April 3 – April 5, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Thursday Sessions & Presentations

This page includes sessions and presentations for Thursday, March 31. Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Session descriptions and presenter bios coming soon!

Thursday, March 31, 2022 

Welcome, Opening Remarks, & Keynote Presentation | 8:45 am – 9:30 am CT
Dryades Ballroom, NOPSI Hotel 

Keynote Speaker: Deirdre Johnson Burel, Program Officer, W.K Kellogg Foundation  

Breakout Sessions A | 10:15 am – 11:30 am CT

A1. Prints to Prose: Using Creating, Presenting, Responding, & Connecting to Enhance Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening
Deb Hansen, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) / Education Associate for Visual & Performing Arts (retired), Delaware Department of Education 

A2. Focus on Special Education in the Arts
Kristin Morrell, Arts Integration Coordinator / SPED Specialist, Young Audiences of Louisiana  
Todd Shaffer, Curriculum Specialist / Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Louisiana

A3. The Miami Gardens Music Alliance
Sheila Womble, Executive Director, Arts for Learning Miami 

Arts & Action Panel Discussion (w/ lunch) | 11:45 am – 1:45 pm CT
Dryades Ballroom, NOPSI Hotel 

Akua F. Kouyate-Tate, Vice President, Education, Wolf Trap 
Dr. Denese Shervington, Professor, Tulane University / Founder and President, Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies
Emily Wolff, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth & Families, City of New Orleans 
Moderated by Jenny James, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Louisiana 

Breakout Sessions B | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm CT

B1. Focus on Teaching Artist Initiatives from Across the YA Network

B2. Focus on Project Evaluation: Using Formative Data to Inform Best Practices in Program Research, Communications, and Outreach
Dr. Yvette Clinton, Principal Investigator, ICF 
Susanne Harnett, Managing Senior Associate, Metis Associates 
Moderated by David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

B3. Creating Frameworks Rooted in Institutional Values

Breakout Sessions C  | 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm CT

C1. Panel Discussion: YA Credentialed Teaching Artists

C2. Focus on Federal Funding Opportunities

Sessions & Presentations as of 2/7/2022. Schedule subject to change.