Seminar Topics

Seminar #1: Building Community Connections Through Advocacy for Arts in Education

Instructor:
Guest Artist Zachary Whittenburg

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 9th (9 – 10:15 AM)

Description:
Building on the research and professional experience working in public and private arts and education sectors and organizations in the Chicago area, Mr. Whittenburg will share strategies for creating successful advocacy initiatives that combine education and the inherent value of the arts. He will also discuss the benefits and importance of this type of work in terms of promoting one’s school and district at the state, regional, and national levels.


Seminar #2: Drumming Master Class – the Music Movement Connection

Instructor:
Jerry Jenkins, MAC Teaching Artist

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 9th (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

Description:
Jerry Jenkins was selected for the Mississippi Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster and works with a diversity of K12 students and teachers throughout the region. He shares his experience through arts integration, interactive storytelling and plays, and lecture series and demonstration on West African music and culture. In this session, he will work with participants by instructing basic rhythms of the djembe drum and the many ways these can be included in classroom instruction.


Seminar #3: Interdisciplinary Master Dance CCSS & Community-Building Lessons

Instructor:
Paige Perkins

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 9th (12:30 – 1:45 PM)

Description:
Paige Perkins is currently a Gifted Studies teacher with Petal School District and daily integrates movement into instruction to differentiate learning as needed for her students. Previous to her tenure at Petal, she founded and established two dance education programs in K12 schools and has written hundreds of master lessons on dance in combination with academic concepts. Paige is also an expert on how to use movement to teach students how to appreciate diversity, collaborate well with others, grow in one’s ability to focus on given tasks, and express personal opinions and perspectives in respectful, curricular, and artful ways. She will share these lessons with participants and provide “from the trenches” advice on how to most effectively “hook” students with this type of teaching and make movement not only “normal” in the classroom, but beloved.


Seminar #4: Cultural Dance – Exposing Students to the World Through Movement

Instructor:
Elizabeth Lentz-Hill

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 9th (2:00 – 3:15 PM)

Description:
In this seminar, Lentz-Hill will share master lesson plans on various world dance forms and also disseminate the process of researching, tailoring, and contextualizing cultural dance forms and movement for K12 students. An attention to keeping movement age and content appropriate, along with detailing the best resources for finding this information (including supporting traditional music and social and historical contextual facts about cultures) will be emphasized. Lentz-Hill will share the many proven benefits of students having cultural movement experiences in their education in a society where a fully informed world-perspective is essential. Finally, she will discuss how knowing these dance forms can inform what students know and are able to do and consider as dancers, scholars, and dance-makers.


Seminar #5: WSI, NDEO, MDE, MAC, MAAE – Presenting, Advocating, and Getting Involved in Dance Education at the State, Regional, and National Levels (Grants, Conferences, Festivals, Organizations)

Instructor:
Julie White

Date/Time:
Sunday, September 10th (8:30 – 9:15 AM)

Description:
As an experienced presenter at all above organizations, and an invited evaluator for both grant and presentation submissions, White will share with participants information on these collectives, as well as how to get involved in them in the areas of professional development, sharing one’s artistic and educational work and successes, and applying for and securing funding for dance program initiatives. Advocacy work centered on sharing the importance of dance in education -- that occurs outside of one’s district -- is more essential than ever in today’s world. Strategies for how to do this effectively, as will as what can and needs to be done, will be discussed, along with sharing established opportunities to participate in these larger efforts.


Seminar #6: Sunday, September 10th (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

  1. K12 Traditional Classroom Teacher/Integrated Dance Track: Mississippi Arts Alliance for Education Integrated Dance Residencies – Process and Product in Planning Artful Instruction with Movement

    Instructor: Julie White

    ​Description: This seminar focuses on instruction in the dance elements and how these can partner with academic concepts and also answer to 21st Century Skills in PreK – 12 instruction. MAAE residency work (three total) in integrated dance in elementary school settings will be shared with participants as examples of how to incorporate dance in instruction in science, math, mindfulness, and ELA. Curricula and all supporting materials developed for these residencies will be distributed as resources/future reference material to guide independent instruction in one’s own classroom.

  2. K12 Dance Education Specialist Track: Technique Class

    Instructor: Julie White

    Description: Participants in this track will be encouraged to either observe or participate in one of the two dance classes scheduled at this time. It is important as dance educators to keep dancing ourselves and to see how colleagues choose to instruct various dance forms in a guest artist format.

Dance Educator PDS Information

PDS Track for K12 DANCE educators ( 1 CEU, USM)
Fee:  $75 (additional $25 for CEU)

Seminar Topics

Seminar #1:  Taking the Scenic Route – Using Movement to Make Learning Memorable (Part I) - Instructor:  Julie White

Seminar #2:  Taking the Scenic Route – Using Movement to Make Learning Memorable (Part II) - Instructor:  Julie White & Sacred Heart Elementary School Teachers

Seminar #3:  Interdisciplinary Master Dance CCSS & Community-Building Lessons - Instructor:  Paige Perkins

Seminar #4:  Cultural Dance – Exposing Students to the World Through Movement - Instructor:  Elizabeth Lentz-Hill

Seminar #5:  Building Community Connections Through Advocacy for Arts in Education - Instructor:  Guest Artist Zachary Whittenburg

Seminar #6:  Interdisciplinary Curriculum Writing Workshop - Instructor:  Julie White

Interdisciplinary PDS Information


PDS Track for K12 Classroom Teachers ( 1 CEU, USM)
Fee:  $75 (additional $25 for CEU)