Mrs. Shawna Longo gave a guest lecture to music education students at Westminster Choir College on Wednesday, November 16.
The lecture, entitled "Cross-Curricular Teaching," focused on developing project-based initiatives (PBLs) while integrating the National Core Arts Standards & Common Core Standards with arts infusion and S.T.E.A.M. collaborations.
Students were led through discussions of how to successfully collaborate with other teachers in developing and implementing projects across various curriculums, not just music. Examples of successful projects were given as well as tips on how to start planning and initiating cross-curricular projects in a music classroom.
The college students left energized and excited about the trends and opportunities available in education today!
More about Shawna Longo
Teacher and STEAM Faciliator, Hopatcong Borough Schools
Shawna Longo currently teaches grades 6-8 General Music, directs the Chorus and Drama Club, and serves as a STEAM Facilitator at Hopatcong Middle School in Hopatcong, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to teaching, she has also had a successful experience serving as a Music Supervisor for grades K-12. Mrs. Longo has extensive experience designing and implementing music curriculums for grades K-12 in all disciplines (choral, band, and general music). She has presented numerous professional development workshops on a range of topics including curriculum development, music technology, musical theatre, and Music and the Common Core as well as serving on committees for NJMEA and the NJ Chapter of Ti:ME. She was a recipient of the “Governor’s Educator of the Year” Award in 2016 and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has also directed and/or choreographed numerous musical theatre productions.