Arts Integration Conference

2017 Arts Integration Conference

Arts Integration Conference: Problem Solving with STEAM on February 10, 2017

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM – Browning Center & Kimball Visual Arts Center, Weber State University

Weber State University’s Arts Learning Collaborative will continue its partnership with the Goldbogen Lab at the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University for the fourth annual 2017 Arts Integration Conference: Problem Solving with STEAM.  This year’s theme is exploring problem solving through the engineering design process and integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  After our keynote, participants will explore the engineering design process with a hands-on activity and presentation by Dr. Steve Shumway from Brigham Young University.

Conference attendees will work with guest artists in dance, drama, media art, music and visual arts to engage in integration activities linking the arts and science to address Utah Core Standards in the classroom. USBE relicensing points available.

Your registration fee ($10) will include all conference materials, parking (not applicable to WSU students), a light breakfast, and a buffet lunch.  Please see the bottom of this page for parking information. 

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2016 Arts Integration Conference

Arts Integration Conference: art + science on March 18, 2016

3 Conference Agenda Program 2016Weber State University’s Arts Learning Collaborative will continue its partnership with the Goldbogen Lab at the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University for the third annual 2016 Arts Integration Conference: art + science. This year’s theme is inquiry-based learning!  Keynote speaker, Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen from Stanford University, will share his cutting edge research on whales.

Conference attendees will work with guest artists in dance, drama, media art, music and visual arts to engage in hands-on integration activities linking the arts and science to address Utah Core Standards in the classroom. USBE relicensing points available.  This conference is open to the general public, community members, teachers, administrators, and those in the education system.

Your registration fee ($10) will include all conference materials, parking, a light breakfast, and a buffet lunch.  Please see the bottom of this page for parking information.


 

The Conference Creative Team 2016

Weber State University

Arts Integration Conference: art + science

 

Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen, Assistance Professor of Biology, Stanford University – KEYNOTE

Jeremy Goldbogen is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station where he oversees the Goldbogen Lab. His primary research focuses on using digital tags to study the fine scale movement, biomechanics and energetics of rorqual whales. He is currently applying his expertise to assess the effects of cargo ships and military sonar on the underwater behavior of large rorquals, including blue, fin and humpback whales. Jeremy obtained a BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, a MSc in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He completed postdocs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California and Cascadia Research Collective. Goldbogen’s research has been featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Nature, American Scientist, and on National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

 

Tamara Goldbogen, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, Weber State University – DRAMA/COORDINATOR

Tamara Goldbogen is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning at Weber State University where she oversees the Arts Learning Collaborative and teaches in the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education. Prior to her work at Weber State University, Tamara taugh theatre for youth and creative drama at the University of Pittsburgh and served as director of the departmental outreach program, Shakespeare-in-the-Schools. Tamara holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas in Austin.

Shadow Puppets: Bringing Stories to Life!

Presenters: Dr. Amy Miner and Tamara Goldbogen – ARTS INTEGRATION/DRAMA

In this workshop, participants will explore the art of shadow puppetry, experiment with simple techniques for making shadow puppets, and work in small groups to create a performance piece inspired by children’s literature.

 

Dr. Adam Johnston, Professor of Physics, Weber State University – PHYSICS/MOVEMENT & SCIENCE

Adam Johnston is a professor of physics and a Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor. He received the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in the area of Science Education, and the Utah Science Teachers Association’s Outstanding University Science Educator Award. In 2007, he founded Science in the Parks, a free summer series of learning activities at Ogden-area parks.

A Body in Motion: Science & Movement in the Classroom

Presenters: Dr. Adam Johnston and Erik Stern – SCIENCE, PHYSICS, MOVEMENT

Weber State University Professors Adam Johnston (Physics) and Erik Stern (Dance) have meshed their extensive backgrounds in education to create workshops that exemplify the study of motion, the practice of motion, and the connections between them. With an eye toward reforms in science education standards, the accessible movement activities incorporate specific core ideas (such as energy, force, and matter), crosscutting concepts (such as patterns, cause and effect, and stability and change) and practices (such as defining problems, using models, and carrying out investigations). Along the way, participants learn about the relationship between the acts of design inherent in choreography and engineering.  This session will cover different material than in session 3.

Dr. Royce Kimmons, Assistant Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University – MEDIA ARTS

Dr. Royce Kimmons is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University, where he studies and teaches courses on technology integration, open education, and social media.  As a former high school teacher, university trainer, and educational outreach center director, Dr. Kimmons has given hundreds of workshops and presentations on technology integration topics to K-12 teachers and higher education faculty.  More information about his work may be found on his website at http://roycekimmons.com.

DOUBLE SESSION (12:55 – 3:00 PM)  Video Mashups for Sharing Artistic and Scientific Works

Presenter: Dr. Royce Kimmons – TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA ART, SCIENCE

***This is a double session. This session will be continuous through sessions 3 and 4.

Video, audio, and images can be mashed together to create video mashups. Thanks to openly licensed content, you can take your own work and mash it with the work of others to make it even greater! In this workshop, participants will be guided in creating a mashup video from artistic and scientific sources in order to learn how to document, present, and share their own work through this dynamic medium.

Talleri McRae, Theatre Access, Inclusion, and Education Consultant – DRAMA/INCLUSION/ACCESS

Talleri A. McRae is a theatre artist, educator, disability scholar, and inclusion/access specialist based in Louisville, KY. Over the last 10 years, Talleri has forged partnerships with theatre artists and educators in Kentucky Texas, Alaska, California, and Illinois. While teaching students grades K-12 remains her passion as a theatre teaching artist, Talleri offers her services to StageOne Family Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Office of Access/Inclusion at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the International Inclusive Arts Network (IIAN).

Teaching in Role: Act-tivating the Scientific Method using Drama 

Presenter: Talleri McRae – DRAMA

In this workshop, participants will transform into expert scientists—Jeremy has an urgent problem in the Goldbogen lab! Once enrolled as an esteemed task force, scientists will carefully observe a scenario, kinesthetically represent the problem at hand, and act out their own original solutions.  For the majority of the session, workshop leader Talleri A. McRae will take a role alongside attendees. After the drama, the group will discuss how a similar lesson might be implemented with students of varying ages (grades K-5) and abilities.

Dr. Amy Miner, Education Partner and Research Associate, Brigham Young University – EDUCATION

Amy taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her Masters degree in Children’s Literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University. For over 18 years, Amy has been an advocate for arts integration and has worked with teachers in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Amy presents on arts integration regionally, and statewide as a presenter, researcher and consultant.  As a current research associate with the BYU ARTS Partnership, Amy’s research and teaching reflects her deep passion for the arts, literacy, and integration.

Enriching, engaging, and enhancing student learning through Arts Integration- Part 1

Presenter: Dr. Amy Miner – ARTS INTEGRATION

We are committed to the arts and we know that arts integration enriches our teaching, engages our students, and enhances student learning. But too often teachers report that they haven’t been taught the “how to’s” of arts integration or don’t have the collaboration opportunities to design integrated lessons. In this workshop, Dr. Amy Miner will engage participants in the “processes” of arts integration and the thinking and decision-making behind the planning.

Integrating the Arts- Identifying Cross-cutting Inquiry Based Connections- Part 2

Presenter: Dr. Amy Miner- ARTS INTEGRATION

Identifying Cross-cutting inquiry based connections is easier than it looks! For those who have some basic understanding of arts integration, (or who have participated in Workshop Series Part 1) this working session gives participants an inside look into the integration and collaboration process with several of our conference presenters. Building upon the ideals associated with collaboration, this session allows participants to apply what they have learned about the processes of arts integration in a collaborative setting.

 

Monica Pendergast, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Coordinator, Weber State University – MUSIC/COORDINATOR

Monica Pendergast is the BTSALP Program Coordinator at Weber State University, where she assist with the Arts Learning Collaborative.  Monica visits and observes the art specialists in the Weber State service area and coordinates workshops and professional development for teachers and Weber State students.  She received her Master in Music Education and her Bachelor in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis from Florida State University.  While in Florida, Monica taught elementary and middle school choir and guitar.  Her students perfomed in top auditioned ensembles both at the local and state levels.  Choirs under her direction consistently received high ratings at district choral performance evaluations.  Monica is a passionate supporter of arts education for all students.

What Mozart can teach us about Arts Integration: A path to creating music through stories 

Presenters: Seth Pendergast and Monica Pendergast – MUSIC

This workshop offers innovative ways to interpret literature through music. Learn how to compose and perform as a means of exploring plot and understanding characters in children’s literature. Move beyond the world of “sound effects” to musical concepts like melody, harmony, theme and variation. We will use our voices, bodies, classroom instruments and iPads to explore all the creative possibilities! No musical experience required!

Seth Pendergast, Doctoral Student, University of Utah – MUSIC

Seth Pendergast has presented clinics, workshops, and research at various universities, school districts and conferences, both locally and nationally.  He taught choir and general music for seven years at McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales, FL where he built a strong composition-based general music curriculum and a fully-equipped Mac Lab.  During his tenure at McLaughlin, the choral program consistently received high ratings at district festivals and students within the program participated in auditioned ensembles both at the local and state level.  Seth holds a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Education at the University of Utah.  

What Mozart can teach us about Arts Integration: A path to creating music through stories 

Presenters: Seth Pendergast and Monica Pendergast – MUSIC

This workshop offers innovative ways to interpret literature through music. Learn how to compose and perform as a means of exploring plot and understanding characters in children’s literature. Move beyond the world of “sound effects” to musical concepts like melody, harmony, theme and variation. We will use our voices, bodies, classroom instruments and iPads to explore all the creative possibilities! No musical experience required!

 

Erinne Roundy, Art Foundations Teacher, North Davis Preparatory Academy – VISUAL ARTS

From the moment Erinne could pick up a writing utensil (which I’m sure was a black Pilot G2 pen) she has been doodling and writing in sketchbook after sketchbook after sketchbook after sketchbook…(well, you get the picture).  Which is no surprise that when she originially graduated from WSU way back when it was with a BS in Visual Communications/Design and she was pretty content with this career choice until her own kids started school.  It was then that she realized how much she really enjoyed the educational atmosphere of young minds and wanted to be surrounded by them all the time so she decided to get her secondary teaching license via the ARL (which is what she is currently doing and will have her license this coming spring. Yippee!).  Right now she is teaching junior high Art Foundations at North Davis Preparatory Academy, a K-12 Spanish Immersion charter school in Layton as well as working with Tamara Goldbogen, BTS Endowed Chair for Arts Learning at WSU as the ArtsBridge Coordinator.

It’s All a Balancing Act! 

Presenter: Erinne Roundy – VISUAL ARTS

Come explore the concept of balance from three different perspectives – that of, visual arts, physics, and whales – and make connections between the three as your create a mobile inspired by American artist Alexander Calder.

 

Erik Stern, Professor of Dance, Weber State University – DANCE/MOVEMENT & SCIENCE

Erik Stern has been connecting mathematics and dance for twenty-five years and his company, The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, has established itself as an international leader in the growing field of Arts Integration. Mr. Stern holds a B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Dance from CalArts.  As a professor at Weber State University, he teaches technique (Modern and Rhythm Tap), Improvisation, Choreography, Music for Dance, as well as dance outreach, dance education, and general education courses.  Erik Stern has choreographed over seventy-five works for students and professional dancers. 

A Body in Motion: Science & Movement in the Classroom

Presenters: Dr. Adam Johnston and Erik Stern – SCIENCE, PHYSICS, MOVEMENT

Weber State University Professors Adam Johnston (Physics) and Erik Stern (Dance) have meshed their extensive backgrounds in education to create workshops that exemplify the study of motion, the practice of motion, and the connections between them. With an eye toward reforms in science education standards, the accessible movement activities incorporate specific core ideas (such as energy, force, and matter), crosscutting concepts (such as patterns, cause and effect, and stability and change) and practices (such as defining problems, using models, and carrying out investigations). Along the way, participants learn about the relationship between the acts of design inherent in choreography and engineering.  This session will cover different material than in session 3.

 

K Stevenson, Professor of Art, Weber State University – VISUAL ARTS

K Stevenson, a professor of Art at Weber State University, is a long-time and hard-core arts integration proponent, advocate and curriculum designer.  As foermer director of the WSU’s Department of Visual Art & Design’s Art Education program, she initiated WSU’s interdisciplinary ArtsBridge Program.  She now heads DOVA&D’s printmaking (and bookmaking) area.  She has lead integration workshops regionally and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.  She is ‘more than delighted’ to be working a second year with Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen and his renowned team from the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University.

“Book-ends:” exploring the intersection and integration of Art & Science through the use of the hand-made book as both ‘field guide‘ and visual metaphor. 

Presenter: K Stevenson- VISUAL ARTS

This workshop will explore simple, hand-made books and their illustrations, as a means for student-created ‘field guides’ in the classroom.  For the student, these ‘field guides’ become both a literal and metaphorical exploration of interdisciplinary study; integration of idea and theory; and a means for connection and collaboration. Participants will leave the workshops with few book samples, an exploratory ‘field guide’ of their own, and several resources with which they can expand this integration project with their own students studying whales, water, wings, widgets, or whatever!! Different book making techniques will be introduced in sessions 3 and 4.

 



 

2015 Arts Integration Conference

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2015 Arts Integration Conference — The Whale Project: Art + Science on February 6

Our keynote, Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen (Stanford University)  shared his cutting-edge research on whales—exploring the scientific concepts of habitat, environment, morphology, and movement. Conference attendees worked with guest artists in music, visual arts, drama, and dance to engage in hands-on integration activities linking the arts and science to address Utah Core Standards in the classroom.

KEYNOTE – WHALE RESEARCH

Jeremy Goldbogen, Assistant Professor of Biology, Stanford University

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Insights into the underwater behavior of whales using suction-cup attached digital tags

Jeremy Goldbogen is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station where he oversees the Goldbogen Lab. His primary research focuses on using digital tags to study the fine scale movement, biomechanics and energetics of rorqual whales. He is currently applying his expertise to assess the effects of cargo ships and military sonar on the underwater behavior of large rorquals, including blue, fin and humpback whales. Jeremy obtained a BS in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, a MSc in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He completed postdocs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California and Cascadia Research Collective. Goldbogen’s research has been featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Nature, American Scientist, and on National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

MUSIC

Nicole R. Robinson, Professor of Music Education and Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education, University of Utah

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Music of the Deep Ocean

This session will explore the “science” of music. In this interactive session, connections between specific characteristics of Blue Whales and music will be explored including call and response, song cycles, dynamics, form, and instrument/vocal families. We will explore such concepts through singing, instrument playing, moving, listening and creating.

Nicole R. Robinson has established a national reputation for her partnership and outreach projects with various educational boards, professional organizations, and urban school districts. She earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from North Carolina Central University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from The Florida State University.  Robinson has held faculty appointments at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Robinson has published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education. She co-authored Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects, 2nd ed. (Kendall Hunt). Dr. Robinson’s teaching career began in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Districts in North Carolina Public Schools.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DANCE

Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director, Northfield Arts Guild

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Rolling in the Deep: A Whale Dance

Dancers often start with a concept or idea to structure a dance piece, and at the same time, physical movement can become a great tool to visualize and kinesthetically connect to scientific concepts that are difficult to grasp at first. This session will begin by addressing reasons for using dance and movement to investigate other subject areas. Then participants will explore the physicalization of math and science word problems related to biological processes of the blue whale, including breathing and feeding. Participants will create short movement phrases using dance vocabulary to demonstrate these biological processes and be taken through the process of creating a concept-based dance piece. Participants will be asked to move during this workshop at a level and intensity they feel comfortable with.

Alyssa Herzog Melby was recently hired as the new Executive Director for the Northfield Arts Guild (Northfield, MN) and previously served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Melby’s accomplishments at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre included securing the funding and support for providing the country’s first-ever Autism/Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker; reaching over 300 preK-12 educators since 2012; developing a youth scholarship program in 2012 for youth ages 5-8 from various socioeconomic backgrounds to attend the PBT School; and beginning a robust accessibility initiative, including an audio-description program for visually-impaired patrons at PBT as well as adaptive dance for youth on the autism spectrum. For her work in accessibility, she received the John F. Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Emerging Leader Award in 2013. She received an MA degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh where her studies focused on theatre-in-education and theatre for youth and received a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris. 

VISUAL ARTS

Kathleen “K” Stevenson, Professor of Art, Weber State University

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At the Intersection: Lending Visibility to Scientific and Mathematical Data through the Lens of Art

This workshop will use the visual arts as a lens into the discovery, processing and translation of information about the complex structure and eco-system of our world’s largest mammal- the whale- and our unique relationship to this fascinating creature. We will examine not only how ‘art elements’ and ‘design principles’ reveal our unique & inter-connected relationship; but how the integration of this knowledge- science, art and culture- creates awareness and inspires stewardship vis-a-vis critical thinking and reflective examination. Specifically, we will explore how these points of intersection offer the opportunity for creative interpretation while supporting the academic core.

In her work, K employs printmaking, mixed media and sculpture to explore the fluid, paradoxical, and trickster nature of memory and perception. Her sculpture and mixed media work have been shown regionally and nationally, and she continues the rewarding practice of the exchange portfolio, both here and abroad. Her two most recent exhibitions included a solo exhibition, Falling Away, at the Centennial Celebration at her undergraduate alma mater and a three-person exhibition she organized, Mark by Mark, at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. Stevenson has been teaching at WSU since 2001. This academic year her teaching emphasis transitions from Art Education to Printmaking. Stevenson holds a BA in Visual Art from the College of St. Benedict, and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.

VISUAL ARTS

Erinne Garfield Roundy, Art Foundations Teacher, North Davis Preparatory Academy and ArtsBridge Coordinator, Weber State University

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Scale is a Ginormous Black Pen Writing Across the Earth’s Surface

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the concept of “scale” as it relates to art, specifically, sculpture. We will take a look at how scale impacts our relationship with everything around us and how this in turn, affects how we navigate the space in which we co-exist. By looking at examples of sculptural pieces by artists who have chosen to increase the size of ordinary objects, we will then make our own miniature sculptures and compare the two experiences. And finally, we will use the two comparative literary devices – simile and metaphor – to compose our own poems inspired by our own size relationship to our miniature sculptures

Even before Erinne had a family of her own, she knew she wanted to teach art to kids. She wanted to show kids what options they had available to visually express themselves. When she graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Visual Communications/Design in 1998, she used what she learned from school, and from various work and personal experiences throughout the years, to help her grow as a creative individual and as an art teacher. Currently, she teaches Art Foundations at North Davis Preparatory Academy in Layton, Utah. For the past 10 years, she has run a successful after-school art program for elementary-aged kids and has also been involved in the school’s annual art auction fundraising event.

CREATIVE DRAMA/SHADOW PUPPETS

Lisa Leibering, Manager of School and Community Programs, Gateway to the Arts

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Performance Ginormous!

In this session, participants will explore the art of shadow puppetry, experiment with simple techniques for making shadow puppets, and then work with a small group to create their own original performance piece. Through their hands-on engagement with art-making, they will discover authentic connections between shadow puppetry and a variety of academic concepts, such as properties and behavior of light, the role of imagery in multi-media storytelling, etc.

Lisa Leibering is a professional theatrical designer, puppeteer, and teaching artist, living in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BFA in Puppetry/Children’s Theatre from West Virginia University, a MA in Theatre for Youth from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a professional theatrical designer and puppeteer, Lisa’s work at Gateway to the Arts—an arts-integration non-profit based in Pittsburgh—focuses on managing programming for school-age children, and includes leading professional development events for both educators and teaching artists. Some of her notable credits include, designing and constructing a 25′ dragon puppet for Trollwood Performing Arts Center production of Shrek, creating the original mascot for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, managing the Character Shop for Paramount Parks/Production Services, and serving as the Resident Designer/Costume Shop Manager for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

ARTS INTEGRATION

Amy Miner, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

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Applying Integration to your own Classroom

We are committed to the arts and we know that arts integration enriches our teaching, engages our students, and enhances student learning. But too often teachers report that that they haven’t been taught the “how to’s” of arts integration or don’t have the collaboration opportunities to design integrated lessons. In this session, Dr. Amy Miner will engage participants in the “processes” of arts integration and the thinking and decision-making behind the planning. During the session, participants will identify and plan an arts integrated experience as well as receive resources that aid in integrated lesson planning for their specific grade level and curriculum.

Amy taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her Masters degree in children’s literature at BYU and her PhD from Utah State University.  For over 18 years, Amy has been an advocate for arts integration.  As a current teacher educator at Brigham Young University, Amy’s research and teaching reflects her deep passion for the arts, literacy, and integration.  

 



 

2014 Arts Integration Conference

On March 28, 2014, we hosted the inaugural WSU Arts Integration Conference featuring workshops in dance, drama, music, and visual arts led by WSU faculty.

Feedback from teachers attending the 2014 conference:

“I feel more confident to be more in-depth in integrating the arts. Instead of doing a small art activity to lead into other things I feel I can intertwine the two. Especially in math.”

“Easy puppets and how to group set a setting. Creating poems with made up words of music. Math and dance. Math and art. I learned a lot and I am excited to apply what I have learned.”

“Music ideas for the classroom. These can apply to all ages of students. I really liked when Erik Stern said that our bodies are the most powerful educational tool.”

KEYNOTE DANCE WORKSHOP

Erik Stern, Professor of Dance, Weber State University

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Creative and Critical Thinking: An Active Arts Learning Approach

How are these two crucial thinking processes linked? This session will get participants actively experiencing how the arts (dance in particular) and mathematics can reinforce each other and develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Erik Stern and collaborator Karl Schaffer are co-artistic directors of The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, and have been revealing the surprising connections between dance and mathematics for more than twenty years. Their book Math Dance, written with Scott Kim, is a step-by-step supplement to the work-shops and performances they have conducted internationally. With backgrounds in science, mathematics and the arts, Stern and Schaffer’s activities get at the heart of creative and critical thinking, connect to state and national standards in both disciplines, which led to their becoming Teaching Artists with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. Stern’s participatory keynote on critical and creative thinking was originally developed in his role as a Lead Teaching Artist with the “Straight A’s: Arts Advance Academic Achievement Summer Institute,” a federally funded multi-year program for Birmingham, Alabama inner-city 4th grade teachers. Stern is professor in Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts.

MUSIC WORKSHOP

Thomas Priest, Professor of Music, Weber State University

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Music and Imagination: Exploring Connections between Music, Language Arts and Mathematics

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their un-derstanding of music, language and rhythmic durations through movement and

Thomas Priest serves as Director of Music Education at Weber State University. Priest’s writing appears in Contributions to Music Education, The Journal of Re-search in Music Education, The Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has served as Vice President of Higher Education on the Utah Music Educator’s Executive Board. Priest holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Masters of Music degree in Bassoon from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana.

DRAMA WORKSHOP

Tamara Goldbogen, BTS Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, Weber State University

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Creative Drama and Puppetry in the Classroom

Tamara Goldbogen currently serves as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning at Weber State University. An educator and administrator in community engagement and theatre for young audiences, Goldbogen has a combined 20 years’ of work with professional theatres, nonprofit organizations, festivals, and universities: Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Spoleto Festival USA, and the University of Pittsburgh. She serves on the Theatre for Young Audi-ences/USA board of directors. Goldbogen holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin.

VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP

Molly Morin, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Weber State University

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Julian Chan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Weber State University

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Describing Sculpture Through Counting and Calculating

Molly Morin is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University. Morin uses digital methods, including computer coding, 3D modeling, and digital photo-editing to produce work that explores the difficult relationship between information and meaning. Her projects visualize data sets generated from a wide range of texts, from poetry to text messages, and reflect on the impact of communication technology on daily life. Morin has worked with the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater and the Center for Research Computing to produce collaborative code-based and exhibits nationally at university and community work galleries. She received her MFA from Clemson University and her BFA from The University of Notre Dame. www.mollymorin.com

Julian Chan has been a mathematics educator for over eight years and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Weber State University. His teaching practices focus on inquiry based learning, and making math interesting for students. He has a PhD in Mathematics, and Masters in Statistics from the University of Utah.