Easel was developed by Silver Image Creative for and with the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. Originally known as Action Research Publication System (ARPS), its purpose was to provide an easy way for educators and artists to document their classroom projects on-line.
As ARPS was licensed for use by other organizations, it continued to expand features, especially in the area of curriculum development. Additional communication tools allow ARPS/Easel to be used as an integral part of the curriculum process, not just as documentation of that process.
By having a central, password-protected administration area available on-line, project team members do not need to be in the same physical location to work on their documentation, and the published web sites are available for all to see on the web.
Today, Easel users have a host of ways to custom-fit the installation to meet their specifc needs.
Click on the links below to see examples of curriculum units produced using Easel.
Agassiz, grades 3 & 4 – Effects of Change: Water and Landform Series
New York City Center/PS 193, grades K-2 – ThinkDance
Habla – Into the Labyrinth
Fort Dearborn – Crossing the Line: Patterns in Math and Design
Northeast Middle School – Literature about Conservation and the Environment
For a tour of Easel, please call 773.477.7118 or e-mail.
|The Easel Curriculum Development and Documentation Resource has been used by:
Minneapolis Public Schools
Arts for Academic Achievement
Alameda County (CA) Office of Education
Art is Education Classroom Action Research
Teacher Action Research Institute
Words that Made America
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Partnership for Arts Education Research
Supporting Communities through
Arts Learning Environments
Chicago Public Schools
Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster
Technology Magnet Cluster
World Languages Magnet Cluster
Empire State Partnerships
Evidence of Teacher and Student Learning
Music-in-Education National Consortium
Learning Laboratory School Network Project
New England Conservatory
Music-in-Education Digital Student Portfolios
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Culturally Responsive Arts Education
Music Discovery Wisdom Network
VSA, Kennedy Center
Communities of Practice
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