Daily Schedule

Monday, August 8

9:00 – 9:30am    Keynote Presentation: Piscataway Conoy Land Acknowledgement with Kyle Swann

9:30 – 10:00am    Conference Welcome and Orientation with Arts Every Day

10:15 – 11:15am    Studio Session: The Steel Drum Experience with Kevin Martin    
This fun and interactive music assembly transforms participants into a steel band through hands-on instruction. Participants will learn to play the steel pan and a little of its history born in Trinidad. They will learn to hold the mallets, follow conductor signs, roll and strike a note, play a scale and then learn a whole song to perform by the end of the workshop. No musical background required.

11:30am – 12:30pm    Studio Session: Feeling Your Feelings with Ephraim Nehemiah
In this workshop, Teaching Artist Ephraim Nehemiah will guide us in examining how poetry can help us understand our emotions and become a useful tool for expression when ordinary language isn’t enough.


Tuesday, August 9

9:00 – 9:30am    Keynote Presentation: Michelle Faulkner of Baltimore Improv Group

9:45 – 10:00am    Creative Meditation: Embodied Movement as Inspiration with Emily Fleming

10:15 – 11:15am    Studio Session: To Be Human Is To Be Musical with Dan and Claudia Zanes
In this studio session we'll use a handful of old and new songs from here and there to illustrate different ways that teachers can use music to bring a classroom together. We believe that to be human is to be musical and that every teacher has the capacity to encourage more joyful expression among young people. No previous musical experience required; come as you are!

11:30am – 12:30pm    Studio Session: The Form. The Body. Our Bodies. A Cultural Artifact., with Diamond Gray
"The Form. The Body. Our Bodies. A Cultural Artifact." will explore the question, "How do we define a form? How do we create a cultural artifact? " Our studio session will engage in reflection, experimentation, and a series of prompts that use the five senses to produce a collaborative drawing. We will discuss how collaborative drawing is a tool that enhances community building, creativity, and critical thinking skills in the classroom.

3:30 – 5:00pm    Live Video Course: An Introduction to Brain-Targeted Teaching with Mariale Hardiman (VIRTUAL)
Dr. Mariale Hardiman will lead an introduction to her groundbreaking teaching pedagogy, the Brain-Targeted Teaching Method, which explores arts integration through the lens of neuro/cognitive science, bringing together research on learning and the arts, teaching and education. In this overview, participants will learn about the pedagogy’s six Brain Targets and how they can be embraced in teaching.


Wednesday, August 10

9:00 – 9:30am    Keynote Presentation: John Tyler

9:45 – 10:00am    Creative Meditation: Mindful Listening for Creativity with Emily Fleming

10:15 – 11:15am    Studio Session: Collage Stories with Alyssa Fenix
In this interactive workshop, Teaching Artist Alyssa Fenix will guide us through the basics of how to create collage art and then lead us in creating a piece that reflects your personal story of identity exploration.

11:30am – 12:30pm    Studio Session: Exploring Viewpoints Through Theater with Cori Dioquino
In this studio session, we will learn how to explore and apply Viewpoints - a classic theater exercise - to any curriculum. Actor and artist Cori Dioquino will get you up and moving, using your imagination and also sharing other focus and collaboration activities that you can do with your students in any class and for any occasion. 

3:30 – 5:00pm    Live Video Course: Reading and Rhythm with Quynn Johnson of SOLE Defined (VIRTUAL)
The Reading and Rhythm course with Quynn Johnson of SOLE Defined will share how the art form of tap dance and its elements (beat, choreography, and improvisation) can be used as a tool to strengthen literacy skills for early learners. Tap dance has the ability to communicate and express meaning. When this dynamic teaching tool is integrated into the classroom, it offers students a deeper learning experience to create physical and personal connections to academic subjects. This workshop is designed to highlight key aspects of tap dance that can be shared with and used by artists and non-artists alike to help drive the success of young learners. This workshop will incorporate the tap elements, beat and choreography with elements of literacy for multiple grade levels.


Thursday, August 11

9:00 – 9:30am    Keynote Presentation: Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co.

9:45 – 10:00am    Creative Meditation: Engaging the Senses for Inspiration with Emily Fleming

10:15 – 11:15am    Studio Session: Big Fun With Little Books with Linda Whelihan
Experiment and discover how to make a variety of engaging book forms that students will love to create, decorate, and share. Teaching Artist Linda Whelihan will bring diverse materials and techniques together in this original bookmaking exercise.

11:30am – 12:30pm    Studio Session: Shifting Shapes with Noelle Tolbert
This studio session will help participants develop range in their senses while exploring the root of shape shifting. Teaching Artist Noelle Tolbert will provide space and tools that further develop ways that dance and movement continue to surface in our everyday practices.


Friday, August 12

9:00 – 9:30am    Keynote Presentation: Bridging the Artistic Nodes of Baltimore: the Baltimore Music Box with Erik Spangler

9:45 – 10:00am    Creative Meditation: Embodied Movement for Creativity with Emily Fleming

10:15 – 11:15am    Studio Session: Musical Pastiche for Fun and Learning with Jordan Moore
What is Pastiche and how can it make me a better teacher? In this workshop, we will learn simple classroom songs for various routines and discover how to write new lyrics to simple songs to improve content retention.

11:30am – 12:30pm    Studio Session: Tackle the Text with Ron Heneghan of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Just like an inexperienced young football player might feel when making a tackle, students have doubts and fears when it comes to handling complex language. Teachers – help them TACKLE THE TEXT. Chesapeake Shakespeare Center Director of Education Ron Heneghan will lead an active program to prepare teachers to approach complex texts and assist them in helping their students tackle challenging language. Using some of the same principles found in athletics, we’ll prepare by starting with great form (speech, gesture) and then accelerate through our target (text) so that teachers can let students find their voice and themselves.

NOTE: Teachers who would like assistance with a specific piece of text are encouraged to bring a sample (between four-ten sentences or lines).

12:40 – 1:00pm    Final Reflection and Steel Drum Performance



Asynchronous Video Courses

Art, Math, and Abstraction: The Works of Al Loving with Morag Bradford

In this course, Morag Bradford, Arts Integration Specialist at Creative City Public Charter School, will use the artwork of Al Loving from the 1960s through 1980s to explore mathematical concepts such as the classification of quadrilaterals and other shape forms. Inspired by Loving’s artistic practice of hard-edged abstraction and mixed media collage, participants will create mixed-media artworks out of recycled cardboard, household materials, and found objects. These work of assemblage or collage will demonstrate understanding of learning goals in geometry for students across elementary grades.

Body Percussion Workshop with Quynn Johnson

Creating Text-Based Paintings with Ada Pinkston

Participants will create text based paintings inspired by the works of Adam Pendleton, Glenn Ligon, and Barbara Krueger in response to the philosophies of black suffragists as well as a text of their choice from the 6-8th grade ELA curriculum. Participants will explore typography and conceptual art as they visually translate inspiring works of literature through close reading and analysis.

Fold It:  Paper Engineering II with Amanda Pellerin

“Fold It! : Paper Engineering” uses the art of paper folding, origami, and simple book making to explore how a simple 2-D piece of paper can be transformed into an object with function and artistry.  Building on the foundational skills developed in "Pop-Up Pages," teaching Artist Amanda Pellerin will guide participants through exercises in creating origami bases, followed by design play which will then inspire the construction of larger 3-D objects.

French Horns and Phonemes: Music, Close Listening, and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom with Judith Sweet

In this course, participants will deepen their own musical appreciation and understanding to uncover new connections between music, language, and literacy. Practical, hands-on tools and activities will equip general education teachers to begin incorporating more music in their classrooms right away. Experience with music is welcome, but not at all needed!

Imagine and Play! with Khaleshia Thorpe-Price

Imagine, play and get whisked away! Get Ready to drum, dream and explore. Participants will use their imaginations to dive into the world of Drum Dream Girl. We will awaken our senses with guided visualization. We will explore imagery as we are whisked away into imaginary travel and we will tap and move to the hypnotizing beats of the drum as we create soundscapes that bring us closer to the island of music.

Introduction to Arts Integration with Angela Marroy Boerger

This session will introduce the field of arts integration to teachers who have no to moderate knowledge of this educational approach. Using the philosophy of the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts as a foundation, we will delve into the defining characteristics of arts integration, explore how the field is supported by current theories about learning, and discover a selection of connections between specific curriculum topics and a specific arts focus.   

An Introduction to Brain-Targeted Teaching with Mariale Hardiman

Dr. Mariale Hardiman will lead an introduction to her groundbreaking teaching pedagogy, the Brain-Targeted Teaching Method, which explores arts integration through the lens of neuro/cognitive science, bringing together research on learning and the arts, teaching and education.  In this overview, participants will learn about the pedagogy’s six Brain Targets and how they can be embraced in teaching.

Math, Money Management, and Theater with Cori Dioquino

Did you know that one of the greatest challenges Americans face is the lack of financial literacy and capability? Learning about money management can be daunting at any age, but it doesn't have to be. Theater artist Cori Dioquino will share creative ways to integrate theater with Math, Social Studies and Literacy to help make learning about money and budgeting fun and empowering for your students, regardless of their grade level!

Mathematics of the Steel Pan of Trinidad and Tobago with Kevin Martin

In this course, steel pan builder Kevin Martin will invite participants into a virtual steel pan workshop to learn about the history and construction of steel pan instruments. Participants will discover the mathematical foundation of the instrument’s pitches and tuning.  Through a series of video lessons and guided arts-integrated activities, participants will build a shaker at home and learn about the shape and slopes of the instrument’s metal as it is bent and tuned.

Me, Myself, and Mindfulness with Unique Robinson

This course by Unique Robinson, "Me, Myself, & Mindfulness: An Artistic Pause for Mental Health", demonstrates how to utilize the arts to promote student’s emotional and mental well being. We will explore activities, exercises, and discussion prompts that can be used individually or incorporated in a lesson in depth, from beginning to end. While this workshop is intended for middle and high school students, certain elements can be adapted for elementary school students as well.

The Mis-Education of the Cultural Arts Program in Baltimore with Angela Rodgers-Koukoui

This course introduces the local history and impact of the Baltimore City Cultural Arts Program, a municipal program that ran from 1964-1993. This course provides an opportunity to explore the history and legacies of the local Black Arts Movement, as well as contemporary intersections of art and social justice in Baltimore City. In turn, we will examine creative practices and how they can be used to create and advocate for change. During this course, you will develop individual art projects that respond to course topics and are rooted in the principles of the importance of art, culture, and preservation.

Music and Movements with Unique Robinson

"Music and Movements” will address the needs of BIPOC students and support an anti-racist curriculum. Participants will use music as a tool to unpack US historical movements and learn how these movements connect to today’s current transformations in society. How can we overcome across individual and institutional barriers to support students’ understanding of today’s world? How can we be actively anti racist in the classroom and use culturally relevant texts to illustrate this? This course will address these questions and inspire more.

Pop-Up Pages: Paper Engineering I with Amanda Pellerin

“Pop-up Pages: Paper Engineering” uses the art of paper construction, collage, and drawing to help teachers translate Math curriculum into achievable, exciting exercises that demonstrate a new understanding of learning objectives. We will practice different techniques to make paper pop up pages that reinforce math concepts and help learners express their creativity.

Reading and Rhythm with Quynn Johnson

The Reading and Rhythm course with Quynn Johnson of SOLE Defined will share how the art form of tap dance and its elements (beat, choreography, and improvisation) can be used as a tool to strengthen literacy skills for early learners. Tap dance has the ability to communicate and express meaning. When this dynamic teaching tool is integrated into the classroom, it offers students a deeper learning experience to create physical and personal connections to academic subjects. This workshop is designed to highlight key aspects of tap dance that can be shared with and used by artists and non-artists alike to help drive the success of young learners. This workshop will incorporate the tap elements, beat and choreography with elements of literacy for multiple grade levels.

Where Poetry Meets Identity: An Intersectional Space with Unique Robinson

Unique Robinson, Professor and Educator, will lead teachers in a workshop entitled "Where Poetry Meets Identity: An Intersectional Space". This workshop will focus primarily on the discussion of intersectional identity, using video clips and handouts. Participants will create an original poem and visual piece to walk away with! This workshop is targeted towards teachers of grades 3-5, with the intention that they can utilize this session in their classrooms.

Keynote Presentation Descriptions

Monday: Integrated Awareness Through the Arts

Presenter: Navasha Daya

Discover a few basic methods to assist with emotional balance and self-awareness through the arts. These basic techniques can be used for both teachers and students alike to focus, regroup and set intentions. 


Tuesday: Baltimore Youth Vision for the Arts

Presenter: Bmore Youth Arts Advisory Council

Representatives from the Bmore Youth Arts Advocacy Council share their backgrounds, artistic practices, and commitment to a vision of equity in the arts in Baltimore.


Wednesday: Honoring Baltimore’s Native Past, Present, and Future

Presenter: Ashley Minner

The place now known as Baltimore, like the rest of what is now known as the United States of America, has always been home to Native peoples. Baltimore is part of the ancestral homelands of the Piscataway and the Susquehannock, and a diverse host of American Indian folks from many nations have passed through or lived here at different times — and still do! Tune in to learn more about ways to honor Baltimore's Native past, present, and future.


Thursday: Public Art for Pedestrian Safety and Play

Presenter: Graham Coreil-Allen

Graham Coreil-Allen (he/him), founder of Graham Projects, will share about his practice of making cities more inclusive and livable through public art and placemaking for pedestrian safety and play.


Friday: Rufus Roundtree

Presenter: Rufus Roundtree


Studio Session Descriptions

Curvy Flow and Trauma-Informed, Holistic Dance Therapy (Monday at 10:30am)

Presenter: Tyde-Courtney Edwards of Ballet After Dark

Ballet After Dark is a queer-friendly, trauma-informed program that defines trauma-informed care as understanding and considering the pervasive nature of trauma and promoting environments of healing and recovery, rather than practices that may inadvertently re-traumatize. In Curvy Flow, Ballet After Dark founder Tyde-Courtney Edwards will lead us in a series of classical stretches, beginner’s ballet and breathing exercises that are developed to gently ease participants into movement. This practice is great as a physical icebreaker exercise and can be modified to fit various skill levels and students.


The Improv Toolbox (Monday at 1pm; 2 simultaneous sessions with limited space)

Presenters: Tavish Forsyth and Kim Scarfe of Bird City Improv

Improv is unscripted theater. It is about moment-to-moment discovery and flexibility. It’s also extraordinarily fun! In this workshop participants will learn to be confident, creative and collaborative by finding potential in what is readily available. The truth is everyone improvises every single day, but only a few of us improvise well. Why? We don’t listen to each other. We don’t acknowledge how we feel. We don’t see the merit in others’ ideas. We convince ourselves that what we bring to the table isn’t good enough. Comedy Improv works to curb those bad habits through its self-empowering philosophy: Yes, And. “Yes” is about embracing ideas and the circumstance you are in. “And” is about capitalizing on your situation. No prior experience is necessary. You don’t need to be a “funny person” or an actor. You don’t need to know any jokes. You just need to be brave, willing to learn, and willing to laugh.


The Village Bully (Tuesday at 10:30am)

Presenter: Maria Broom

Maria Broom leads participants through her story of The Village Bully, a story crafted to help children create a world of love and kindness. Our time together will include meditation, study, discussion, and creative response.


Please Touch the Art: Creating Knowledge through Tactile Experiences (Tuesday at 1pm)

Presenter: Samantha Schott

In this workshop we'll explore the ways in which tactile objects make art accessible to all students. We'll start by examining techniques for creating our own touch objects, which are great for students with low vision or sensory processing disorders, and then create our own tactile art works using found materials.


Vocal Support for Classroom Teachers (Wednesday at 10:30am)

Presenter: Chantel Wright

As classroom teachers, our profession demands a lot of our voices, bodies, and spirits. Chantel Wright will lead a session created for participants across the spectrum of singing experience. We will practice breathing exercises, muscle support, and other activities that will help us bring strong and supported voices to our work.


Finding Rhythm in Our Community, One Beat at a Time (Wednesday at 1pm)

Presenter: Murray Piper

Murray Piper, founder of Passionate Drumming, leads us in an interactive activity as we find musical instruments in our everyday environments, discover how fun and easy it is to make music, and build community together.


Let Me Try That Again: Express (Thursday at 10:30am)

Presenter: Thomas Schultheis

Following 'Let Me Try That Again: Discover and Create,' where participants discovered and explored perceived failures or limiting beliefs and created something new, comes Let Me Try That Again Part 3: Express. In this studio session, we will find the learnings, exchange stories, and share the work of our creative expressions. This artistic work will be shared via social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok) as a final assignment.


An Introduction to Basic Sewing and Fashion Design (Thursday at 1pm)

Presenter: Yele Oladeinde 

Join fashion designer Yele Oladeinde as we learn the basics of sewing and fashion design. We will learn how to thread a hand needle and knot thread, sew a running stitch and whip stitch, sew a hem, and attach buttons.


Psychedelic Expressions (Friday at 10:30am)

Presenter: Alisha Marchewka

Alisha Marchewka leads us as we learn how to create lettering inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 1960’s and 70’s. Come ready to feel groovy and capture your expressions in psychedelic style.


Comics Journaling: ‘Tooning Up Your Visual/Narrative Skills (Friday at 1pm)

Presenter: C. Ryan Patterson

In this session we will go over some basics of combining words and pictures in classic and creative ways. These skills can help encourage your students to fearlessly use cartoon journaling as a method of observation, reflection, and telling their own stories.


Video Course Descriptions

Becoming the Past: Persona Poems and Historical Figures

Presenter: Ephraim Nehemiah, DewMore Baltimore

(poetry/social studies; 6-8th)

This session will explore how poetry can be used to assist students in understanding historical events and the pivotal figures involved with them. The course will provide a creative and fun method for studying, comprehending, and exploring social studies through the use of persona poems. Participants will be given tools for instructing students, developing lessons, potential alterations, and useful examples.


Collaboration Lab 

Presenter: Urban Bush Women

(dance/social studies; 5-12th)

Urban Bush Women affects the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers. “Collaboration Lab” will bring together people to engage in artistic creation, spiritually and emotionally, and to discover community connecting points that increase our understanding of the power of art. It will be a session of artistic creation based on themes that emerge from the group. With an emphasis on dance and song, we use various artistic genres including creative writing and visual art, to process, synthesize, and communicate. Through the Collaboration Lab, participants create an artistic product reflecting both their learning and their vision for community.


Creating Safe & Supportive Environments for LGBTQ+ Individuals

Presenter: Alyssa Fenix

(multidisciplinary/social justice; K-12)

This workshop breaks down foundational concepts and best practices around working with and for LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Learn about terminology, statistics, tips for creating inclusive settings, and best practices for being a supportive ally to in special education and general education settings. This is an interactive workshop that utilizes Universal Design to appeal to a variety of participants, in which strategies are differentiated and background knowledge is formatively assessed throughout the session through polls, self-reflective, and brief constructed responses.


Design Challenges in the Elementary Classroom

Presenter: Matt Barinholtz

(visual arts/science; K-5th)

Design challenges can free elementary educators to confidently embrace student choice and support their deeper engagement with artmaking -  while gaining skills and reducing understanding gaps. Through Futuremakers’ “must/should/could” approach to project-based learning, participants will investigate an integrated evaluation process based on applied problem solving and reflection that eclipses a two-dimensional question/answer framework.  Participants will experience the process of creating a three-dimensional artwork that incorporates a kinetic element, using simple and affordable materials that can be transformed into moving structures and mechanisms. Participants will learn a practical approach to developing project-based tasks and choices that support the development of their students’ design skills and patterns of thought, and create an updated project rubric based on an existing lesson.


Fundamentals of Inclusive Arts Education

Presenter: Aliza Greenberg

(multidisciplinary/accessibility; K-12)

This workshop will provide core principles of inclusive and accessible arts education. It will introduce participants to disability culture in order to explore the potential of the arts as a powerful vehicle for a positive reframing of disability and explore the arts as a helpful medium for taking a strengths-based approach to education. Participants will learn about how the arts make space for all students to access learning experiences.


Indigenous Tattoos, Patterns and Math

Presenter: Cori Dioquino

(visual arts and theater/math; 2-5th)

Having trouble making geometry fun for your students? With this course, arts integration specialist Cori Dioquino will share how she successfully integrated the study of indigenous tattoo culture with math for her incoming 2nd and 3rd graders. Not only will your students have fun with this lesson, but you will also be able to integrate these fun activities with every core subject from math, to literacy, science and social studies.


Introduction to Arts Integration

Presenter: Angela Marroy Boerger 

(multiple artistic disciplines/multidisciplinary; K-12)

This session will introduce the field of arts integration to teachers who have no to moderate knowledge of this educational approach. Using the philosophy of the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts as a foundation, we will delve into the defining characteristics of arts integration, explore how the field is supported by current theories about learning, and discover a selection of connections between specific curriculum topics and a specific arts focus.   


Let Me Try That Again: Discover and Create

Presenter: Thomas Schultheis

(music and theater/ELA; 9-12th)

In this workshop we will discover a way to process our perceived failures. Perceived failures can have long term negative effects if they are not acknowledged, challenged, and processed. The perception of failures can be personal or professional, and “Let Me Try That Again” provides an opportunity to begin taking steps towards learning, healing, resolution, and creative expression. In the second section of this session, participants will have access to steps of the creative process as well as examples of different forms of artistic expression online. The purpose of this segment is to conceptualize and implement ideas into creative expression. Using a variety of creative choices (creative writing, painting, drawing, music, dance, drama, photography, etc.) participants will be tasked with using what they discovered from Part 1 as source material for new creative work. This process will place teachers in the role of a student, and to understand and feel again the vulnerability in trying, failing, and trying again.


Scholars Who Sketch: The Value of Visual Notes

Presenter: LaQuisha Hall

(visual art/ELA; 9-12th)

LaQuisha Hall, City Schools Opportunity Culture Coach and 2018 Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year, leads participants in exercises that connect doodling and improvisatory exercises in the visual arts with literary comprehension.  Using analysis of Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” as a starting point, participants will proceed through steps to create their own one-pager anchor chart using a text of their choice.


Standing in a Character's Shoes: Deeper Meaning through Monologues

Presenter: Mary Hall Surface

(theater/ELA; 6-12th)

Explore how to imagine, improvise, and write dramatic monologues with students that reveal the emotions beneath a character’s words (subtext) and how those emotions change (turning points). Look beyond the surface facts of a text, image or event. Discover how this clear, scaffolded process invites students to draw from personal connections while strengthening empathy and emotional literacy. Jacob Lawrence’s Daybreak – A Time to Rest, a painting inspired by the life of Harriet Tubman, will inspire the workshop’s monologues. Educators can apply this dynamic process across the curriculum to deepen student understanding of literary, historical, and contemporary content while inspiring higher order thinking through drama.


Strategies for Creating Accessible Arts Experiences

Presenter: Aliza Greenberg

(multidisciplinary/accessibility; K-12)

This workshop will explore ways to use the arts in the classroom to engage students in learning through the use of tools to make arts experiences accessible to students with disabilities. The workshop will introduce arts activities to support student participation and share tools to support student engagement in arts learning experiences.


Tape the Shape: Integrating Math and Painting

Presenters: Laura Koler and Miranda Baxendale

(visual arts/math; K-8th)

"Tape the Shape" will explore how to integrate the tape-resist painting technique with measurement and geometry math standards in Pre-K through 8th grade. This technique easily integrates with geometry standards as the tape lines can be applied to create different shapes, angles, and types of lines (parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular). Shape sides and angles can then be measured and area and perimeter can also be calculated. Participants will create their own tape-resist painting and see firsthand how this technique can be integrated with math standards.


Teaching Smarter With Smartphones

Presenter: Krystal Williams

(music/technology; 9-12th)

“Teaching Smarter with Smartphones” challenges educators to overcome their natural resistance to allowing phone usage in their classrooms. Krystal Williams will lead participants through rules and routines that will help establish a structure for students. With guided lessons on screen recording, broadcasting, and mirroring, we will learn new techniques for sharing instruction and content. The session includes an overview of apps that can enhance student music engagement. Alternate plans for lower levels of access to technology will be provided.


Telling Your Story to the Beat of the Blues

Presenter: Imani Gonzalez 

(music/ELA; 3-8th)

In this interactive workshop, teachers learn to immerse their students in the rich history of the blues as they trace its roots and influences through African traditional chants, work songs, and spirituals. Participants explore literacy strategies to engage students in writing their own blues songs that express their emotions.


Using Theatre Tools to Explore the Ocean

Presenter: Cori Dioquino

(theater/science; 3-5th)

Science can be one of the most engaging subjects for students to learn, which makes it an unexpectedly easy fit when integrating with an art form such as theatre. During this active and engaging workshop, we'll explore how we can use elements of theatre to get 3rd through 5th grade students even more excited to study topics in science, focusing primarily on learning about the Ocean. Actor and teaching artist Cori Dioquino will show you fun theatre activities you can do with your students both in the classroom and in a virtual space when learning about the Ocean, its many layers and the creatures (real and mythological) that may live deep within. You'll also have an opportunity to begin incorporating these activities with other science lessons you may have throughout your school year.


Virtual Storytelling

Presenter: Vonnya Pettigrew

(digital media arts/ELA; 3-12th)

This session, led by Root Branch Media Group’s CEO Vonnya “Ms. P.” Pettigrew, gives educators tools and support in getting their students to open up and share in a virtual space. Join  Ms. P in this dynamic training session as she uses technology and digital media arts to help participants share their story.