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To stimulate and nurture collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education are excited to present this year’s Arts Education Conference: Collaborating for Quality.

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Friday, November 3
 

8:00am CDT

Registration
Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

8:45am CDT

Welcoming Remarks
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Paul Sznewajs

Paul Sznewajs

Executive Director, Ingenuity
Paul Sznewajs is the founding Executive Director of Ingenuity, which received the 2013 Chicago Innovation Award as one of the city’s most innovative companies. Paul has forged working partnerships and alliances with numerous city departments, the school district, and almost every... Read More →
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Jeffrey Waraksa

Arts Education Manager, Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools


Friday November 3, 2017 8:45am - 9:00am CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

9:00am CDT

Opening Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Opening keynote by Lara Davis of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Speakers
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Lara Davis

Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Lara Davis is an artist, racial equity strategist, and arts administrator working at the intersection of cultural policy, public education, and social justice.  She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, a nationally recognized youth arts... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

9:45am CDT

Networking Break
Friday November 3, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

The Legacy of Power Puppets: An Art Making Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Build a moving puppet! Design, cut and tape cardboard, wire a solenoid and suspend rubber-banded "limbs" before decorating with different materials. Using a "constructionist" merging of art and technology, CodeCreate's Power Puppets—combining youth empowerment, analog 3-D design, cardboard building and simple electronics, and scaling with tangible digital inputs and programming—facilitates a unique kind of learning. In a very hands-on art-making session, participants will build their own "puppet" to be photographed via contemporary methods. [NOTE: Attendance at the CodeCreate practice session immediately following this session is recommended, but not mandatory.]

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sweeton

Jeff Sweeton

Founder & Facilitator, CodeCreate
Jeff Sweeton founded and facilitates CodeCreate, serving partners including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the MIT Media Lab and The Chicago City of Learning, and teaches at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. He recently earned the Creative Schools Fund and... Read More →
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Kevin Wesson

Educational Puppeteer, CodeCreate
Kevin Michael Wesson is a Chicago-based Puppeteer/Performer. He received his Theatre Arts B.A. from the University of South Florida with a minor in creative writing. He recently ended his tenure in Tampa, FL as an educational puppeteer with Kids On The Block but continues to puppeteer... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
277 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Blues You Can Use
Limited Capacity seats available

In this highly interactive, music-making session, participants will learn how the Blues became an essential part of Chicago culture. Connections with classroom curriculum will be explored, as well as different ways to illustrate and understand how this unique art form can be understood as an integral part of everything from Classical music to hip hop.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Fineberg

Brenda Fineberg

Executive and Creative Director, Foundations of Music
Brenda Krass Fineberg has been teaching music in and around Chicago for more than 15 years. She currently works as the Program Director for Foundations of Music, an organization providing music education to more than 5,000 Chicago Public Schools students each year. As a Teaching Artist... Read More →
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Jessie Pellowski

Program Coordinator // Lead Teaching Artist, Foundations of Music
Jessie Pellowski, Program Coordinator/Lead Teaching Artist for Foundations of Music, attained her Bachelors of Music degree in vocal music education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been a part of multiple chamber and jazz vocal ensembles, most notably the touring... Read More →
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Todd Snead

Director of Learning Programs, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Todd Snead is Director of Learning Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership for all educational initiatives throughout the company. Dr. Snead holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning and has been involved in the arts education field... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

21st Century Curriculum, Collaboration, & Critique
Limited Capacity seats available

What is the difference between "learning art" and "learning to be an artist?" We explore the function behind our curriculum and construct a vision of the ideal student we want to emerge from our class. By restructuring the way we teach and the focus of our class, we can shift the responsibility of growth back onto our students. We will explore why collaborating and critique are important for development. Drawing on research, as well as classroom experience, we'll dive into the why and the how to develop this in your classroom. By carefully curating a sequence of skills and allowing for a gradual release of responsibility, we can transform the way our students view not only their own work, but the creative process in general.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Cademartori

Frank Cademartori

Music Teacher, Distinctive Schools
Cademartori is a 12-year teaching veteran, with the last 6 spent teaching music at a local charter on the north side of Chicago. Additional he serves as the Enrichment Coordinator for his charter network, as well as an Arts Instruction Specialist for CPS. He is passionate about incorporating... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
279 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Activating Agency, Authority, & Identity in Arts Education Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

What are the attributes of an equitable and robust learning environment in which all students are supported in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary thinkers? In this session we will explore three components of powerful classrooms: Agency, Authority, and Identity. Participants will learn how to develop these competencies in themselves and, subsequently, in their students—leading to increased engagement, ownership over content, and development of positive identities as thinkers, learners, and artists.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
228 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in the Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In our ever-changing world, we have come to recognize the tremendous impact that culture has on how students learn and thrive. Understanding that "culture" and "responsiveness" are fluid terms that can mean different things in different contexts, this session seeks to provide all music educators with an understanding of how culture influences students and the ways that teachers can better communicate and deliver instruction.

Speakers
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Dr. Jacqueline Kelly-McHale

Associate Professor // Director of Music Education, DePaul University
Jacqueline Kelly-McHale is an associate professor and the director of music education at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her research focuses on culturally-responsive teaching in K-12 music classrooms, the role of social justice in music teacher education programs, and composition... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
230 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Developing the Young Band
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn best practices for developing a middle school band program from the bottom up. They will come away with knowledge of fundamental performing skills that they can take back to their ensembles immediately.

Speakers
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Bart Roberts

Director of Bands, Dickinson Fine Arts Academy
Bart Roberts is beginning his 10th year at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy in the South Bend Community School Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. His responsibilities at Dickinson include directing the Concert Bands, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, assisting with the Orchestras, and assisting... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
223 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Gallery Within A School: Partnering with IPaintMyMind to Bring Art to Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This session celebrates a successful collaboration between CPS schools and local arts partners. IPaintMyMind is a Chicago nonprofit arts organization and gallery whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone. Through their Shared Walls program, they loan temporary art exhibitions to community spaces, including schools and libraries. Via a partnership with Shared Walls, the presenters guided units of learning for middle-school students that featured local artists, printmaking techniques and student-centered lessons. In addition to the discussion and sharing of different lesson approaches and techniques and the IPaintMyMind Curriculum guide, this session will include a brief demonstration/workshop of several printmaking techniques including foam-relief and screen printing.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Roadruck

Ross Roadruck

Visual Art Teacher // Lead Arts Liaison, Northwest Middle School
After graduating with BFA in Art Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Ross Roadruck taught for three years at Bloomington Junior High School in Bloomington, Illinois and is currently teaching at Northwest Middle School in CPS. In addition to his role... Read More →
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Evan La Ruffa

Executive Director, IPaintMyMind
Evan La Ruffa is the founder and lead curator at IPAINTMYMIND.


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
276 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Making Spaces Movement Friendly: Budget-Friendly Ways to Turn ANY Room into a Space for Theater and Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

Dance and theatre programs often begin in spaces created for other purposes. It can be intimidating to think about 'creating' a space for movement in a shared or unused classroom, but with a clear, informed plan and a few inexpensive supplies, any space can be transformed into a movement-friendly room. Workshop participants will create their own 'movement makeover' plans for their schools/classrooms using a mix of 2D planning and 3D modeling tools. Class notes include cost estimates and sourcing suggestions for all recommended supplies.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Leonard

Emily Leonard

Owner, Idea Box Integrated Arts
Emily Leonard has over 20 years of experience as a teaching artist and arts administrator in the performing and visual arts. As the director of the Beverly Arts Center Outreach program for 13 years, she worked with 30-40 schools and over 60 teaching artists each year to collaboratively... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
275 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Questioning Techniques in the Arts Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn questioning strategies to facilitate engaging discussions in the arts classroom. The session will include close reading strategies and question formulation technique (QFT). After participating in these strategies, participants will brainstorm practical uses for them in visual art, dance, drama and music classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Spears

Gina Spears

CPS Teacher, CPS Teacher
Gina Spears has been teaching dance in CPS for over 20 years. A CPS Framework Specialist and an Arts Instruction Specialist, Gina has experience in developing workshops, resources, study groups, and professional development for arts educators.  She is mentoring new teachers in CPS... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
236 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Strategic Content Integration for Curriculum Development
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address best practices for strategic curriculum content integration for arts-based organizations currently targeting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) outcomes. The session will look at the benefits of utilizing a Spiral Curriculum structure, how to frame hard skill lessons to promote successful content integration, and how to create a culture of reflection by debriefing experiences in the classroom (and the challenges that often arise as a result of this pedagogical approach). Audience members will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own organizations through a writing exercise designed to help them determine if they are ready to take on this methodology in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Kenneth Phillips

Education Director, Intonation Music
Kenneth Phillips has spent the last 13 years in non-profit management and curriculum development. He has worked with organizations in the greater New Orleans area and the five boroughs of New York city. Kenneth has experience with general population programs as well as programing... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
250 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

There are Many Ways to See: Art Encounter’s Inquiry-based Approach to Discussing Art
Limited Capacity seats available

The Art Encounter approach to discussing art is rooted in understanding that we all see the world differently, and that by sharing our different viewpoints, we can better understand ourselves and others in our community. It is a powerful tool to teach tolerance and open-mindedness while also deeply engaging in investigations of aesthetics and artist intentions. This hour-long practice session will model the discussion process—what ideas and concepts to explore in an artwork, how to formulate rich questions about art, and to how to guide group discussion through to an intended destination. Participants will leave with specific tools and resources to help them transfer this process back to the classroom.

Speakers
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Leslie Luning

Administrator and Program Support, Art Encounter
Leslie Luning has been a teaching artist with Art Encounter since 2013, and joined Art Encounter’s staff in 2015-16 to provide administrative and program support. Leslie came to Art Encounter from being a classroom teacher for five years at North Kenwood Oakland Charter School in... Read More →
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Joanna Pinsky

Artistic Director, Art Encounter
Joanna Pinsky is Artistic Director and a co-founder of Art Encounter, responsible for developing the Art Encounter interactive discussion process. She oversees all Art Encounter programs and trains artists in the Art Encounter educational approach. She has developed and conducted... Read More →
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Lea Pinsky

Director of Outreach and Community Programs, Art Encounter
Lea Pinsky is the Director of Outreach and Community Programs at Art Encounter, overseeing their programs in schools and senior homes, as well as their community-based mural program. She has also been a teaching artist since 2000, and her creative medium is murals.



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
213 1450-1510 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

10:00am CDT

What Does Peace Look Like to You?: Using Art-Making to Develop Students' Sense of Self
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Cecilia Rodhe, Co-Founder and President of Noah’s Arc Foundation, in an art-making session where you will learn techniques to incorporate social-emotional learning into your arts classroom, along with proven expressive art therapy techniques developed by Noah’s Arc Foundation. This session is also a unique opportunity to be part of an initial group of educators and school administrators who will brainstorm around a potential partnership between Noah’s Arc Foundation and Chicago Public Schools that aims to bring the "Expression from the Inside for Kids" programming to youth across Chicago.

Speakers
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Cecilia Rohde

Cecilia Rodhe is an artist and certified expressive art therapist who has spent more than two decades sculpting. She has had exhibitions at many prestigious galleries in New York, Paris, Stockholm and Geneva. Cecilia received her certificate in the creative art therapy program at... Read More →
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Anna-Claire Whitehead

Executive Director, Noahs Arc Foundation
Prior to joining Noah's Arc Foundation as the Executive Director, Anna-Claire Whitehead served as Managing Director of External Affairs for Spark in Chicago, where two of her program participants created the Shoot Hoops Not Guns campaign in support of NAF. After witnessing the youth... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
248 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Worth 1,000 Words: Incorporating Visual Literacy in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will come away from this session with the tools to assist students in the interpretation of visual art and to help them use all their language skills to convey their understanding. They will be equipped to take English Language Learners to a place of agreed-upon rules for discussion, helping them build upon the remarks of others while engaging each other in authentic discussions of the visual content under study.

Speakers
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Jeremie Lappe

Art Teacher, Bernhard Moos School
Jeremie Lappe is an accomplished art teacher at Moos School with a strong handle on the use of culturally-relevant materials and information that taps into student backgrounds and interests.
avatar for Emely Pérez-García

Emely Pérez-García

Assistant Principal, Chicago Public Schools



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
240 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Art Institute of Chicago Teacher Action Panel: The Mystery Object
Limited Capacity seats available

The Mystery Object is a teaching praxis around the question, "What happens when you put art in the classroom?" The premise is simple: several times a year, museum staff select an image of a work of art from the Art Institute's collection—a mystery object— and share it via email with teachers. The recipients are expected to incorporate the image into their teaching within a short time any way they see fit. Join us for an overview of this educator initiative that emerged from action research conducted by members of the Art Institute's Teacher Action Panel (TAP) and learn strategies that increase your ability to respond in the moment, expand your capacity for innovation, and celebrate agency.

Speakers
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Kristin Enright

School Programs Educator, Art Institute of Chicago
The Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago champions the power of art in education and in people's lives; we are inclusive and global, promoting equitable engagement with art among the broadest audiences; and as a civic museum, we collaborate... Read More →
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Jack Gruszczynski

School Programs Educator, Art Institute of Chicago
Jack Gruszczynski is a School Programs Educator in the Department of Learning and Public Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jack's focus is on the development of classroom resources and professional development opportunities for teachers to incorporate the museum’s global... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
280 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Cue Dialogue: Building Bridges Across the Chicago Theatre Education Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

Running the education department of a theater company can feel like a lonely job. Many of us are "departments of one." Yet many of us are doing complementary work across the CPS landscape, working with the same CPS students, teachers, and administrators without ever knowing it. We hire and train the same teaching artists. We even lead the same warmup activities! How can we better utilize our collective impact? What might a more impactful and efficient theatre education landscape look like, and how can theater education departments band together to make it a reality? Join our facilitators as we use some of our favorite drama-based instructional strategies to explore these ideas with our colleagues from across the city.

Speakers
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Kristen Hansel

Director of Creative Engagement, Auditorium Theatre
Kristen Hansel has spent her career introducing young people to the power of the performing arts in schools and with community arts organizations. After earning a Theatre BFA from Niagara University and working with Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago... Read More →
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Anne McNamee-Keels

Education Manager, Adventure Stage Chicago
Anne McNamee-Keels has over ten years of experience as an artist and educator working with and for young people, educators, and communities. She first fell for ASC in 2008 as a member of AmeriCorps Project YES!. Five years and one master’s degree later, she returned to ASC as a... Read More →
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Lauren Sale

Director of Education, Writers Theatre
Lauren Sale has over ten years of experience as a Teaching Artist, Arts Administrator, and Director for and with young people. Prior to joining Writers Theatre, Lauren served as the Education Director at Florida Repertory Theatre. Under her leadership, Florida Rep's Education program... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
242 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Proposal Writing Top 10: Tips from Funders (Who’ve Also Written Lots of Grants)
Join representatives of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and the Polk Bros. Foundation for a candid discussion of what to keep in mind when writing for any funder and some tips to think about how to describe your work with specificity, authenticity, and relevance. This will be a conversation with two people who have experience as both grant-seekers and as advisers to grant-makers.

Speakers
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JC Aevaliotis

Program Officer, Polk Bros Foundation
JC Aevaliotis is a Program Officer at Polk Bros. Foundation, guiding grant-making in the Foundation’s Arts Access and Learning program. Prior to Polk Bros. Foundation, JC was Director of Development at Marwen, a Chicago visual arts education non-profit. JC facilitated the creation... Read More →
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Sydney Sidwell

Director of Education and Arts Learning, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Sydney Sidwell is the Director of Arts Learning and Education at the Fry Foundation. The Education program invests approximately $2 million dollars annually into programs supporting the development of school principals and teachers serving in Chicago Public Schools and for programs... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
226 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Step One: Undoing Racism
Limited Capacity seats available

Self-expression through dance gives students the opportunity to creatively address their lived experiences (including bullying, gun violence, and social justice). Additionally, students’ social emotional learning and life skills see tremendous growth when reiterated through a passionate teacher. Every student deserves access to this character development. When speaking about the lack of equity and access, one must recognize the root of the problem: racism. Although we cannot undo systemic racism in a session, we can explore its faults and how it affects the students we teach. Members of this panel have attended "undoing racism" training and will discuss their newfound perspectives as they relate to race and dance education. Having this frame of reference gives us a strong foundation as we focus on how to provide high-quality arts education to all classrooms. We will examine the need for consistent and sustained programs that develop an authentic approach to community partnership and impact.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards

Director of Community Engagement, The Joffrey Ballet
Erica Lynette Edwards joined The Joffrey Ballet as a ballerina and retired at the end of 2014 to become the Director of Community Engagement. She is responsible for managing Joffrey arts education programs through Chicago Public Schools and the community to increase access, awareness... Read More →
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Evelyn Sanchez

Community Engagement Program Coordinator, The Joffrey Ballet
Evelyn Sanchez is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Teaching from the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and was promoted to company dancer of Ensemble Español in 2010. She continues to be an advocate of arts education as a member of The Joffrey Ballet’s Community... Read More →
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Linda Swayze

Community Engagement Program Supervisor, The Joffrey Ballet
Linda Swayze earned her Bachelors in Communications at Loyola University. She began studying dance with various instructors in the Chicagoland area before moving to New York to dance with The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dancing with DTH for 15 years, she travelled extensively domestically... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
252 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Students Find Their Tribe at CPS Advanced Arts Program Gallery 37
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn more about the Advanced Arts Placement (AAP) program offered through Gallery 37. AAP is a Chicago Public Schools off-campus high-school magnet arts program that provides juniors & seniors with a year-long, two-hour Honors or AP-level arts course, team-taught by a professional working Chicago artist and a certified CPS teacher. Students "find their tribe" as they engage in intense project-based learning experiences with their classmates in a supportive and academically-rigorous learning environment.

Speakers
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Yves Chambaz

Culinary Instructor, Gallery 37
Yves Chambaz is a proud graduate of Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute with over 10 years of experience in the hospitality and food service industries in Chicago, Venezuela, and Madrid. In Chicago, he has worked withThe Radler, Big Fork Brands, Aramark, Supreme Lobster, Cafe... Read More →
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Pam Glynn

CPS Advanced Arts, CPS Advanced Arts at Gallery 37
Pam Glynn is an educator with 30+ years of experience, predominantly in the Chicago Public Schools. She has been the principal at the Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37—an internationally recognized fine, performing, digital, and culinary arts program for... Read More →
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Brian Weddington

Teaching Artist, Gallery 37
Brian Weddington is an instructor of Theatre and Communication with the City Colleges of Chicago and past Assistant Professor of Theatre with the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also received his B.A. in Theater. Continuing his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey... Read More →
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MELINDA WILSON

Dance Artistic Director/ Teacher/International Choreographer, Curie High School/International Award-Winning Teacher/Choreographer
Wilson holds a M.Ed. from DePaul University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois with additional coursework at Northwestern University.  She has trained internationally in Tel-Aviv, London and Paris and teaches at Chicago Movement Collective, Hyde Park School of Dance and... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
238 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:00am CDT

Networking Break
Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

ImMERCEd: Using iPads to Enhance Dance Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will be taken through a dance unit on the topic of avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham. This unit integrates iPads as a research tool, a documentation tool, and a means for revising and improving choreography.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Spears

Gina Spears

CPS Teacher, CPS Teacher
Gina Spears has been teaching dance in CPS for over 20 years. A CPS Framework Specialist and an Arts Instruction Specialist, Gina has experience in developing workshops, resources, study groups, and professional development for arts educators.  She is mentoring new teachers in CPS... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
1113 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Opportunity Knocks: Goal-Setting & Collaboration in the Arts Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Guitars Over Guns is intended for arts instructors and teaching artists seeking to integrate a structure for student goal-setting, co-teaching and collaboration, and strategies for social-emotional learning into their daily practice—all while playing boomwhackers!

Speakers
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Andrew DeMuro

Regional Director, Chicago, Guitars Over Guns
Andrew has long balanced a ‘double life’ as a musician and an educator. As an undergraduate at the University of Miami, he worked in Miami’s low-income schools and communities while participating in UM’s Jazz and R&B Vocal Ensembles. Andrew brought his passion for music to... Read More →
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Sarah Robinson

Music Teacher, Evergreen Academy Middle School
Sarah is an accomplished musician and teacher in the Chicago area. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, she headed to the University of Miami to earn her Master’s in Music Education. She has taught music in CPS for... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
242 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Creating Ensemble in Your Classroom: Where I Come From
Limited Capacity seats available

The success of a theatrical process is based upon the strength of the ensemble and the ability for each member to bring their full self to a production. Similarly, the success of of a student in the classroom is based on not just the teacher but their entire educational environment. In this session, learn introductory theatrical techniques to develop ensemble in the classroom, gather student expertise, and promote student voice.

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Elizabeth Rice

School Programs Coordinator, Goodman Theatre
Elizabeth Rice is the School Programs Coordinator at Goodman Theatre. As a firm believer in theater as art and art as visual story, she is a 2nd Story company member, and has worked with Lifeline Theatre, City Lit Theater Company, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, (re)discover theatre... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
240 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

2-D AP Art
Limited Capacity seats available

This session helps participants push for a 100% pass rate in AP 2-D Art with students who have limited to no formal art training. Participants will engage in discussion of creating a classroom environment that promotes inquiry and exploration of breadth and concentration using artistic behaviors. They will explore big ideas and topical issues (Racism, Sexism, Gender, LGBTQ, Disability, and Mental Illness) through Visual Culture in Socratic Circles and learn how this can help promote exploration of the AP concentration for a student new to the art room.

Speakers
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Amanda Chilenski

Visual Arts Teacher, Rickover Naval Academy
Ms. Chilenski is Rickover Naval Academy's Visual Arts teacher and Department Chair of the Fine Arts. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and moved to Chicago in 2011. She graduated with a B.A. in Arts and Master's in Art Education at The Ohio State University. She is skilled in... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
279 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Activating Agency, Authority, & Identity in Arts Education Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

What are the attributes of an equitable and robust learning environment in which all students are supported in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary thinkers? In this session we will explore three components of powerful classrooms: Agency, Authority, and Identity. Participants will learn how to develop these competencies in themselves and, subsequently, in their students—leading to increased engagement, ownership over content, and development of positive identities as thinkers, learners, and artists.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
228 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Bridging the Museum and the Classroom: Strategies from the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Multiple Visit Program
The MCA’s Multiple Visit Program brings the Common Core to life by offering teachers and students grades 4-6 a chance to debate, discuss, and connect to works of art through return visits to the museum and provides professional development for teachers. Designed in alignment with Common Core English Language Arts Standards, this program uses contemporary art and ideas to sharpen students’ critical thinking skills so that they engage in collaborative dialogue and inquiry. In this session, we will model gallery activities (oral and written) and discuss opportunities for classroom integration and extension. Eligible attendees are highly encouraged to apply to be part of the 2017-18 cohort.

Speakers
avatar for Lydia Ross

Lydia Ross

Programmer of Education, School and Teacher Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Lydia Ross works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as the Programmer of Education: School and Teacher Programs. In this role, she oversees the planning and implementation of all teacher professional development programs and in-depth school partnerships. Lydia holds an M.Ed... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
213 1450-1510 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

11:15am CDT

Education in Human Values
Limited Capacity seats available

Education in Human Values is a model for character education that aims to help students and teachers develop an awareness and a toolkit of positive morals and their practical application in everyday life. In this session, teachers will discover strategies and techniques to improve students’ confidence, self-esteem, concentration, stress management, and interpersonal skills, all of which will lead to academic improvement and achievement as well as students’ well-being.

Speakers
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Javier Payano

Music Teacher, Lane Tech High School
Javier Payano is an educator, musician, and speaker on social emotional learning, character education, music for social change and Education in Human Values. He co-founded and co-directed youth orchestra programs including the YOURS Orchestra Project and Sistema Ravinia at Circle... Read More →
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Tom Zelle

Professor of Music, North Park University
Conductor Tom Zelle serves as Music Director of the North Park University Orchestra in Chicago and Music Director of the Chicago Sauganash Community Church. At North Park University, Mr. Zelle directs the Certificate in Music for Social Change and Human Values program, which is the... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
238 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Get the Chitta & Chinta Out (Continued)!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this yoga and meditation workshop, which has been presented at the CPS Arts Conference for the last two years, many meditative mindfulness techniques, concepts, and practices will be introduced. The Sanskrit terms "Chinta" & "Chitta" (meaning "worry and the source of it") will be discussed. The techniques presented will give participants tools to relieve stressful work-day situations. They can be utilized in a group or individual setting to maintain calm and focus and encourage health and holistic well-being. The extended yoga class to follow will be a gentle "Yin"-oriented experience, suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

Speakers
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G Shaker Cohlmia

Yoga Instructor, Creative Karma Institute
Raised in the mountains of Arizona, Shaker Cohlmia has a BFA/E in Fine Arts and a Certificate in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Masters from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Shaker obtained his Hatha and Vinyasa... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
1115 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

I Can Say What I See: Guiding the Development of Student Reflection, Feedback, and Critical Analysis of the Arts
Limited Capacity filling up

Audience response and peer feedback are invaluable tools for a growing artist. This workshop provides a set of scaffolded tools for guiding students to be an active audience, informed peer reviewers, and supportive critical respondents. We'll also take a look at tools to help student visual and performing artists receive, analyze, and use the feedback they receive. Come ready to play and participate—our learning tools come in disguise as fun, easy games that can be adjusted for use in grades K–12!

Speakers
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Emily Leonard

Owner, Idea Box Integrated Arts
Emily Leonard has over 20 years of experience as a teaching artist and arts administrator in the performing and visual arts. As the director of the Beverly Arts Center Outreach program for 13 years, she worked with 30-40 schools and over 60 teaching artists each year to collaboratively... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
230 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Illinois Music Standards: From Understanding to Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

For the first time in over 20 years, Illinois has adopted new state music standards. This session will explore the new standards, detail their difference from the National Core Arts Standards, and help participants identify what standards they are already using in their classrooms. ILMEA members and staff sat on the ISBE Advisory Board to help craft these standards and are excited to share them in this session. This workshop will help enhance your current understanding and further your work with the standards and assessment.

Speakers
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Leo Park

Director of Orchestras, Northside College Prep
Leo Park has been the director of orchestras at Northside Prep since 2001. He is a graduate of DePaul University's School of Music and earned a Masters of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music. Leo has also served as instructor of string pedagogy and methods at Northeastern... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

New Instruments: Exploring Creativity in Music to Grow the Base of Brass Players
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience the passion, desire and drive of the British pioneers behind pBone, pTrumpet and pBuzz—the progressive pathway of instruments that grow the base of brass players and improve continuation throughout your programs. The session will include discussion of the basic pedagogy of brass playing and how pInstruments nurture a coherent and progressive pathway in brass learning. Participants will engage in creative music practice that unlocks great brass technique learning in an informal setting.

Speakers
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Paul Hefner

New Horizons Band Director, Music Institute of Chicago
Trained in music education and performance, with 11 years of college teaching experience, Paul Hefner brings the highest level of quality to performance and instruction. He has also completed his Master's study in Business Administration. His extensive knowledge of classical and jazz... Read More →
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Branislav Zivkovic

President, Warwick Music, Inc.
Branislav Zivkovic (pronounced BRA-KNEE-SLAAV ZEEV-KO-VITCH) is President, North America and Global Chief Commercial Officer of Warwick Music, Inc. Branislav was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. In 1995 he graduated from the School of Economics and Business Administration... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
223 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

The Classroom at Play: Viewing Text Experientially
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will experience a hands-on workshop that provides tools to bring a text to life in the classroom through performance. They will understand the value of bringing play to the classroom and will be able to articulate the value of developing and performing a text on the stage, rather than simply reading it from the page.

Speakers
avatar for Laura St. John

Laura St. John

Director | Founder, Play in a Book
Laura St. John is owner and founder of Play In A Book, a provider of drama-based reading materials and programming. She has served as a teaching artist in schools for 24 years, and is a strong advocate for integrating arts-based learning into curricula. In addition to being the author... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
275 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

The First Four Weeks: Successfully Starting Your Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

The first month of a beginning instrumental class is the foundation for a successful year of music making. This presentation will cover the tips and tricks employed in the first month that helped grow a new band program to over 180 students in four years. Strategies will be presented for instrument try-outs, starting beginners in a heterogeneous band room, teaching music and English reading skills, peer-teaching projects, and other methods that get students making music fast!

Speakers
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Kelley Gossler

Director of Banks, Lincoln Park High School
Kelley Gossler is currently Director of Bands at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL. Previously, she taught at Westinghouse College Prep, where she established an instrumental program of over 180 students. While at Westinghouse, she was the recipient of the Mr. Holland's Opus... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
250 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

The Legacy of Power Puppets: A Practice Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Traditional visions of technology education bring to mind students sitting in mindless rows, gazes from blank eyes fixed on a glowing screen. However, infusing art education with technology can produce very different outcomes. Following this "constructionist" approach, CodeCreate's Power Puppets—combining youth empowerment, analog 3-D design, cardboard building, simple electronics, and scaling with tangible digital inputs and programming—facilitates a very different kind of learning. This hands-on practice session will explore the theories, processes and skills used to produce our work, including cardboard building, electromagnetism, SRS and youth filmmaking, and constructionist design. We will showcase examples of this type of work developed in diverse settings including Chicago schools, youth film festivals, and national professional development. [NOTE: Attendance at the CodeCreate art-making workshop immediately preceding this session is recommended, but not mandatory.]

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sweeton

Jeff Sweeton

Founder & Facilitator, CodeCreate
Jeff Sweeton founded and facilitates CodeCreate, serving partners including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the MIT Media Lab and The Chicago City of Learning, and teaches at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. He recently earned the Creative Schools Fund and... Read More →
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Kevin Wesson

Educational Puppeteer, CodeCreate
Kevin Michael Wesson is a Chicago-based Puppeteer/Performer. He received his Theatre Arts B.A. from the University of South Florida with a minor in creative writing. He recently ended his tenure in Tampa, FL as an educational puppeteer with Kids On The Block but continues to puppeteer... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
277 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Unsilence Framework for Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations Around Human Rights
Limited Capacity seats available

Unsilence works directly with communities to help them grapple with human rights issues that many people can’t or don’t know how to talk about. We combine highly-interactive, research-based learning experiences with leadership training for educators and young people to lead really tough conversations around the human rights issues they are struggling with. This session will take you through the Unsilence Framework as an approach to identifying the issues most important to your students and facilitating open dialogue around those issues, so that art-making and projects can be informed actions toward healing and social justice that are specific to the communities you are working in.

Speakers
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Danny M. Cohen

Founder, Unsilence
Danny M. Cohen, Ph.D., is a human rights artist, fiction writer, and learning scientist. His published works include the short stories THE 19TH WINDOW and DEAD ENDS, and his debut novel, TRAIN, was selected as the inaugural national Museum Teacher Fellows book club text of the United... Read More →
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Annie Rezac

Executive Director, Unsilence
Unsilence breaks taboos and lifts voices to illuminate stories of human rights and ignite action against injustice. We create empowering learning experiences for educators and youth to engage in tough conversations around marginalized issues.


Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
280 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Is Anybody Listening? Using Arts Media in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Dedicated to entertaining, engaging, and above all, respecting its listeners with unique and quality radio programming, WFMT is committed to serving the Chicago community, and, specifically, its arts educators and students. WFMT's programming seeks to engage the next generation of not only music professionals but also arts appreciators and enthusiasts. In addition, WFMT's Bach to School program has donated thousands of CDs to supplement curriculum in Chicago-area schools. As WFMT expands its digital presence in the 21st century, producers pose another question: How can WFMT best serve arts educators in Chicago with our content? Exploring all of WFMT's offerings, they will facilitate a discussion that explores what arts educators need to supplement their curriculum and how WFMT can best serve these efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Michael San Gabino

Michael San Gabino

Associate Producer and Host of Introductions, WFMT
Michael San Gabino is an Associate Producer at WFMT, Chicago’s classical and arts radio station. He is the host and producer of Introductions, WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features the finest pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area.Michael received his... Read More →
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Cydne Gillard

Producer, Exploring Music, WFMT
Throughout her life, Cydne Gillard has worked within the classical music community and on production of classical music programs for public radio. She found her way to Exploring Music through years of working for CD Syndications on Indianapolis On The Air, Center Stage from Wolf Trap... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
252 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Making Outreach Work: Best Practices in Fostering School and Partner Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Ingenuity's Collective Impact Outreach Panel has been working on a two-year plan to increase the number of schools and arts partners participating in the Ingenuity ecosystem. The panel's work has helped increase the number of schools completing the Creative Schools Certification Survey to 97% in 2017 (compared to 88% in 2015-2016). For the 2017-2018 School year, the Panel is focusing on schools with a Category 4 Creative School Certification ranking, providing coaching and technical assistance to those schools in applying for, and managing, the new Arts Booster grants offered by the Creative School Fund. During this session, panel members will review lessons learned from this two-year process, including data and qualitative feedback from schools and partners. Panelists will engage the audience in a brainstorming and strategy session on how to convince more “off the grid” schools and partners to engage in Ingenuity’s citywide network.

Speakers
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Erick Deshaun Dorris

Co-Founder // Administrator, United in Excellence
Erick Deshaun Dorris is an artist and educator as well as a cofounder and administrator for United In Excellence, an education advocacy and community arts program in his hometown of Joliet, IL. He produces "WERKSHOP," a series of live performances and recordings featuring nationally-renowned... Read More →
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Ayriole Frost

Executive Director, Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra
Ayriole Frost is an active composer, performer and teacher. She co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra, an El Sistema-inspired youth development program on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Her history of working with music programs... Read More →
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Katy

Manager of School and Family Programs, Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Katy Clusen is the Manager of School and Family Programs for the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In this position, she works with teachers and students in CPS, overseeing the work by participants and other program staff in the CSO-Connect Curriculum School... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
276 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Proposal Writing Top 10: Tips from Funders (Who’ve Also Written Lots of Grants)
Join representatives of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and the Polk Bros. Foundation for a candid discussion of what to keep in mind when writing for any funder and some tips to think about how to describe your work with specificity, authenticity, and relevance. This will be a conversation with two people who have experience as both grant-seekers and as advisers to grant-makers.

Speakers
avatar for JC Aevaliotis

JC Aevaliotis

Program Officer, Polk Bros Foundation
JC Aevaliotis is a Program Officer at Polk Bros. Foundation, guiding grant-making in the Foundation’s Arts Access and Learning program. Prior to Polk Bros. Foundation, JC was Director of Development at Marwen, a Chicago visual arts education non-profit. JC facilitated the creation... Read More →
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Sydney Sidwell

Director of Education and Arts Learning, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Sydney Sidwell is the Director of Arts Learning and Education at the Fry Foundation. The Education program invests approximately $2 million dollars annually into programs supporting the development of school principals and teachers serving in Chicago Public Schools and for programs... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
226 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Understanding Your Arts Educations Gaps
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Arts Liaisons will identify arts gaps within their schools by analyzing instructional minutes and disciplines available to students (in-school and out of school time). Liaisons will then identify arts priorities based on the gaps and create action items to begin closing those gaps. The session will end with identifying resources available to schools through the network, CPS and the community.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Davis

Heather Davis

Manager, Curricular Enhancements, Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL)
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Rommy Mata

Art educator, Sherman School of Excellence
Rommy Mata has been teaching the arts in CPS for 6 years at Sherman School of Excellence. She is the Art Liaison.



Friday November 3, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
248 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

12:15pm CDT

Lunch
Friday November 3, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Patio 1450-1510 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

1:15pm CDT

Networking Break
Friday November 3, 2017 1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Global Engagement Through Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on using dance as a means to learn about and discuss cultures around the world and cultures experienced at home. Through the South African Gumboot Dance, participants will learn and experience how to assess student strengths, how to guide students through the choreographic process, and how to incorporate social-emotional learning and culture into dance instruction.

Speakers
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Pierre Lockett

Executive Director, Forward Momentum Chicago
Pierre Lockett, Founder and Executive Director of Forward Momentum Chicago, most recently served as the Director of Community Engagement with The Joffrey Ballet where he grew its programming from 10 schools in 1996 to over 55 schools in 2015. After 20 years as a professional dancer... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
276 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Hand Papermaking: Process and Purpose
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this art-making workshop, we will explore the process of hand papermaking and discuss ways the process can be implemented in your classrooms as a station or a full-blown project. We'll cover different strategies for preparing the materials and teaching students the techniques for making paper art and handmade paper. The process can be intimidating to bring into a classroom, due to the amount of water, pulp, and other materials that can create logistical difficulties. But after this session, you will no longer be afraid to make paper with your students!

Speakers
avatar for Claire Reynes

Claire Reynes

Art Teacher, Mark Twain Elementary School
Claire Reynes is a Chicago artist, papermaker, and educator. Her artmaking practice involves handmade paper and papermaking components including pulp painting and image transfers, as a base upon which she builds, image with drawing and sewing. Claire currently teaches art full time... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
277 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

21st Century Curriculum, Collaboration, & Critique
Limited Capacity seats available

What is the difference between "learning art" and "learning to be an artist"? We explore the function behind our curriculum and construct a vision of the ideal student we want to emerge from our class. By restructuring the way we teach and the focus of our class, we can shift the responsibility of growth back onto our students. We will explore why collaborating and critique are important for development. Drawing on research, as well as classroom experience, we'll dive into the why and the how to develop this in your classroom. By carefully curating a sequence of skills and allowing for a gradual release of responsibility, we can transform the way our students view not only their own work, but the creative process in general.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Cademartori

Frank Cademartori

Music Teacher, Distinctive Schools
Cademartori is a 12-year teaching veteran, with the last 6 spent teaching music at a local charter on the north side of Chicago. Additional he serves as the Enrichment Coordinator for his charter network, as well as an Arts Instruction Specialist for CPS. He is passionate about incorporating... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
226 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Activating Agency, Authority, & Identity in Arts Education Classrooms
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What are the attributes of an equitable and robust learning environment in which all students are supported in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary thinkers? In this session we will explore three components of powerful classrooms: Agency, Authority, and Identity. Participants will learn how to develop these competencies in themselves and, subsequently, in their students—leading to increased engagement, ownership over content, and development of positive identities as thinkers, learners, and artists.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
228 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Creating and Assessing Projects in the Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The National Core Arts Standards offer an exciting opportunity to explore project-based learning and creativity in music. However, assessing, teaching, and managing these standards and artistic processes can be challenging. We will provide resources and training in how to do this more effectively.

Speakers
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Mary Haskins

Music Teacher, Reinberg Elementary School
Mary Haskins teaches at Reinberg Elementary School and has taught K-8 Music with Chicago Public Schools for 6 years. She studied Music Education at Western Michigan University with an emphasis on choral and general music. Her passion for learning has led her to courses in Music Together... Read More →
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Graham Hepburn

Co-Creator // Chief Creative Officer, Quaver Music
Graham Hepburn has a passion for igniting a love of music in the hearts and minds of young kids. He received an honor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Colchester School of Music and his musical career has ranged from solo recitals to touring the world as a musical comedy performer... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
279 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in the Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In our ever-changing world, we have come to recognize the tremendous impact that culture has on how students learn and thrive. Understanding that "culture" and "responsiveness" are fluid terms that can mean different things in different contexts, this session seeks to provide all music educators with an understanding of how culture influences students and the ways that teachers can better communicate and deliver instruction.

Speakers
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Dr. Jacqueline Kelly-McHale

Associate Professor // Director of Music Education, DePaul University
Jacqueline Kelly-McHale is an associate professor and the director of music education at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her research focuses on culturally-responsive teaching in K-12 music classrooms, the role of social justice in music teacher education programs, and composition... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
230 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Get the Chitta & Chinta Out (Continued)!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this yoga and meditation workshop, which has been presented at the CPS Arts Conference for the last two years, many meditative mindfulness techniques, concepts, and practices will be introduced. The Sanskrit terms "Chinta" & "Chitta" (meaning "worry and the source of it") will be discussed. The techniques presented will give participants tools to relieve stressful work-day situations. They can be utilized in a group or individual setting to maintain calm and focus and encourage health and holistic well-being. The extended yoga class to follow will be a gentle "Yin"-oriented experience, suitable for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

Speakers
GS

G Shaker Cohlmia

Yoga Instructor, Creative Karma Institute
Raised in the mountains of Arizona, Shaker Cohlmia has a BFA/E in Fine Arts and a Certificate in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Masters from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Shaker obtained his Hatha and Vinyasa... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
1115 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Illinois Music Standards: From Understanding to Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

For the first time in over 20 years, Illinois has adopted new state music standards. This session will explore the new standards, detail their difference from the National Core Arts Standards, and help participants identify what standards they are already using in their classrooms. ILMEA members and staff sat on the ISBE Advisory Board to help craft these standards and are excited to share them in this session. This workshop will help enhance your current understanding and further your work with the standards and assessment.

Speakers
LP

Leo Park

Director of Orchestras, Northside College Prep
Leo Park has been the director of orchestras at Northside Prep since 2001. He is a graduate of DePaul University's School of Music and earned a Masters of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music. Leo has also served as instructor of string pedagogy and methods at Northeastern... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Intro to Adaptive Dance: Strategies for Engaging Students on the Autism Spectrum in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session—an excerpt from the Hubbard Street Dance Education Institute series—will introduce you to techniques and activities to reach and include your students on the autism spectrum through an adapted creative movement class.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Humphreys

Kathryn Humphreys

Director, Education, Youth, & Community Programs, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
As the Director of Education, Youth & Community Programs for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2002, Kathryn Humphreys develops and implements dance education initiatives designed to improve teacher and teaching artist practice and collaboration to affect whole school change and... Read More →
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Heather Lindahl

Sr. Manager, School Partnerships, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
As Senior Manager for School Partnerships, Heather Lindahl works to initiate and develop relationships with partnering schools, facilitates creative collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists, and provides professional learning on dance integration to classroom... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
280 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Learning Centers for the Dance Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Dance teachers M.K. Victorson and Gina Spears will lead participants in a practice session around learning centers for the dance class. The session will focus on how to structure centers into your primary dance class time, and how to envision using different materials. Participants will consider how to reinforce dance concepts through tactile and visual resources.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Spears

Gina Spears

CPS Teacher, CPS Teacher
Gina Spears has been teaching dance in CPS for over 20 years. A CPS Framework Specialist and an Arts Instruction Specialist, Gina has experience in developing workshops, resources, study groups, and professional development for arts educators.  She is mentoring new teachers in CPS... Read More →
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M.K. VICTORSON

Dance Educator, CPS Arts Instruction Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
M.K. Victorson has worked as an arts educator in CPS since 2009. She now teaches pre-K-6th grade dance at Hibbard Elementary School. M.K. has developed dance curriculum and assessment with Hubbard Street Dance, Ingenuity, Inc., and the CPS Department of Arts Education. She has been... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
236 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Movement and Improvisation to Aid Active Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for tools to get students on their feet? Do you want your students to be faster thinkers? Are you looking for methods to make your classroom a more collaborative environment? In this session, you'll learn the basics of Improvisation: Say YES, Listening, Being in the Moment. Then you'll take these principles and apply them to a wide variety of subjects—including language arts, math, science, and social studies. You'll also learn to build classroom community and develop cooperative learning skills. Come ready to participate in some active learning, and be ready to laugh and have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Speech & Drama Teacher, Deerpath Middle School
Chris Arnold has been involved in arts education for 14 years. He is currently a Speech & Drama Teacher at Deerpath Middle School in Lake Forest, IL. In addition to teaching and being in charge of after school drama activities, Chris is committed to using his theatre training to help... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
248 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

School of the Art Institute of Chicago and College Arts Access Program
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2014, thanks to Chicago Public Schools and the support of a generous gift from the Gelman Foundation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) announced the College Arts Access Program (CAAP), a three-year college bridge program designed for students dedicated to studying art and design. This session will share how CAAP prepares CPS high school students with the skills and preparation needed for admission to and success at schools of art and design (or any post-secondary institution). We will discuss the key components of CAAP, such as mentorship and academic support, as well as our strategies to partner with CPS teachers and counselors around promotion of this opportunity. Noted features of CAAP include students' ability to earn college credit and being guided through the visual art portfolio development process.

Speakers
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Lauren Hogan

Associate Dean, Continuing Studies - Youth, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lauren Hogan Casser has served on staff at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) since 2009, beginning in Undergraduate Admission and most recently as Associate Dean of Youth and Outreach Programs in Continuing Studies. Prior to moving to Chicago, Lauren worked as an art... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
242 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

The Classroom at Play: Viewing Text Experientially
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will experience a hands-on workshop that provides tools to bring a text to life in the classroom through performance. They will understand the value of bringing play to the classroom and will be able to articulate the value of developing and performing a text on the stage, rather than simply reading it from the page.

Speakers
avatar for Laura St. John

Laura St. John

Director | Founder, Play in a Book
Laura St. John is owner and founder of Play In A Book, a provider of drama-based reading materials and programming. She has served as a teaching artist in schools for 24 years, and is a strong advocate for integrating arts-based learning into curricula. In addition to being the author... Read More →



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
275 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Tips for a Successful Band Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the course of Carlos Ayento's 16 years at Saucedo Academy, many fellow band directors have asked him, “How do you get your elementary band students to sound like that?” or “How in the world are they playing such advanced literature?” With proper planning and preparation, ANYONE can achieve similar results. In this session, the Saucedo Concert Band and Mr. Ayento will provide an all-inclusive breakdown of the steps that he has continuously tweaked during his tenure to build the Saucedo program to what it is today. Topics will include: tips and tricks for fitting the proper instrument to each student, starting setups for each instrument, sight-reading and rehearsal techniques, understanding instrument nuances, and setting expectations for your band.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Ayento

Carlos Ayento

Director of Music & Bands, Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy
Carlos H. Ayento is the Director of Music and Bands at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy. He has directed and led his students and ensembles to superior ratings at the Annual Elementary School Music Festival as well as the Annual Citywide Solo and Ensemble Competition hosted by CPS... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Get Back YOUR Time to Teach the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover many techniques that place responsibility for daily classroom procedures into the hands of the high school student. By gradually releasing the responsibility to capable student leaders, you—the teaching artist—can spend more time and focused energy on developing your students' technique, creativity, and artistic process. We will cover the creation of a student leadership structure that will manage the classroom for you, utilizing technology to decrease time spent on tasks such attendance and equipment/supply distribution, and the creation of a positive environment where you can teach both leadership responsibility and your art.

Speakers
avatar for John Roseboom

John Roseboom

Assistant Principal, Marine Leadership Academy



Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
240 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Information Session for Little Kids Rock Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Current Little Kids Rock teachers will meet to discuss plans for this school year including performance opportunities, meet-ups, new curriculum, and new resources. NOTE: This session is intended only for teachers who are part of this year's Little Kids Rock program.

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Budway Ferris

Chicago Regional Program Director, Little Kids Rock
Budway Ferris joined the Little Kids Rock team as Chicago Regional Program Coordinator in 2017. Prior to this role, Budway taught in Chicago Public Schools for four years. During that time he gained experience teaching in high school classrooms ranging from general music, classroom... Read More →
avatar for Paul Gilvary

Paul Gilvary

Chicago Program Specialist, Little Kids Rock
Paul Gilvary went from being a science teacher who played in rock bands at night to a music teacher who taught the only way he knew how: rock n' roll style! After 33 years of teaching and a Masters Degree from Vandercook College of Music, Paul retired in 2016. Since then he has been... Read More →
avatar for Joe Panganiban

Joe Panganiban

Director of Regional Initiatives, Little Kids Rock
Joe has joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Regional Program Director for Chicago in 2014 and has taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. Prior to teaching in Chicago, Joe has had the opportunity to teach and perform in a wide variety of settings from preschool... Read More →
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Meghan Randolph

Chicago Regional Program Assistant, Little Kids Rock
Meghan joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Chicago Regional Program Assistant in 2017. Previously, she was working with the Grant Park Music Festival on their community engagement and education programming for the summer 2017 season. Meghan graduated from New York University in... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
238 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

1:30pm CDT

Is Anybody Listening? Using Arts Media in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Dedicated to entertaining, engaging, and above all, respecting its listeners with unique and quality radio programming, WFMT is committed to serving the Chicago community, and, specifically, its arts educators and students. WFMT's programming seeks to engage the next generation of not only music professionals but also arts appreciators and enthusiasts. In addition, WFMT's Bach to School program has donated thousands of CDs to supplement curriculum in Chicago-area schools. As WFMT expands its digital presence in the 21st century, producers pose another question: How can WFMT best serve arts educators in Chicago with our content? Exploring all of WFMT's offerings, they will facilitate a discussion that explores what arts educators need to supplement their curriculum and how WFMT can best serve these efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Michael San Gabino

Michael San Gabino

Associate Producer and Host of Introductions, WFMT
Michael San Gabino is an Associate Producer at WFMT, Chicago’s classical and arts radio station. He is the host and producer of Introductions, WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features the finest pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area.Michael received his... Read More →
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Cydne Gillard

Producer, Exploring Music, WFMT
Throughout her life, Cydne Gillard has worked within the classical music community and on production of classical music programs for public radio. She found her way to Exploring Music through years of working for CD Syndications on Indianapolis On The Air, Center Stage from Wolf Trap... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
252 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

2:30pm CDT

Networking Break
Friday November 3, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

2:45pm CDT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Rachel Claff

Rachel Claff

Manager of Professional Learning, Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools
I lead the design, delivery, and evaluation of all professional learning for CPS arts teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders in the Chicago arts community. I believe educators are rock stars, superheroes, and magical unicorns. I also believe the arts are uniquely transformative... Read More →
avatar for Melisa Rutkelis

Melisa Rutkelis

Assistant Principal, Hawthrone Scholastic Academy, Chicago Public Schools
Melisa Rutkelis is the resident Principal at Von Steuben High School. Previously she was the Manager of Student Programs for The Department of Arts Education in Chicago Public Schools. She managed the Advanced Arts Program, All-City Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Arts Student... Read More →
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Waraksa

Jeffrey Waraksa

Arts Education Manager, Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools


Friday November 3, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
 
Saturday, November 4
 

8:00am CDT

Registration
Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

8:45am CDT

Welcoming Remarks
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Claff

Rachel Claff

Manager of Professional Learning, Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools
I lead the design, delivery, and evaluation of all professional learning for CPS arts teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders in the Chicago arts community. I believe educators are rock stars, superheroes, and magical unicorns. I also believe the arts are uniquely transformative... Read More →
avatar for Melisa Rutkelis

Melisa Rutkelis

Assistant Principal, Hawthrone Scholastic Academy, Chicago Public Schools
Melisa Rutkelis is the resident Principal at Von Steuben High School. Previously she was the Manager of Student Programs for The Department of Arts Education in Chicago Public Schools. She managed the Advanced Arts Program, All-City Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Arts Student... Read More →
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Waraksa

Jeffrey Waraksa

Arts Education Manager, Department of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools


Saturday November 4, 2017 8:45am - 9:00am CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

9:00am CDT

Opening Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Opening keynote by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, prominent Chicago sociologist, poet, essayist, visual artist, and educator.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eve L. Ewing

Dr. Eve L. Ewing

Sociologist, Essayist, Poet, Educator
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a poet, essayist, visual artist, educator, and a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Auditorium 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

9:45am CDT

Networking Break
Saturday November 4, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Devising Theater with 7th and 8th Graders
Limited Capacity seats available

In 60 minutes, we are going to play, share stories, move, dance, make noise and sound, and create little sparks of theatrical possibility out of our stories. At this session, you will be introduced to Albany Park Theater Project's Short Form Devising methods, which we use in schools when we're creating original theater with Albany Park 7th and 8th graders.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Popadiak

Maggie Popadiak

Associate Director & Director of School-Based Prog, Albany Park Theater Project
Maggie Popadiak (she/her/hers) has been the Associate Director of Albany Park Theater Project since 2007, during which time she has directed andchoreographed for Learning Curve, I Will Kiss These Walls, Home/Land, Feast,Remember Me Like This, and Aquí Estoy. Maggie is also APTP’s... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
228 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Get Up and Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts facilitates and supports external partnerships and collaborations in the arts, built upon quality indicators, to enhance student learning at all levels and celebrate and honor student voice, culture, and traditions. Using the technique of South Asian drama, dance and music, this session will introduce and teach participants the theatrical facial expressions, gestural language and rhythms of South Asian performing arts. The improvisational techniques of South Asian art forms allows for the exploration of multiple subject areas as well as socio-emotional learning and building self-confidence. At the end of the session, participants will be able to make connections between different subject areas and the arts and will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the global community.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Tanner

Catherine Tanner

Arts, Media & Design Teacher, Wildwood School
Catherine Tanner, NBCT, has 32 years of teaching experience in K-2, Gifted Primary, Arts Integration, Computer/Technology, and STEAM. She has been a Library Media Specialist, Science Specialist, and Visual Arts Specialist. She has received multiple teaching awards including DRIVE... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
1115 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

The Importance of Jazz in American Education
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation serves as an introduction to Jazz music as an engaging, self-actualizing art form and how it exists culturally at the heart of American values. In this session, the audience will learn about the music through participation, be informed of its long tradition and cultural relevance, and hear jazz performed by world-class Chicago-based musicians.

Speakers
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Gene Knific

Musician/Arts Presenter, The Voice Lab
Pianist, composer, and arranger Gene Knific has won 8 Down Beat Magazine awards for his performances and compositions in jazz and contemporary categories, and three ASCAP Young Jazz Composers awards. An active composer, Knific had his work "Relapse" performed and recorded by the Buffalo... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
248 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Creativity in the Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Much of music education today is focused on learning music that already exists. In this session, we will explore several strategies for engaging youth in creating their own music in any music context; from the kindergarten music classroom to the full-fledged youth orchestra.

Speakers
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Mercedes Calcano

Head Artist, Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra
Mercedes Calcano is an active multidisciplinary artist, performer and educator from Venezuela, holding a BA in Music from IUDEM and 3 years GD in Performance from the Judith Jaimes Piano Program at Simon Bolivar University. In 2011 Calcano won a scholarship for a double MA in Piano... Read More →
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Ayriole Frost

Executive Director, Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra
Ayriole Frost is an active composer, performer and teacher. She co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra, an El Sistema-inspired youth development program on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Her history of working with music programs... Read More →
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Pete Tashjian

Percussionist // Educator
Pete Tashjian is a Chicago based drummer and educator. After studying with Paul Wertico, Ed Harrison and Reuben Alvarez, he graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2010. He performs regularly around the Midwest with a wide variety of artists including miss remember... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Make "No Small Plans"
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will familiarize participants with enduring themes within the new graphic novel "No Small Plans" and provide strategies for using it to support teaching and learning in the classroom. Ideal for grades 5–10, "No Small Plans" follows the neighborhood adventures of young people in Chicago's past (1928), present (2017), and future (2211) as they wrestle with what it takes to design the city they want, need and deserve. The graphic novel supports mandated Illinois State Civics Education requirements and local and national learning standards.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Masengarb

Jen Masengarb

Director of Interpretation & Research, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Jen Masengarb joined the Chicago Architecture Foundation in 2000. As the director of interpretation and research she leads CAF’s interpretive focus, serving as the organization’s subject matter expert in architecture—developing new strategies for engaging adult and youth audiences... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
236 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Movement and Improvisation to Aid Active Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for tools to get students on their feet? Do you want your students to be faster thinkers? Are you looking for methods to make your classroom a more collaborative environment? In this session, you'll learn the basics of Improvisation: Say YES, Listening, Being in the Moment. Then you'll take these principles and apply them to a wide variety of subjects—including language arts, math, science, and social studies. You'll also learn to build classroom community and develop cooperative learning skills. Come ready to participate in some active learning, and be ready to laugh and have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Speech & Drama Teacher, Deerpath Middle School
Chris Arnold has been involved in arts education for 14 years. He is currently a Speech & Drama Teacher at Deerpath Middle School in Lake Forest, IL. In addition to teaching and being in charge of after school drama activities, Chris is committed to using his theatre training to help... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
240 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Music as a Second Language: Use the Blues and Technology to Improve Literacy and SEL in Urban Youths
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on, interactive and entertaining seminar is designed to give lifelong learners strategies to engage non-traditional learners in classrooms and in the community using America's roots music. Culturally-relevant teaching strategies will be demonstrated and supported by statistics, the integration of technology, and live music. Strategies to help improve literacy, attendance and discipline will also be demonstrated through best practices. Participants don't have to be musically inclined to benefit from this experience. Some may even receive harmonicas.

Speakers
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Fernando Jones

Music Faculty, Columbia College Chicago
In addition to being an internationally-known musician, songwriter and author, Fernando Jones is the Blues Ensemble director at Columbia College Chicago and founder of Blues of America and Blues Camp International. For more information on him, visit: www.FernandoJones.com


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
223 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and The Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide supports to art teachers in how to best instruct students identified with disabilities in an Arts program. Resources specific to the Arts will be provided.

Speakers
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Catherine Lee

Manager Instructional Quality, Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services, Chicago Public Schools
Focus is on instructional quality for students in the cluster classroom


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
226 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

First-year Art Teachers – Reflect and Move Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

This section provides art teachers—especially first-year art teachers—a platform to share and reflect on their experiences in the first quarter of the school year. What surprises you about working at a Chicago Public School? What are some memorable moments during your teaching that have "hit your heart" and made you feel excited or frustrated? What are your biggest challenges? In this session, participants will discuss complex issues such as classroom misbehavior, bullying, racism, and sexism, and explore and share strategies to address these issues through art education and art projects.

Speakers
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Luo

visual art teacher, Fernwood School
Luo Wang was born in Nanjing, China. She is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator who currently lives and works in Chicago. Wang has been always interested in historical events and cultural dynamics. Influenced by her experience as a photojournalist in China and the United... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
238 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Museums + Schools: Making Student Tours a Collaboration for Quality
Limited Capacity seats available

What role can an art museum play in Chicago’s quality ecosystem? The Art Institute launched its pioneering student tours program in 1961. Now, nearly 60 years later, join staff from the museum’s School Programs team to shape the future of student tours. Through real-time polling and small-group discussions, participants will consider the opportunities and challenges presented by museum visits, reflect on priorities for student experiences, and brainstorm ways that tour formats might better address the value strands.

Speakers
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Libby Pokel-Hung

Assistant Director for Student & Docent Programs, Art Institute of Chicago
Libby Pokel-Hung is the Assistant Director for Student and Docent Programs in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement. Active in the museum field for over a decade, she has served as an educator and exhibition developer at institutions in New... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
242 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

10:00am CDT

Observation as Professional Development for Teaching Artists
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we better support teaching artists and each other? How can we, as a sector, help support and improve the teaching efficacy of the educators charged with providing the programs themselves? So much can be gained from sharing resources and seeing firsthand what our colleagues and peers are doing in the classroom. During this think tank, we will explore ways to create a culture of observation within organizations, barriers and gains from participating in peer-to-peer observations, as well as how some of the important logistics (such as aspects of effective feedback) can improve our practices.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Koelsch

Robin Koelsch

Director of Partnerships, Communities In Schools of Chicago
Robin Koelsch, Director of Partnerships at Communities In Schools of Chicago, has been involved in education for over 16 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, private educator, music mentor and program director during her professional tenure. Robin is passionate about civics... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
230 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:00am CDT

Networking Break
Saturday November 4, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Lesson Planning with Red Clay Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will experience Red Clay Dance Company's creative process, a collaborative effort that allows participants to own their learning process. Participants will help our "Teaching Artivist" plan a lesson through a structured discussion. After the lesson is planned, participants will play the role of the student, seeing their plan administered by our Teaching Artivist. Following the lesson, participants will reflect on the experience and be able to ask questions about the process.

Speakers
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Chaniece Holmes

Dancer, Red Clay Dance Company
Chaniece Holmes studied dance in her youth at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. In 2008 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.
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Destine Young

Dancer, Red Clay Dance Company
Destine Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Destine has danced, taught, and choreographed in Chicago for many years. This is her third season performing with Red Clay.
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Sara Ziglar

CEEP Program Manager, Red Clay Dance Company
Sara Ziglar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies from Columbia College Chicago. She has worked with a number of Chicago companies and artists. She has danced with Red Clay for six years and last year became the Program... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
252 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Utilization of Rhythm Section Across Content Areas
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will demonstrate and suggest ways to facilitate cross-curricular discussions, using music to connect students and teachers with non-music core classes. Attendees will leave the session with alternate ways of connecting to non-music courses via their primary area of expertise—music.

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Frank Menzies

Teacher, William Jones College Prep
Frank L. Menzies is a 30-year veteran of teaching, having worked in Washington, D.C., Chicago Public Schools, Illinois District 205, and Illinois District 228. He is a former ILMEA All-State Presenter, a member of the American Federation of Musicians and the Music Educators' National... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
223 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Enhancing Math Fluency with Strategic Arts Integration
Limited Capacity seats available

Increase your potency and marketability as an arts teacher by sharpening your math fluency using artistic and creative processes! This session will be both informative and a hands-on experimental artmaking experience. Participants will increase their mathematical skills by exploring algebra, polygons and three-dimensional solids through the construction of geometric shapes in a collaborative, inquiry-based exploratory context.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Stover

Peter Stover

Educator, Chicago Public Schools
A professional educator with 8 years teaching in elementary schools and 1 year in the CPS Department of Arts Education. I am interested in improving education by planning and delivering exemplary Visual Art and SEL curriculum, maximizing student achievement, improving school culture... Read More →
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Sharonda Thomas

Instructional Support Leader, Network 5
Sharonda Thomas currently works as an Instructional Support Leader for Network 5.  She's also worked at Parker Community Academy for twelve years. Sharonda was a CPS  Framework Specialist.  She's worked with the University of Texas at Austin as a Summer International Math Facilitation... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Power Playing
Limited Capacity seats available

At this workshop, Albany Park Theater Project's director and youth ensemble members will facilitate games and exercises that inspire problem solving, which leads to team building—or what APTP calls "building the ensemble." Students from the program will show us how these games can lead to conversations on empowerment.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Popadiak

Maggie Popadiak

Associate Director & Director of School-Based Prog, Albany Park Theater Project
Maggie Popadiak (she/her/hers) has been the Associate Director of Albany Park Theater Project since 2007, during which time she has directed andchoreographed for Learning Curve, I Will Kiss These Walls, Home/Land, Feast,Remember Me Like This, and Aquí Estoy. Maggie is also APTP’s... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
242 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

The Shared Language of Collaboration: Tools, Processes and Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaboration is an often-used word in the arts community. We know we should do it, we want to do more of it, and we are doing our best to be successful at it. This practice session aims to help us develop our collaborative skills and think more critically about the process. During the hour, we will gain shared language around types of collaboration, think about what we need and what we bring to a collaborative table, and explore the process of successful collaboration. The goal is to provide participants with the tools to use for successful collaborations—whether that be between community organizations, between teachers, or between teacher(s) and community organization(s).

Speakers
avatar for Robin Koelsch

Robin Koelsch

Director of Partnerships, Communities In Schools of Chicago
Robin Koelsch, Director of Partnerships at Communities In Schools of Chicago, has been involved in education for over 16 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, private educator, music mentor and program director during her professional tenure. Robin is passionate about civics... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
230 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and The Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide supports to art teachers in how to best instruct students identified with disabilities in an Arts program. Resources specific to the Arts will be provided.

Speakers
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Catherine Lee

Manager Instructional Quality, Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services, Chicago Public Schools
Focus is on instructional quality for students in the cluster classroom


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
226 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Using Visible Thinking Routines to Promote Divergent Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of this session is to help teachers promote divergent thinking in their classrooms by using Visible Thinking Routines (VTRs). This session is suitable for arts teachers and artists, as well as classroom teachers from other disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl San Juaquin

Sheryl San Juaquin

CPS Teacher, CPS Teacher
Sheryl San Juaquin has been a teacher for 15 years and is currently teaching 4th grade at Michael Faraday Elementary. Sheryl is also a CPS Framework Specialist, mentoring teachers and providing professional development in various areas. She loves to learn new and exciting ideas to... Read More →



Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
238 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Born to Be ... The Raclin School of the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Curtis and members of the faculty of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts—the only School of the Arts in the Indiana University system—will discuss the school's mission, programs, scholarships and opportunities for students. Included will be faculty demonstrations of art-making at the collegiate level. Participants will receive handouts for the various programs during the session.

Speakers
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Marvin Curtis

Dean, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend
Marvin Curtis is Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. He is a music educator, conductor, and composer. His work "City on the Hill" was commissioned and performed at the 1993 Inauguration of President Bill Clinton, making him the first... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
240 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

Cultivating the Highest Quality Music Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

This think tank discussion will focus on how to raise the quality of music instruction while making it more accessible to all learners. Emphasis will be placed on learning pathways for the next generation of professional music performers and arts leaders. Participants will come away with tools to assess students who have a strong propensity for music.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Manson

Michael Manson

Executive Director, Musical Arts Institute
Michael Manson is a graduate of Chicago State University (B.S. in Music Education) and Northwestern University (MM in Music Education). He has taught for over 20 years in school districts in the Chicago area and has conducted many award-winning youth string ensembles. Michael is also... Read More →
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Stephen Styles

Program Director, Musical Arts Institute
Stephen Styles



Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
236 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

11:15am CDT

DACA Updates: What's Available for Undocumented Students
Limited Capacity seats available

With the recent announcement of the rescission of DACA, there have been several questions raised by educators in terms of the future of the program and how to continue to provide college access to undocumented immigrant students. Participants in this session will learn what resources are available for this population and how to continue to advocate for the federal Dream Act and an overall Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Speakers
avatar for Luis Narvaez

Luis Narvaez

Post-Secondary Manager, Chicago Public Schools
As a former College and Career Access for Special Populations Specialist at the Office of College and Career Success, Luis Narvaez promoted postsecondary access for immigrant and Latino students through creation of the Latino College Access Committee and the development of the DREAM... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
228 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

12:15pm CDT

Networking Break
Saturday November 4, 2017 12:15pm - 12:30pm CDT
Benito Juarez High School 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

12:30pm CDT

Lunch and Closing Remarks
Saturday November 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Patio 1450-1510 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
 
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