2008 Arts for All Conference
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Battle Creek Middle School,
2121 North Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55119
7:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) 7th Annual Arts for All Conference is a professional development training for educators, administrators, parents/guardians, community members, artists and arts organizations that work with educators and youth in Saint Paul Public Schools, other districts, or in the community. The ultimate goal of the conference is to provide participants with visual and performing arts knowledge, skills, tools and the beliefs necessary to create high levels of student learning and engagement, improve instructional quality and encourage personal artistic growth.
The conference provides approximately 25 inspiring sessions which assist over 200 participants in learning in the arts, through arts integration and about the arts. This year’s keynote speaker and special session presenter is J.F. Kennedy Center presenter Deborah Brzoska.
Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Dance, Media Arts and Literary Arts as well as arts subject areas integrated with other subject areas.
Sessions will support SPPS district goals of ensuring high academic achievement, raising expectations for accountability, accelerating the path to excellence, strengthening relationships with community and families and/or district strategy and action step "C8": Expand and integrate (visual) arts and music (performing arts) experiences for all students.
Participants will take active roles as learners to:
* engage in lively and in-depth explorations of music, dance, theatre, visual, media, literary and integrated arts;
* explore the interrelationship between art forms and curriculum;
* expand their knowledge of artistic and arts education practices, strategies, issues, resources and policies to ensure student learning;
* discover, create, make, contribute, observe, analyze, connect, converse, respond, revise, improve, reflect, apply, learn, celebrate and renew.
Spirited and interactive sessions in the arts. Master Clinic Intensives designed for specific grade levels and arts areas. Inspiring keynote speaker and workshop leader Deborah Brzoska. Fabulous door prizes from businesses, vendors and local arts organizations. Vendors of arts education and art-making materials, resources and services. Delicious continental breakfast and lunch. Clock-hours and in-service credits.
The Conference It is sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Clear Channel School Arts Project, East Side Arts Council (ESAC) and the U. S. Department of Education AEMDD grant program (Arts ABLE). It is facilitated by the ESAC and SPPS Center for Professional Development and is in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools through the J.F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program. (Food is sponsored by Ordway Center and other private funds).
There is no cost to attend for SPPS staff, SPPS Site Council or School Support Organization chairs, leaders and members (PTA, PTO etc). Minneapolis Public School (MPS) staff are also invited to attend at no cost (fee paid by MPS). Non-SPPS affiliated are invited to attend for a nominal fee of $18. Presenters are invited to attend breakfast, lunch and workshop sessions at no charge. Please check back soon for registration process and specifics. .
Keynote Speaker and Session Leader:
Deborah Brzoska is a nationally recognized leader in arts education who has worked with schools and arts organizations internationally and in nearly all fifty states. She is a former dancer and choreographer as well as the founding principal of an award-winning arts-centered public school in Vancouver, Washington. Deb is a specialist in creative school reform and served as school designer for the Small Schools Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a national teaching artist for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, specializing in assessment, arts integration and professional development of teachers, school leaders and teaching artists. Deb has presented arts education workshops from Cairo to Pago Pago and currently supports arts education efforts in the state of Hawaii. She has written about arts education for The Kennedy Center, Columbia College, the Arts Education Partnership and The College Board. Deb Brzoska Areas of Specialization:
* Leadership training
* Arts curriculum and assessment
* Reflective practice: developing professional learning communities
* Strategic planning with schools, districts and arts agencies
* Arts integration: research, theory and effective practice
* Designing and sustaining arts-based schools
* Developing community arts partnerships: models and methods
* Literacy and the arts
* Professional development for teachers, principals and teaching artists: workshops, seminars and institutes