Executive Director Michael Kerry Williams and Arts Integration Director Sheena Jeffers presented at the 2016 Copenhaver Institute at Roanoke College on arts integration methodology for classrooms. The conferenced focused on developing power communicators, making reading an attractive choice for students, and blending phonetics, fluency, comprehension, semantics and syntax with interest, attitude, motivation and engagement. “We want to make reading come alive for our students,” Sheena Jeffers said. “At the conference, we showed teachers how to implement the arts into their curriculum without watering down the core subject or the art form.”
Williams and Jeffers led attendees through different approaches to teaching literacy demonstrating examples of theater, dance, music and visual art. The attendees were dancing, creating, and blending curriculum on the spot.
“It gave them the chance to rekindle the artists inside of them! We saw the fear of bringing arts into their curriculum melt away as they moved through the exercises and jotted down notes to take back to the classroom. Their kids will love these lessons!” Sheena Jeffers said.
The Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning provides quality professional development opportunities for PreK-12 teachers and administrators and for Roanoke College students. The Institute’s emphases include:
- Consideration of cutting-edge perspectives relevant to the teaching profession;
- Determination of personal and practical ways to engage students as lifelong learners; and
- Examination of a variety of multimedia and instructional technology strategies and tools for enhancing students’ growth as learners.
The Institute gives PreK-12 teachers the opportunity to develop and practice strategies for effective instruction in cooperation with the nation’s leading educational scholars.
Less than a month away! Register at teachthrougharts.com today!
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia, in cooperation with Old Dominion University, prepares to launch its inaugural Teacher’s Conference on July 22, 2016. This professional development conference is an immersive, interactive experience that will help teachers explore techniques to enhance academic performance, learning, retention, motivation and more.
Innovators in education, including keynote speaker and executive director of Young Audiences, Inc., David Dik, will be in attendance. A wide range of topics will be explored, including Math Thru Dance and Teaching Diversity in the classroom.
For more information or to register, visit: teachthrougharts.com!
Summer Library Performances with YAV
Catch the following YAV programs at libraries in your community this Summer!
5-7 Illstyle & Peace Productions – Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, Va
18 Rainbow Puppet Productions – Portsmouth Main Library, Portsmouth, Va
19-21 After Jack – Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Charlottesville, Va
21 Atumpan – Williamsburg Regional Library & James City County, Williamsburg, Va
25 Rainbow Puppet Productions – Churchland Branch Library, Portsmouth, Va
26-28 Pirates of the Pan – Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, Va
10 NC Marionette Theatre – Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, Va