Learning Edge Conference 2017

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November 14, 2017

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

101 W 100 N, Provo, UT 84601

Please register by November 5

$45 per person for individuals

Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Keynote
 
9:50 a.m. Break
 
10:00 a.m. Breakout Session I
 
11:00 a.m. Break
 
11:10 a.m.

Breakout Session II

12:10 p.m. Lunch
 
1:10 p.m. Breakout Session III
 
2:10 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m. The Relevance of the Arts in Our Lives and Schools
 

Opening Keynote Speaker

School Leadership: What's Art Got to Do with It?

Coauthor of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education (now in its second edition, and a new book, Studio Thinking in Elementary Schools, coming out in 2018), Lois Hetland has conducted research in the arts since 1997. In this keynote presentation, she introduces the Studio Thinking framework, suggests ways it can support hiring and evaluating arts and non-arts teachers, and demonstrates ways that school leaders use Studio Habits of Mind and Studio Structures to enrich their school communities.

Lois Hetland, Coauthor of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education

Lois Hetland, EdD (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2000), is a professor in the art education department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (since 2005) and an affiliate of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (researcher, 1992–2000; PI, 2001–10; senior research affiliate, 2010–present). Trained in music and visual arts, Lois taught elementary and middle school students for 17 years. In 2013, she made her first trip to India; she returned for her sixth visit in February 2017. She has initiated an institutional partnership between MassArt and the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore and has brought art students annually from MassArt to India on study tours since 2015. Lois has reviewed arts and education proposals for IES and coauthored a chapter on a participatory evaluation of Art21 Educators (conducted 2010–12). Currently, she is coauthoring Studio Thinking in the Elementary School, to be published by Teachers’ College Press in 2018, and is working with Abt Associates to evaluate nine partnerships among community arts organizations, universities, and schools in Wisconsin and Alaska, funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Featured Performances

Lauryn Judd from the Hit TV Show The Voice

Lauryn lives in Draper, Utah, and is 17 years old. She has been performing in various ways since she was three. Lauryn is involved in choir and theatre at Corner Canyon High School. After competing in the Vocal Sport competition, she got first place for Judges Choice and second for Audience Choice. The Vocal Sport competition gave her the opportunity to be on season 12 of NBC's The Voice. Lauryn sang "Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun" for her blind audition and got a three-chair turn with coaches Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, and Blake Shelton turning their chair. She chose to be on Team Alicia and was in the top 48 of season 12. She is looking forward to releasing original music soon.

 

Samba Fogo, Utah Artist in Residence

With a mission to inspire students and share the joy and community spirit of Samba, Samba Fogo provides arts education outreach in local schools and after-school programs. Samba Fogo drum and dance workshops instill a sense of confidence, collaboration, and accomplishment in local youth, utilizing the power of hands-on drumming, dance, and song.

 

Lance Larsen, Retired Poet Laureate of Utah

Larsen has taught at Brigham Young University since 1993. His teaching interests include poetry, creative writing, American literature, and Shakespeare. He has published four poetry collections, with a fifth, What the Body Knows, forthcoming in 2017. His poetry and prose appear widely in such venues as New York Review of Books, Poetry, APR, The Best American Poetry 2009, Brevity, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has won a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently co-directing a theater study abroad program in London.

 

Breakout Sessions

Lois Hetland

Lois Hetland, EdD (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2000), is a professor in the art education department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (since 2005) and an affiliate of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (researcher, 1992–2000; PI, 2001–10; senior research affiliate, 2010–present). Trained in music and visual arts, Lois taught elementary and middle school students for 17 years. In 2013, she made her first trip to India; she returned for her sixth visit in February 2017. She has initiated an institutional partnership between MassArt and the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore and has brought art students annually from MassArt to India on study tours since 2015. Lois has reviewed arts and education proposals for IES and coauthored a chapter on a participatory evaluation of Art21 Educators (conducted 2010–12). Currently, she is coauthoring Studio Thinking in the Elementary School, to be published by Teachers’ College Press in 2018, and is working with Abt Associates to evaluate nine partnerships among community arts organizations, universities, and schools in Wisconsin and Alaska, funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Strategic Conversations on Assessment for Thinking and Understanding

Ideally, assessment supports student learning and the development of twenty-first century skills, but can the increased demands for assessment now routinely faced by teachers accomplish that? By considering several lenses developed at Harvard’s Project Zero—Levels of Understanding, Dimensions of Expertise, and the Studio Habits of Mind—participants in this session explore an expanded view of what assessment is for, how it might be conducted, and how it might support student learning across the disciplines and beyond.

Planning and Teaching with the Studio Thinking Framework (with Mark Borchelt)

In this breakout session, participants actively explore what the Studio Thinking framework is and what it offers them in planning and teaching through, with, and in the arts. The presenters address K–12 grade levels, all arts disciplines, and how integrating the arts can support learning in every discipline when Studio Thinking is used as a lens for decision-making.

Mark Borchelt

Mark Borchelt is an associate professor at Utah Valley University. He was formerly director of dance at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has served as a faculty member at the University of Utah, Southern Methodist University, and Cornish College of the Arts. A distinguished pedagogue, consultant, and master teacher, Mark has taught and lectured internationally at dance workshops and conferences. His choreography has produced acclaim in both professional and academic venues. During the summer, he is a faculty member for the Project Zero Classroom at Harvard University.

 

Art in Mind: Thinking and Learning in the Twenty-first Century

Asking a child to sit in a classroom while the instructor covers information will no longer adequately prepare students to meet the world they are going to inherit. While lecture and demonstration will always have a place in education, the growing complexity of our global reality requires students to develop attitudes and strategies to better navigate and understand the world around them. Arts-infused learning environments are one means to provide opportunities for students to gain practical skills for framing and solving complex problems. When innate curiosity and inquiry are awakened and become tools for research and discovery, education becomes a more essential and meaningful endeavor. This session will explore creative process through the eyes of a current student who became a principal artist for the Roots of Knowledge stained glass windows. His story exemplifies the type of mind-scape that will help students succeed in the new millennium. Participants will gain theoretical and practical applications for integrating arts into and across the curriculum.


 

Jacqui Larsen

Jacqui Larsen is a painter and mixed-media artist who has exhibited her work widely. Highlights include Three-Mile Radius and Animal Brilliance, painting and poetry collaborations; Women Beyond Borders, an internationally traveling exhibition based at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Metaphorically Speaking, located at the BYU Museum of Art, Utah; and Ancient Fragments in a New Light, at the Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and honors, including two Utah Visual Arts Fellowships (1996 and 2006) and a Lieutenant Governor’s Award. Notably, her work was selected to represent Utah in The De-Constructed West, a Four-State Fellowship Exhibition at the Millenium Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Jacqui was awarded an artist’s residency fellowship from the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. She has taught at Northwest College in Houston, Houston Community College, and at Brigham Young University, where she co-directed a study abroad program to Spain. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Art Access Utah. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Gettysburg Review, Rattle, Tampa Review, Ellipses, and Folio, as well as on the covers of three University of Tampa poetry collections.

Lance Larsen

Larsen has taught at Brigham Young University since 1993. His teaching interests include poetry, creative writing, American literature, and Shakespeare. He has published four poetry collections, with a fifth, What the Body Knows, forthcoming in 2017. His poetry and prose appear widely in such venues as New York Review of Books, Poetry, APR, The Best American Poetry 2009, Brevity, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has won a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently co-directing a theater study abroad program in London.

Three-Mile Radius 

Three-Mile Radius, a collaborative exhibition at the the Springville Museum of Art, features the paintings and mixed-media work of Jacqui Larsen, a two-time winner of the Utah Individual Artist Fellowship, and the poetry of Professor Lance Larsen, Utah’s poet laureate. While this married couple creates their work separately, their visions often overlap. Jacqui is the first reader of Lance’s poetry, and Lance visits Jacqui’s studio daily to see her work in progress. It’s not uncommon for a line of poetry to appear in a painting or for a painting to inspire a poem.


Samba Fogo

With a mission to inspire students and share the joy and community spirit of Samba, Samba Fogo provides arts education outreach in local schools and after-school programs. Samba Fogo drum and dance workshops instill a sense of confidence, collaboration, and accomplishment in local youth, utilizing the power of hands-on drumming, dance, and song.

 

 

Brazilian Drum & Dance with Samba Fogo

Explore Brazilian drumming, dance and song with local performing arts group, Samba Fogo! This session will be targeted for K-12 student engagement, and will inspire new ideas for music and dance programming in schools. Instruments will be provided, and the session will include a discussion of Brazil's cultural tradition of Samba, with its unique educational models and historical connections to Africa, as well as options for Samba Fogo outreach programming in your school!


Suzi Montgomery

Suzi Montgomery is the Director of Education at the Utah Film Center where she leads a team dedicated to tapping into the dynamic nature of film as an instructional resource. She holds a master's in French literature and a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology and worked in the archaeology department at the Utah Division of State History. It was there that she also delved into the documentary arts, as an oral historian, which evolved into a career in radio, first as a freelance journalist and classroom radio documentary instructor, and later as Senior Producer of Science Questions (SQ) Radio- a science radio show that aired weekly on a local independent station (KRCL) and NPR affiliate station, UPR.

At heart, Suzi is an educator with two decades of experience, having taught in junior high, high school and college classrooms across the world, having served seven years as the Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, a creative tutoring and mentoring center focused on customized learning models, and having worked three years as the SHIFT Program Director where she began training teachers to use filmmaking in the classroom. Grateful to teachers with minds wide open to engaging in new educational strategies, Suzi is dedicated to empowering teachers and enlivening classrooms using story, technology and her vast experience weaving the digital media arts meaningfully into educational settings.

Learning in Focus: The Essentials of Filmmaking in the Classroom

Come discover how to harness the transformative potential of filmmaking and digital storytelling to improve teaching practice and increase student engagement. By sharing compelling youth-produced media, our curated sources of media-making inspiration, and a lesson on stimulating creativity in the classroom, we will demonstrate how filmmaking—combined with intentionally designed lesson plans—can increase positive learning behaviors and provide opportunities for students to acquire and build upon their core content knowledge.



Kevin Pullan

Kevin Pullan has worked in education for twenty-five years. He has been an elementary school principal for the past sixteen years. He is currently the principal of Fox Hollow Elementary in the Jordan School District. Throughout his career, Kevin has been an avid supporter of arts education in schools. Kevin is an abstract artist. He has been painting for 15 years. He takes time each year to do various art activities with the students in his school. His “Paint with the Principal” program has been featured on Fox 13 News, in the Deseret News, and in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Kelleen Leslie

Kelleen Leslie is a fourth-grade teacher at Blackridge Elementary. She is passionate about integrating art into her curriculum. Her students dance the rock cycle, pantomime their vocabulary words, drum times tables, and create watercolor paintings of Utah environments. She understands the importance of art in the classroom and what it does for her students. She is chairman of the Arts Committee at Blackridge and a member of the District Arts Committee (DARTS). She was chosen to attend the 2011 Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Kelleen was awarded Jordan District’s Outstanding Art and Education teacher of the year. In May 2017, she was the recipient of the Sorenson Legacy Award for Elementary Art Integration.

Deborah Hanson

Deborah Hanson is currently a fifth-grade teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary. She has taught every grade and was also the facilitator for preservice teachers for a number of years. She has been a reading specialist and an art specialist at different elementary schools and currently has a portfolio of art history and visual art lessons available for use with grades one through six. Deborah believes in and teaches with a quotation from Einstein in mind: “Creativity is imagination having fun!”

Art: The Return on Your Investment

Principals will see how small strategic investments in teachers or programs can bring significant returns, benefitting students and the school community. Data shows that students who are educated in the arts perform better on standardized tests, are more successful in the workplace, and are more well-rounded members of society. We will show you how, with a very small investment of time, the arts can flourish in your schools. Creative problem-solving, building of student confidence, and opportunities for all students to shine can easily be built into the school year with straightforward, manageable ideas for principals and teachers.


Chris Roberts

Chris has taught children and adults for 34 years. He received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in educational psychology (gifted and talented) from Brigham Young University. He has been teaching dance (along with everything else) to children every day for the past 14 years. Chris has taught dance workshops for the Utah State Office of Education and has co-taught with Marilyn Berrett in Brazil at the daCi World Conference. Chris was a keynote presenter at the Fall Networking Arts Conference in Ogden, Utah, and was a co-presenter in a panel and lecture demonstration (with Marilyn Berrett and Julie Ahlander) at the 2003 National Dance Education Organization conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also co-presented a paper (with Marilyn Berrett) at the 2006 NDEO conference in Long Beach, California. Chris is a proud graduate of Anne Green Gilbert's Summer Dance Institute in Seattle, Washington. He loves giving children the opportunity to express their creativity through dance. In 2012, Chris received the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award for Educational Leadership.

Don’t Just Read the Book Aloud—Dance It! 

Movement makes learning visible. Come watch a model lesson with a kindergarten class. See how easy it is to teach the Utah English Language Arts Core Standards through dance. These strategies for early childhood education are easily adapted for most K–6 classrooms.



Jayme Gandara

Jayme Gandara is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has taught both fourth and fifth grades in the Provo School District. She believes strongly in integrating the arts into her daily classroom settings. She uses process dramas to teach history, incorporates music into math lessons, and teaches visual art techniques using printmaking, scientific drawings, sketching, cartooning, and drawing. Her students study the works of Van Gogh, Joan Miro, and others. She is also a recipient of her school's Golden Apple Award. 

Jennifer Heldenbrand

Jennifer Heldenbrand teaches at Canyon Crest Elementary in Provo. She and her students find joy in learning by using the arts to create deep connections to core content and develop skills as active learners. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in music education, a bachelor's in education, and a master's in education. She was honored by being named an outstanding arts integration educator by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation in 2016.

The Arts-Integrated Classroom: Process, Product, and Public Relations

Learn how to reframe your public image using research-based arts strategies to promote your school and programs. We will share examples of working arts integrated classrooms and community involvement strategies.

 


Jen Terry

Jen Terry taught art integration in her kindergarten and second-grade classes for 20 years and now shares art integration with art-specialty teachers and classroom teachers in the Alpine School District. As a district art integration coach with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson arts learning program, Jen loves to coach teachers on how to bring creative mindsets into their classrooms and also how to instill artistic practices in themselves. She uses picture books with most concepts and appreciates how books create deeper meaning for children. Jen loves how the arts flow into all subjects and how they help kids to think deeper, create meaning, and bring purpose and feeling to their lives. Jen graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with an art emphasis and is currently finishing her M.Ed in integrated curriculum. 

Artful Wonderer

Young children are fluid, integrated wonderers who bring the artistic practice of inquiry and aesthetics to everyday problems, themes and ideas in the world around them. As children grow older this artistic practice tends to get pushed out of the way. This session will be hands-on, artful and provide specific ways to support teachers and show administrators how to keep the “everyday artistic wonderer” alive in children and themselves as they bring artful thinking habits of mind into their 21st century thinking classrooms.

 


Heather Francis

Heather Francis is a dance and math educator from Salt Lake City, Utah, with a bachelor’s in dance education and a minor in mathematics education. For the past four years she has been teaching dance and dance-integrated eighth-grade math classes at a Title I school in South Salt Lake. She was recently recognized by the Granite School District for achieving one of the highest MGP scores for her eighth-grade students on the end of level SAGE math test for the 2015–16 school year. Her math- and dance-integrated program received national attention when she was the recipient of the Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt Creative Classroom Award in 2016. She currently serves as the publicity and marketing director for the Utah Dance Education Organization and the secretary of the daCi Utah Board. She has also been performing and choreographing with the Body Logic Dance Company, Ashley Anderson Dances and Dance Teacher Exchange. Heather currently serves as the Arts Bridge Director and Research Assistant for the BYU ARTS Partnership.

Arts Integration in Secondary Mathematics

Experience the way dance, visual arts, and music can engage secondary students in mathematical pattern discovery required in rigorous secondary-mathematics courses. Heather Francis, math and dance educator, will both model and describe the way she creates arts-integrated activities to engage students in functions, algebra, geometry, and irrational number reasoning.

 



Sarianne Sorenson

Sarianne Sorenson is an adjunct faculty member in the art education department at Brigham Young University. Sarianne has supported the arts in public education as an art educator for 10 years and as a high school assistant principal for five years. Additionally, she has served as district content specialist for the visual arts, content day facilitator, collaboration team leader, and SWAP board member. Through these leadership opportunities, she has been able to observe and evaluate fine art teachers, facilitating their growth, development, and best practices. Sarianne has a bachelor’s degree in art education and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Brigham Young University. She resides in Highland, Utah, with her husband, Erik, and their two children.

Teaching . . . It's an Art (7–12)

Even if you can't so much as draw a stick figure, you can still observe, evaluate, and facilitate best practices in the arts. This workshop will discuss the purpose of observations and evaluations and how to recognize good teaching practices and facilitate improvement in art classrooms.



Joel Pullan

Joel Pullan received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1996. Working with the arts has been Joel’s occupation for more than 20 years. He has worked as a commercial photographer, product photographer, and architectural photographer after receiving his degree. He still operates a photography business. He is honored to have had his artwork hang in the Kimball Art Gallery in Park City and the Springville Museum of Art. His work has been published in Project Read, the Sundance Catalog, and Construction Annual Reports. Recently, “Getting to Lean Intervention”—an article featuring the implementation of PLCs at Oakcrest Elementary—was published in UAESP Leadership Journal. Joel currently serves as president of the Salt Lake Photographic Print Society and works as an elementary school principal in Jordan School District.

Amanda Campos

Amanda Campos earned her bachelor's of fine arts degree in art and design. Her emphasis was in painting, drawing, and graphic design. She later earned her master's in art in teaching, with an emphasis in art education from Westminster. She currently teaches at Copper Hills High School in Jordan District.

Tracey Davies

Tracy Davies has taught sixth grade for eight years. She took a five-year break in the middle of her career to stay home with her daughters. During this time, she actively participated in the local elementary school Great Artist Program, Reflections, and PTA. She integrates the arts throughout her curriculum and loves to be creative every day in her classroom.

 

Studio Art in the School and Classroom (K–12)

This session will focus on various teaching skills studio classes provide students K–12. Be prepared to experience fun, engaging, and creative, hands-on studio art skills you can immediately implement in your school and classroom.


Bryan Bowles

Upon completing an undergraduate degree in theatre, Bryan Bowles taught 10 years at Bountiful High School. During that time, he also directed at the Promised Valley Playhouse, previously located in Salt Lake City. Bowles left Utah to accept a theatre position at the Polynesian Cultural Center, where he remained for seven years. The Bowles family returned to Utah when Bowles joined Shipley Associates as a consultant. He later returned to public schools as a teacher, curriculum supervisor, and school administrator before serving 14 years as the Davis School District superintendent. He feels blessed to currently serve as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations in Brigham Young University’s McKay School of Education. He and his wife, Joan, have five children.

School Leaders—It’s Opening Night!

The strongest, most successful schools skillfully cultivate these three foundational As: academics, athletics, and arts. School leaders’ attention to arts education is a research-based investment in improved literacy, visual analysis, persistence, creativity, critical judgment, sense of community, attendance, and achievement levels for students—as well as increased educator satisfaction! In this session, school leaders will deepen their arts education advocacy while engaging in activities using theatre techniques.


 

Daniel Potter

Tony Wagner, expert in residence at Harvard University's Innovation Lab, cited in a recent interview the necessity for people in the workforce "to think, be flexible, change, and be adaptive, and use a variety of tools to solve new problems." To best develop these skills, students, teachers, and administrators need support in experimenting with relevant technology and resources, resulting in creative expression and purposeful learning. This session will provide an engaging, hands-on opportunities to explore creative methods and digital resources to deepen learning. Bring your smartphones and laptops to explore and collaborate!

Daniel Potter has enjoyed teaching English at Westlake High School in Alpine School District for the past eight years. For the past two years, he has split his time between the classroom and the district office, where he serves as one of the secondary language arts specialists. Daniel is driven to create opportunities for his students and colleagues to innovate, create, and rethink learning. He continually seeks the best ways to integrate technology and passion-based learning in his lessons, building participants' content mastery as well as crucial twenty-first century skills (such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity).

Discovering and Integrating Digital Resources for Deeper Learning


Amy Miner

Amy Miner taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her master’s degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University in curriculum and instruction. For over 20 years, in Utah, Texas, and Colorado, she has been an advocate of integrated curriculum design and engaging students in deep learning tasks. Amy taught integrated methods as an assistant professor in teacher education at Brigham Young University and through her research and professional development with the BYU ARTS Partnership. She has provided professional development, curriculum, and STEAM school implementation through all stages of the learning process, including assessment and research across the state of Utah. She is currently working with Utah State University (Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program), Weber State University, Brigham Young University, Alpine School District, Provo City School District, and multiple charter schools. Amy’s research, teaching, and consulting reflect her deep passion for curriculum design, integration, and the arts.

Doug Finch

Doug Finch has worked for over 20 years in public schools, in both elementary to secondary levels. He graduated from Brigham Young University with his bachelor's in mathematics education and a master's in educational leadership. He also completed an executive EdD in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has particular interest in change leadership and school cultures of renewal. Doug has been involved in numerous learning initiatives such as School Accreditation, Dual Language Immersion, and STEAM. His current position is the director of student services in the Provo City School District.

Joe Backman

Joe Backman is the director of curriculum and professional development for Alpine School District. He was recently the principal of Foothill Elementary School for four years, where he lead Foothill to become a state-recognized STEAM school and a pilot for Alpine School District. Joe has lead the school and district to partner with universities and businesses, as well as helping schools network as multi-school PLCs. He received his undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master's and PhD in educational leadership at BYU. Joe and his wife are proud parents of four wonderful boys.

 

STEAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. What Do We Know and What Does It Look Like? 

STEAM is a buzzword that we hear in our schools. What is STEAM? What does the literature say about STEAM, and what does it look like in classrooms? In this session, the presenters will share the process and principles of become fully integrated STEAM schools that are standards based, culturally created, and results driven.

 


Amy Miner

Amy Miner taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her master’s degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University in curriculum and instruction. For over 20 years, in Utah, Texas, and Colorado, she has been an advocate of integrated curriculum design and engaging students in deep learning tasks. Amy taught integrated methods as an assistant professor in teacher education at Brigham Young University and through her research and professional development with the BYU ARTS Partnership. She has provided professional development, curriculum, and STEAM school implementation through all stages of the learning process, including assessment and research across the state of Utah. She is currently working with Utah State University (Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program), Weber State University, Brigham Young University, Alpine School District, Provo City School District, and multiple charter schools. Amy’s research, teaching, and consulting reflect her deep passion for curriculum design, integration, and the arts.

Enriching, Engaging, and Enhancing Student Learning through Arts Integration: the How-Tos behind the Planning

We are committed to the arts, and we know that arts integration enriches our teaching, engages our students, and enhances learning. But too often teachers suggest that that they haven’t been taught the how-tos of arts integration. In this session, Amy Miner will model and engage participants in the “processes” of arts integration and the thinking and decision-making behind the planning, as well as share several examples of arts integration in various subject areas and grade levels.


Anna Davis

Anna Davis has been teaching for 12 years, first at Orem High and now at Timpanogos High School. She teaches AP art, AP art history, Honors art, and painting. Anna is involved with the Utah Art Education Association Board and the Statewide Art Partnership. She has been the district art coordinator for Alpine School District, where she has helped facilitate PLCs and coordinate group art shows. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Sorenson Legacy Awards Visual Arts Educator of the Year.

Susan Purdy

Susan Purdy is currently in her fourth year teaching at Westlake High School. She teaches AP art, Honors art, painting, design, visual communications, and printmaking. She will be adding AP art history to the program the following year. Susan feels her greatest success comes from her students choosing to study art after they leave high school.

 

 


Lisa Bean

Lisa Kirkwood Bean, Ph.D., is the Elementary Drama Curriculum Specialist for the Nebo School District where she provides professional development for classroom teachers within the district’s twenty-seven grade schools. Lisa uses aspects of role-play to deepen student engagement in traditional school subjects. She specializes in developing whole- class reader’s theatres for deep literacy experiences, and uses storytelling, puppetry, gestures, movement and staged productions for and with young audiences. A long-time adjunct faculty member at BYU, Lisa also enjoys spinning a good tale around a campfire.

Claudia Marsden

Claudia Marsden is a visual arts specialist in Nebo School District.

Rob Marsden

Rob studied music performance at Brigham Young University with cellist Roger Drinkall and conductor Clynn Barrus. While attending BYU, Rob worked as radio host for KBYU-FM, Classical 89. Following his education at BYU, Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Utah, while performing as cellist in the University of Utah Honors String Quartet and as principal cellist of the Utah Philharmonia.

Rob began his career as an educator by teaching elementary music in the Provo School District, later relocating to Kaysville where he taught orchestra for Davis School District. Rob’s students thrived in an environment that carefully balanced fun-loving humor with hard work to accomplish musical goals.

Rob is a devoted father of four children, all of whom are pursuing their own musical gifts. An avid woodworker, he can also be found in a pile of wood shavings or a cloud of dust when time permits. Rob is frequently recruited as an adjudicator and guest clinician. He also works as a recording studio artist, having recorded numerous movie and television shows including Pocahontas, 101 Dalmatians, Operation Dumbo Drop, Starship Troopers,Hercules, Xena Warrior Princess, and others. He has served as public relations liaison on the Utah Music Educators Association Board and is a regular presenter at music conferences and events.

 

Establishing a Framework for Arts Integration

*Help for administrators on how you can support arts integration in your school and help teachers be able to have what they need to succeed. 

Join us for a discussion and presentation about how to create an arts integration environment in your school. We will examine the various roles of the administrator, teacher and art specialist in creating arts integrated curriculum that enhances learning, making it memorable and meaningful.

Make Learning Memorable with Drama, Music and Visual Art Integration

Fine Arts Specialists from the Nebo School District will present techniques, ideas, lesson plans and helpful hints for integrating the arts into your curriculum with a focus on drama, music and the visual arts.