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Just Add Arts: Social and Emotional Learning Through Arts Integration

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West High School

820 South Osage Street

Wichita, KS 67213

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A 3-day symposium to explore how arts integration strengthens social, emotional and character development.

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Keynote address by Lynn Tuttle, Director of Public Policy, Research, and Professional Development at National Association for Music Education

Who will benefit from this conference? Educators, student support staff, community leaders and legislators from across Kansas are invited to take part in this inspiring event. Administrators and non-arts related teachers are encouraged to attend as school teams if possible. Graduate credit and professional development points will be available.

What will I learn? How arts integration works to strengthen social, emotional and character development for early childhood to high school students. Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Participants will work with national experts on classroom management, teacher self-care, and enriched educational strategies. Desired outcomes for attendees:

  • AWARE of the value of arts integration
  • INSPIRED to make arts integration a reality in their community and school
  • CONNECTED with each other and aware of the local resources available
  • EQUIPPED with strategies, tools, and resources

How can I register? Registration opens March 1, contact Arts Partners Wichita at info@artspartnerswichita.org for more information.

If mailing payment, please send to the Arts Partners office in the Alvin A. Morris Administration Building at 903 S. Edgemoor, Suite 907, Wichita KS 67218.


Wednesday, July 24

evening Tour & Reception at the Wichita Art Museum with drinks and light hors d'oeuvres

Thursday morning July 25th (schedule details TBA)

Keynote Address

Lynn Tuttle, Director of Public Policy, Research, and Professional Development at National Association for Music Education, Washington DC

Panel Discussion with local and national experts

In-depth sessions to follow Thursday afternoon. Registered participants only. In-depth session presenters include:

  • Elizabeth Peterson, Teacher Self-Care
  • Sean Layne, Acting Right: Drama as Classroom Management Strategy
  • Aaron Fowler, Early Learning Through the Arts

Breakout session topics address arts integration research and using the arts in the classroom to address Social, Emotional and Character Development standards including Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Interpersonal Skills, Responsible Decision Making and Problem Solving.

Friday, July 25th (schedule details TBA)

Breakfast with the Experts

In-depth sessions to follow Friday morning and afternoon. Registered participants only.

Registration fee includes Wichita Art Museum evening reception, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Are you interested in presenting a workshop on arts integration or social emotional learning? The deadline for proposals has passed. If you have an idea you really would like to discuss with the Program Committee please contact info@artspartnerswichita.org.

What is Arts Partners? The Just Add Arts Symposium is presented by Arts Partners. Arts Partners inspires creativity and applied learning by integrating the arts as an essential component of a quality PreK to high school education. We bring the arts in education to about 25,000 students annually in partnership with school districts, cultural organizations and teaching artists. Arts Partners is an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and serves the Kansas early childhood community as Kansas Wolf Trap.

The Just Add Arts Symposium Lead Sponsor is the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The symposium is inspired by Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning, a project of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and Institute for Child Success.

The symposium is made possible through the support of USD259 Wichita Public Schools, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education and the Wichita Art Museum. The Just Add Arts logo was designed by students studying graphic design from Maize High School.

*Full program available, contact info@artspartnerswichita.org for details.


Kay Alston is an experienced music educator, teacher, director and performer. She has a variety of musical experiences in the K-12 schools, church, community and community colleges including presentations for In-services, Professional Development for Head Start, Arts Partners, Kansas Orff Chapter, School Districts, and Butler Community College. Topics include: Integrating Music into the Curriculum, and Teaching to All Learners and Intelligences through Arts Education. Kay believes that kinesthetic arts activate far more brain areas than traditional seatwork. Her teaching style includes music, movement and often instrument playing through pitched and non-pitched instruments.

Cheyla Clawson Chandler holds a BFA in Dance and MA in Sociology from Wichita State University (WSU). She has instructed dance at several colleges including the University of Oklahoma, WSU, Butler County Community College and Barton County Community College (BCCC). At BCCC Chandler founded/directed the resident dance company, Barton Dance Theatre, and constructed the first Associate’s Degree of Arts in Dance. She has been an instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator for the National Dance Alliance (NDA) for 17 years. With the NDA, she choreographed the 2001 Orange Bowl Pre-game Show; served as dance technical advisor for Foxsports.net and CBS Sports; and instructed and adjudicated several dance nationals in Tokyo, Japan.

Chandler has performed works of various artists including, Robert Battle (featured dancer), Derrick Minter, and Douglas Nielsen. Cheyla was the rehearsal mistress for Alvin Ailey’s Escapades, Mark Dendy’s Rituals, Fritz Ludin’s Fractured Memories, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Viscereality, The Zone and Two Sides of a Coin and had the honor of restaging The Zone at WSU. In the summer of 2008, Clawson created the duet Between including Dance Magazines Top 25 to Watch 2010, Caine Keenan (Cirque de Soleil/formerly Ririe Woodbury Dance Company). Cheyla founded Clawson Dance (currently Chandler Dances) in 2009 and has produced concerts at the University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University and Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre touring to Poland in 2000 and Puerto Rico in 2001. She is ABT in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma. Cheyla attended the The Horton Dance Technique Certificate Program 2013-2016 at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School in New York City. Additionally Cheyla has training in body somatics and Laban/Bartenieff techniques. Her two duets, Anam Chara (2014) and nosuchSymbiosis (2016) performed at The National ACDA Conference at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She is a Dorothy Johansen Hauck Faculty Fellow and Pete and Mickey Armstrong Excellence in Teaching Recipient. Cheyla is currently on faculty at Wichita State University, teaching all levels of modern dance, choreography and the lecture class, Art of Dance. She is also a former Community Fellow at Harvester Arts in Wichita, Kansas.

David A. Dik was appointed National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning in July 2010, the nation’s largest arts in education network. Prior to this position, he served as the Managing Director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, having also served as the Guild’s Director of Education.

In addition to his responsibilities at Young Audiences, David serves on the Leadership Team of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, Board of Directors for the Music-in-Education National Consortium, the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a trustee and executive committee member of the Potsdam College Foundation and a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Advisory Council. David’s career began as a certified school music educator.

David was recently appointed as a Technical Working Group Advisor for the Statewide Infrastructure Project for Arts Education in partnership with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and a member of the Windgate Advisory Board for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Aaron Fowler draws from 12 years as a public school teacher working at both the elementary and middle school level. He has more than a decade of experience as a songwriter and educational consultant. Aaron is an Arts Partners solo Teaching Artist and also performs in the duos Pete and Woody and Adventures in Story and Song. Aaron is a Master Teaching Artist with Kansas Wolf Trap and Baby Artsplay artist as well as a touring musician and consultant.

Sean Layne is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England. Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years. He leads residencies for students K-8th grade, presents workshops for teachers, and has designed training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. For over a decade Sean acted, directed and designed sets for the Interact Story Theatre, a professional theatre company that has served more than 4,000 schools, museums, libraries, and festivals around the world. He began working with the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts program in 1989. As a Master Artist, he represented Wolf Trap across the country and internationally, and designed and piloted new residency and workshop models.

Katherine Lyon is a Master Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Foundation For the Performing Arts conducting workshops and residencies for pre-school teachers and children throughout the Maryland/Virginia/ DC area. Her professional development workshops, Math Detectives-Where’s The Math? Using Drama to Discover the Math Hidden in Books, and Baby Books, Toddler Tales: The Story Experience, have been presented for educators across the US.

Katherine tours regionally with her interactive story dramas, and performs a one-woman show on Immigration for the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Her assembly program, Transformation Imagination, and workshop/residency, The Drama of Metamorphosis are presented through Young Audiences of Maryland and The Maryland State Arts Council. Katherine has a B.A. in Creative Arts from the University of Virginia and studied Creative Arts Education at San Francisco State University.

Amanda Martin-Hamon – holds the position of Associate Director of K-12 Education at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS and has taught courses at Washburn University and the University of Kansas. She was awarded KAEA’s Outstanding Educator in Museum Education and has served on the board of the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education. Martin-Hamon was a reviewer for the National Visual Art Standards and has published in Art Education and the Journal of Museum Education, as well as, presenting at numerous professional conferences and educator workshops.

Angel Mercier is an Arts Education Consultant for the Kansas creative Arts Industries Commission and University of Kansas Spencer Museum. She has been in higher education for 42 years. Her passion is supporting Kansas Teachers and Teaching Artists with resources and training to increase student success and energize communities through collaborative partnerships.

Angel is recently retired from Johnson County Community College where she was the Program Director for Arts Education. The program became the only Kansas John F. Kennedy Partners in Education program, offering arts integration workshops to teachers across the region. Angel has developed six research studies in arts education. She has served on grant review boards including the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid America Arts Alliance, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Angel is a Johnson County Library Foundation Pinnacle Award winner for Excellence in the Arts, and a national recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to teaching and leadership in higher education.

Elizabeth Peterson is a teacher, author, and arts integration consultant who hosts www.TheInspiredClassroom.com. As the developer of SEAL, Social-Emotional Artistic Learning, she knows the growing importance of students’ social-emotional development, the importance of the teacher in that development, and the integral part the arts can play in that learning.

Glenis Redmond has two poetry posts as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Glenis is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and is listed in their National Touring Directory. During February 2016, at the request of U.S. State Department for their Speaker's Bureau, Glenis traveled to Muscat, Oman, to teach a series of poetry workshops and perform poetry for Black History Month. In 2014-16, Glenis served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poet's Program to prepare students to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. She serves as the Mentor Poet for readings at the Library of Congress.

Glenis is a poetic fire-starter: She founded the first Greenville Poetry Slam in 1995 and took the first all-women’s team to Nationals. Glenis is a two-time Individual Southern Fried Slam Champion and a two-time top ten finalist at the National Poetry Slam. She was one of the original founders of WordSlam, the youth slam movement in Asheville, NC that began in 2007. She is a founder of Peace Voices, a poetry program dedicated to poetic outreach and engagement in the community through the Education and Outreach Department at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time.

Author and Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) Board Member Tayari Jones selected Glenis Redmond’s essay, Poetry as a Mirror, as the runner-up for the 2018 Bechtel Prize. T&W awards the annual Bechtel Prize to the author of an essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Redmond’s Dreams Speak: My Father’s Words was chosen for third place for the North Carolina Literary Review’s James Applewhite Prize and Sketch, Every One of My Names, and House: Another Kind of Field will be published in NCLR in 2019. These poems are about —Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the underground railroad; Harriet Jacobs, who escaped from slavery and became an abolitionist, and the author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; and Harriet E. Wilson, who was held as an indentured servant in the North and went on to become an important novelist, businesswoman, and religious speaker.

Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time. Visit Glenis at www.glenisredmond.com

Sheersty Stanton, MS, is a social entrepreneur, artist, and developer of people and culture. She holds a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University, and has a decade of experience working in local community organizations. As owner of Glasswing Creative, LLC, Sheersty is passionate about facilitating integrative self-care in adults (particularly those in helping roles) using the experiential resources of art, nature, and movement. In addition to coaching and workshops for individuals, Sheersty provides strategic project management to organizations focused on equipping humanity to tackle the systemic challenges of our times. She is married, has one beautiful daughter, and enjoys an active, artistic and adventurous lifestyle.

Rachel Straughn-Navarro recently completed her PhD in art education and currently serves as the K-12 State Outreach Coordinator at the University of Kansas's Spencer Museum of Art. She has six years of experience in working with K-12 teachers to integrate art museum resources in their classrooms to support state standards across all disciplines.

Lynn Tuttle is the newly appointed Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor for the National Association for Music Education. Her duties will include supporting state level music education associations in the areas of standards, assessment, teacher evaluation, professional development and the interconnection of federal and state policy. Lynn most recently served as the Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties for the state of Arizona included acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, including the revision of the standards in 2015; arts assessment and arts integration; and arts education data collection. She is a sought after keynote presenter and workshop leader, including keynote appearances for the States of Iowa (2014) and Maine (2015) and the 2013 Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education conference. Lynn is the Past-President for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and was one of the leaders of the revision of the National Core Arts Standards.

Jessica Waters has 24 years of elementary teaching experience,15 in the art classroom. She has worked in the urban core, Title I, high trauma schools as well as suburban and rural schools with significant needs. She realized how important social emotional learning, resiliency techniques, and trauma training for teachers were in the classroom many years ago after during her first year of teaching where she experienced school violence perpetrated by a parent and the impact it had on herself, her colleagues and her students. In 1999, she lived outside Denver in Littleton, Colorado and was actively teaching in the area when the Columbine Massacre occurred. It propelled her to pursue a Masters in Psychology and work with prevention programs that were developing and being implemented at the Pre-K-12th level. Her study of the neurobiology of trauma and Dr. Bruce Perry's work contributed to her interest in creative arts experiences for children, where she began modifying art curriculum to include multimodal expressive art and discovering self-regulation techniques that involved art. She holds a post masters certificate of Creative Expression, Trauma Informed Care, Meditation and Mindfulness and is Level 1 Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy certified. She has also completed a certificate in Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and completed numerous hours of continuing education in fine art and art history.

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