSU, used theatre as an arts tool in his chemistry class.
“In my science class, I assigned students the roles of protons, neutrons, and electrons to demonstrate the concept of an atom. Protons and neutrons move around in a huddled mass, the center of the classroom stage, to demonstrate what is in the atom’s nucleus. While students ran around quickly, they had to pretend to run at the speed of light around the nucleus as electrons,” says Schultz. Allowing students to act out the function of an atom strengthens retention and engagement, and provides exposure to SEL competencies necessary for inclusive learning environments. Students collaborate, reflect, and discuss with their peers during these lessons as they enhance their relationship and social skills and practice self-management with responsible decision-making.
Integrating arts into academics will naturally produce the SEL needed within classrooms today. It might sound like an overwhelming task, but this can be done in as little as 30 minutes a week
Recently, Livestream Learning Studio conducted a national pilot program for 15,000 teachers across 26 states, where its interactive sessions received a rating of 6.58 out of 7 by educators.
Geared for Success
With great client reviews and best-in-class competencies, Livestream Learning Studio has made an impression in schools across the U.S. Above all, leveraging its more than four decades of experience in the NTC, the company continues to offer a joyful learning environment that exposes students to the emotional power of arts.
“Integrating arts into academics will naturally produce the SEL needed within classrooms today. It might sound like an overwhelming task, but this can be done in as little as 30 minutes a week,” says Eames. Almost half a million American students across all learning models, including in-school, remote learning, and hybrid, have engaged with this unique learning system and real-time interaction. Livestream Learning Studio is excited to continue building its library and expanding its base of educators.
Description Livestream Learning Studio, a school-year subscription service that provides an arts-integrated and interactive learning environment to students and professional development programs to teachers. The company delivers a 30-minute virtual interactive session that aligns with the national standards for grades K-12.
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