Susan Griss is a pioneer in the field of arts-in-education. Rooted in her background as a dancer and choreographer, her successful methods of teaching academic curriculum through movement have been presented to principals, classroom teachers, teaching artists and pre-service teachers throughout the U.S., and in Slovenia and Israel. Her book, Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum, (Heinemann, 1998) is still widely used. Susan's pioneering spirit has now taken her to the new field of Creative Aging, where she choreographed a suite of dances called "Here to Stay" for performers aged 76 to 96 living at Woodland Pond. For the last two years, by request of the residents, Susan has continued to teach dance at Woodland Pond, combining group discussion, chair warm-ups, standing exercises, folk dances, and complex patterns and sequences to music you can't help dancing to! Ms. Griss also teaches graduate courses for early education teachers at Bank Street College of Education in NYC, and for K-12 teachers through Lesley University. For 10 years she presented workshops for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a key presenter at the Annual Partners in the Arts Summer Institute in Richmond, VA. In New York, Ms. Griss is the co-founder/co-director of BEYOND PAPER AND PENCIL: Bringing Literacy to Life through the Performing Arts, offering professional development and artist residencies in elementary schools. This program enables participants to use music, dance and poetry in an arts-integrated curriculum to promote student learning.