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Monday, June 11
 

2:30pm

Pre-Conference Session: The Art of Culinary: Bringing Your Talent to the Table
Limited Capacity full

Special session combining art and food led by renowned chef Robert St. John. (Pre-registration required; limited to 16 participants.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert St. John

Robert St. John

Robert St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint... Read More →


Monday June 11, 2018 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Main Auditorium

3:00pm

Pre-Registration
Join us Monday afternoon for pre-registration, then stay for an Opening Kickoff Reception!

Monday June 11, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lobby

5:30pm

Opening Kick-Off Reception
Join us Monday afternoon for pre-registration, then stay for an Opening Kickoff Reception! This unusual reception will feature delicious snacks and beverages prepared earlier in the day by the participants of the pre-conference Culinary Art workshop and a selection of music played entirely on vegetable “instruments.” (Get more info by Googling “Vegetable Orchestra”!)

Monday June 11, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hall B
 
Tuesday, June 12
 

8:00am

Registration & Check-In
Tuesday June 12, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Lobby

8:30am

Opening Plenary: What That All About? The Art of Theatre
Limited Capacity seats available

The official kickoff of the 2018 WSI Summer Institute begins on Tuesday morning with a professional theater troupe’s take on the usual housekeeping items at a conference. Fun and unusual!

Speakers

Tuesday June 12, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Auditorium

9:45am

WordPlay: Creative Writing in Classrooms, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

Build a culture of creative writing in 6th through 8th grade classrooms to reinforce English Language objectives. Session 1: Spoken Word 101 introduces concepts and benefits of implementing the art form of spoken word poetry as an educational, motivational, and cultural tool.

Speakers

Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 221

9:45am

Meaningful & Memorable Learning with Movement! (Dance Track - Part 1/3)
Limited Capacity full

Learn the benefits of integrating dance into instruction, the elements of dance, and receive supporting materials (assessments, instruments, posters). Participants will also receive a 4-day unit that focuses on the instruction of dance elements to students as well as the social and emotional competencies central to learning with and through dance.

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Hall C

9:45am

Books ALIVE! Using Story Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

Bring content ALIVE in the classroom with story drama and storytelling! Teachers will learn how to guide students through the creative drama process using stories and books. Bring your favorite storybooks to create lessons and experiences for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Hall A

9:45am

Songwriting in ELA, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

In this track, teachers will learn several ways to can incorporate songwriting into their 2nd or 3rd grade ELA course and throughout their day. From familiar children’s songs to the blues, rap, and to completely original songwriting, you will feel comfortable with the steps to creation, the musical language of song, and the tools and techniques you’ll need to bring these strategies to your students. Computers, tablets, and smart phones are encouraged to incorporate apps and websites that will be useful in songwriting. Bring your instrument if you want to use it in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 211

9:45am

Back to Basics, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

All great classrooms are built on strong foundations! Build a stronger foundation or fill in some cracks with a series of 101 tracks. Designed for the novice arts integration instructor, participants will thoroughly explore the basic elements and principles of design within Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, and Music.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Mack

Penny Mack

Educational & Arts Integration Consultant, Whole Schools, Mississippi Arts Commission
Penny Mack is an Educational and Arts Integration Consultant. She provides professional development opportunities for schools within the southern region of the US.  She has served as an Instructional Coach, Field Advisor, Presenter, Facilitator, and Mentor for the MS Arts Commission... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 215

9:45am

Celebrating the Arts in Mississippi, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate the essence of the arts in Mississippi with a journey through 200 years of the development of the Magnolia State! This track centers on two Mississippi Arts Commission curricula: 1) Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Journey, and 2) Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond. Explore artistically colorful lesson plans applicable for presentation to Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced students that combine MS College-and-Career Readiness Standards for English-Language Arts (ELA), History, Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre. Enjoy collaborative learning and creating art along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Limeul Eubanks

Limeul Eubanks

Mississippi Department of Education
Limeul Eubanks is a Staff Officer III, for the Arts: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and World Languages at the Mississippi Department of Education. Eubanks is a visual artist and art educator that holds the following degrees: Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) with studio... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Hugh Malone is a veteran music educator with over 44 years of classroom experience in a variety of settings with students of all ages and has been a frequent presenter at the WCI Summer Institute. As curriculum designer for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s The Mississippi... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 210

9:45am

Media Arts in the Classroom: Photography & Digital Collage, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

This track will incorporate digital photography, internet and image research with primary sources, digital image editing and design, and digital content management. Teachers will be introduced to and practice these tools and techniques to create a final piece connected to the content area of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 222

9:45am

The Ultimate Paper Sculpture Workshop, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 212

9:45am

Creating the Graphic Novel, Part 1/3
Limited Capacity full

Get a sneak peak into the creative process of the graphic novel! Participants will not only see a brief history to this genre, but will work with Chuck to create their very own! In this three-day track session, participants will create character, story plots and roughly design the layout of a graphic novel that will be sure to delight their students. (No artistic talent is required in these sessions, only stick figures.)

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 216

1:00pm

Children’s Cultural Dances from Europe (Italy, Spain, Germany)
Participants will learn traditional children’s dances from Italy, Spain, and Germany, complete with accompanying traditional music and supporting activities that bring each country to life. Includes 30 minute written lesson plans for each cultural dance form!

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall C

1:00pm

How To Create A Living Pop-up StoryBook
Participants will learn how to create a living pop-up storybook. By using Storytelling, Acting and Tableau, participants learn the importance of plot, sequencing, setting, imagination, and cooperation when making a story come alive. Great for Language Arts and Social Studies classroom teachers!



Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 221

1:00pm

Movement & Mime for the Classroom
Non-verbal communication can bridge the communication gap in the classroom. Teachers will learn simple mime techniques developed to be successful with all students.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall A

1:00pm

Songwriting in Your Classroom (PK – 2)
Limited Capacity full

Use familiar children's songs to bring joy to your classroom, make learning catchy, and build children's creativity and leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:00pm

How to Plan With Your Artist-in-Residence
Are you getting the most from your classroom artist experience? There is an art to planning with an artist! Use role-playing and interview protocols to identify classroom needs and curriculum objectives, communicate your needs to the artist, and set a schedule!

Speakers
CH

Clair Huff

Arts Coordinator, Meridian Public School District
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 212

1:00pm

Project Director's Meeting, Part 1/2
Coast through next year’s grant requirements with ease! In this mandatory session for principals or project directors within the Whole Schools Initiative, school leaders will be provided hands-on resources and all the latest details and updates from MAC.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Mack

Penny Mack

Educational & Arts Integration Consultant, Whole Schools, Mississippi Arts Commission
Penny Mack is an Educational and Arts Integration Consultant. She provides professional development opportunities for schools within the southern region of the US.  She has served as an Instructional Coach, Field Advisor, Presenter, Facilitator, and Mentor for the MS Arts Commission... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Smelser

Charlotte Smelser

Arts Education Director, Mississippi Arts Commission


Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 215

1:00pm

Drawing on Photographs
Learn to use a "drawing on photographs" technique to develop students' capacities to use STEM practices across content areas, including reading comprehension!



Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 210

1:00pm

Let the Sun Shine In! Cyanotype Sun Prints in the Classroom
Learn how to lead your students through an easy and magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography. Explore how Cyanotypes or ‘sun prints’ can be created with thematic applications across content areas, including science, social studies, reading and math.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 222

1:00pm

The Creative Process of the Picture Book (PK-3)
If you think writing and illustrating picture books is easy… well it is… once you work with Chuck! In this rowdy arts integrated lesson on literature and art for children, create characters and plots in an activity that will help you look at picture books in new and informed ways. Stick figure drawing welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 216

2:15pm

Cell Tableaux
Ever wonder what it's like to be a mitochondria or a cell wall? In this session you’ll find out! Display your acting skills while displaying the different organelles of a cell as part of the wonderful world of tableau.

Speakers
avatar for Zachari Ruff

Zachari Ruff

Choir Directors/ WSI Project Director, Northwest Middle School



Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 211

2:15pm

From The Page To The Stage
Use storytelling and drama to move any Language Arts or Social Studies lesson from the textbook to a classroom stage! Learn simple activities and techniques that reinforce information found in textbooks through storytelling and drama.



Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 221

2:15pm

Jazz in the Classroom - CANCELLED
Listen to several jazz compositions and notice which emotions each piece evokes. Read “Before John Was a Jazz Giant” and discuss the life of John Coltrane, tapping glasses of colored water to demonstrate pitch and create melodies. Fun and interactive!

Speakers


Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall C

2:15pm

Exploring the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Arts Learning Standards
Overview and breakdown of the 2017 standards; examines the terminology of the new Arts Learning Standards documents as well as identifying key concepts and knowledge and skills students should know and be able to do in preparation for college and career.

Speakers
avatar for Limeul Eubanks

Limeul Eubanks

Mississippi Department of Education
Limeul Eubanks is a Staff Officer III, for the Arts: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and World Languages at the Mississippi Department of Education. Eubanks is a visual artist and art educator that holds the following degrees: Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) with studio... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 222

2:15pm

Project Director's Meeting, Part 2/2
Coast through next year’s grant requirements with ease! In this mandatory session for principals or project directors within the Whole Schools Initiative, school leaders will be provided hands-on resources and all the latest details and updates from MAC.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Mack

Penny Mack

Educational & Arts Integration Consultant, Whole Schools, Mississippi Arts Commission
Penny Mack is an Educational and Arts Integration Consultant. She provides professional development opportunities for schools within the southern region of the US.  She has served as an Instructional Coach, Field Advisor, Presenter, Facilitator, and Mentor for the MS Arts Commission... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Smelser

Charlotte Smelser

Arts Education Director, Mississippi Arts Commission


Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 215

2:15pm

Trauma, Distress, and Chaos… Oh, My!
Trauma has an overarching effect on both teachers and students, effecting student behavior, ability to focus and concentrate, and the overall well-being of the classroom environment. We’ll change the dialogue from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” in this practical session, and learn the symptoms of trauma and suggestions for lessening its impact.

Speakers


Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 216

2:15pm

Action Art
Make moving art to work on sentence structure and identify action verbs, learn color blending with oil pastels and color pencils, and create a realistic animal drawing in sections that can be cut out and assembled for dimension and mobility. Add the animals to a background and compose sentences that describe the action!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Warren

Amanda Warren

Visual Arts Teacher, Parkway Elementary
Amanda Warren’s passion is teaching visual arts at Parkway Elementary School where she also serves as co-director of the Arts Integration Team. During her down time, she is the Alfred, Robin, and Catwoman of the Warren Household. Her super powers include creating elaborate woodland... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall B

2:15pm

Drawing on Photographs: Math
Learn how photographers and art designers use the technique of "drawing on photographs" to enhance understanding of mathematical concepts in nonfiction texts. Participants will also learn strategies for developing students' capacities to use STEM practices across content areas.



Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 210

3:30pm

Culinary Class
TBA

Speakers

Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 215

3:30pm

Drum Circle (PK - 8th)
Feel connected, get recharged, be creative, and make some noise in our Drum Circle! Learn authentic African and African-derived pieces and experience the power of drumming together.  (Drums and other instruments provided.)

June 12 class video:  https://youtu.be/mjmv1INGS-g

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

3:30pm

Mindfulness Practices for Focus, Community, and Communication
Basic meditation, breathing exercises, simple stretches, guided imagery, reflective journaling, mandala coloring, stories that address emotions, and simple yoga poses... these approaches impact the ability to focus, create community, and improve communication in and out of the classroom, and benefit both teacher and students.

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Hall C

3:30pm

Expressive Reading to Enhance Fluency and Comprehension
Researchers have found strong links between expressive reading and general reading achievement. Learn acting techniques such as characterization, pitch, rhythm and volume to model and teach fluency.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Hall A

3:30pm

How to Plan With Your Artist-in-Residence
Are you getting the most from your classroom artist experience? There is an art to planning with an artist! Use role-playing and interview protocols to identify classroom needs and curriculum objectives, communicate your needs to the artist, and set a schedule!

Speakers
CH

Clair Huff

Arts Coordinator, Meridian Public School District
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 212

3:30pm

Cyanotype Sun Prints
Create dynamic, detailed and beautiful art using sunlight! Learn to design and print gorgeous blue and white images through a magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 222

3:30pm

Surrealism
Learn media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas and interpretation styles of the Surrealist Movement (including the works of Marc Chagall, Salvatore Dali, Max Ernst, and others). Create a painting in the Surrealistic style by interpreting a thought or dream!

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Bearden

Kristi Bearden

5th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher, Saltillo Elementary School
Kristi Bearden has been an educator for 13 years. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with both her bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2010, she became a National Board Certified Teacher. She currently works at Saltillo Elementary School as a 5th grade Science/Social... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 210

3:30pm

The Illuminated Letter (PK-3)
Time travel with Chuck as he takes you on a journey through history in this hands-on arts experience with creating an illumination – the style of hand lettering and illustration dating back to the medieval ages when monks copied manuscripts by hand. Many curriculum strands are artistically integrated into the lesson to create high retention of the various subjects.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Tuesday June 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 216
 
Wednesday, June 13
 

8:30am

Plenary: Dancing Our Story: The Art of Dance
Julie White takes the stage this morning to get us off to a wiggling, jiggling start with a dance extravaganza! Feel free to get your groove on – there’s plenty of room in the aisles!

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Auditorium

9:45am

WordPlay: Creative Writing in Classrooms, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity seats available

Build a culture of creative writing in 6th through 8th grade classrooms to reinforce English Language objectives. Session 2: Access, Granted unlocks creative opportunities within ELA standards that can foster deeper student connections to writing;

Speakers

Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 221

9:45am

Facts, Figures, and Dancing Fun! (Dance Track, Part 2/3)
Limited Capacity full

Learn the many ways that dance and math can partner! Explore & get plans for telling time, place value, addition, subtraction, and fact families. (Includes info on all math standards.)

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Hall C

9:45am

Books ALIVE! Using Story Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

Bring content ALIVE in the classroom with story drama and storytelling! Teachers will learn how to guide students through the creative drama process using stories and books. Bring your favorite storybooks to create lessons and experiences for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Hall A

9:45am

Songwriting in ELA, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

In this track, teachers will learn several ways to can incorporate songwriting into their 2nd or 3rd grade ELA course and throughout their day. From familiar children’s songs to the blues, rap, and to completely original songwriting, you will feel comfortable with the steps to creation, the musical language of song, and the tools and techniques you’ll need to bring these strategies to your students. Computers, tablets, and smart phones are encouraged to incorporate apps and websites that will be useful in songwriting. Bring your instrument if you want to use it in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 211

9:45am

Back to Basics, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

All great classrooms are built on strong foundations! Build a stronger foundation or fill in some cracks with a series of 101 tracks. Designed for the novice arts integration instructor, participants will thoroughly explore the basic elements and principles of design within Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, and Music.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Mack

Penny Mack

Educational & Arts Integration Consultant, Whole Schools, Mississippi Arts Commission
Penny Mack is an Educational and Arts Integration Consultant. She provides professional development opportunities for schools within the southern region of the US.  She has served as an Instructional Coach, Field Advisor, Presenter, Facilitator, and Mentor for the MS Arts Commission... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 215

9:45am

Celebrating the Arts in Mississippi, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate the essence of the arts in Mississippi with a journey through 200 years of the development of the Magnolia State! This track centers on two Mississippi Arts Commission curricula: 1) Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Journey, and 2) Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond. Explore artistically colorful lesson plans applicable for presentation to Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced students that combine MS College-and-Career Readiness Standards for English-Language Arts (ELA), History, Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre. Enjoy collaborative learning and creating art along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Limeul Eubanks

Limeul Eubanks

Mississippi Department of Education
Limeul Eubanks is a Staff Officer III, for the Arts: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and World Languages at the Mississippi Department of Education. Eubanks is a visual artist and art educator that holds the following degrees: Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) with studio... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Hugh Malone is a veteran music educator with over 44 years of classroom experience in a variety of settings with students of all ages and has been a frequent presenter at the WCI Summer Institute. As curriculum designer for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s The Mississippi... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 210

9:45am

Media Arts in the Classroom: Photography & Digital Collage, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

This track will incorporate digital photography, internet and image research with primary sources, digital image editing and design, and digital content management. Teachers will be introduced to and practice these tools and techniques to create a final piece connected to the content area of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 222

9:45am

The Ultimate Paper Sculpture Workshop, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 212

9:45am

Creating the Graphic Novel, Part 2/3
Limited Capacity full

Get a sneak peak into the creative process of the graphic novel! Participants will not only see a brief history to this genre, but will work with Chuck to create their very own! In this three-day track session, participants will create character, story plots and roughly design the layout of a graphic novel that will be sure to delight their students. (No artistic talent is required in these sessions, only stick figures.)

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 9:45am - 11:45am
Room 216

1:00pm

Children's Cultural Dances from Asia & the Islands (Thailand, Australia, Hawaii, Greece)
Learn traditional children’s dances from Thailand, Australia, Hawaii, and Greece complete with accompanying traditional music and supporting activities that bring each country to life. Includes 30 minute written lesson plans for each cultural dance form!

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall C

1:00pm

Reader's Theater Rocks!!
Learn about Reader’s Theater, including gestures and sound effects, using scripts, collaborating in small groups to create and produce a script, and then perform theater! Walk away with resources and feeling confident you can use Reader’s Theater in your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Gibson

Nancy Gibson

Nancy Gibson has a Masters in Early Childhood from Florida State University.  She has been a teacher for 26 years, 11 at Oakland Heights in Meridian.  She loves theater and has been in several community plays. Her two adult children are also involved in theater. In her spare time... Read More →
avatar for Beth Thrasher

Beth Thrasher

Beth Thrasher holds a Master's in Elementary Education. She has been a teacher for 8 years at Oakland Heights with Meridian Public School District. She lives in Union, MS with her husband, Jonathan.



Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall B

1:00pm

Songwriting in Your Classroom (3 - 5th)
Use songwriting to give students a creative voice in expressing their understanding while developing writing skills such as organization, expressive language, and editing.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:00pm

4 Minutes & a Microphone
Like speed dating… but for Teaching Artists! Each Teaching Artist gets 4 minutes at the microphone to sell you on her unique art style and why you should engage her services in 2019. Fast paced and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Smelser

Charlotte Smelser

Arts Education Director, Mississippi Arts Commission


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall A

1:00pm

Exploring Artists with the Alphabet
Learn discussion techniques that prompt students to explore the significance and meaning behind many artworks through a library of “Artist of the Week” Google slides. The slides present different artists for each letter of the alphabet and integrate content areas including ELA, math, visual art, and social studies.



Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 215

1:00pm

Let the Sun Shine In! Cyanotype Sun Prints in the Classroom
Learn how to lead your students through an easy and magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography. Explore how Cyanotypes or ‘sun prints’ can be created with thematic applications across content areas, including science, social studies, reading and math.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 222

1:00pm

Photomontage Portraits
TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 212

1:00pm

The Creative Process of the Picture Book (4 - 8th)
If you think writing and illustrating picture books is easy… well it is… once you work with Chuck! In this rowdy arts integrated lesson on literature and art for children, create characters and plots in an activity that will help you look at picture books in new and informed ways. Stick figure drawing welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 216

2:15pm

Cell Tableaux
Ever wonder what it's like to be a mitochondria or a cell wall? In this session you’ll find out! Display your acting skills while displaying the different organelles of a cell as part of the wonderful world of tableau.

Speakers
avatar for Zachari Ruff

Zachari Ruff

Choir Directors/ WSI Project Director, Northwest Middle School



Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 216

2:15pm

Jazz in the Classroom - CANCELLED
Listen to several jazz compositions and notice which emotions each piece evokes. Read “Before John Was a Jazz Giant” and discuss the life of John Coltrane, tapping glasses of colored water to demonstrate pitch and create melodies. Fun and interactive!

Speakers


Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall C

2:15pm

Rhyme Time
A fun, interactive workshop that uses visual arts and dance/movement to increase students' ability to rhyme.  This session will use visual arts to create a rhyming character based on Dr. Seuss books and rhymes for Down by the Bay.  The session will demonstrate how to use dance/movement to match and create rhymes. 

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Dexter

Cheryl Dexter

Cheryl Dexter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Education and endorsements in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. She has just completed her Master of Educational Theory and Practice from the Arkansas State University... Read More →
SL

Sara Logan

Sara Logan is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and endorsements in Early Childhood, Special Education, English, and Social Studies. She has a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Mrs... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall B

2:15pm

STEAM Up to Engage Elementary Students in Engineering
Enjoy a hands-on experience for classroom integration of engineering that promotes analytical and reflective thinking, enhance learning across disciplines and encourage students to collaborate and solve real world challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Torres

Donna Torres

INFINITY Discovery Center
Donna Torres has a BS in Elementary Education from William Carey University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her 28 years in education, experience in developing professional training and curriculum design and scheduling add to... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 222

2:15pm

“Dear Stress, Let’s break up. – Me”
Stress is a result of, and a manifestation of trauma. Trauma can be as simple as working in a fast-paced, under-resourced environment (like a classroom!) caught between what’s good for students and what will make the higher-ups happy. We’ll talk about kinds of stress, where it comes from, symptoms of stress, and create an individual stress reduction plan (mailed to you after the Institute)!

Speakers


Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 221

2:15pm

Klee, Math, and the Underground Railroad
Learn to incorporate Klee's artwork Farbtafel into a cross-curricular activity while focusing on standards for math, ELA, and history. Takeaways include the participant's original work of art, lesson plans, and strategies for using this activity in various grades!

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Brumley

Kimberly Brumley

Math Teacher, Milam Elementary
Kim Brumley is a NBCT teaching 6th grade math at Milam Elementary in Tupelo. She holds a BA in Eduacation from Blue Mountain College and just completed her 13th year of teaching. Ms. Brumley is currently serving as head of the math department and co-director of the arts program at... Read More →



Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 210

2:15pm

Monumental Summaries
Learn about the monumental paintings of visual artist Alexandra Nechita and replicate her style to summarize a book using the method Someone-Wanted-But-So-Then. You’ll also learn about psychology of color and how to incorporate colors to show the theme of the story.

Speakers


Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 215

2:15pm

The Force of Form
The Force of Form is a STEAM lesson that uses balance, forces, and measurement to construct a successful form with the design process in mind.



Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 211

2:15pm

Arts Integration Team Building, Part 1/2 (both parts required)
This two-part breakout series will offer essential arts integration methodology for teaching artists and project directors. The session will offer distinctions in planning, support, and implementation team roles, analysis of authentic art and arts integration in classrooms, vital tools for constructing and deconstructing rigorous, standard-based lessons, and an in-depth discussion of reflection as a tool for AI lesson planning clarity and student assessment. BOTH PARTS REQUIRED

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →




Wednesday June 13, 2018 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Hall A

3:30pm

Drum Circle (PK - 8th)
Feel connected, get recharged, be creative, and make some noise in our Drum Circle! Learn authentic African and African-derived pieces and experience the power of drumming together.  (Drums and other instruments provided.)

June 13 class video 1: https://youtu.be/B66TN1cVKyM
June 13 class video 2: https://youtu.be/i-KodJdlSe4

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

3:30pm

Storytelling With Dance (ELA)
Bring fables and short stories to life through the use of basic compositional dance elements and qualities of movement. Goldilocks & the Three Bears serves as a model for instructing stories with a diversity of movement approaches. Participants will also write and create movement for their own stories!

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Hall C

3:30pm

Cyanotype Sun Prints
Create dynamic, detailed and beautiful art using sunlight! Learn to design and print gorgeous blue and white images through a magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 222

3:30pm

Deluxe Puppets I: Animal Puppets
TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 212

3:30pm

Shutterbugs In the Studio
Integrate the arts through technology: use a classroom set of cameras to introduce students to photography and bring out talents and spark interest within troubled students. A great way to explore history through the work of great photographers! (Bonus: nearly everyone has some sort of camera.)

Speakers


Wednesday June 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 221

5:00pm

Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education presents the Annual Arts Education Awards: Arts Throughout Mississippi
Join the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for a celebration of arts in Mississippi! Everyone’s invited to the party, which features snacks and beverages and the MAAE Awards.

Speakers

Wednesday June 13, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hall B
 
Thursday, June 14
 

8:30am

Plenary: The Art of Story: Unpacking Arts Advocacy
It’s advocacy day! We begin with an overview of the national arts advocacy scene by Jean Hendrickson from Americans for the Arts. Mississippi Arts Comission’s Executive Director Malcolm White will fill us in about state level events, and we’ll bring it home to the local level with reps from WSI schools. (We promise, this will be fun, informative, and brief.)

Speakers
avatar for Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson is director emeritus of Oklahoma A+ Schools® and educational consultant. Her work is documented in articles, books and films. Oklahoma’s National Distinguished Principal in 2001, Jean serves on numerous boards and consults with groups worldwide to bring more creative... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Main Auditorium

9:30am

WordPlay: Creative Writing in Classrooms, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity seats available

Build a culture of creative writing in 6th through 8th grade classrooms to reinforce English Language objectives. Session 3: Let ‘Em Write presents methods for fusing rigorous authorship and autonomy into lesson planning through incorporation of various writing genres and multi-disciplinary arts projects (spoken word, theatre, song writing, comics…); Session 4: SNAPS – The Open Mic gives teachers tools for building an exciting platform of self expression and creative culture-building in classrooms.

Speakers

Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 221

9:30am

Experimentation and Exploration with Dance! (Dance Track, Part 3/3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the many ways that science and math can partner in the instruction of grade and academic-specific standards in this content area. Written lesson and unit plans will be distributed on the topics of plants, the water cycle, weather (storms, fronts, types of clouds), and layers of the atmosphere.

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Hall C

9:30am

Books ALIVE! Using Story Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

Bring content ALIVE in the classroom with story drama and storytelling! Teachers will learn how to guide students through the creative drama process using stories and books. Bring your favorite storybooks to create lessons and experiences for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →



Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Hall A

9:30am

Songwriting in ELA, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

In this track, teachers will learn several ways to can incorporate songwriting into their 2nd or 3rd grade ELA course and throughout their day. From familiar children’s songs to the blues, rap, and to completely original songwriting, you will feel comfortable with the steps to creation, the musical language of song, and the tools and techniques you’ll need to bring these strategies to your students. Computers, tablets, and smart phones are encouraged to incorporate apps and websites that will be useful in songwriting. Bring your instrument if you want to use it in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 211

9:30am

Back to Basics, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

All great classrooms are built on strong foundations! Build a stronger foundation or fill in some cracks with a series of 101 tracks. Designed for the novice arts integration instructor, participants will thoroughly explore the basic elements and principles of design within Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, and Music.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Mack

Penny Mack

Educational & Arts Integration Consultant, Whole Schools, Mississippi Arts Commission
Penny Mack is an Educational and Arts Integration Consultant. She provides professional development opportunities for schools within the southern region of the US.  She has served as an Instructional Coach, Field Advisor, Presenter, Facilitator, and Mentor for the MS Arts Commission... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 215

9:30am

Celebrating the Arts in Mississippi, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate the essence of the arts in Mississippi with a journey through 200 years of the development of the Magnolia State! This track centers on two Mississippi Arts Commission curricula: 1) Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Journey, and 2) Mississippi Blues Trail and Beyond. Explore artistically colorful lesson plans applicable for presentation to Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced students that combine MS College-and-Career Readiness Standards for English-Language Arts (ELA), History, Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre. Enjoy collaborative learning and creating art along the way!

Speakers
avatar for Limeul Eubanks

Limeul Eubanks

Mississippi Department of Education
Limeul Eubanks is a Staff Officer III, for the Arts: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and World Languages at the Mississippi Department of Education. Eubanks is a visual artist and art educator that holds the following degrees: Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) with studio... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Malone

Dr. Mark Hugh Malone is a veteran music educator with over 44 years of classroom experience in a variety of settings with students of all ages and has been a frequent presenter at the WCI Summer Institute. As curriculum designer for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s The Mississippi... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 210

9:30am

Finding Your Voice for Arts Education Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

With a new chapter in America’s educational and political landscape underway, the field of arts education has had to rethink its positions in many situations from board rooms to classrooms. Learn from Jean Hendrickson about some national trends and their impact here in Mississippi and how you can use your voice to advance arts education with any decision maker.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson is director emeritus of Oklahoma A+ Schools® and educational consultant. Her work is documented in articles, books and films. Oklahoma’s National Distinguished Principal in 2001, Jean serves on numerous boards and consults with groups worldwide to bring more creative... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Hall B

9:30am

Media Arts in the Classroom: Photography & Digital Collage, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

This track will incorporate digital photography, internet and image research with primary sources, digital image editing and design, and digital content management. Teachers will be introduced to and practice these tools and techniques to create a final piece connected to the content area of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 222

9:30am

The Ultimate Paper Sculpture Workshop, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity full

TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 212

9:30am

Creating the Graphic Novel, Part 3/3
Limited Capacity seats available

Get a sneak peak into the creative process of the graphic novel! Participants will not only see a brief history to this genre, but will work with Chuck to create their very own! In this three-day track session, participants will create character, story plots and roughly design the layout of a graphic novel that will be sure to delight their students. (No artistic talent is required in these sessions, only stick figures.)

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey

chuck@chuckgaley.com, Visual Artist / Teaching Artist
Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.”  He has illustrated over 70 educational books and 17 children’s picture books, one that he... Read More →



Thursday June 14, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 216

12:45pm

Puppets and Poetry
Use poetry and puppets to show participants how to use everyday materials to provide arts-integration for K – 3rd grade students. Create three (3) easy puppets and get ideas to engage students with visual arts, creative writing, and language arts standards!

Speakers


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 215

12:45pm

Songwriting in Your Classroom (6 - 8th)
Sick of students constantly making beats and singing songs, interrupting your class? Use it to your advantage to teach your content while encouraging creative songwriting! Learn how to use samples, write raps, and get your students singing their main ideas and supporting details.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 211

12:45pm

Stories from Teachers: Translating Classroom Successes into Effective Advocacy
As an integral part of your teaching practice, learn the skills needed to support a sustainable future for arts education in your schools and community. Join with Jean Hendrickson of Americans for the Arts to learn about the arts education ecosystem and actionable strategies for advocacy to take back to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson is director emeritus of Oklahoma A+ Schools® and educational consultant. Her work is documented in articles, books and films. Oklahoma’s National Distinguished Principal in 2001, Jean serves on numerous boards and consults with groups worldwide to bring more creative... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hall B

12:45pm

UDL and AI: Our Journey into UDL
Poplar Springs Elementary was chosen to particpate in Cohort 1 of REACH MS/MDE State Personnel Development Grant on Universal Design for Learning for the 2017-18 school year. Poplar Springs administrators and teachers will share the first year journey into UDL. We can share what we have learned along the way about UDL in an arts-integrated school and the "natural fit" with UDL and Arts Integration!

Speakers
CH

Clair Huff

Arts Coordinator, Meridian Public School District



Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 216

12:45pm

Jasper Johns Numbers
Participants will learn about Jasper Johns and his love of numbers, create a piece inspired by Johns, and learn ways to use this art piece in math lessons. (Skills specific to first grade, but will discuss ways to apply to K – 2nd.)



Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 210

12:45pm

Photomontage Portraits
TBA

Speakers
avatar for Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 212

12:45pm

Arts Integration Team Building, Part 2/2 (both parts required)
This two-part breakout series will offer essential arts integration methodology for teaching artists and project directors. The session will offer distinctions in planning, support, and implementation team roles, analysis of authentic art and arts integration in classrooms, vital tools for constructing and deconstructing rigorous, standard-based lessons, and an in-depth discussion of reflection as a tool for AI lesson planning clarity and student assessment. BOTH PARTS REQUIRED

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Unger

Jennifer Unger

Education Director, TRAHC
Jennifer Unger is a professional teaching artist and theatre director who serves as the Education Director for Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC). As a director, Ms. Unger has directed and written productions for both adult and young audiences. She has also served... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Hall A

2:00pm

Children’s Cultural Dances from Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Egypt)
Learn traditional children’s dances from Ghana, Kenya, & Egypt complete with accompanying traditional music and supporting activities that bring each country to life. Includes 30 minute written lesson plans for each cultural dance form!

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hall C

2:00pm

Stories from Teachers: Translating Classroom Successes into Effective Advocacy
As an integral part of your teaching practice, learn the skills needed to support a sustainable future for arts education in your schools and community. Join with Jean Hendrickson of Americans for the Arts to learn about the arts education ecosystem and actionable strategies for advocacy to take back to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson

Jean Hendrickson is director emeritus of Oklahoma A+ Schools® and educational consultant. Her work is documented in articles, books and films. Oklahoma’s National Distinguished Principal in 2001, Jean serves on numerous boards and consults with groups worldwide to bring more creative... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hall B

2:00pm

Let the Sun Shine In! Cyanotype Sun Prints in the Classroom
Learn how to lead your students through an easy and magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography. Explore how Cyanotypes or ‘sun prints’ can be created with thematic applications across content areas, including science, social studies, reading and math.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Barnard

Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 222

2:00pm

Monumental Summaries
Learn about the monumental paintings of visual artist Alexandra Nechita and replicate her style to summarize a book using the method Someone-Wanted-But-So-Then. You’ll also learn about psychology of color and how to incorporate colors to show the theme of the story.

Speakers


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 215

2:00pm

Painting in the Dark
Create visual art using only your sense of touch and supplies already in your classroom! Using markers, crayons, colored pencils, chalk, oil pastels (or any other medium), blindfolded students draw on paper plates, then journal, compose a poem or story, or act out a scene about their creations!

Speakers


Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 221

2:00pm

The Force of Form
The Force of Form is a STEAM lesson that uses balance, forces, and measurement to construct a successful form with the design process in mind.



Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 216

3:30pm

Drum Circle (PK - 8th)
Feel connected, get recharged, be creative, and make some noise in our Drum Circle! Learn authentic African and African-derived pieces and experience the power of drumming together. Drums and other instruments provided.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

KIDsmART
Leslie Goldberg of KidsmART has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

3:30pm

Calder's Mobiles
Calder's mobiles are a great way to integrate science, engineering, core subjects and the arts. Using inexpensive items such as paperclips, straws, and paper, mobiles make an awesome display of student work in your classroom as you involve your students in a creative hands-on art experience! Come join the fun!



Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 216

3:30pm

Comics in the ELA and Math Classrooms
Learn to use comics and graphic novels to provide a bridge for visual and print learners, introduce a topic, clarify complex and abstract concepts, and as a fun and innovative tool to prepare students for common ELA and math assessments. Create your own digital or print comics and get suggestions for introducing comics to hesitant administrators!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Warren

Amanda Warren

Visual Arts Teacher, Parkway Elementary
Amanda Warren’s passion is teaching visual arts at Parkway Elementary School where she also serves as co-director of the Arts Integration Team. During her down time, she is the Alfred, Robin, and Catwoman of the Warren Household. Her super powers include creating elaborate woodland... Read More →
avatar for Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Michael Warren is a not-so-mild-mannered husband and father who trains future superheroes in the mystical art of reading comprehension at Tupelo Middle School as an English Language Arts teacher. He can occasionally be spotted at pop culture conventions stalking his favorite authors... Read More →



Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Hall A

3:30pm

Cyanotype Sun Prints
Create dynamic, detailed and beautiful art using sunlight! Learn to design and print gorgeous blue and white images through a magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography.

Speakers
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Erin Barnard

KIDsmART
Erin Barnard of KidsmART specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 222

3:30pm

Deluxe People II: People Puppets
TBA

Speakers
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Kay Thomas

TRAHC
Kay Thomas, visual artist, received an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. degree in ceramics from Texas A & M University-Commerce, Texas. A teaching artist with over thirty years of experience, Thomas has worked with students and teachers grades Pre K-university... Read More →


Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 212

3:30pm

Surrealism
Speakers
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Kristi Bearden

5th Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher, Saltillo Elementary School
Kristi Bearden has been an educator for 13 years. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with both her bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2010, she became a National Board Certified Teacher. She currently works at Saltillo Elementary School as a 5th grade Science/Social... Read More →



Thursday June 14, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 210

6:00pm

Rompin', Stompin' Celebration of Learning @ Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
Enjoy delicious snacks and drinks under the broad oak trees of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, listen to live music, and dance on the gorgeous outdoor deck. Venture inside for a peek at “Alice in Wonderland” in rehearsal and take a tour of the Discovery Center if you like. Come prepared to dance and have a great time!

Thursday June 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
 
Friday, June 15
 

9:00am

Closing Plenary: The Art of Reflection
All you need to know is… somebody’s going to win some awards! Join us for a brief closing session before breaking out into three fun, engaging Round-Robin-style activities! Everyone will cycle through all hands-on activities before we close out the week and head for home.

Friday June 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Main Auditorium

9:45am

Dancing Out the Door and Ready to Teach Some More! (Matisse Group)
Learn several American social dances contextualized in time, place, and culture, which can be immediately and successfully taught to students as a supportive dance experience when instructing history, to expose students to established dance styles, and/or to foster coordination, communication and collaboration among students in the classroom.

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Hall C

9:45am

Coming Out to Play in Theatre (Rembrandt Group)
It’s engaging!  It’s fun!  It’s live!  Learn theatre games as a tool for exploring content, expanding expression, and reflecting on learning. The best exit ticket EVER!

Friday June 15, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Hall B

9:45am

PD Showcase (Picasso Group)
Teams from each WSI school will each have 3 minutes to present a scene/skit demonstrating a concept learned this week at the WSI Summer Institute, and which they will take back to their schools and present as professional development. Get ready… the timer starts now!

Friday June 15, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Hall A

10:30am

Dancing Out the Door and Ready to Teach Some More! (Rembrandt Group)
Learn several American social dances contextualized in time, place, and culture, which can be immediately and successfully taught to students as a supportive dance experience when instructing history, to expose students to established dance styles, and/or to foster coordination, communication and collaboration among students in the classroom.

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Hall C

10:30am

Coming Out to Play in Theatre (Picasso Group)
It’s engaging!  It’s fun!  It’s live!  Learn theatre games as a tool for exploring content, expanding expression, and reflecting on learning. The best exit ticket EVER!

Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Hall B

10:30am

PD Showcase (Matisse Group)
Teams from each WSI school will each have 3 minutes to present a scene/skit demonstrating a concept learned this week at the WSI Summer Institute, and which they will take back to their schools and present as professional development. Get ready… the timer starts now!

Friday June 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Hall A

11:30am

Dancing Out the Door and Ready to Teach Some More! (Picasso Group)
Learn several American social dances contextualized in time, place, and culture, which can be immediately and successfully taught to students as a supportive dance experience when instructing history, to expose students to established dance styles, and/or to foster coordination, communication and collaboration among students in the classroom.

Learn more at https://wigglegenius.com/

Speakers
avatar for Julie White

Julie White

Julie White (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Director of Dance Education. Her research, invited presentations, and publications center on effective teaching practices, curriculum development, and assessment. White is a dedicated advocate... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Hall C

11:30am

Coming Out to Play in Theatre (Matisse Group)
It’s engaging!  It’s fun!  It’s live!  Learn theatre games as a tool for exploring content, expanding expression, and reflecting on learning. The best exit ticket EVER!

Friday June 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Hall B

11:30am

PD Showcase (Rembrandt Group)
Teams from each WSI school will each have 3 minutes to present a scene/skit demonstrating a concept learned this week at the WSI Summer Institute, and which they will take back to their schools and present as professional development. Get ready… the timer starts now!

Friday June 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Hall A