Sixth Annual Arts and Education Symposium Agenda

8:00      Refreshments and Networking

8:30      Welcome – Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

8:35      Student Performances – By the Lower Dauphin High School Chamber Singers

9:00      Keynote Speaker – Lynn Tuttle – Director of Content and Policy, National Association for Music Education
          “ESSA and Opportunities for Arts Education”
Panel Discussion –
The Pennsylvania ESSA Plan and Arts Education – featuring
Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development, Progressive Music
Beth Olanoff
, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
            Cory Wilkerson, Communications Co-Chair, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
            Laurie Zierer, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

10:45   Break

11:00   Concurrent Sessions

Overview of the PCA’s Arts in Education Division
Learn about what arts in education programs and resources are offered through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency celebrating 60 years of service to the Commonwealth. Learn how to access AIE services and opportunities to support work in your communities and schools.
Jamie D. Dunlap – Director, Arts in Education Division, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania & ESSA and Opportunties for Arts Education
Learn more about the work of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania as a resource and partner for arts organizations and advocates.  Hear how you can support the work of the Legislative Caucus on Arts and Culture.
Jenny L. Hershour – Managing Director, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
O. David Deitz – Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Beyond Reader’s Theatre: Using Theatre as a Cross-Curricular Tool
A theatre-arts residency in your school can assist in meeting STEM Objectives. Introducing and involving students in the arts strengthens their critical thinking and communication skills. Arts education equips our students with life-long habits that lead to success.

Song, rhyme, movement, creative drama – how can we incorporate these in the era of test-taking? This workshop explores ways to integrate theatre into cross-curricular classes so that students engage more with each other and with the core-curricular content while also providing a rich standards-based arts curriculum. We can choose arts and science, not arts OR science. 

Part tool-box, part pedagogy, and all fun – join us for an experiential workshop on how a theatre residency can transform our students’ experiences.
Kristen D. Baughman-Gray – Galaxy Program Coordinator, Central Intermediate Unit #10
Cynthia Mazzant – Professional Actress, Director/Choreographer, Playwright, and Penn State University Lecturer

Theatre and Dance in PA: Leveraging the New Endorsements for Advocacy for your Art Form
Did you know that PA now has a Theatre and a Dance (Creative Movement) Endorsement- making history as a state sanctioned credential for teachers of Theatre and Dance? Come to this informative session to find out the latest scoop about which colleges are developing programs, who is offering the endorsement, who can and should get it and how to leverage the endorsement to improve Theatre and Dance Education in PA.
Gene R. Frank – Pennsylvania Chapter Representative, American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Cory Wilkerson – Communications Co-Chair, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

12:15   Lunch

1:00    Remarks – Public Policy Agenda and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network

1:15    Keynote Speaker – Mario Rossero – Senior Vice President for Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2:15    Awards
2016 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award, presented to the Cumberland Valley School Board
2016 Arts Education Policy Leader Award, presented to Pennsylvania State Representative Stan Saylor
2016 Featured Student Artist Alisha Klase, 11th Grade, Palmyra Area High School

2:30    Policy Leader Panel
          Moderator: Jenny L. Hershour, Managing Director, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
          Pennsylvania State Representative Stan Saylor, 94th Legislative District
          Philip Horn, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
          Christopher Wakeley, Executive Director, Pennsylvania House Education Committee (D)
          Dr. Frederick S. Withum III, Superintendent, Cumberland Valley School District
          Matthew Stem, Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education,
          Pennsylvania Department of Education

3:45    Break

4:00    Concurrent Sessions

Advocacy for Arts Education and the Humanities
You can make a difference to build public and policymaker support for arts education and the humanities in Washington, Harrisburg, and your school district and local community.  This session will share information about the value and imperative of advocacy and what you can do to be an effective advocate with opinion leaders and policymakers.
Ron Cowell – President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center

Pennsylvania PTA Reflections Arts Program
Learn about how the PTA Reflections Arts Program creates arts education opportunities for students and your schools, and what can be done to run a successful Reflections Program
Nellie Connolly – Arts in Education Chairman, Pennsylvania PTA

Daedal Doodle Dictionary Curriculum
A word-based Intercurricular Art and literacy program where students read the dictionary to find “new alliterative words” that inspire conceptual drawing and illustration — characters or visual scenarios that lead to descriptive sentences and written stories. The classes’ work is published in book form which brings the school’s computer class into the process. The process increases student vocabulary and opens doors to students’ understanding of how to come up with visual ideas. It brings art into the English class as it brings vocabulary into the art class.
Victor Stabin – Author, Painter, Animator, and Doodler

5:15    Adjourn

The Sixth Annual Arts and Education Symposium is sponsored by:
NAMM Foundation – Diamond Level Sponsor
The Education Policy and Leadership Center – Silver Level Sponsor
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association – Bronze Level Sponsor
Progressive Music – Bronze Level Sponsor
Ron Cowell

The symposium is supported by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments, and it is also supported by a grant from Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania which was made possible by funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Exhibitors include:
PA Thespians
Pennsylvania PTA

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