Wednesday, August 10 (10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)

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Arts Integration for All Kinds of Minds and Every Body

Nancy E. James, San Leandro USD Resource Teacher

Explore an approach to Arts Integration that recognizes neurological and physical-diversity in every learning environment, and builds on multi-sensory supports to meet the individual strengths and needs of typical and atypical learners. Learn and experience a variety of strategies that can support building flexibility into your instruction from the ground up. Consider the learning differences and think about how educators can make room for a variety of learners. Reflect on your teaching practices and explore and reshape your learning environments.

Build, Tinker, Hack: Becoming Sensitive to Design through Maker-Centered Practice

Brooke ToczylowskiCarl Barone, Andrea Maoki, Agency By Design (ABD)

Educational initiatives that emphasize making, engineering, and tinkering are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 education. Makerspaces, fab labs, and design classes are bringing with them exciting new tools, technologies, and curricula. Learn what the most salient benefits of these maker-centered learning experiences are? Dive into a series of hands-on activities exploring how pedagogical practice can support the core principles of maker-centered learning from ABD’s Oakland Team Experience. Use thinking routines developed through the Agency by Design project at Project Zero, to consider what it means to develop a sensitivity to the made dimension of the world.

Verbatim Theatre: Performing Community Voice with the Students of OakTechRep

Ena Dallas, Oakland Tech High School, Jessa Moreno

Engage in arts research and expand your view of a collaborative classroom space with the youth leaders of the award-winning theatre company OakTechRep, from Oakland Tech High School, as they lead you through a lively experiential process of creating theatre from interviews, observations, and deep listening. Develop basic performance skills and qualitative research practice under the guidance of the real educational authorities…young people!

LUDICrous: Restoring the Role of Play

Nicole Sumner, Artways, Playways

How playful is our teaching? How playful is our classroom, and our school? Beyond current research about children's need for frequent play "breaks," how do our teaching practices actually include ludic, the Latin word for spontaneous and undirected playfulness? This workshop addresses the joys and challenges of in-class constructivist learning practices from a multi-arts and internationalist perspective. Our raw materials include mini-life stories, games as interconnective tissue (play theory), and the use of provocations (Reggio Emilia). Additional tools we'll use include, the Studio Habits of Play, Studio Habits of Poets/Storytellers, and Making the Learning/Thinking of Play Visible. Be challenged to mine your inner playfulness and outer play mentoring skills in service of teaching and learning goals.

Recognizing and Representing Cultural Wealth

Jessalyn AalandJulie Charles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

How do we help students recognize the strengths in themselves and in their communities? Anchored in the concept of cultural wealth by scholar Tara J. Yosso, participants will apply Yosso’s six types of capital to their own experience and artwork from SFMOMA’s collection. After analyzing images for cultural capital, create your own collage, assemblage, drawing or poem that demonstrates the types of cultural wealth you possess. Engage in hands-on art-making, strategies for discussing artwork and social issues with students, and resources for writing and reflection. Learn to integrate critical theory and/or visual art making and discussion into your practice. While this workshop is aimed primarily at high school teachers in the humanities, educators across grade levels and content areas will find connections.

Unfolding Practice: Accordion Books as Maps of Learning

Todd Elkin, Washington High School, Fremont and Integrated Learning Specialist Program, ACOE
Arzu Mistry, Shristi School of Art and Technology Design, Bangalore, India

Accordion books are handmade maps of our thinking. Their artful form and layered functions are about unfolding our practice as learners, teachers and artists. Learn to make accordion books to tell the story of your learning, allowing for multiple strands of reflection, connection and inquiry to be occurring simultaneously. Through inquiring, documenting, reflecting and building on practice, learners, teachers, and artists will be given a space for reflection as well as a springboard for new investigations.