Think Like an Artist: Creativity in the Classroom
Join ARTSFAIRFAX, teachers, arts educators, and community members for an inspiring Arts Education Panel featuring Dr. Kimberly Sheridan, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at George Mason University and Julie Carmean, Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development at the National Gallery of the Arts. The moderator will be K-12 Theatre and Dance Educational Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Tara Taylor. Educators, arts organizations, business and community leaders will leave the arts education panel discussion with a better understanding of how the arts can be used to help students to develop critical thinking and collaboration skills and ignite an excitement about incorporating teaching artist programs in their classrooms. 8:30am Networking and Continental Breakfast 9:00am - 10:30am Arts Education Panel Presentations by Dr. Kimberly Sheridan and Julie Carmean 10:30am - 11:00am Additional time for Networking Open to the public, registration required. FCPS fine arts teachers are eligible to receive 15 recertification points for attendance and an additional 30 points for completing a written assignment. Kimberly Sheridan, PhD is affiliated with the Learning Technologies and Research Methods programs and holds a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Research interests: informal/non formal education, creativity, design thinking, STEM/STEAM education, arts learning, museum education, sociocultural perspectives. Dr. Sheridan's research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning, with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies. She focuses in particular on creative production with technology and how technology can create innovative contexts of possibility for youth from traditionally underserved groups. She currently directs a study, Making Connections Work, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which studies how partnerships between children's museums, public libraries and community professionals can be used to create new family learning contexts for hands-on making. Julie Carmean plans and facilitates professional development for classroom teachers and museum educators on-site and online, teaches in the galleries and studio, and writes curriculum and educational resources at the National Gallery of Art. She recently led the development and production of the online course Teaching Critical Thinking through Arts with the National Gallery of Art, now open on the edX platform. Formerly, she taught elementary students in Title I and Arts Integration schools using Artful Thinking routines, designed and instructed graduate-level education courses, and coached online courses. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and received her master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She believes that making the arts accessible to all students contributes to each one reaching his or her highest potential. Tara Taylor is the K-12 Theatre and Dance Educational Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) one of the largest public Theatre education programs in the United States. During her tenure, FCPS has revised and implemented the secondary Program of Studies for both Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre as well as developed secondary Theatre Arts Planning and Pacing Guides. Ms. Taylor has worked with curriculum teams to develop several new Theatre and Dance courses, including Technical Theatre Appreciation, Introduction to Musical Theatre, Broadway Dance, Hip Hop Dance as well as additional instructional resources to support innovative Theater and Dance instruction. In 2018, Ms. Taylor was recognized by FCPS as an “Outstanding Leader” by the K-12 Instructional Services Department. She believes passionately that every child should have access to and opportunities for a quality theatre education in their public school experience. For more information, visit https://artsfairfax.org/artist-residency-program/ This event is not sponsored by the Reston Community Center, its Board of Governors, or staff.