THURSDAY, APRIL 4
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
A1. Restorative Justice through the Arts
Lares Feliciano, Programs Director, Think 360 Arts for Learning
Glenn Bailey, Jr., Community & School Programs Director, Young Audiences of Houston
Keri Jhaveri, Professional Learning Program, Arts for Learning San Diego
What role can arts play in Restorative Justice? Learn some great ideas through the lenses of three innovative programs: Think 360 Arts’ DA-ARTT program in Denver, Arts for Learning San Diego’s juvenile justice pilot program with the JCCS schools in San Diego, and Young Audiences Houston’s Arts – Promise program for at-risk youth. Using the World Cafe format, participants will work in small groups, discuss all three programs with the presenters, and hear about the challenges and solutions they adopted. In closing, all participants can share their reflections and ideas for developing similar programs in their own communities
(Jackson A, 3rd floor)
A2. Maximizing Opportunities for All through Engagement, Exploration, and Experiences
Michaelann Kelley, Director Visual Arts, Aldine ISD, Houston
Alyssa Wagner, Art Teacher, Mead Middle School, Houston
Matt Tomaselli, Digital Learning Specialist, Jones Middle School, Houston
Learn how Aldine ISD is working to provide all students with equitable opportunities. The district has worked to develop curriculum that guides teachers in strategies for engagement and integration of tested content areas. The art curriculum includes online learning provided in an interactive format. The teachers, while following the standards, provide new discoveries through creative expression for students to explore artistic voice and choice. In this session, learn about the transformation of a visual arts curriculum and the development of a philosophy of learning for its teachers. Participants will create a piece of artwork. The session’s format is an interactive hand-on lesson which can be used in a general education or visual arts classroom.
(Jackson B, 3rd floor)
A3. Promise to Purpose: Turning One District’s Vision into Arts Inclusion for Every Child
Monte Mast, Director of Fine Arts, Klein ISD
Carole Mason, Principal, French Elementary School
Fayla Curry, Dance Teacher, Klein Oak High School
Discover how one district’s vision of serving every child’s needs is being turned into a reality. Individuals from three levels (district administration, campus administration and a classroom teacher) will share their experience and expertise. Topics include implementation strategies, culture building, professional development, engaging with community arts partners, funding, and outcomes. Monte Mast will discuss district structure, policy issues, and overcoming issues of procedure and perception. Carole Mason will talk about opening a new campus with arts integration as a key component, and how she built the culture for success involving all students and the arts. Fayla Curry will discuss starting her Partners in Dance program (a nationally recognized program for special needs students and dance) and getting student buy-in.
(Sims A, 3rd floor)
A4. Model Policies for STEAM Education
Mary Dell’Erba, Project Manager, Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) has expanded its scope of work to conduct timely education research and policy analysis into the role of arts in STEM or STEAM. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has captured the attention of state policy makers who are concerned about equitable access to high-quality educational experiences and preparing students for an evolving workforce. This session shares the findings of AEP’s upcoming report, “Model Policies for STEAM Education,” and offers highlights from the Arts Education Policy Briefing at the National Arts Action Summit held on March 3, 2019. Participants will gain a better understanding of how state policy making can support access to STEAM and hear about the states that are leading the way.
(Sims B, 3rd floor)
A5. Weather on the Move
Harlan Brownlee, Teaching Artist, Kansas City Young Audiences
Harlan Brownlee combines his training as a pilot and a choreographer to create an interactive exploration of weather. This session is designed to illustrate the strengths of arts integration as an instructional methodology that captures students’ imaginations and engages them in the learning process. Participants will: discover strategies that relate motions of the body and elements of dance to the structure of the earth’s atmosphere and cloud formations; explore the connection between essential skills of the 21st century (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication – commonly referred to as the “Four Cs”) and arts-integrated activities; and understand dance, and other art forms, as viable methods to support children with learning differences.
(Grand Ballroom, 22nd floor)