Karen has taught, presented, and experienced dance with babies through adults. She developed curriculum for preschool through university level Dance, French, and Literacy programs. She also advocates for dance programming at all levels and is actively involved in various Dance organizations including National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and Deep Vision Dance Company (DVDC). Karen was also on the founding board for the Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
From 1997-2007, Karen owned and directed a dance studio for children ages 3-12. The technique classes were taught in French. Students performed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Convention Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum. Karen delved into the Baltimore County school system in 1991. She taught French, Dance, Art and Movement, and Kindergarten French Immersion. She also developed a Dance Integration Program for West Towson Elementary School in Baltimore County Public Schools. Throughout her career, Karen has shared her classroom excitement at conferences. Some of her favorite topics are: L’Évolution de la danse francophone, Books that Move: Incorporating Creative Movement in Story Time, The Brain and Language Learning, Dancing with the Visual Arts, Teaching French to Children on the Autism Spectrum, and Allons danser tout le monde! In 2012, Karen participated in an International Interdisciplinary Conference combining her research interests of Dance and French. She was one of two educators from the United States and one of thirty educators internationally selected to attend and share her expertise at this event in Sèvres, France. Karen earned her Doctor of Education in 2018. Her dissertation is titled: A Phenomenological Study of Elementary Students in Dance Classes. Karen is thrilled to be a part of this year’s virtual Arts Integration Conference.
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Join us for Books That Move! Embark on a journey through a variety of childhood favorites with numerous possibilities for kinesthetic activities that can be directly applied in the classroom. From classics like The Snowy Day to biographical dances with Harriet Tubman, early childhood and elementary educators will revisit Story Time with a renewed excitement for the moving details in the literature. Science, History, Math, and Music will be incorporated into these “Dance Alouds.” Discover some new ideas and have fun moving and learning with other educators.
Bomani is a seasoned performer and teacher and is currently Director of Poetry Events for the Busboys and Poets restaurants, a CBS Radio personality, and head audio-engineer for Urban-Intalek Studios. Bomani describes himself as a poet with a Hip Hop style.
"Bomani was OUTSTANDING, today! The kids loved him, the second graders all lined up to take his autograph!"
Claudia, PTA representative, Rolling Knolls Elementary
"Positive, Motivating, Challenging. Bomani gave students the power of language."
Jennifer, Teacher, Scholars K-8
Music/Hip Hop Songwriting
This workshop shows students how a well-written essay resembles a well written song. The main idea is the thesis paragraph in an essay is the chorus/refrain/hook in a song, while the supporting details in an essay are just like the verses. Using innovative techniques, students learn how to summarize any topic with well-organized paragraphs and rhymes activating multiple modes of learning. The journey should be more important than the destination. Having conversations about the words and how they relate to the main idea of the paragraph or a particular sentence makes students think about the content on a deeper level. This process makes them take apart a text and put it back together three dimensionally in order to put it into the bars of rhythm and rhyme.
Jessica holds a Masters in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelors in Psychology and Theater Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Additionally, Jessica has been a creative mover her whole life, and she has dedicated over 500 hours to mindfulness and yoga training. She has been joyfully integrating the arts and facilitating project based learning in elementary school classrooms since 2006, and she’s led professional development workshops for teachers and school leaders since 2013. In 2019, she received an award for Leadership in Arts Education from The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She is the Arts Integration and Social Emotional Learning Specialist for Any Given Child Sarasota, a national consultant with Focus 5, and a coach and mentor to educators, teaching artists and leaders across the nation.
PreK-5, Admin, Artists, Organization Leaders
Our emotional states shift as we move through events in our day. This module examines a step by step process that connects the elements of movement to social emotional learning skills like self management, mind and body awareness, and self expression. Participants are given the tools to introduce creative movement and mindful breathing techniques that help both students and teachers tune in to and transform emotions.
is an internationally recognized, award-winning playwright and director, teaching artist and museum educator. She is dedicated to expanding perspective, uncovering complexity and building empathy. Her plays have been produced at major professional theaters, museums, and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Canada, including eighteen productions with the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences and the National Symphony Orchestra.
She has been nominated for nine Helen Hayes Awards (Washington, DC’s professional theater awards), receiving the 2002 Award for Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical; and has published 12 plays, four cast albums, and two books of scenes and monologues for middle school actors.
Mary Hall was a six-summer faculty member of Harvard University’s Project Zero Classroom and a guest artist for Project Zero’s national and international conferences. She teaches creative writing inspired by visual art for the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Associates, and museums nationally. She has been a Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist since 1987. www.maryhallsurface.com
How can we encourage students to expand their perspective of characters in their reading and writing? Dramatic monologues are an inspiring, interactive tool for deepening student understanding across the curriculum. Discover how to help students imagine, improvise, and write dramatic monologues inspired by an intriguing painting by Picasso. Invite students to look beyond the surface of an image, event, or text as they build their close looking, critical thinking and imaginative writing skills. Playwright and teaching artist Mary Hall Surface has presented this workshop nationwide through the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, and Harvard’s Project Zero.
Kimberly Brown has 20+ years experience in Arts Education. This collage artist and California native earned her BA from UC Davis in Studio Arts and her Masters from Pace University in New York, before moving to Maryland to continue her journey in Arts Education. She has taught and learned from a variety of people and looks for new ways to advocate and increase knowledge through the arts. Currently she teaches Fine Arts for Elementary school and is the Curriculum Director for the MC3 program through MSDE.
Collage- Visual Art
Collage is a visual representation created by an assemblage of various materials to make a new whole. In this arts integration lesson ELA teachers will learn about collage and its connection to students making meaning of text. When a child reads, they are gathering information from a text source to create a new whole, synthesizing a text. Collage takes different materials, places together to make a new whole of understanding as well. In this workshop ELA teachers in grades 5-8 will use text from their various units to create collages. These collages will be created to synthesize text.
Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. He has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, TEdx Talk and NPR's Snap Judgement. He is a former Artist in Residence for NYU's Asian American Pacific Studies and is a teaching artist for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. HIs poems have appeared in Poetry, Beltway Poetry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, among others. He received literary fellowships from the DC Commission for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and received the Writers for Writers Award formPoets & Writers for his work teaching poetry at Bellevue Hospital.
PreK-12, Admin, Artists, Organization Leaders
When I say Poetry You Say Rocks: An Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry led by Regie Cabico. Students will use “imagery” to create poetry. We will celebrate our identities by exploring our dreams and our most fanciful urges. We will combine outrageous lies into hyperbole and use sense memory and experimental word play to invigorate our language. We will look at the poem as one explosive haiku. We will use our triggers, our pet peeves and glimmers, what gives us life to propel us into performance. We will unlock the basic elements of poetry slam performance: vocal, physical gesture & eye contact—demystifying the page from the stage.
April 1st 4:30-6pm
is currently an art teacher and art integration coach at Patterson High School in Baltimore City. Originally from Oregon, Alisha studied fine art at Portland State University and received a BS in Drawing/Painting/Printmaking as well as a Masters of Education. She moved to Baltimore in 2003 and has taught high school art in Baltimore City for the past 18 years.
To celebrate the Arts Integration Conference and the Arts, we will be doing a special community event on April 1st from 4:30 to 6 pm.
This event will be a virtual field trip through Baltimore City exploring the diverse and exciting murals. We will point out some significant works of art and investigate the deeper meaning in them. As an attendee you will be able to access the virtual map to explore and check out different murals that resonate with you.
We will also take a look at one particular school in Baltimore. We will see how they brought murals into their school, Patterson High School, to incorporate the arts into daily learning in order to better engage and communicate with one another. Ms. Holter and Ms. Marchewka will join us for a one-on-one session to talk to us about how art has been a key part of the success of the school community.