Dodge Foundation Grant
Integrating Arts & STEM into Pedagogical Practices

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has awarded Rutgers Graduate School of Education a second $45,000 grant to launch a year-long professional-development program that will continue the work to improve teacher effectiveness by integrating Arts and STEM pedagogical practices.

The focus of the program is to promote Arts Education as an integral component of the curriculum, and to facilitate Arts integration with STEM curriculum through teacher professional development. Science, math, and technology teacher leaders from several New Jersey school districts in partnership with New Jersey teaching artists, and Rutgers faculty will engage in professional development designed to increase teacher effectiveness, facilitate creativity and innovation, and fulfill requirements of the New Jersey Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.

On June 30, 2015, participants were engaged in a full day professional learning experience at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.  Participants were involved in a 90 minute workshop linking the visual arts to instruction in math, science, and/or English language literacy.  Ample opportunities were given for participants to speak with and work with fellow educators as well as an hour tour of the unique and enjoyable Grounds for Sculpture Park.  

The experience at Grounds for Sculpture will be utilized by the participants to create their own lesson plan, integrating the arts into their particular content area.  Participants will present their lesson plans at a culminating event in the late fall.

The program is being led by Primary Investigator on the grant, Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology; and Co-Primary Investigator Dr. Penelope Lattimer, Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement.

Participating Districts:



Neptune Township

Perth Amboy


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate School of Education
80 Cottontail Lane, Suite 410
Somerset, NJ 08873