As a teaching artist, DeAnna Pellecchia designs curriculum for arts integrated education to support learning and inclusion. Through the arts students have a variety of ways to experience academic content, express what they know, and engage in learning. She has collaborated/consulted with Medicine Wheel Productions, Cloud Foundation, URBANO Project and Boston Pulic Schools via VSA Massachusetts. Her curriculum design for Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward., created with Ingrid Schatz was published by the Harvard Educational Review in thier 2013 Spring Annual Issue, Expanding Our Vision for Arts in Education.
DeAnna helped to create professional development curriculum for VSA's COOL Workshop, MOVING THE STANDARD: A Kinestetic Approach to Learning for Students of All Abilities. The COOL model creates classrooms where students and teachers have a Creative Outlook on Learning.Participants learned the guiding principals and foundation behind the effective use of creative movement and kinesthetic learning in an inclusive interdisciplinary model of curriculum. Addressing ELA Common Core State Standards, Boston Public School teachers learned how to integrate dance/movement vocabulary into their classroom to stimulate the writing and interpretation of original poems, bringing similes alive through movement. The model engages students and teachers through the arts to transform schools into inclusive communities. VSA is Massachusetts' go-to organization for training in how to provide opportunities for students with and without disabilities in the arts.