Arts Workshops

2016-17 Arts Education and Integration Workshops

The Four Freedom’s Project: An Exploration of Dance and Democracy for Diverse Learners

The Four Freedom’s Project is inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, given as his 1941 State of the Union address. President Roosevelt called for people “everywhere in the world” to enjoy Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. In this experiential workshop participants will develop strategies to engage young learners in an exploration of American history and social studies through Dance. The workshop will include an introduction to FDR’s Four Freedoms, lessons in creating freedom dances and opportunities for in-session improvisation and collaborative meaning-making. USBE relicensure hours available.

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Where: Weber State University, Shepherd Union, Ballroom A – 3910 West Campus Drive, Ogden UT 84408

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:45 – 6:45 pm – Sign in from 4:15 – 4:40 pm.  Light snacks will be provided.



Joanne L. Lawrence, Professor of Dance, Weber State University

Joanne L. Lawrence received her B.A. Degree in Ballet from The University of Akron, Ohio; her M.F.A. Degree in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and additional training as a scholarship student and performer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC.  She has performed, choreographed, and taught for numerous modern dance and ballet companies throughout the eastern U.S. She has directed dance programs at Alfred University, New York, and Huntingdon College, Alabama.  Currently, Joanne is Professor of Dance at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah where she is focused on community engaged learning, teaching dance and Pilates Mat and Reformer classes.  Joanne is a lifetime member of the American College Dance Association.


Amanda Sowerby, Associate Professor of Dance, Weber State University 

Amanda Sowerby received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She has worked with Gary Palmer Dance Company and the National Ballets of Peru and Chile. Amanda’s own choreographic work has been presented at NYC’s Dance Theatre Workshop, SF’s Theatre Artaud, Diesel Cathedral, Dance Mission and SLC’s Rose Wagner Theater. In addition to her faculty position at WSU, Amanda served on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as the Higher Education Representative from 2007-2013. Inside the Department of Performing Arts at WSU, Amanda can be found choreographing, teaching technique classes, dance and technology, dance pedagogy and dance kinesiology.


2017 Arts Integration Conference: Problem Solving with STEAM

Friday, February 10, 2017 – Please click here for more information. 


Triptychs Tell a Story: Visual Arts & Social Studies

Focus: K – 2nd Grade

Are you familiar with the newly revised Utah Fine Art Standards? Would you like to see how you can easily integrate them into your classroom? Come join us as we explore art history, art making, and your grade level’s social study standards in the creation of a triptych.  Our presenter, Erinne Roundy, will show you how to take the idea of a triptych, which is a great visual tool to use when reinforcing discussions on “differences” and “similarities” in your classroom, and examine the concept of diversity in this hands-on art project.

Each registered attendee will receive a copy of Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town!

USBE relicensure hours available.

Where: Weber State University Davis Campus, Building D2, Room 113 – 2750 University Park Boulevard, Layton, UT 84041

When: Thursday, January 26 from 4:45 – 6:15 pm – Sign in from 4:15 – 4:40 pm.  Light snacks will be provided.

Registration/Supplies Fee: $5.00 (This fee is not eligible for a refund if you cancel your registration for any reason.)


Erinne Roundy, presenter

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 originally 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 NDPA, 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. 


Singing Games for Engagement, Integration, and Intrinsic Motivation vincentbates

Traditional singing games (London Bridge is Falling Down or Ring Around the Rosie) have long been considered best  practices in the development of elementary music skills for all grades.  They are also a natural fit for curricular integration and student motivation.

No formal musical training is needed to participate in this workshop!  Nor will participants be required at any point to sing by themselves.

Each registered attendee will receive the Rise Sally Rise: Great Singing Games for Children book and CD for free!

USBE relicensure hours available.


When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:45 – 6:45 pm

(Sign-in from 4:15 – 4:40 pm; light snacks will be provided)

Where: Weber State University, McKay Education Building, ED 006 (Basement of the McKay Education Building)

1351 Edvalson Street, Ogden UT 84408


About the presenter, Dr. Vincent Bates

Vincent Bates teaches arts integration and creativity courses as well as secondary student teaching seminar. He began teaching at Weber State University in 2012 after six years in the music department at Northwest Missouri State University and twelve years as a K-12 music and art teacher in Eureka, Utah. Here at Weber, Vincent has chaired the WSU Storytelling Festival and directs the Weber/Snow Collaborative Music Licensure Program. He currently serves as editor of Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, a peer-reviewed, international, online, open-access professional journal. His research interests include rural education, arts education and social class, and critical social theories in music education. Vincent lives in Layton, Utah, with his wife (Kristin) and four children (Landon, William, Sophie, and Audrey). 



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Developing Critical Consciousness of Diversity and Equity in Education

An interactive workshop for anyone (classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, preservice teachers, etc.) who is interested in exploring privilege and diversity in education in a new way. 

This highly-interactive session explores frameworks for understanding concepts of access, privilege, and marginalization in education. Examination of current issues including teacher quality, school readiness, school “pushouts” etc. will provide opportunity to dialog around diversity, race, gender, socioeconomic class and other issues through an intersectional lens.


When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 4:45 – 6:45 pm 

(Sign-in from 4:15 – 4:40 pm; light snacks will be provided)

Where: Weber State University, McKay Education Building, ED 006 (Basement of the McKay Education Building)

1351 Edvalson Street, Ogden UT 84408


About the presenter, Nicole R. Robinson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Nicole R. Robinson is currently Interim Assistant Vice President for the Office of Equity and Diversity, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Leadership Fellow, and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Professor of Elementary Music Education at the University of Utah.  Prior to joining the faculty in 2014 (visiting appointment 2013-2014), she held positions at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Dr. Robinson has earned national recognition for her outreach and partnership models and her ability to create sustainable, large-scale reform-oriented professional learning communities in urban districts. Robinson researches issues of access to quality music education for low-income students of color, social justice in music education practices and programs, and social inequalities in music education. Dr. Robinson is regularly invited to present on issues of equity and diversity in education and ideas to reform teacher preparation programs to yield more critical consciousness among preservice and in-service music educators at numerous colleges and universities around the country. Dr. Robinson has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published in several professional research journals.  She has co-authored two textbooks: Teaching Elementary Music: Integrating Music with Other Academic Subjects (2011) and General Music: A K-12 Experience (2016).

Dr. Robinson began her teaching career as an elementary and middle school music teacher in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools in North Carolina.  She earned a BA and MM in Music Education from North Carolina Central University and a PhD in Music Education from The Florida State University. 



Acting Out Stories from Familiar Books maria-asp

Learn strategies to turn a familiar book into a classroom play, staring all of the children in the class!  Together, participants will explore how children benefit from this practice. Specific steps, question-asking strategies, and extension activities will be explored as the connections between this practice and common core standards are made clear.  

Grade Level Focus: Pre K – Grade 1

This workshop will be led by Maria Asp of Neighborhood Bridges, a nationally-recognized literacy program using storytelling and creative drama to help children develop their critical literacy skills and to transform them into storytellers of their own lives (see more information below).

When: Thursday, October 27 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

(Sign-in from 4:15 – 4:30 pm; snacks will be provided)

Where: Weber State University, Shepherd Union, Ballroom A

About Neighborhood Bridges

Neighborhood Bridges’ skilled teaching artists animate learning and transform classrooms into communities where students think independently and work collectively. Founded in 1997 by Children’s Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius, and Jack Zipes, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, the program collaborates with Twin Cities area classrooms and reaches over 500 students. Neighborhood Bridges addresses state and national language arts standards. As a recipient of the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant, Neighborhood Bridges is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for arts education.

The Pre-K through Grade 1 programs promote young children’s oral language and social/emotional development and build the professional skills of early childhood educators by infusing arts-based strategies into daily practice to accomplish learning goals.  Through developmentally appropriate practices, the program engages young children in play and storytelling, with a direct focus on the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) and Common Core Standards.









Integrating the Arts in your Elementary Classroom

We know that arts integration enriches our teaching, engages our students, and enhances student learning. Get to know the process of arts integration and become more familiar with the revised arts standards with Dr. Amy Miner.  This workshop is intended for elementary classroom teachers, prep-time specialists, and WSU preservice teachers.

USBE relicensing hours available.


When: Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 – 7:10 pm

(Registration/Sign-in from 4:30-5:00 pm; snacks will be provided)

Location: Weber State University, Shepherd Union, Ballroom C


amy-minerDr. Amy Miner 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.

 Quotes from Dr. Miner’s previous workshops at Weber State:

“Loved it! It’s so important to integrate! She was great at giving ideas and giving time to collaborate.”

“Incredibly informative. Now I know this integration is attainable and not as time consuming as I thought.”

To schedule a workshop at your school contact: Tamara Goldbogen, 801-626-6943


Past Workshops 2015-2016



This workshop will cover the “who, what, when, where and why” of the Alexander Technique in the classroom and in daily life. Ben Miller will dive into the 6 major components of the Technique and the basic directives utilized to create a life with more ease: awareness, inhibition, direction, means whereby, end gaining, and faulty sensory appreciation. Guiding questions for the workshop:

  • How could this be useful to teachers in a classroom setting?
  • How best can this be translated to students to assist them in their own learning process?

“I seek to foster creativity and a sense of well-being through the use of the principles of the Alexander Technique.” – Ben Miller

About Ben Miller: Ben Miller (BA, MFA, m.AmSAT) resides and teaches the Alexander Technique in Pasadena, California.  Since his certification in 2006, he has led workshops in London, Berlin, New York City, Pittsburgh, Lincoln, Nebraska and now – Utah!  



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.  USOE relicensing points available.

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.

Adam Johnston is an established leader in science education in Utah and beyond. He’s worked closely with hundreds of educators at all levels around the state in numerous workshops, conferences, and courses.









In this hands-on workshop, professional puppet artist Lisa Leibering teaches educators how to use puppetry in their classroom to expand learning opportunities and enhance their teaching in any subject.  Participants will build several simple puppets, practice basic manipulation techniques, and engage in storytelling exercises. They will also learn tips for introducing puppetry to their students and incorporating this versatile art form into virtually any lesson plan (yes, even math and science!)

  • Instructor: Lisa Leibering, Manager of School and Community Programs, Gateway to the Arts and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Cost: FREE for participating BTSALP schools



Weber State University’s Arts Learning Collaborative will be hosting a FREE Visual Arts Integration Workshop on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  This workshop will be open for classroom teachers, administrators, and pre-service teachers.  Please feel free to pass this information to your colleagues!

 Participants will receive a guided tour of the art exhibit in the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Confetti & Distress/Honey & Suspicion by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, which features large, anthropomorphic sculptures made of repurposed objects and thrifted textiles.  Attendees will then participate in hands-on visual arts integrated activities led by Erinne Roundy (Art Teacher at North Davis Preparatory Academy) and K Stevenson (Professor of Art at Weber State University).






Past Workshops 2014-2015


Bringing Stories to Life:
 Teaching Literacy through Drama 

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Gillian McNally

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In this interactive, experiential workshop, teachers participated in drama-based lessons bringing books to life. Teachers learned creative drama methodologies including: narrative pantomime, story dramatization, improvisation, image theatre and teacher in role. Each of these methodologies can be adapted to work on any literacy objectives in an elementary classroom.
Gillian McNally is an Associate Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award and chaired the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education national conference. Her writing has been published in Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young Audiences Today. She has essays published in the books Signs of Change: New Directions in Theatre Education and The Reflexive Teaching Artist. Gillian presented papers on the connection between youth, theatre and community in Australia, Sweden, Mexico and Poland. She currently serves on the board of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) USA. A proud Longhorn, she holds an MFA. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from The University of Texas at Austin and a BFA. in Acting from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Digital Storytelling:
 Engaging Youth through Arts and Technology


Megan Alrutz

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This interactive session introduced a practical approach to digital storytelling practices for the classroom. Through a devising process that included personal narrative, digital photography, and basic performance techniques, participants explored how the process and products of digital storytelling can tap into students’ personal identities and respond to the experience and wisdom they bring to the classroom.
Dr. Megan Alrutz is assistant professor of Applied Theatre and Community Engagement in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches courses in applied theatre, digital storytelling, and theatre for social justice and mentors MFA students in the Drama & Theatre for Youth & Communities program. Megan’s creative and scholarly interests focus on theatre with and for youth—including applied theatre and digital storytelling, arts and media integration, directing and dramaturgy. She currently co-directs the Performing Justice Project (PJP), a community-based applied performance program that addresses gender and racial justice. Her research has been published in RiDE, Youth Theatre Journal, Teaching Artist Journal, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, and TYA Today. Megan is co-editor of Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and recently published Digital Storytelling, Applied Theatre, & Youth: Performing Possibility (Routledge).