Mini Courses Descriptions

TUESDAY, June 18 (10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)

The New California Arts Standards!

Eric Engdahl, CSU Easy Bay & Nancy Ng, Luna Dance Institute

In January 2019 the State Board Of Education approved the new California Arts standards. Based on the National Core Arts Standards, these standards lay out a road map that will help educators in the transformation of arts education in the 21st Century. These standards have come out of collaboration among arts educators. This session will introduce participants to the standards (including the new content area, MEDIA ARTS) and include time for brainstorming on how to implement them.

Hip Hop Scholastics: Real Spit

Itoco Garcia, HipHop Scholastics & Kurt Kaaekuahiwi, Roses in Concrete

Focus on three examples of integrated arts strategies that build a systemic culture of race discourse and critical empathy in school leaders, teachers and students. Learn how to apply Courageous Conversations and HipHop Pedagogy to: reflect on cultural and linguistic identity, increase awareness of student engagement, develop counter stories for survival and liberation, change practices, and shift underlying beliefs and assumptions about race and equity. This session will also demonstrate several other arts integration strategies of how to do this work with students.

Thoughts Bound Together : Dos à dos Books as Thinking Tools

Cheryl Ball, Book Arts Roadshow

The dos-à-dos book form means "back to back" in French. This structure visually represents opposition, dialog or duality. The dos-à-dos is a wonderful way to organize information and have students engage with it creatively. In this workshop, participants will create 3 dos-à-dos books to use with different grade and skill levels as well as engage in methods on the use of this book in the classroom.

Emptying Out Our Pockets Mapping Our Interconnected Journeys

Megan Leppla & Lisa Duque

What can we learn about ourselves by making close observations like artists do? As we move through our daily lives we constantly collect ephemera—what remains in the bottom of a backpack, turned out pockets, and old receipts left in wallets. We can read these items to identify mirrors of ourselves reflecting back, and windows into the experiences of others in our communities. Inspired by the work of contemporary artist Mark Bradford, we will collect and explore materials that are ephemeral, investigating the origin of those materials and our personal connections to them. We will read the objects, and record our reflections of those objects.


TUESDAY, June 18 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Exploring Contemporary Teaching with Contemporary Artists

Caren Andrews, San Francisco Friends School

What is the relationship between art, justice and action? How can contemporary art inform and illuminate our thinking? After looking at artwork by several contemporary artists, participants will engage in visual thinking strategies and arts based research before engaging in individual and collaborative art-making. This session will integrate current events, history, and visual art making.

Showing Learning Through Shadow Puppets

Shannon Gerrity, Creative Flow Founder at San Francisco USD

Shadow puppets can be applied to any subject area, concept, and age group. Creating shadow puppets and shadow puppet plays are a naturally differentiating vehicle to support all learners. Learn how to scaffold shadow puppets into your curriculum and discover ways to use this source of creativity and communication as a performance of understanding. Find out how this affordable and accessible art form promotes collaboration, creative problem solving, multi-step planning and producing, as well as public speaking.

Social, Emotional, Academic Learning through Music and Movement

Cathryn Deering & Sara Leimbach, Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary & Performing Arts Magnet

The session is about collaboration and how to use music and movement to build positive classroom culture and standards aligned rigorous academic instruction. Participants will use Making Thinking Visible strategies as they participate and process information during this session that they can take back to use in their own classrooms..

Decoding Play: The Play of Painting

Jennyann Carthern, Paint Is Thicker Than Water

When was the last time you went out and played? Play invigorates the mind, by turning the knob and cracking the door to our imagination. In this session, we will reflect on when play was more prevalent in our lives. We will decode "play", where it comes from, and how it impacts our ideas as educators. Inspired by Arno Sterns, The Play of Painting, we will investigate this process-based approach that evokes an instinctual confidence from within. Our students can define what success looks like on their own terms by developing and strengthening their creative gut through process not product, and practice not perfect!

Engaging All Learners: Inclusive Pedagogy for Student-Led Success with Everyday Arts

         Vanessa Ramirez, Matt Bogdanow & Noemy Hernandez, Everyday Arts

Do you work with populations with diverse learning needs and disabilities? Are you unsure if you are creating inclusive and accessible learning opportunities? In this learn-by-doing workshop, participants will learn and receive activities and instructional support that drives student social-emotional and academic achievement through differentiated and student-led arts-integration. We will explore how you can identify and support various learning styles and needs for all learners, with a special focus on students with moderate to severe special needs. "Everyday Arts" provides research-based, effective practices in multidisciplinary integrated arts instruction for children with diverse learning needs (including moderate to severe disabilities). Our transformational curriculum and methodology are rooted in our ten years of research and implementation made possible by support from the US Department of Education, NYC Department of Education and the Los Angeles Unified School District.


WEDNESDAY, June 19 (10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)

Setting the Stage for Change: Collaborating for Equity Through the Arts

Viviana Espinosa & Faith Kwon, Costano Elementary & Liz Harvey, Turnaround Arts California

Come hear the Costano story and explore transformative leadership models and practices together! Costano Elementary, a school serving students in East Palo Alto, started its third year in the Turnaround Arts initiative with equity at the center of teaching and learning through the arts. How did our team identify and build strategic leadership structures to support arts integrated equity-informed teaching? How do you begin to notice and leverage your own spheres of influence using the distributive leadership model? Map and reflect on what’s essential to set the stage for change: a bold vision supported by: 1) structures, 2) time, and 3) a distributive leadership model. Collaborate with our team in arts activities to explore the power we have individually and collectively to transform a school site with an equity and arts vision.

LET'S MOVE (out of the way): A Workshop on Fading Facilitation and Sustainability

Natasha Huey, Performing Arts Workshop

Using a mini poetry workshop as an entry point, participants will work backwards through a tested model of fading facilitation. Participants will leave this session understanding the possibilities of transitioning their own leadership and strategies for building pathways to set newer or younger leaders up for success in realizing their own power and visions. How is inviting new leadership a key tool for creativity and sustainability in our movements? How is transitioning power an especially important skill for people in privileged positions to develop and practice? Can you imagine how moving young people into positions of leadership may transform you and the work? Join this session to dive into these questions and uncover the often invisibilized, and aggressively necessary, labor of scaffolding new leadership.

When to Push and When to Pull Back; Accessible Arts for All

Judy Goodman & Maia Scott, City College of San Francisco

Do you ever ask yourself if your expectations match your students’ potential? In this experiential workshop, you are invited to explore inclusive arts for diverse abilities as a creative constraint for your students in their arts processes and your own teaching pedagogy. Try out low-tech adaptations and techniques as you experience exercises and tools that meet students where they are in their creative and artistic development, and that empower you to push them ahead into expanded potential. Not only will you find this useful for enhancing the arts classroom, educators teaching other subjects may also find these exercises and tools useful for creating a more integral teaching environment that fosters multiple intelligence's learning.

Change Makers: Using Theatre Techniques in Civic Engagement

Rachel Hull, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Democracy and Theatre were born at the same time and the Greek population found benefit in having it's populous explore complex characters, empathize with their situations and at times have a cathartic experience, together. Come explore Berkeley Rep's new curriculum that engages in how students understand the fundamental principles of democracy and governmental power. How do we identify sparks of possibility in what can feel like overwhelming challenges facing us today? How do we use theatre to cast forward our hopes, and speak into being a new way of thinking and living? Through group work, individual action and writing we will strive to connect problems with the people they affect and create narratives about how those people might change the world around us, the affect they can have in shaping our destiny. While geared for 5th grade this curriculum has many entry points and can be scaffolded to support learners of various ages.


WEDNESDAY, June 19 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Mindful Arts in the Classroom to Transform You & Your Students!

Andrew Jordan Nance, Mindful Arts San Francisco

In this highly interactive and participatory workshop for K-5th grade teachers we will briefly review the principles of Mindfulness and then familiarize ourselves with the curriculum "Mindful Arts in the Classroom*". Using storytelling, theater and art activities we will delve into how to best convey the principles of mindfulness to your students. In this hands-on interactive session participants can expect to learn how to lead “A mindful minute,” play mindful theater games, use breathing cards, arts activities, implement movement exercises, and incorporate storytelling.

Creating Culturally Relevant Curriculum with Spoken Word Poetry

Patrick Ohslund & Jamey Williams, Bay Area Creative

Attendees will learn how to use spoken word poetry to generate understandings about students' lived experiences of culture. Educators who are interested in creating culturally relevant curriculum must first know how their students relate to culture. Without specific knowledge of how students interact with and create culture, curriculum designed to be culturally relevant may inadvertently be based on generalized notions of culture rather than specific experiences had by students. Spoken word poetry offers students and teachers an opportunity to express experiences and ideas that have played an important part in the active shaping of their identities. In this session participants will: write spoken word poems that are honed around specific cultural experiences, learn how to code poems for culturally relevant information and build mock up mini lessons based on this information.

Arts Education for Reaching All Learners - A Digital Toolkit

Kelsey Rieger & Miko Lee, Youth in Arts

As a county-wide provider of arts-based programming for Special Day Classrooms in a broad spectrum of disciplines, Youth in Arts works with educators and administrators on a variety of levels. Every year, new paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, and contracted teaching artists are working with students from different backgrounds with different needs, strengths, and abilities. To help ensure that these professionals are able to provide opportunities for meaningful multi-modal engagement that is accessible to both teachers and students, our organization has crafted a Digital Arts Toolkit for Reaching Students of All Abilities. Participants will be introduced to these free digital resources created to help engage educators and other interested parties in successful arts learning with their students. This resource features topics such as student-based reflection, adaptive tools for all disciplines, and Social Emotional Learning. In diving into these materials participants will learn practical skills for developing and fostering communication and collaboration, thereby creating more opportunities to empower student voice and identity with students in any classroom.