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Teachers' Voices with Thom Lewis and Wendy Joy Koltnow

Learn about the Opening Minds Through the Arts program and how dance can inspire creativity and confidence.

On this week's Teachers' Voices, hear about OMA, the Opening Minds Through the Arts program, and learn how dance can inspire creativity and confidence.

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_Wendy Joy Koltnow (left) and Thom Lewis (right), Movement Specialists with Opening Minds Through the Arts. _

Opening Minds Through the Arts, or OMA, is a student achievement program that integrates the arts into traditional subjects like math, science, or social studies.

It takes the arts one step further, by showing students, how creative thinking and self-expression can develop the problem solving skills they need to better understand their world.

On this week's Teachers' Voices, we'll hear from Wendy Joy Koltnow and Thom Lewis, two of OMA's Movement Specialists and members of the OMA Design Team.

They both have worked as professional dancers and now teach year-long dance classes at seven OMA schools.

LISTEN

To hear more stories, visit the Teachers' Voices archive.

(Funding for the production of Teachers' Voices is provided by Wells Fargo and the University of Arizona College of Education. The series is produced by Matt Felix for Arizona Spotlight.)

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