On Saturday, April 7, Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting a Curriculum & Instruction Summit at Forest Manor Professional Development Center, open to any teacher in the Indianapolis area. The day is broken into three sessions: one keynote session and two sessions with multiple breakout topics to choose from. Each session is 70 minutes, with a 10-15 minute break between each session. Participants may choose to attend one to three sessions throughout the day. The Keynote Speaker, Nancy Steineke, specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles and student engagement. Topics for the remaining two sessions include Poetry in the Classroom lead by local poet Bonnie Maurer; Orchestrating Discussions; Reading Foundations Throughout the Day; Modeling and Mindset with Mathematics; and more. Registration is free for IPS teachers and costs $20 for non-IPS teachers. Click here to register, and contact Allyson Peterkin, email@example.com, with any questions.
This week, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Lenore Blank Kelner visited Indianapolis to provide professional development to teachers and teaching artists. On Tuesday, January 16, Kelner provided two workshops on Character Interviews; the morning session was held at Eliza Blaker Elementary School, and the afternoon session was held at Edison School of the Arts. The workshops focused on connecting reading comprehension with drama. Kelner took participants through three lessons, which included tips on how to keeps students engaged during read-alouds, teaching vocabulary words by using theatre/drama tools and concepts, and using a talk-show setting to interview students as characters from books to test comprehension and encourage inferences.
On Wednesday, January 17, Kelner demonstrated her lessons with a fourth grade class at Edison School of the Arts. Teachers were able to observe and have a debrief discussion afterwards. Between the two days of professional development, over 60 teachers were able to participate.
Amber Price, General Music Teacher at Edison School of the Arts School 47 was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017 on behalf of Any Given Child Indy. Ms. Price will be attending the conference from June 26 – 28 in Arlington, Virginia.
When asked about what she is most looking forward to, Ms. Price said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to attend the arts integration conference in June. I truly believe in arts integration for children, and this will be a wonderful example of how to incorporate the arts and learning. I am thrilled I will get to experience many examples of arts integration by expert teachers, and will enjoy bringing these ideas back and sharing them with other teachers at my school.”
About Ms. Price
Ms. Price is the elementary general music teacher at the Edison School of the Arts, where she teaches kindergarten through 5th grade music classes. On top of teaching elementary music classes, she also helps with the middle school instrumental music program and teaches kindergarten creative movement classes.
Heather Boelke, Art Teacher at Eliza Blaker School 55 was selected to attend the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June 2017 on behalf of Any Given Child Indy. Mrs. Boelke will be attending the conference from June 26 – 28 in Arlington, Virginia.
When asked why she is excited for the opportunity to attend the Arts Integration Conference, Mrs. Boelke said, “The arts are an asset for engaging students in curriculum and encouraging success. I am incredibly thankful that our community recognizes the intrinsic value of the arts in education! The Kennedy Center’s Arts Integration Conference is an incredible opportunity to learn new tools and techniques, which will assist our making gains in student achievement.”
About Mrs. Boelke
Heather (O’Cull) Boelke was born and raised in Westfield, Indiana. As the daughter of engineer and entrepreneur Larry O’Cull and master seamstress Anna O’Cull, she developed a passion for creating at a very young age and remained heavily invested in visual and performing arts throughout her youth. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012, with a BS in Visual Art Education and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. With an innovative mindset and broad exposure to STEAM, her unique perspective stood out amongst her collegiate peers.
In early February, two teachers from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) were selected to attend the upcoming Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference from June 26 – 28, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. This is the second year that Any Given Child Indy will send two IPS teachers to a conference at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, the conference will unpack the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration and will provide many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching. Click here to read the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration.
The selected teachers are Amber Price, teacher at Edison School of the Arts School 47, and Heather Boelke, teacher at Eliza Blaker School 55. Both Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke attended the Arts Integration Professional Development workshop provided by Kennedy Center teaching artist Stuart Stotts in January 2017, and are thrilled to continue their arts integration training at the Kennedy Center conference in June.
Stayed tuned to the website to learn more about Ms. Price and Ms. Boelke, and to hear what they most look forward to learning at the June conference.