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FIS teachers chosen for pilot program

Farragut Intermediate School Special Education teacher Susan Cobb and art teacher Christy Davis have been selected to be part of an “Arts In Education” pilot program.

These teachers are working with fiber artist, Karen Bailey Earith. Together they will be working on the following goals: 

1. To create collaborative activities between special education teachers and general art/specialist teachers.

2. To increase the quality of art activities available for students with disabilities.

3. To increase the knowledge of beneficial adaptations of art curricula for students with


4. To provide evidence of the benefits of the arts to children with disabilities in the form of improved academic, social and/or affective functioning.

5. To disseminate techniques and findings to teachers statewide on the findings from this pilot program

6. To create a program report for the dissemination of information to improve the knowledge base of teachers statewide.

This project will run through Feb. 8. Students in the CDC class will be creating pillows to help them learn their address. The finished projects will be displayed in the main hall of the school for the enjoyment of the students and staff. 

This project is sponsored through a grant from VSA Foundation, which provides accessible art opportunities to students with disabilities.

Earith has engaged in a variety of art forms all her life. She has been teaching people with disabilities how to create art since becoming an occupational therapist in 1983.

She said she believes in helping everyone reach his or her creative potential regardless of age or skill level.


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