IDEAS is a multifaceted organization dedicated to educational excellence in and through the arts. Specializing in integrated and arts-infused literacy curriculum, we provide consulting, publishing, and educational tools and toys. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children and their grownups in deep and meaningful ways.
We provide consulting to parent, teacher, educational, and media organizations.
•In-Service and Professional Development
•Curriculum Development, including Assessment
Dr. Susan Snyder heads the clinician roster. To review Dr. Snyder's complete Resume of Qualifications, please
We publish high quality texts and media products related to integrated curriculum, arts-infused curriculum, early literacy, and music/arts education. Our authors include Dr. Susan Snyder and master teachers from across the United States. Publications bridge the gap between theory and practice, and are designed to have immediate use in homes and classrooms. Among the available products:
•Integrate with Integrity has become the guide for arts-infused curriculum development across the country.
•Total Literacy binders provide theory and model units for arts-infused literacy for early childhood, emergent, and early readers through Grade 5. Many have accompanying CDs and art prints. Our Total Literacy Anytime Video Suite brings professional development to those who cannot arrange in-person workshops, or to support and reinforce professional development experiences.
•Music Memory™ brings quality classical music experiences into classrooms from Grades 3-6, with 16 new pieces presented in a visual/auditory format every year. Music Memory™ is created in cooperation with Texas University Interscholastic League and PSIA, and the Riverside, NY Symphony Orchestra.
•Other individual titles are available in the Store.
Educational Tools and Toys
We create open-ended educational tools and toys, including the popular IDEAScarves, which are available in a range of sizes and color combinations. Parents and educators in the fields of music, movement, dance, early childhood, literacy, and drama use these scarves. We also produce quality recordings, CD-ROMs, and art kits.
Through the work of Dr. Susan Snyder and other clinicians, we are or have been directly involved in projects servicing:
•APPLE: American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education
•American, Australian, and Canadian Orff Associations
•Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riverside (NY) Symphony Orchestra
•Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Workshop, Sesame Place
•CT Wolf Trap
•CT Commission on the Arts HOT Schools
•CT Even Start
•Connexionarts, Toronto, Canada
•Atlanta, GA; Bridgeport, CT; Fort Worth, TX; Hartford, CT; Dearborn, MI; Lawrence Township, NJ; Michigan City, IN Public Schools
•The Grammy Foundation
•MACH: Music and Arts Center for Humanity
•Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Division
•The Michael Cohen (Research) Group
•Music Educators National Conference
•The Newark Museum
•Ricketts Educational Endeavor (Ameritrade)
•Texas University Interscholastic League
•The US Department of Education
•Universities, school districts and teacher organizations nationally and internationally.