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.
September: Differentiation in the Creative Classroom
Learn about instructional differentiation strategies that focus on guided student choice, but still allow visual art teachers to create one unit lesson that incorporates multiple challenge levels and extensions for enrichment. Utilizing more student-centered pedagogies that are both challenge and choice-based, art teachers can develop comprehensive strategies for assessing individual student growth and assigning appropriate challenge levels for all learners.
Presenter: Dr. Angela Foreman earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education at Arizona State University. Angela also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education, a Master’s Degree in Arts Education and a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She has been employed as a high school art teacher, visual arts instructional leader, and a teaching mentor for 15 years and currently serves as the Fine Arts Content Specialist for Phoenix Union High School District in addition to serving as an academic associate for several courses for the Division of Teacher Preparation at Arizona State University.
- September 18, 12-1 pm (east coast time)
- September 20, 4-5 pm (east coast time)
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)
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