Looking for ways to deepen your student engagement? Look no further than the Third Annual Art Institute, a virtual professional development event that is rich with opportunities to practice creativity and learn about its connections to racial equity and inclusion.
This institute is open to all teachers and admin K-12 and will include presenters from Stanford Live, Young Audiences of Northern CA, KQED, and The San Mateo County Arts Commission (guest presenter from Alabama - the quilters of Gee's Bend). The workshops will highlight key topics for student engagement including all five arts disciplines, diversity, equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and distance learning.
9:00am to 10:00am: Welcome and Keynote
Charles Chip McNeal, M.ED., PhD.(C)
Charles Chip McNeal is an award-winning, international educator, researcher, civic leader, and activist – engaging in transdisciplinary practice across art-forms and genres, with a focus on arts, educational equity, social justice, community engagement, and cultural competency. He guides government agencies, non-profits, and schools on change-management, creative collaboration, program creation, equitable arts policies, diversity, and organizational cultural competency.
McNeal has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience and flexibly negotiates the intersection between creativity, new technologies, and professional learning. He has trained in multiple culturally responsive practices including; restorative justice techniques, social-emotional learning, and Teaching Tolerance curriculum (from the Southern Poverty Law Center). He is an accredited Integrated Learning Specialist and a certified Oral Historian. A frequent and sought-after conference presenter, Mc Neal has lectured on arts, education, social justice, multiculturalism, and equity for The Edinburgh International Festival, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
10:00am to 11:30am: Morning Sessions
This workshop shares how to integrate handmade book projects into distance learning. Facilitators will provide step-by-step, hands-on instruction on how to create two versatile handmade book structures that students and teachers can make using materials they have at home. This session will also provide hands-on step-by-step instruction on how to make a Tape Hinge Book and a Concertina Book. During the instruction, alternative materials, tools, and variations will be suggested, acknowledging differences in K-12 student ages, abilities, and available resource materials the students may have at home.
About Cheryl Ball and C.K. ItamuraBook Arts Roadshow co-founder Cheryl Ball is a native San Franciscan who has always loved books and paper. Cheryl has taken Master Classes in bookbinding with Dominic Riley and Michael Burke, and has completed the Bookbinding Certification at the San Francisco Center for the Book. She brought her love of bookmaking to her former position at a San Francisco Public Elementary-Middle School as their Art Coordinator. Cheryl is currently the Administration and Outreach Manager at the San Francisco Center for the Book and an ILSP Apprentice with the Alameda County Office of Education.Co-founder C.K. Itamura is an autodidactic interdisciplinary artist. Her work responds to a wide range of personal and social content and is realized as richly engaging, metaphorically layered, cross-media, conceptual installations, and participatory actions. C.K. is a recipient of the 2019 Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual Artists made possible, in part, by Creative Sonoma, Community Foundation Sonoma County, and the Museum of Sonoma County. She is an Artist-in-Residence of Chalk Hill Residency and In Cahoots Residency, the Co-Founder of Book Arts Roadshow, a former director of San Francisco Center for the Book, and a juror of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition for the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
This interactive session shares how educators can help students develop their social-emotional, performance, collaboration, and other skills through exploring their family history. Participants will reflect on family events, contexts, and cultural elements. After reflecting upon their own discoveries, participants will learn how to integrate similar exercises into their professional development opportunities and classroom activities. This session supports the California History-Social Science Framework.
About Lisa Edsall Giglio, EdDLisa Edsall Giglio, EdD, works with classroom teachers, teaching artists, administrators, and arts organizations delivering professional development designed to weave content across the curriculum. She often uses the visual and performing arts to produce engaging curriculum and pedagogy for students and teachers to dig into a range of curriculum with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards and employing Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Her goal is to support the development of inclusive and engaging learning environments with scaffolded and sequenced clear options for teaching and learning.
In Literacy in the Making: Where Heads, Hearts, and Hands Meet, participants will engage in a hands-on experiential session to help their students build their social-emotional and critical thinking skills. The workshop includes an icebreaker, shared book read-aloud, and comprehension/skill-building. Participants will also have an opportunity to design and share their own Literacy in the Making activities that can be used in their classrooms to support their instructional goals.
About Maureen Carroll and Lois LoganMaureen Carroll, Ph.D., is the Founder of Lime Design and a lecturer at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Carroll has taught at the elementary, middle school, community college, and university levels and has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture.Lois Logan, M.S., is a Principal Facilitator for Lime Design and has experience working with children as a classroom teacher, a STEM program designer, and a Museum and Maker Space Educator.
This workshop will explore the world of shadow puppetry. Attendees will experience a shadow puppet origin tale from China and learn how to create their own simple shadow puppets and simple stage from an old cereal box. The session will also delve into basic shadow puppetry performance techniques and how to bring a story "to life" on the shadow screen. It will also share how to facilitate a shadow puppetry exploration with students.
About Daniel BarashDaniel Barash holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from New York University, and has pioneered the use of shadow puppetry, an ancient Asian art form, in diverse formal and informal educational settings. He conducts assembly programs, hands-on workshops, and residencies at schools, museums, and libraries. As a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and a member of the Focus 5 Arts Integration team, he regularly conducts trainings for educators in the use of shadow puppetry to explore curricula, both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2020, Daniel launched Firelight Shadow Theater, which provides puppetry kits for schools and families alike.
Through concept-driven dance-movement, story circles, visual drawing, and creative writing, participants will develop fluency in the arts as a vehicle for differentiation and full-inclusion in the classroom that relies on a variation of inputs and outputs as an asset as opposed to a deficit. By exploring how arts-based practices support universal access, the workshop supports educators in developing skills in designing arts activities to create emotional reciprocity and self-regulation to nourish the nervous system.
About Rebecca Prather
Rebecca Prather is an educational administrator, equity facilitator, speech & language therapist, arts educator and advocate, and professional development leader. She has led equity workshops and consulting for access and inclusion for organizations and education for more than 20 years. Her mission is to leverage the power of creativity to build inclusive spaces that are based on people authentically seeing, hearing, and valuing each other’s histories and contributions. Through engaging individual and collective imagination, she draws communities into practices of genuine, radical belonging.
11:30am to 1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Afternoon Guest Speakers
About Mitch Galli
Mitch Galli is a conductor, arranger, lyricist, educator, vocalist, and pianist. Originally from Williamstown, MA, Mitch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Urban Education, Administration and Policy from Loyola Marymount University. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 as a corps member with Teach for America. Mitch taught high school Mathematics and Music for four years in Oakland, CA, and middle school music in San Francisco for one year. Mitch joined the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in January 2015. He founded HomoPhonics, the Chorus’ a cappella ensemble formed in August 2015, which he still music directs. Mitch is also director of RHYTHM: Reaching Youth Through Music, the Chorus’ educational outreach program. He has conducted SFGMC in performances across the country including Park City, UT, at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, and at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. Most recently, Mitch was involved in the composition of SFGMC’s newest commission @QueerZ and new curriculum Outside Voices.
About Kaitlin McGaw
Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) is a 2x GRAMMY-nominated artist and co-director of children's music company "Alphabet Rockers," making music that makes change. Specializing in creating brave spaces for parents, educators, and children to interrupt bias and shape a more equitable world. Witness "We Got Work to Do" - an online anti-racism curriculum, or listen to their albums "The Love" and "Rise Shine #Woke." Learn more at alphabetrockers.com.
About Aaron Kierbel
Aaron is the founder of RhythmALLogy, an organization using interactive drumming and rhythm making for building community and human potential. He has presented workshops on several continents, working with youth and adults in schools, jails, corporate boardrooms, and everything in between. He is also an internationally touring drummer with Rupa and the April Fishes, visiting 30 countries over the past 13 years.
About Armando Castellano
Armando Castellano is a musician, bilingual teaching artist, and arts advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a professional French horn player, he is active internationally as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral performer. Armando is the founder and director of Quinteto Latino, a performance and education organization that performs classical music by Latin American and Latino composers. Quinteto Latino works to collaborate with communities not traditionally served with chamber music and culturally relevant arts education. As an arts advocate, Armando is the lead teaching artist for Quinteto Latino, providing bilingual residencies, music education, and performance services to students of all ages, in the Bay Area and across the country. He also actively mentors classical musicians of color all over the country. His equity work is far-reaching and tireless, giving talks on diversity in classical music, culturally relevant arts education, and cultural expression in the arts. He currently sits on four boards nationally, where he is also an active committee member: The California Alliance for Arts Education, Chamber Music America, The Castellano Family Foundation, and Donors of Color, where he is a founding board member.
About Antwan Davis
Antwan Davis is a multi-percussionist and co-founder of the Las Vegas-based performance arts company Molodi. Stepping and body percussion will challenge your body and develop your musicality as you learn to make complex rhythms with your hands, feet, and whole body! Antwan’s class will look at the building blocks of stepping and body percussion techniques, and students will have the opportunity to create their own steps. Together we will create community, learn about music, and dance! Antwan has performed with the Las Vegas and North American productions of Stomp, and toured nationally with Step Afrika. He performs and teaches workshops and residencies in the U.S. and internationally.
The use of cloth remnants and repurposed garments and linens will be shared by Alabama artist Sheri Schumacher along with a quilter from the collective of Gee’s Bend. Participants will learn of the history of textile art from Alabama and the significance of the work created by a small group of an isolated, rural Black community in Alabama that created hundreds of quilt masterpieces from the early twentieth century to the present. The inhabitants of Gee’s Bend are mostly descendents of enslaved people. Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art.
About Sheri Schumacher
Sheri Schumacher is a designer whose work focuses on the relationship between design and contemporary craft practices. Her textile assemblages record cultural landscapes and explore narratives about mapping terrain, geography and the sensory experience of place. The work is characterized by the assemblage of cloth remnants, repurposed garments with history of use and hand sewing techniques inspired by cultural traditions. She is Associate Professor Emerita at Auburn University, Alabama.
Ms. Schumacher will be joined by a Pettway family member and quilter from Gee’s Bend.
2:00pm to 3:00pm: Afternoon Sessions 1
Learn about the basic philosophy of restorative practices, a collaborative framework that is centered around creating authentic connections in your classroom community. Join colleagues in exploring how relationships are at the center of a restorative model, and how restorative practices will support educators in cultivating a safe, inclusive, mindful, and creative environment for their students. This highly interactive experience integrates learning, practice, and reflection. Learn how to thoughtfully facilitate various types of circles, mindfulness strategies, and creative exercises with your community. This session serves as an appetizer for a five-week course that will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm, starting February 10, 2021.
About Bradley Ostrander and Bettina GrafBradley Ostrander serves as the School Climate Coordinator and Bettina Graf serves as the Restorative Practices Lead for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Bradley and Bettina are both licensed restorative practices trainers and have been spending the last year learning to adapt restorative practices to a virtual learning environment. They are excited to share some of the things they have learned along the way.
Repujado, a traditional art that began in Mexico in the 16th century, is practiced across the world today. It uses tin to make practical household items like mirrors, lamps, ornaments, and wall hangings. Designs can vary from animals, scenes in nature, milagros, and other various objects. Participants will have a brief lesson on the history of repujado, its uses, and how to create their own designs using simple materials from home-tin foil, cardboard, a pencil, and markers/sharpies. Tooling aluminum kits can be provided depending on the nature of the class for contactless pick up.
About Rachel Palacios
Rachel-Anne Palacios is an Oakland native, multi-cultural arts educator, and folk artist. She has been sharing her art with the community for more than 20 years and teaching workshops and classes at Bay Area schools and libraries for over a decade. Rachel-Anne is inspired by indigenous cultures from around the world and her projects are inspired by traditional art from around the world.
Sing, sound, and speak your truth with more confidence and freedom! This fun, playful workshop includes tuning your body instrument with vocal techniques on breathing, releasing throat tension, and projection; singing; and connecting with your intention. Connect with yourself and others and free your voice and body!
About Amber Field
Amber Field is a queer, non-binary Korean American adoptee teacher, performer, and healer featured in SF Magazine's Best of the Bay for yoga music. Amber believes that everyone can sing and helps people play their body instruments with more confidence. They specialize in helping free people's voices and rhythm in private and group classes. Amber also leads sound baths, grief workshops, ancestral healing classes, and expressive arts sessions. For more information, visit amberfieldmusic.com.
Diversity and equity are hot topics in education today. We know our student population is diverse, and we know we need to adjust our teaching to be inclusive, but exactly how is that done? Specifically, how is that done in the arts? In this presentation, participants will explore how to seamlessly integrate these elements into our projects and how to evolve our teaching and leading routines to create a culturally competent classroom.
About Lena RodriguezLena Rodriguez is entering her fourteenth year as a visual arts educator. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts In Graphic Design from Abilene Christian University and Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. In 2013, Lena assisted in the planning and development of The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, a now nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon and Arts School Network campus where she is the Director of Visual Arts and AP Drawing and Design Instructor. Most recently, she was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Leadership in Education Award for 2020 and continues to integrate culturally relevant content into her program. When not in the classroom, Lena continues to work in art education as a FLEX Content Producer, PRO Learning Presenter, and NOW Conference Presenter with The Art of Education University as well as a presenter with the Texas Art Educators Association.
In this workshop, dance teachers will learn how to introduce KQED's If Schools Could Dance challenge to students. This media challenge invites students to submit short dance videos accompanied by a narration, artist statement or poem. Each video is displayed on a public showcase and some selections will be picked for on-air broadcast!
About Teresa Wierzbianska
Teresa is the Program Manager of Student Media and Classroom Learning at KQED in San Francisco, where she heads up the KQED Youth Takeover audio journalism program and KQED Learn Youth Media Challenges. Previously, Teresa was a public school journalism and English teacher and has served students in some of Los Angeles’ highest-need communities. Before becoming a teacher, Teresa worked as a public radio and television reporter and producer for various programs and networks including Marketplace, KCET public television, Deutsche Welle radio, The Alaska Public Broadcasting Network, Pacifica Radio and others. Teresa earned a bachelor of music degree and a bachelor of arts in politics from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching with a single subject credential in English Language Arts from the USC Rossier School of Education.
3:00pm to 4:00pm: Afternoon Sessions 2
Group drumming has been scientifically shown to stimulate brain activity, lower stress, boost the immune system, learn skills, and foster a sense of connection – things all students need. Join an online journey into drumming, rhythm, and sound. Through “hands-on” instruction utilizing interactive rhythm games and activities, participants will learn how to make the experience of drumming accessible, meaningful, and fun for all ages and developmental levels. They will explore rhythms from around the world and create their own using drums or "found sounds," body percussion, vocals, and movement.
About Jeni SwerdlowInternationally-acclaimed rhythm facilitator Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR, is a dynamic and engaging facilitator, trainer, teaching artist, and performer. She founded DRUMMM® Rhythmic Events in 2000 and captivates 10,000 participants a year through her interactive group drumming programs. She is best known for her creative strategies and playful attitude that help foster connections, support wellness, enliven celebrations, engage communities, and activate learning. Jeni is a Registered Art Therapist, Certified Village Music Circles® Global Trainer, REMO®-Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator, Trained HealthRHYTHMS® & Rhythm2Recovery® Facilitator, and a faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Women Drummers International (WDI).
How do you translate theater games to the virtual classroom? The Teaching Artist team at A.C.T. will share what they have learned from the transition to virtual instruction. Learn games and strategies for building community and engaging students.
About A.C.T.American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke. Under the leadership of Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein, A.C.T.’s mission is to engage the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activate stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empower theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness. A.C.T. values inclusion, transformational learning, participation, and rigorous fun. A.C.T. is a Tony Award-winning nonprofit theater serving almost 200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area annually through theater, training, education, and community programs.
About Juan ManzoJuan Manzo is an Arts Education professional and advocate with almost two decades of experience in the field. He has led arts education programs and professional development workshops in Arts Integration for teachers and young people in New York and California. Juan has worked as a Teaching Artist and Arts Education Consultant for multiple organizations including StageWrite, The Old Globe, San Francisco Opera, Young Audiences of the Bay Area, La Jolla Playhouse, and Center Theater Group. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, he has worked for a stronger and more equitable arts education community in the Bay Area. A strong believer in using the arts for creative engagement and problem-solving, he is deeply committed to ensuring access to the arts to all students regardless of socioeconomic status or race.
This workshop will delve into the many ways in which representation matters. Participants will review and reflect upon how stories are shared through the arts, acknowledging that stories can provide windows for students to gain insight into the experiences of others as well as mirrors that can reflect their own life experiences. Participants will reflect on the stories they heard growing up, as well as the stories they share today, and consider ways to shift the narrative.
About Megan Leppla
Megan has been working in education since 2008 in museums, public schools, independent schools, and beyond. She has worked with a wide range of students, serving as an advisor for students and educators with a focus on art. She has also found opportunities to serve as a leader in her schools with a focus on equity and diversity work, within and outside of the context of arts integration. She is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through her art and teaching. In an effort towards this, she seeks to center marginalized voices in her curriculum with a focus on contemporary artists who identify as Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC).
Editorial cartooning has a long history in the United States and draws on a rich visual and symbolic vocabulary to communicate complex ideas in an accessible way. Support your students in creating political cartoons to share their views on issues that matter to them and learn about KQED's new youth media challenge: Political Cartooning with Mark Fiore.
About Rachel Roberson
Rachel Roberson is KQED's program manager for humanities professional learning. She develops curriculum, classroom resources and educator workshops to support secondary teachers to integrate student voice, civic participation, and media literacy and production into their classroom practice. She is a former teacher leader with 14 years of experience teaching English, social studies and literacy in public schools and overseas. Before becoming an educator, Rachel was a newspaper reporter in the East Bay.
When we are making art, we open our minds to more conceptual connections and deeper understanding. In this workshop, participants will experiment with scribbling to create expressive drawings as a reaction to music and explore using doodling to help us listen closely to stories. What type of practice makes you a better listener? The answer is different for each individual. This workshop will help attendees discover their answers and give them some ideas for how to help students discover their own artistic learner identity.
About Todd BermanTodd Berman has been making expressive, scribbly, surrealistic art of San Francisco events and landscapes since moving here in 1998 to work with a community education non-profit as an Americorps volunteer. Todd developed new approaches to using art in the classroom while working as a substitute teacher in San Francisco public schools for 16 years. He now works in several capacities as an expert in arts integration — using the arts to deepen understanding of any subject. He manages Where Art Lives, a program providing arts education for young people in San Francisco, and conducts professional development workshops for teachers with Arts Ed Matters and Young Audiences of Northern California.
4:00pm to 5:00pm: Spoken Word Poetry & the Joy of Writing
Following the conclusion of the Art Institute, all attendees are invited to attend the second of four Creativity Residencies on spoken word poetry. Creativity Residencies are free professional development opportunities open to all PreK-12 educators designed to spur their creativity through a series of remote, yet immersive, experiences.
Spoken Word Poetry & the Joy of Writing will be led by Brandon Santiago, a writer, producer, actor, cultural strategist, content creator, poet, and community organizer, who has a wealth of experience and expertise in diverse fields.
Learn more and register for this free opportunity to transform your teaching practice.