VSA Florida provides monthly webinars during the school year so that teaching artists, classroom teachers, cultural arts organizations and adult artists with disabilities can keep up-to-date on the latest information on the arts and disability. These webinars are provided free of charge; however, registration is required.
October: ACEs and Trauma-Informed Teaching in Art Education
A different approach to arts education is needed for art teachers working in schools impacted by poverty. As two arts educators working in both suburban and inner-city public school systems, we approach teaching and learning through a "trauma informed" lens, that acknowledges and recognizes what trauma is and how it manifests itself in student behavior. We will discuss how art teachers can understand ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma to cultivate a safe classroom community as well as how to make art content and curriculum relevant and engaging for students that have experienced ACEs.
Raissa Rosenbaum graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2014 with a BFA in Photography. She received her MAT from MICA in 2015 and has since gone on to teach in Title I high schools throughout Baltimore City and Howard County, Maryland. When she is not surrounded by teenagers on her lunch break, you can find her rummaging through thrift stores.
Mikela Thrasher is a visual artist, writer, and inner-city arts educator. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2014 with a BFA in General Fine Arts and a MAT in Art Education in 2015. She is a Baltimore native who loves traveling. Most recently, she received a stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a summer seminar for teachers in Helena, MT and Yellowstone National Park.
- October 6, 5-6 pm (east coast time)
- October 27, 5-6 pm (east coast time)
November: Universal Access via Technology Provides Music Making for All
This webinar will shed light on how various music making apps and peripheral devices can be used to allow all students to actively participate in authentic, hands-on music making experiences with their peers. iPad apps, as well as great musical instruments such as the Skoog and Roli Blocks will be explored.
Adam Goldberg is a veteran teacher who has supported his severely challenged students as music makers via the implementation of technologies that help overcome technical hurdles and provide access to self-expression through music. Mr. Goldberg's student band, the P177Q Technology Band, has performed in Washington, D.C. for International Education Week, been featured on NPR's 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered', and regularly performs at special events and educational conferences. Mr. Goldberg is currently serving as consultant for the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, where he is overseeing the implementation of the school's first iPad Ensemble for students on the Autism Spectrum.
- November 15, 4-5 pm (east coast time)
- November 16, 4-5 pm (east coast time)
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