School of Education Professor, Sulentic Dowell, named to State-wide Arts Integration Board


Photo: School of Education Professor, Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell  Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD

Baton Rouge, LA - School of Education Professor, Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD, was recently named to the Louisiana A+ Schools Board of Directors. Under the auspices of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts which advocates for the importance of the arts in the development of youth, encourages the use of art within all curriculums, and supports a variety of art educational programs in the state, the Louisiana A+ Schools created a statewide Board of Directors to provide leadership in arts integration as they move forward with their mission and vision. 

Dr. Neil Mathews, director of the School of Education commented, “We’re proud to have Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell on the Louisiana A+ Schools Board of Directors. Her expertise in arts integration coupled with her passion for preparing educators will provide strong leadership for this board, directly helping them achieve their goal to transform education by nurturing creativity.”

Sulentic Dowell, professor of Literacy and Urban Education, researches the efficacy of arts integration as a pedagogical tool. In 2013, Sulentic Dowell was part of a team of LSU faculty and staff from the George Rodrigue Foundation who traveled to Oklahoma City to tour Oklahoma A+ schools. Since that time, she was awarded a fall 2014 sabbatical and a SEC travel grant to investigate the A+ Arts Integration Network in North Carolina and Arkansas. She was also a recipient of a Louisiana Department of Education 2015 Believe and Prepare Grant, partnering with the City of Baker elementary schools, exploring the effectiveness of arts integration and returning to North Carolina to observe A+ schools with a team of local teachers and School of Education colleagues, Drs. Sassy Wheeler and Erin Casey. Director of the LSU Writing Program and Coordinator of the Grades 1-5 Teacher Education Program in the School of Education, Sulentic Dowel is guest editing a special 2018 issue of Pedagogies: An International Journal on arts integration with fellow SEC colleague, Dr. Chris Goering, from the University of Arkansas. Her research agenda focuses on literacy in urban settings, with a strand that investigates providing access to literature, writing, and the arts.  


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