Breakout Session A HeaderBreakout Session A

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


A1. Advocacy at the Local Level, Your Ecosystem, The Policies and You

Location: Red Conference 3rd Floor

Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Advocacy is an essential skill for all those who support arts education in communities and schools. As an integral part of your Young Audiences program, learn the skills needed to advocate for the sustainable future of your program and arts education in your community. Join with Jeff M. Poulin of Americans for the Arts to learn about the arts education ecosystem and actionable strategies for advocacy to take back to your community.


A2. Powerful Exploration and Discovery Through Modern Visualization

Location: Euclid Quarter 3rd Floor Rotunda

Herb Schilling, Computer Scientist, NASA Glen Research Center, Scientific and Visualization Team
Calvin Robinson, Computer Scientist, NASA Glen Research Center, Scientific and Visualization Team

Advanced visualization and computer interaction technologies are creating new exciting ways to engage and educate students about STEM. This presentation will include a discussion of the importance of visualization, and an overview of a variety of technologies including: augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and natural user interfaces (NUI). Find out how these technologies in conjunction with art can inspire and engage students and teach problem solving and creative thinking. The team will provide four to five demonstrations of using AR, VR and NUI to create engaging experiences that explain NASA technologies, facilities and projects.
A3. Successful Partnership:  A Jones Soda Photography Residency
Location: Alex Theatre 2nd Floor

David Schiopata, Associate Director of Programs, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Ryan Upp, Resident Visual Teaching Artist, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Lynn Carney, Sixth Grade Teacher, Benjamin Franklin School, Cleveland, OH

This session highlights the work of students involved in the Jones Soda Photograph Residency sponsored by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL).  A CAL teaching artist and a Cleveland Metropolitan School District teacher worked with a classroom of sixth graders to create original photography. In this session, hear about the successes and challenges of this arts-focused partnership which began in the fall of 2016 and will conclude in May 2017. Teaching artist Ryan Upp shares his experiences working with the students and demonstrates some of the photographic techniques students used. Teacher Lynn Carney will share the benefits of this residency for the students’ learning across the curriculum and students will share their experience in person or through video.
A4. Teaching Text Types Through Comic Creation
Location: Naples & Valencia 2nd Floor

Cynthia Larsen, Lead Teacher, Lake Erie Ink, A Writing Space
Cordelia Eddy, Noble Ink Spot and Teen Coordinator, Lake Erie Ink: A Writing Space
Meaghan Basilone, After School Coordinator, Lake Erie Ink: A Writing Space

Comic creation motivates reluctant writers and appeals to students with different learning modalities. The Common Core identifies three main text types: narrative, argument, and informational writing. Comics can be used to teach the elements of narrative writing, especially sequencing and transitions, or developing a claim or argument. With comics, students can present information learned in content areas through individual or group research projects and restate information in original ways through words in speech and thought balloons, captions and pictures. Comics can be individual or collaborative and can be pencil and paper projects or multi-media.  In this session, participants will create comics, learn strategies experientially and through examples of student comics, and use modeling clay and technology (iPads with Comic Life app) to create a Claymation style comic.