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Jeffrey Billard
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Attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Walk into many high school classrooms a few minutes before class starts and what will you see? A large number of students will be on their cell phones, iPads, etc. and many of those will be playing games. So if they like play...
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"Gamification" I Like the Sound of That and So Will Students
Walk into many high school classrooms a few minutes before class starts and what will you see? A large number of students will be on their cell phones, iPads, etc. and many of those will be playing games. So if they like playing games (and who doesn't?), th...
Walk into many high school classrooms a few minutes before class starts and what will you see? A large number of students will be on their cell phones, iPads, etc. and many of those will be playing games. So if they like play...
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Thinking and Having a Voice: "Save the Last Word for Me" Activity
In this age of let's memorize this content or this form of writing so we can do well on the high stakes testing and pretend that we learned something valuable, it becomes more and more important for us to get our students to think and have a voice. Allowing...
In this age of let's memorize this content or this form of writing so we can do well on the high stakes testing and pretend that we learned something valuable, it becomes more and more important for us to get our students to ...
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I love learning new terms and putting language to concepts; it helps me to learn it better and also helps me to explain it to others better. Allowing students to move so they can learn and think has been a constant theme in t...
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Bates Middle School: Transformation Through Arts Integration
In our age of showing results through data, the Wiley H. Bates Middle School is doing just that. Check out their results in just four years. Click on the link for Edutopia to read what they've accomplishes. It's worth the time. Arts integration has been sho...
In our age of showing results through data, the Wiley H. Bates Middle School is doing just that. Check out their results in just four years. Click on the link for Edutopia to read what they've accomplishes. It's worth the tim...
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In our age of showing results through data, the Wiley H. Bates Middle School is doing just that. Check out their results after integrating the arts for just four years. Click on the link for Edutopia to read what they've acco...
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"Embodied Cognition" We Think With and Through Our Bodies
I love learning new terms and putting language to concepts; it helps me to learn it better and also helps me to explain it to others better. Allowing students to move so they can learn and think has been a constant theme in this blog, and the term "embodied...
I love learning new terms and putting language to concepts; it helps me to learn it better and also helps me to explain it to others better. Allowing students to move so they can learn and think has been a constant theme in t...
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I teach at Northeastern University in Boston
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    I teach at Northeastern University in Boston, present
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Falmouth, MA
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Cape Cod, MA - Vietnam
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Jeffrey Billard, M.Ed. holds a Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and a B.A. in English and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches in the Graduate School of Professional Studies at Northeastern University in Boston and has also taught American Literature & History, writing, poetry, drama, film and television production for twenty-four years at the high school and middle school levels. As Assistant Director of the Barnstable High School Drama Club from 1994 to 2001, Jeff was involved in over thirty productions as a director, assistant director, singer, and actor. Jeff also collaborated on writing three chapters for The Stage and the School, a performing arts textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

Jeff went to Vietnam in 1997 to study at the University of Hue and has written, directed, and performed in his play Voices Across the Wall dealing with issues from the Vietnam War and has written and performed I, Vietnam a one-man theatrical piece as well. He also co-authored and performed the play Waiting for Ingivelse with Keith Caldwell. He has also written a collection of poetry around the Vietnam War entitled Poetry of Conscience and a second called Circle Intact dealing primarily with the war in Iraq as well as PTSD. Jeff has also been a featured poet at the Provincetown Poetry and Literary Arts Festival. Jeff was awarded an NEH Fellowship to study at the Summer Teacher Institute-Teaching the Vietnam War at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston in 1996.

Jeff developed and teaches Integrated Teaching Through the Arts and Drama and Poetry Across the Curriculum with his colleague Keith Caldwell at Northeastern University in Boston. The two have also co-authored a text for use in the course. Jeff and Keith facilitate teacher training workshops as well.

Jeff believes that integrating the arts into education engages and energizes students while allowing them to make connections with prior knowledge and relate it to their own lives. Allowing students to discover their own learning through the arts is a key to engaging them and promoting them to gain their own knowledge. Jeff firmly believes that each student, no matter what their age, has something unique to “add to the conversation” and that integrating the arts is the conduit to making that happen.

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  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Lesley University
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