Breakout Session C: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

C1. Beyond Gamification: Teaching Design Thinking through Game Development
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Andre Thomas, Instructor, Department of Visualization, Texas A & M University
Today’s teens, are “digital natives,” who use Google, Facebook, email and texting, not to mention digital cameras, online gaming and instant connectivity. As they scroll through Facebook, watch YouTube videos or play “Words with Friends,” they’re probably not thinking about what they’re learning. But these forms of new media, and the ways in which young people utilize them, provide a blueprint for designing new learning environments. The arts, new media and technology used in education can lead to improved academic outcomes and career success. Video games are designed with the player in mind and the player's experience is paramount. Learn how design thinking has crossed over to education and how games and game design can be used effectively in education. The session includes practical examples from Cleveland High School for Digital Arts where it is being used as an instructional strategy.
C2. The Next Evolution of Residencies: Embedded Professional Development
Pat Cruz, Education Director, Young Audiences of Maryland
Jessica Porter, School Relationship and Program Manager, Young Audiences of Maryland
This session provides educators with training and hands-on experience, observation, and feedback. Re-designing artist-in-residence programs to be a service for teachers helps address important school goals, and it gives artists and teachers the time and space to plan, understand, and learn from each other. In this workshop two models are presented: the Teaching Artists Institute Model – a more in-depth model that is attached to an arts integration seminar and the Embedded PD Residency Model – a more flexible model that can be custom designed to fit budgets and schedules. Presenters discuss strategies such as developing teacher cohorts, peer presentations, and evidence collected from a three-year Title One school district partnership.
C3. The Right Brain Initiative and the Art of Collaboration
Marna Stalcup, Director Education, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon
Briana Linden, Program Implementation, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington
The Right Brain Initiative has garnered local, statewide and national recognition as an effective model for school change. In this session learn how community support can result in systemic arts education and significant impact on teacher practice and student learning. The presenters will cover: the community’s arts education challenges and needs; evolution of the Right Brain model; examples of teacher/artist collaboration as an approach to deepening student understanding; evidence of student learning including test score data. The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership of school districts, local government, private donors, and the cultural community, working together to ensure that arts education is accessible to every K-8 student in the Portland, OR metro region.
C4. Maximize Your Impact in High-Need Communities through Collaboration
Jeanette S. McCune, Director, DC School and Community Initiatives, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Director, Research and Evaluation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
How do you connect residents to the variety of cultural opportunities in a community? Learn how the Kennedy Center’s role as a presenter and producer of performing artists works to ensure access and participation for Washington, D.C. public and charter schools students. By collaborating with other arts institutions and community based organizations that serve students, the Kennedy Center not only reaches new audiences, it also discovers synergies between itself and its collaborators, and increases capacity of its collaborators. This session includes the Kennedy Center’s involvement in an arts education collective impact program for D.C. public and charter schools, unique festival programming that includes intra- and inter-institutional collaborations, and alliances with non-arts partners to support arts engagement for high-need public and charter school students.
C5. Emerging Leaders Institute Presentation

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a professional development program developed by Young Audiences Arts for Learning to promote exceptional leadership in the field of arts-in-education. During this year-long Institute, Young Audiences invites professional arts educators and non-profit leaders to present and host panels on topics such as financial management, fundraising, advocacy, governance, organizational planning, and communications. This year, each participant chose a strategy project that they would research and implement throughout the term of the program. This breakout session features presentations of three strategic projects developed by Emerging Leaders.


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