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The Art of Learning and Professional Development
by Richard Erdmann and Christine Drew

If you want to see instructional shifts across all subjects and grades to meet the rigor of the common core and STAAR, this will become your common reading! The Art of Learning: Perspective and Cognition will help you define the interplay between skills and knowledge and creativity and innovation by implementing deliberate practice and instructional rigor in ways you never imagined.

If you want students to learn how to set a goal, create a plan, and make it work, read The Art of Learning: Relationships and Motivation. Whether your students need to learn how to work collaboratively, set goals to overcome obstacles, get a growth mindset, or use self-assessment for self-reinforcement and correction, this book will get you on your way.

If you want to see how learning happens, read Art as Learning. Using Impressionist artists as a model of skills and creativity, Art as Learning gives the reader a way to literally see learning as it occurs. Learn how to increase rigor, accelerate learning, and design a creative learning environment.

Purchase print and digital books and download free sample chapters

Art and Education: An Interview (Huffington Post)
David Galenson interviews Richard Erdmann and Christine Drew

“THE ART OF LEARNING is a fabulous merging of brain and learning theory and art history. Who would expect to think that we can learn how to teach students by attending to the ways in which master artists learned their craft? Drew and Erdmann bring a dynamic focus to learning with a creative and focused approach that is both captivating and informing. A MUST READ for educators!”

—Dr. Sarah Jerome, Superintendent, Arlington Heights SD25 and past president of AASA
Arlington Heights, Illinois

“Syfr has created a refreshing and extraordinary opportunity to provide a 21st Century learner-focused professional experience for teachers and administrators. The expertise and depth of knowledge that Christine and Dick offer facilitates the learning of teachers who are striving to meet the needs of a new generation of digital and media-saturated learners. Their work has been a re-birth for the professional practice of our teachers. They are pioneers in professional development who are establishing a new precedent for 21st Century teaching and learning."

—Betty Burks, former Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction and Special Campus Programs,
San Antonio ISD, Texas

"Syfr’s Rural School Initiative is exposing our teachers to cutting edge information that is only available if we drive in excess of 200-300 miles to larger cities. Our budget does not allow that. This format exposes our teachers to information that is only available to larger districts with larger budgets. Small schools deserve this type of professional development and this format makes it possible."

—O.K. (Buddy) Wolfenbarger III, Superintendent, Comstock ISD, Texas