Dr. Goldberg is a bit of a celebrity at CSUSM. She’s been on the news, featured in papers and on websites, presented at international conferences, published textbooks, and won worldwide accolades for her efforts to integrate arts into primary school curricula. And while Dr. Goldberg might not mind the attention, it’s for entirely different reasons than one might think.

Each article or picture is another opportunity for her to speak about a program that she is passionate about and that is close to her heart: the DREAM project, or Developing Reading Education Through Arts Methods. By helping area elementary school teachers integrate the arts into reading lessons, student reading scores have improved an impressive 87 points.

Beyond the DREAM project, Dr. Goldberg founded Center ARTES at CSUSM, bringing together the San Diego Office of Education, the California Center for the Arts and local schools to promote education through art. She also works with educators around the region to develop unique arts-centered teaching methods that stretch the creativity of students and teachers alike. In fact, much of Dr. Goldberg’s work focuses as much on helping students learn as it does on helping teachers teach.

Her efforts have earned her numerous grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. She was also recently selected as one of 12 finalists for the prestigious James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The awards are given annually to recognize Californians who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. “Dr. Goldberg’s work is innovative, visionary, significant and has had tremendous impact on the fields of arts education as well as related fields,” said one of her colleagues.

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In what has become a campus tradition to kick off the start of spring semester, President Karen Haynes honored eight faculty and staff for their exceptional service and achievements at the President's Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards Reception on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.