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July teacher workshop will look at benefits of effective arts inclusion across content areas

A teacher workshop scheduled for July 27-28 will allow attendees to investigate the pedagogical benefits of effective arts include across content areas while addressing deeper learning opportunities, fostering curiosity and exploring ways for increasing student engagement. 

“The Colors of Nature: Investigating the Interactions of Science and Art” will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27-28 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, in McPherson. 

The workshop is funded by The Norene Ketcherside Endowment for Fine Arts. 

While the workshop is designed for K-8 classroom teachers, participation is best experienced in partnership with another content teacher, such as art or science. Through a series of investigations, participants will become familiar with the core practices of science, math and art to develop scientific and artistic habits of mind that empower engagement in self-directed inquiry. 

Presenters include: 

  • Joyce Huser – A fine arts education consultant at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). She is a National Board-Certified teacher. 
  • Carrie Jo Gros – A K-12 art educator from Topeka who has been active in the local arts community for more than 20 years. 
  • Johnna Smith – A visual arts instructor for more than 22 years in Kansas. She was named Outstanding Kansas Middle Level Visual Arts Instruction 2011-2012 and Kansas Overall Outstanding Visual Art Educator in 2017, 
  • Debra Hannu – A K-12 teacher of visual/media arts and curriculum specialist who served Duluth public schools for more than 30 years. She is a member of the 2018 cohort of the School for Arts Leaders with the National Art Education Association and teaches arts and movement methods to graduate students at the College of St. Scholastica. 

Registrations received by July 22 will be eligible for a classroom grant up to $150 from the Norene Ketcherside Endowment Fund for Fine Arts. The grant may be used to purchase classroom supplies during the 2023-2024 school year. To learn more, contact Becky Goss at 620-245-9070 or 620-242-7169 or by email at becky@mcphersonfoundation.org

The registration is capped at 40 participants. Register here

Posted: Apr 20, 2023,
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Author: Ann Bush

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