Three 3-hour sequential learning sessions
Monday, 2:15–5:15pm; Tuesday, 8:00–11:00am; and Tuesday, 2:30–5:30pm
Participants making a Track selection must commit to attending all three 3-hour sessions.
Track A1. An Arts-Infused Approach to Writing Across the Curriculum
Presenter: Leslie Johnson
Experience hands-on activities using multiple art forms to develop literacy skills and inspire the writing process. Leslie will demonstrate how to use “multiple intelligences” and the arts to involve students with diverse learning styles, giving even “reluctant writers” a sense of confidence and engagement. She will model successful arts-integration units in science, social studies, math, reading, and English language arts that support Common Core goals for a range of grade levels. Participants will collaborate and create to enliven curriculum topics with poetry, folktales, visual art, movement, music, classroom-theater, nature, and more. You are invited (but not required) to bring your own curriculum topics and texts to explore with creative writing and the arts.
Track A2. Arts, Literacy and Common Core
Presenters: Louise Pascale and Lisa Donovan
Investigate how arts integration can deepen comprehension skills. Drawing from Common Core standards, participants will learn strategies in storytelling, drama (tableaux), visual arts (observational drawing), poetry (observation poems) and music (found sounds and soundscapes) that provide flexible options for students to access curriculum and diverse ways of expressing understanding. Variability in learners is a given and arts integration can provide flexible strategies to provide students with more ways to access curriculum, engage with materials and demonstrate understanding.
Track A3. Blood, Sweat and Laughter
Presenter: Jackie Coleman
“Blood, Sweat and Laughter” uses theatre and movement to take a playful look at the intersections between the arts, Common Core State Standards and Democratic Practice. How does reconnecting to our deepest selves through the arts make us better educators? Explore the natural intersections that already exist in your teaching practice. Embark on a journey that culminates with you as artist. Imagine the most fruitful environment for learning—when the body, mind and spirit are activated and we find ourselves centered and ready to make connections. Imagine leading your students there. Practice with discussion, interactive exploration and R&R (Response & Reflection—and likely some relaxation too!). Prepare for the new educational priorities with the arts as a natural part of the landscape.
Track A4. Keeping Children at the Core of Teaching: Best Practices in Arts Integration
Presenter: Sharon Berndt
As educators, our charge is to teach children to think, evaluate, and make smart choices using Higher Order Thinking skills. With the Common Core as our handbook, and the tool with which to make our professional choices, we must remember to balance the needs of our students with the requirements of the Core. HOT Schools practices make this not only possible, but also exciting and invigorating. Let’s get down to the “Core” of teaching while keeping children at the core. Practical ideas and learning experiences providing effective HOT practices will help make your classroom a joyful, dynamic and creative place for learning while accomplishing the goals we have set for our students.
Track A5. Multiple Intelligences—Multiple Solutions
Presenter: Christopher Eaves
Participants will be inspired to consider Multiple Intelligences Theory’s potential for enhancing curriculum design, instruction and learning. Experience Eaves' hands-on activities (Performing Sequence, Mobile Statuary, The Rose, Zoom, Characters of Convention, Architects & Builders) while exploring Multiple Intelligences Theory, Strong Arts, Arts Integration and Democratic Practice. Participants will learn the method and practice of multiple strategies to celebrate and strengthen their own teaching styles while forging pathways to foster classrooms that are uniquely HOT. These exercises will provide participants with the experience and understanding of how our intelligences enable problem solving through observation and hands-on activities.
Track A6. Spinning Magic: Uncommonly Connected to the Core through Kinesthetic Learning
Presenter: Celeste Miller
Rapid changes in technology have altered our lives radically, as have the constant changes in education. Arts Integration methods that served us in the past must adapt to meet new demands on educators. How can we continue to practice arts integration and use kinesthetic and creative movement in meaningful ways and be aligned with Common Core Standards? You will leave this track with a toolbox full of strategies for an approach to kinesthetic learning and creative movement choices. Like a good Pilates class, this track will strengthen your Core! Let's move!
Track A7. Student Innovators, Leaders, and More…Oh My!! HOT Schools Enhanced Curricular
HOT Opportunities (ECHOs) has it ALL!
Presenter: Linda Eakin
Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas or take up a worthy cause with your students, but have never had the opportunity or time? Have you wondered how to instill a sense of civic responsibility in your students? Well, wonder no more! Come explore the HOT School strategy of ECHOs this summer. This hands-on, interactive ECHOs Track will guide you through the process of creating a practical plan to engage students in real world, student-driven learning. ECHOs provide meaningful, rigorous problem solving learning experiences for all students, across all disciplines. High quality ECHOs foster academic achievement, Higher Order Thinking, problem finding and solving, talent development, life long learning, inquiry, innovation and aspire to create responsible, actively engaged citizens.
Track A8. Wine, Chocolate, Relaxation: YES YES GOOD
Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen
Say YES to your ideas. Say YES to the ideas of the people you work with. Above all else, make each other look GOOD. Nourish your teaching and learning instrument. Learn about Multiple Intelligences through creative and critical thinking. This is a hands-on, up on your feet interactive exploration to encoding curriculum with the arts. You will laugh, learn and lumber through the world of improvisation to curriculate the work you do in your classroom. Curriculum in a noun, curriculate is a verb; prepare! You name it; we will YES YES GOOD curriculate it. You will laugh. You will learn. You will lose 10 pounds.
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Thursday, 8:00–11:00am; Thursday, 2:30–5:30pm; and Friday, 8:00–11:00am
Participants making a Track selection must committ to attending all three 3-hour sessions. Participants may instead choose three workshops which run concurrently with Thursday–Friday Track sessions (see Thursday Morning, Thursday Afternoon and Friday Morning Workshop session descriptions below.)
Track B1. CPR in the Classroom: Cultivating Student Voice through Choice, Participation, and Responsibility
Presenter: Nancy Lindhjem
Participants will experience and learn how to teach students to become active citizens in their school community. They will help students learn effective ways to deal with conflict, develop specific pro-social skills to help build a sense of community, and promote a deeper sense of responsibility to self and others. Learn to promote acceptance, inclusion, and respect and learn strategies to build a positive learning community.
Track B2. Creative Classroom Cultures
Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen
Create and share your work as you learn how to foster the building of a Creative Classroom Culture. Learn and share tools to develop a creative place where students are encouraged to explore and are empowered to nurture and own their creative process and their learning experience. Through the incorporation of dance, visual arts, writing, improvisation, and music, the Multiple Intelligences practices become a Creative Classroom Culture. Prepare yourself for MI Theory as practice. Decode how to teach MI, helping students to access their strength as learners.
Track B3. Promoting Science Literacy through the Language of Movement
Presenters: Celeste Miller and Ana Novak
The Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework is organized around 11 conceptual themes. Each theme is addressed by several content standards and related concepts that spiral through the grades. In this track, participants will use tools from the Curriculum in Motion Toolbox to design movement-based learning activities that support science literacy. Tools will be used with the Matter & Energy theme, with its guiding question: "How do matter and energy flow through ecosystems?" And related concepts: Food Chains (4.2) and Ecosystems (6.2). Focusing on one specific theme, the track will model how the toolbox can be applied to the other ten themes from the Core Science Curriculum Framework.
Track B4. Setting the Stage for Democratic Practice
Presenter: Christopher Eaves
Setting the Stage for Democratic Practice provides teachers with the skills to facilitate Democratic Practice through role-play, lead structured ensemble improvisation and integrate structured improvisation into an array of cross-curricular applications. Participants will learn and practice methods of realtime assessment through the ensemble improvisation. Participants will also be provided the opportunity to both lead improvisation and role-play characters so as to understand both the teacher and student experience.
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Workshops are 3–hour experiential learning experiences.
Each participant will take one morning and one afternoon workshop on Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY MORNING Workshops
W1. A Ladder to the Stars: How Artful Scaffolding Builds Bridges to Other Times and Places
Presenters: Doe Boyle, Paul Salem and Leah Gillooly
Participants will discover how movement, music, song, visual arts, creative and expository writing, and such theater arts as role playing and suggestive costuming can create a dynamic and inventive environment for both deepened understanding of social studies units and broadened approaches to cross-cultural community building, engagement, and empathy.
W2. CT History Shadow Play: An Experiment Impacting Fluency
Presenters: Derron Wood and Joan Gates
Explore what we call the Jack Jackter Intermediate School Experiment. We will share how a popular 4th Grade Residency was slightly changed to make way for dramatic results in fluency. The workshop will be a lecture demo about a Shadow Puppetry Residency and how it impacted Fluency Rates at a rate 2x faster than students in a control group.
W3. Integrated Arts and Math, K-5
Presenters: Linda Dacey, Lisa Donovan, Louise Pascale
When am I ever going to use this? Teachers of mathematics hear this question far too often. Arts integration creates a mathematical learning environment in which multisensory activities allow mathematics to gain relevance and students to be engaged in joyful learning experiences. This workshop will focus on integrating mathematics with drama, music, poetry, and storytelling. Make mathematics meaningful as they create soliloquies, two-person poems, fractions chants, and rainsticks as well as meeting Queen Leighella.
W4. Physical Skills for Math and Physics - Action Meets Abstraction
Presenters: Michael Moschen, JoAnne Torti and Diane Hart
Why not invite our whole body to help us think adventurously about math and physics? Why not invite our hands, feet and senses to reach abstraction not by passive reception or by the use of technological short cuts, but instead by building our own personal bridges to it? Sensory experience, manipulation and importantly, small risks – failures and successes, lead us to think, to raise new questions, test new predictions, try new connections, to imagine. Let’s do it.
W5. Teaching Math Through the Art of Sol Lewitt
Presenter: Beth Klingher
Connecticut artist Sol Lewitt’s unique approach to art is a fascinating way to motivate students to become math enthusiasts. Lewitt wrote instructions for artwork that others used to create the art. Using this approach, participants will create mathematically-based instructions for a series of drawings. This hands-on, visual approach provides students with a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and written communication.
W6. Amplify Learning with Creative Contagion
Presenter: Kathleen Gaffney
There is a science to creativity. Everyone is creative. Creativity is contagious. This totally interactive experience will give participants the tools and skills to use with their students to design processes that unleash their creative potential. Using the American history curriculum this experience will transform the way you teach. We will focus on creative decision making and weaving important core curriculum standards together. Understand how creativity impacts learning styles and memory and connection to facts. Learn how to adapt this creative process to your own teaching and learning.
W7. Principal Meeting for Participating HOT School Principals
Presenters: Christopher Eaves, Amy Goldbas and Bonnie Koba
HOT Schools administrators will meet to discuss program nuts and bolts, piloting the collaboratively designed observation tool in preparation for the 2014–2015 school year.
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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON Workshops
W8. At the Core: A Model Highlighting the Library Media Specialist’s Role in Arts Integration
Presenters: Beth Hart, Judie Cavanaugh and Susan Arnold
The Library Media Essentialist, familiar with the curricula of all subjects and grades is able to make connections across the disciplines and is uniquely positioned to bring together teachers, arts essentialists and teaching artists to advance arts integration. Participants in this workshop will learn how the mission of Worthington Hooker HOT Schools' library media program supports the creation of arts-infused, cross-curricular units, and, through a hands-on approach, they will learn strategies to integrate Common Core Standards, 21st century Skills and the arts into instruction with the Library Media Center at the core of learning.
W9. Developing an Abstract Visual Dialogue
Presenter: Sonji Hunt
Kanji and Adinkra symbols are beautiful graphic examples of ideograms, written images that represent ideas or objects directly rather than a particular word or sound. In this workshop participants will create symbols that embody the essence of notable events, locations, emotions, etc., and construct a series of unique 2D images utilizing their newly developed visual language.
W10. Drawing is Believing Your Eyes
Presenter: Sanna Stanley
Drawing requires a shift in perception. We will explore the difference between seeing what you "know" and believing what you see. Participants will practice perceiving edges (lines); focus on the shape of the invisible (negative space/shape); and meet a tool that artists use to translate three dimensional reality onto the two dimensional drawing surface (perspective). No previous experience or ability to “draw a straight line” necessary.
W11. Living Bulletin Boards
Presenter: Derron M Wood
Bring new life to your bulletin boards as you explore historical events and develop a new classroom writing tool. Unlock the mystery of writing for your stalled writers, by giving them powerful visual tools to help them. Participants will understand how to use bulletin boards as an interactive teaching and writing tool. Create writing experiences for your entire class while reinforcing democratic practice through arts integration.
W12. Not a Dry Seat in the House: Creative Brainstorming to Excite Your Stakeholders
Presenter: Charles Stanton
Join your colleagues and learn "Anchored" Creative Brainstorming techniques to create your school's shared vision. Raise the level of enthusiasm, engagement and commitment of your stakeholders. Set realistic but creative goals for your programs and projects. Translate your creative ideas into something that everyone "gets"! Through a sequential brainstorming process identify your goals and obstacles, and anchor your creative process and creative language so that it may be translated for easy understanding by all.
W13. Moving through Common Core
Presenters: Ruth Lewis and L’Ana Burton
Participants will learn how to weave Common Core Standards with movement, choreography and HOT practices. Ruth and L'Ana will teach basic kinesthetic techniques that can be used daily to integrate curricular content that will enliven and enrich the learning process.
W14. Relax and Recharge with Gentle Yoga (no experience necessary)
Presenter: Amy Traggianese
Gentle Yoga for All levels—this mixed-level yoga class will be a nurturing and relaxing practice. It will include breathing exercises, deep stretches, creative sequences, balancing, standing and floor postures. Many options and modifications will be offered so that every person feels empowered and comfortable, challenged and supported. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.
W15. Yes They Can!
Presenter: Mark Patnode
“Show me the evidence!" Participants will gain an understanding of how to guide students towards a media-rich application of their talents, building documentation that demonstrates their understanding and engagement in both the arts discipline and other core content explored in a Teacher Artist Collaboration (TAC). Teacher and student gain an ability to document their experiences providing artistic evidence as they demonstrate their learning in multiple ways.
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THURSDAY MORNING Workshops
TH1. Artistic Triage: How to Use Art Methodology to Resolve Difficult Situations
Presenter: Sonji Hunt
Participants will bring a scenario to the workshop that depicts a difficult situation that may have occurred or has the potential to materialize in a classroom. Along with the facilitator, participants will workshop solutions that incorporate visual arts methodologies to assist each participant in developing a set of strategies to alleviate elevated behavioral issues that have the potential to derail a standard program environment.
TH2. HOT Blocks: Cross Curricular Collaborations
Presenters: Amy Traggianese, Kim Fox Santora and Don Cooper
Participants in this workshop will understand the essential ingredients needed to collaborate with essentialists (e.g. art, music, physical education) in order to develop meaningful arts-integrated interventions to support academic deficiencies. Participants will be introduced to specific, effective HOT Block collaborations that improve student learning and collegiality. Think in a different way and create an effective arts-integrated unit that you can really use! This model promotes innovative planning and teaching and fosters mutual respect and dialogue among teachers while motivating students to improve.
TH3. Language and Landscape: Poetry in the style of China's Tang Dynasty
Presenter: Tom Lee
Participants in this workshop will discover and explore the "Jue-ju" style of poetry. These four line poems are the lesser known relative of the Japanese haiku, celebrating the balance or Yin-Yang in nature and in language. Mentor texts include models from Chinese scholar-poets from the 8th century.
TH4. Student Voice Collaborative
Presenters: Ari Sussman and students from the Student Voice Collaborative
The Student Voice Collaborative (SVC) is a program that brings together public high school students from across NYC to improve their schools and school system. In this workshop, co-facilitated by youth, participants will learn how to use the student voice rubric that SVC created from a year of research to design a "Student Voice School Review" and ultimately launch a student-led school improvement campaign.
TH5. Write a Song, Sing a Story
Presenter: Sally Rogers
Create songs using existing melodies, working in small groups. Topics will be decided by the participants. They will learn strategies for using songwriting as an assessment tool or as a way to make knowledge ‘stick’ in the classroom. Participants will come away with the ability to create songs driven by the curriculum with their students. Weaving together language arts with the thread of song writing, this technique can be adapted to all curricular content.
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THURSDAY AFTERNOON Workshops
TH6. Acting in the Classroom
Presenter: Tony Republicano
Participants will engage in theatre games and exercises designed to stimulate their imaginations, motivate teamwork and improve public speaking skills. They will learn the basics of improvisation and sketch comedy. They will be instructed to react and respond quickly, naturally and effectively in various situations.
TH7. Gourds: Seeds of Inspiration
Presenter: Jeanne Morningstar Kent
"There is something wonderful about putting one's hands into the soil to plant the seed, nurturing it until the blossoms form, then protecting them until they develop into natural canvases upon which to work my art." Working with gourds is a combination of my art and my heritage bound together in a spiritual journey with Mother Earth. Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to understand the process of working with gourds and will design a 6" bowl gourd.
TH8. HOT What?
Presenter: Bonnie Koba
Town Meeting, Student Senate, ECHOs, HOT Blocks, Arts Integration, Democratic Practice... What’s it all about? And how can I become more involved in my child’s education? HOT Schools Director Bonnie Koba will provide a nuts and bolts overview and conduct a Q&A about HOT Schools with a focus on parent support and engagement. The parent /school partnership is critical to our children’s success and parents have much more to offer than they might realize. This session will address parents becoming active partners in their child’s learning process, whether there could ever be such a thing as “too much” parent involvement and how to strike a comfort level and balance of healthy participation and focused contribution.
TH9. Let Your Poetry Out!
Presenters: Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger
Poetry is meant to be shared. Participants will write and perform their own poetry using a quick write and a rubric for building and assessing public speaking skills. See how writing poetry can be used to activate and assess prior knowledge, increase comprehension through summarizing and retelling, strengthen literacy skills, all while addressing English language arts, math, science and social study standards.
TH10. Mix It Up
Presenter: Page McBrier
Join this workshop and learn how to scaffold fun through multiple strategies that integrate movement, theater, drawing and descriptive writing into a classroom science curriculum. During this session, participants will discover how to engage students through a series of artful activities that lead to a writing assignment. We will use pantomime, tableau, and image observation to create a topic based word wall. Using illustration, text and movement we will enhance descriptive writing.
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FRIDAY MORNING Workshops
F1. Compassion and the Core: Arts Integration for Reading, Writing and Community Values
Presenters: Lisa Kozlowski, Hillary DiMattio, and Eddie Duran
Based on a HOT Schools Leadershop, this workshop provides an opportunity to recognize and apply techniques of figurative language creatively with purpose and meaning. Participants will be prepared to implement strategies such as elaborating on a topic with sensory detail and vivid word choice. Participants will deepen their understanding of the theme of empathy and compassion through connected reading and writing experiences. This workshop encourages participants to appreciate both the similarities and differences between people and to foster an understanding of diversity and common ground.
F2. Twitter for Educators, 101
Presenter: Amy Traggianese
Twitter: A micro-blogging service that allows users to tweet tweets—messages limited to 140 characters in length. You can connect with other educators, professionals in careers related to your subject, authors, news outlets, journals and publications...ANYONE you find interesting! If you love getting classroom ideas online, imagine being able to do that and have conversations with the educators who created them! Twitter makes it possible to communicate with teachers all over the world. Learn how you can create a Professional Learning Network (PLN) to connect with others who share your interests and passions. Create personalized professional development you can access anytime, anywhere. Discover how being an active educator on Twitter can help you learn and grow in your areas of interest!
F3. Transporting Poetry, Myth and Stories to the Page and Stage!
Presenter: Leslie Elias
Teachers will engage in a collaborative, hands-on creative experience where they will learn varied techniques for guiding their students in the art of bringing a poem, a story, a myth and an original idea from concept to dramatic form using masks, movement, music, rhythm and chant. Teachers will explore themes such as tragedy and comedy while enacting a Greek Chorus, dance and sing calypso as Tropical Fish, embody fire spirits and coyotes in Native American Trickster Tales and gain confidence in dramatizing literature for Pre-K through high school.
F4. The River
Presenter: Kathleen Gaffney
Using science and social studies curriculum standards participants will engage in the power of arts integrated, experiential learning to gain a deep understanding of why human beings settled along rivers. They will use their creativity and Multiple Intelligences to solve two problems using the creative problem solving (CPS) model and the Torrance Incubation Model providing the orchestration of the lesson.
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Susan Arnold • Workshop Co-Presenter
New Haven, CT
Susan Arnold has been the music teacher at Worthington Hooker School in New Haven for 25 years. Her greatest joy has been "to collaborate with the brilliant and creative teachers at Worthington Hooker."
Dr. Gina Barreca • Plenary Presenter
Dr. Gina Barreca, author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World has appeared on 20/20, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League in addition to the six other books she's written and the sixteen she's edited. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and German. She's a Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut, where she won UConn’s highest teaching award. Her B.A. is from Dartmouth College, where she was the first woman to be named Alumni Scholar, her M.A. is from Cambridge University, where she was a Reynold's Fellow, and her Ph.D. is from the City University of New York. A new member of the Friars' Club, a "Voices and Visions" honoree of Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, the first female graduate of Dartmouth College invited to have her personal papers requested by the Rauner Special Collections Library, Gina can be found in the Library of Congress or in the make-up aisle of Walgreens.
Sharon Berndt • Track Presenter
Sharon Berndt has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has taught grades K-2 at John Lyman School in Middlefield, a HOT School since 1996. She as instrumental in developing the HOT Readers program, which has served as a major reading intervention for grades K-2 at Lyman School for over 10 years, and which provided the foundation for Total Literacy. Sharon also plays guitar and leads songs at the weekly Town Meeting and co-directs the school’s Hello Chorus. Sharon represents Lyman School as its HOT Schools Site Coordinator.
Patty Bode • Plenary Presenter
Dr. Patty Bode has published and lectured on critical art pedagogy based in public schools, re-theorizing identity and curriculum, and redefining multicultural education. Her art making, research and teaching are informed by 16 years of experience as an activist public school art teacher and over 10 years as a teacher educator. Patty sees the role of art teachers as radicalizing the reading of the world. She believes that access to, and participation in art education is a civil right and a human right. Patty has been published in the journal The Education Forum (Vol. 73, Issue 1) and in the book Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way.
Doe Boyle • Workshop Co-Presenter
A teaching artist since 1997, Doe Boyle offers expertise in writing and cross-curricular arts integration. An editor of adult nonfiction and children's fiction, she is also an award-winning author of books for children and adults. She teaches with passion for creative and academic discoveries that develop natural and acquired talents.
L'Ana Burton • Workshop Co-Presenter
New London, CT
L'Ana Burton has been a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist since HOT Schools' inception and has worked successfully in dozens of schools across the state. She is the founding director of Creative Dance Continuum (CDC). Through CDC, she has been bringing unique dance education to dancers of all ages throughout Southeastern Connecticut for over 20 years. L’Ana also continues to seek new performing experiences as a solo dance artist.
Judie Cavanaugh • Workshop Co-Presenter
New Haven, CT
Judie Cavanaugh is a K-8 arts essentialist at Worthington Hooker School in New Haven. Worthington Hooker has been a HOT School for 12 years and Judie has been the site coordinator for the last 5 years. When doing her own artwork, her medium of choice is printmaking but she enjoys painting and mixed media and fabric arts as well.
Jackie Coleman • Track Presenter
Jackie Coleman is the Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts for Hartford Public Schools. She has worked extensively with Hartford Performs, an initiative to invigorate arts in education opportunities for students in the Hartford public schools. Jackie was formerly the Hartford Stage Director of Education. Jackie is a master teaching artist for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, has 15 years of acting credits and holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina.
Don Cooper • Workshop Co-Presenter
Don Cooper has taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School for the last 15 years. He began this second career in education as a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist and HOT Schools facilitator before joining the teaching profession. Prior to entering the classroom he was a professional songwriter, performer and recording artist. Having dedicated his life to the arts, he champions the HOT Schools integrated arts model for its balance and attention to the whole student.
Linda Dacey • Workshop Co-Presenter
Linda Dacey, Ph.D. became interested in interdisciplinary teaching as a grade 4 teacher. A professor of education and mathematics at Lesley University she is a frequent speaker at national mathematics conventions and has written more than 100 resource books for elementary and middle school teachers and students. She is a member of the Massachusetts Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame and is co-author of Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Mathematics.
Hillary DiMattio • Workshop Co-Presenter
Hillary has been working at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts for 10 years and has taught both grades 3 and 4. Hillary has participated in data teams for 7 years and utilizes PBIS within her classroom. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University in sociology and psychology and obtained her master's in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport.
Lisa Donovan • Track Presenter, Workshop Co-Presenter
Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and was the former director of the Creative Arts Division at Lesley University. A theatre artist, educator, and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel and throughout the United States. Lisa and Louise Pascale are co-authors of Integrating the Arts Across Content Areas (2012). Lisa also co-authored Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Language Arts and Math (2013).
Eddie Duran • Workshop Presenter
Eddie Duran is the Artistic Director at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts where he leads the comprehensive training program, culture exposure and arts integration components. He is also the site coordinator at Kinsella. He is a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist and has been involved with the HOT Schools Summer Institute since 2002. Eddie has over 20 years experience working in theatre education and holds a B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and a M.F.A. in Acting/Performance from Purdue University.
Linda Eakin • Track Presenter
Linda Eakin has spent her entire educational career helping students find their passions and develop their unique talents. She proudly taught in Colchester, CT for 27 years before moving to Virginia with her wonderful family. Linda has spent many summers at the University of Connecticut participating in Confratute where she gained invaluable insight into the work of Joe Renzulli and Sally Reis. She has been instrumental in improving the implementation of Enhanced Curricula HOT Opportunities (ECHOs) for students at Jack Jackter Intermediate School. Linda is looking forward to sharing the wonderful world of ECHOS with you this summer.
Christopher Eaves • Track Presenter, Workshop Presenter
New York, NY
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Leslie Elias, Workshop Presenter
Leslie Elias is founder of Grumbling Gryphons, an educational children’s theater company that has been performing and providing workshops since 1980. Grumbling Gryphons was the recipient of 2003 Connecticut Governor's Arts Award. The company is known for colorful dramatizations of multicultural and environmental stories using music, masks and audience participation.
Susan Engel • Plenary Presenter
Susan Engel, Ph.D. teaches in the Department of Psychology at Williams College and is the founding director of the college's Program in Teaching. Her most recent books, The Hungry Mind: The origins of curiosity and The End of the Rainbow: The goals of education, will appear in 2015. Her research interests include children’s narratives, play, the development of curiosity, and more generally, teaching and learning.Her work has appeared in journals such as Cognitive Development, and the American Education Research Journal. She is the author of four books: The Stories Children Tell: Making Sense of the Narratives of Childhood, Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory, Real Kids: Making Sense in Everyday Life, and Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become. She has also published a number of columns and op-ed pieces on education in the The New York Times. She is a founder of an experimental school in New York State, where for 14 years she served as the educational advisor. She is currently working with the Spencer Foundation, trying to develop new ways to measure what children learn in school.
Joan Gates • Workshop Co-Presenter
Joan Gates is a resident of Colchester and has been a grade 4 teacher for over 20 years. During that time, she has been a member on numerous curriculum and school committees as well as currently representing her building as a union steward. She held officer positions with the PTO as her children went through school. Joan has participated in various HOT Schools workshops and activities and has worked yearly with Derron Wood since he began his residencies in the Colchester school district.
Beth Hart • Workshop Co-Presenter
Beth Hart is the library media specialist at Worthington Hooker School in New Haven, Connecticut. She collaborates with the arts essentialists, classroom teachers and teaching artists to create cross-curricular, integrated units of instruction.
Diane Hart • Workshop Co-Presenter
Diane Hart is a grade 5 teacher at Forbes School for 8 years and teacher leader in curriculum and professional development in science and technology. She is on the board of the Connecticut Science Teachers association for the representative of Litchfield County.
Sara Holbrook • Plenary Speaker, Workshop Co-Presenter
Sara Holbrook, author, educator and performance poet, “…writes about two things, mostly- what she knows and what she wonders about.” Sara is a performance poet who believes that a poem doesn’t really come to life until it’s read aloud. She is a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and has done some part-time teaching, but has mostly made her living writing. She believes sharing her passion for poetry with audiences and student writers is the best job she’s ever had.
Cheryl Hulteen • Track Presenter, Workshop Presenter
Cheryl Hulteen, Founder of YES YES GOOD, LLC and author of YES YES GOOD: The HeART of Teaching is a master teaching artist, actor, improvisor, writer and motivational speaker. Cheryl partners with teachers, students and humans in general to incorporate the arts in all aspects of learning and teaching. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory, improvisation, humor and the arts to create interactive, hands on (feet included as well) curriculum driven workshops, artist residencies and professional development Cheryl strives to make things better.
Sonji Hunt • Workshop Presenter
Sonji Hunt combines her training as a painter with her respect for traditional fiber art practices, such as quilting and spinning, to create dynamic visual experiences. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is internationally collected. According to noted museum director and art advisor, Michael Monroe, “…The explosive energy of Sonji Hunt’s work belies the delicate nature of her technique…” Hunt earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught art at various colleges, universities and private organizations throughout the United States. She specialized in targeted and creative programming for children and adults of all abilities.
Kathleen Gaffney • Workshop Presenter
Kathleen Gaffney earned her MS degree in Creative Studies at Buffalo State College. She designed and facilitates this dynamic learning unit. She is co-founder and President of Artsgenesis, Inc. that worked for 16 years in the public schools of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She is the winner of the first John Stanford Heroes of Education Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Gaffney is distinguished alumna from Buffalo State. She is a published author notably Chrysalis: Developing the Artist for Education, and Multiple Intelligences in College Teaching.
Noah Garabedian • Informance Presenter
A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's in Music Performance from New York University. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program Mr. Garabedian has worked with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Ben Perowsky, Julian Pollack, Zongo Junction, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men.
Amy Goldbas • Workshop Presenter
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Evan Hughes • Informance Presenter
Drummer Evan Hughes was always driven towards music. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and was able to further develop through programs such as the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, as well as the Jazz school in Berkeley. Evan participated in both the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band, as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Orchestra. While attending New York University, he has worked closely with jazz icons such as Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, as well as drummers Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, and Dafnis Pietro. He has participated in tours of Europe, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Costa Rica, and played at many prestigious New York City jazz clubs such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls and The Jazz Gallery.
Leslie Johnson • Track Presenter, Workshop Presenter
Leslie Johnson, creative writer, received her MFA from the University of Arizona and publishes her fiction in a wide variety of literary journals. She teaches college English and works as a teaching artist in schools across Connecticut with students of all ages. Her interactive, arts-infused workshops are designed with the Multiple Intelligences to engage and inspire all student writers.
Jeanne Morningstar Kent • Workshop Presenter
Jeanne is a retired former HOT Schools arts essentialist, who now works with gourd art featuring Native designs from the Northeastern tribes known as the Abenaki. She is enrolled in the Nulhegan Band, Abenaki of Vermont and is a member of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association. Jeanne’s degrees are in fine art and art education.
Beth Klingher • Workshop Presenter
New Haven, CT
Beth Klingher attended a HOT Schools Summer Institute 10 years ago and was inspired to change her career from software company executive to middle school math teacher. Since that time she has taught math at Worthington Hooker School, integrating across subject areas and incorporating art into the math curriculum.
Bonnie Koba • Workshop Presenter
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Lisa Kozlowski • Workshop Co-Presenter
Lisa Kozlowski has over a decade of experience working as a Hartford teacher. She has been teaching at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts since the inception of the school's theme. Her professional philosophy centers on the principle of engaging students with authentic and meaningful experiences that are relevant to their lives. Learning is always an active process in her classroom.
Tom Lee • Workshop Co-Presenter
Tom Lee is an arts educator with 20 years experience in schools, working with students in grades K-12. He presents programs for The Metropolitan Opera, The Yale Center for British Art and The Mark Twain House and Museum. Tom is a community arts partner with Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford.
Amy Leidtke • Plenary Presenter
Amy Leidtke teaches people about design, communication, empathy, creativity and collaboration, skills that help propel 21st century innovation. Amy is a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is the author of RISD Design Connections: Curriculum Tools for Design Education. Amy is also a faculty member at SmART Schools, which provide K-12 educators with professional development opportunities.
Ruth Lewis • Workshop Co-Presenter
Ruth Vesenka Lewis is a choreographer and is a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist. Her works have been performed by Ballet Theatre Company, CONNetic Dance and numerous schools throughout the state. She is the artistic director of Dimensional Dance, a company that brings art works to life through dance.
Nancy Lindhjem • Track Presenter
Nancy Lindhjem is a school psychologist at Children's Resource Group (CRG) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has years of experience in working with children of all ages, and has enjoyed a close working relationship with HOT Schools for many years. Nancy shares ideas on how to initiate and sustain a caring and challenging culture throughout the whole school community; explores how promoting inclusion and acceptance in schools leads to increased respect among students, thereby reducing bullying and peer aggression; and engages participants in exercises to establish collaborative, engaged communities that use reflective practice as positive learning communities. Her passion is in creating positive learning communities as a Tribes Learning Communities trainer.
Sara MacSorley • Presenter
Sara MacSorley is the Director of the Green Street Arts Center and Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science at Wesleyan University. She is working to transform Green Street into a place where the Wesleyan Community joins the broader Middletown Community to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Their programs serve college faculty and students, K-12 teachers, and community youth and residents. Her background in biology, business, and science communication give her a strong foundation in setting the stage to explore the valuable intersections between art, math, and science. MacSorley received her B.S. In Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island (URI) with a minor in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and her Masters in Business Administration also from URI.
Page McBrier • Workshop Presenter
Page McBrier is a veteran Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist and the author of 44 books for young readers, including The New York Times Best Seller, the award-winning Beatrice’s Goat. She holds a BA degree in theater and education, and her arts-infused residencies joyfully blend theater, movement, drawing and writing into the school curriculum.
Celeste Miller • Track Co-Presenter
Atlanta, GA & Grinnell, IA
Celeste Miller, MFA has been working with arts integration in the K-12 classroom for over 30 years. Her work in this arena includes residencies as a teaching artist in schools across the United States, collaborating with classroom teachers to design and implement the integration of creative movement into their curriculum, and as a "teacher of teachers" to use kinesthetic learning in the classroom. She is a national adjunct faculty member for Lesley University's Integrated Teaching through the Arts Masters in Education. Celeste is also the author and director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's 20-year old "Curriculum in Motion" program. She has been part of the HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty since 2005.
Michael Moschen • Plenary Presenter
Falls Village, CT
Michael Moschen, ranked as one of the world’s leading jugglers and one of America’s most visionary performing artists, has transformed this ancient circus art into a mesmerizing concert form that has garnered critical acclaim as “genius,” “exhilarating virtuoso entertainment” and “flawless purity” from leading media such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Moschen has performed both solo and collaboratively with leading artists Off-Broadway, in major concert halls, and on arts festivals in Europe, Asia and North and South America. His work crosses ethnic and social borders, and is greeted with standing ovations and critical acclaim in every country and from audiences of all ages. Recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, his work is seen often on stages, film and television.
Ana Novak • Track Co-Presenter
Ana Novak is a recent graduate of Grinnell College where she majored in Biology. Her love of dance combined with her career aspirations in Biology, led her to create an after-school program for children to look at the science of DNA and dance. Mentored by Celeste Miller, Ana designed multi-media workshops. Ana received the Grinnell College Community Engagement Award, an award to implement creative projects collaboratively identified by the students and community partners that address relevant local needs, for her work with this program.
Louise Pascale • Track Presenter and Workshop Co-Presenter
Louise Pascale, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University and has worked for 25 years in the field of arts and education. Her research interest focuses on investigating ways singing impacts cultural reference, community building and education. Louise, a long time HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty member, has spent the last 10 years as founder and director of the Afghan Children's Songbook project.
Mark Patnode • Workshop Presenter
New London, CT
Mark Patnode received his BFA from Purchase College and is a Fellow of Urban Artists Initiative. Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Mark’s work is in the Smithsonian Institution Permanent Collection. Mark was selected by former Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell to create a painting of the Charter Oak for Connecticut’s 37th Anniversary.
Justin Poindexter • Informance Presenter
Hailing from the rolling hills of North Carolina, guitarist Justin Poindexter is the descendent of a long line of southern storytellers. Specializing in American roots including jazz, country, blues, folk, and gospel, Justin mines America’s rich cultural history, linking music across genres and presenting it in new contexts. A founding member of the acclaimed Americana music ensemble The Amigos, Justin has performed and/or collaborated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pete Seeger, Nellie McKay, David Amram, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky. Justin curates community and educational programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center, leading the popular “Let Freedom Swing” touring concert. In 2012 Justin was named the founding artistic director of the Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Justin, with The Amigos, is a 2014 American music ambassador for the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program. The Amigos recently released their first full-length album “Diner in the Sky.”
Sam Reider • Informance Presenter
Raised in the musical hotbed of San Francisco, Sam Reider was recognized early on for his talent on the piano. As a teenager he appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio and performed with artists like David Grisman (Grateful Dead) and John Handy (Charles Mingus). A prolific songwriter and student of American music, Sam studied at Columbia University where he received the highest awards for his comparative research on Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin. Coinciding with his burgeoning interest in folk music and his work as a radio host at WKCR 89.9 FM, Reider began playing accordion and experimenting with ways of drawing together folk, jazz, pop, and blues traditions through original composition and performance. Through creative songwriting, humor and artistic integrity, Reider hopes to inspire audiences to participate in the ongoing tradition of American musical innovation.
Tony Republicano • Workshop Presenter
Tony Republicano brings a variety of theatre programs to schools and community settings throughout the state. He is a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Tony’s television credits include Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and Law and Order SVU. His company PROJECT: IMPROV provides private coaching and corporate training in responding quickly, naturally and effectively.
Sally Rogers • Workshop Co-Presenter
Sally Rogers is a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist. In addition she is an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University in their Creative Arts in Learning Program. She teaches music at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts and is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning Connecticut. She is a nationally respected folksinger and songwriter with compositions featured in both national music textbook series.
Michael Salinger • Workshop Co-Presenter
Michael Salinger is a poet/performer and educator living in Northeast Ohio. He is an early participant in the National Poetry Slam, former board member of Poetry Slam inc., and current director of the organization's summer writing and performance conference. He is a frequent speaker at teacher conferences and in schools in the United States and abroad where he uses performance poetry as a means to better literacy. He has been involved in promoting creative writing through performance and education in places as interesting as Ohio, Alaska, Vietnam and Bahrain. He has served on the board of Cleveland Public Theater, the Poets and Writer’s League of Greater Cleveland and Poetry Slam Inc.
Kim Fox-Santora • Workshop Co-Presenter
Kimberly Fox-Santora is the principal of Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT. With the goal of keeping learning dynamic, she encourages strong arts integrated approaches to learning in her school. Classroom teachers and arts essentialists regularly work collaboratively on HOT learning that supports the existing curriculum. Kim finds the creative thinking among her professional staff to be exemplary and student achievement impressive.
Sea Tea Improv • Informance Presenter
Sea Tea Improv is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with our witty interpretations of audience suggestions. We perform short improvised games & long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. We've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Scott Shuler • Plenary Presenter
Scott C. Shuler has served as Connecticut’s Arts Education specialist, assistant superintendent for curriculum, college professor, and K-12 music teacher. He holds numerous awards for teaching, writing, and leadership from state and national organizations. Dr. Shuler helped develop America’s first National Music Standards in 1994 and co-chaired the 2014 NCCAS standards; co-chaired the 1997 music NAEP Assessment and CCSSO’s interstate arts consortium; and served as president of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education.
Clint Smith • Plenary Presenter
Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in MD. In 2013, the Maryland Humanities Council named him the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year. He is profiled in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom as one of the top 50 educators in the nation. Clint is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and a member of Washington DC’s National Slam Poetry team. He begins work on his Ph.D. in Education at Harvard University this fall.
Sanna Stanley • Workshop Presenter
Sanna Stanley holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and an MA in Painting and Drawing from Marshall University, West Virginia. She is an author, illustrator and a teaching artist with a deep appreciation for how the arts offer people of all ages new ways to experience and re-envision themselves.
Charles Stanton • Workshop Presenter
Charles Stanton is a business and non-profit advisor and start-up savvy entrepreneur. A trained opera singer and director, Charles is an innate collaborator, free thinker, and lover of innovative partnerships as well as former university educator and the former Vice President of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Charles is the current CEO of Classical Music Indy, a radio syndicator (think mini-NPR). These various positions are tied together by fundraising. Having raised more than 50 million dollars for a variety of causes, Charles works every day to turn creative and often intangible dreams into a stepwise process towards a realistic goal.
Ari Sussman • Plenary Presenter, Workshop Presenter
New York, NY
Ari Sussman serves as an Achievement Coach for the NYC Department of Education, supporting a network of 47 school communities. He is the Founder of the Student Voice Collaborative (SVC) program, which brings together high school students from across the city to affect the sorts of change they want to see in their schools.
Camille Thurman • Informance Presenter
New York, NY
Camille Thurman, multi-talented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator, is acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments. She has been compared to tenor greats Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine. Camille’s ability to sing four octaves and perform vocalese, has given her the capability to summon the sounds of Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. An accomplished performer and composer, Camille leads her own quartet, which has performed at the Kennedy Center, the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Festival, The Jazz Gallery and many other prominent jazz venues and festivals around the world. Camille was born and raised in Saint Albans, New York to two educators.
JoAnne Torti • Workshop Co-Presenter
Washington Depot, CT
JoAnne Torti, founder and Executive Director of the After School Arts Program, Inc. (ASAP), an organization dedicated to providing young people unique opportunities to create beautiful and meaningful works of art in a creative and collaborative environment. By inspiring the next generation to discover and embrace their own creativity, ASAP hopes to not only enrich lives but to change them forever.
Amy Traggianese • Workshop Presenter
Amy Traggianese is an artist, yoga teacher and elementary visual arts educator and has been an arts essentialist at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT, since 2001. A former grade K-1 teacher, she has over 25 years of experience integrating the arts into different educational settings. A teacher leader, Amy represents Samuel Staples as its HOT Schools site coordinator. She is also an active educator voice on Twitter and co-facilitator of #artsedchat. You can connect with Amy on Twitter @atragg.
Derron M Wood • Workshop Presenter
New London, CT
Derron has been a master teaching artist since 1995, and is the Executive Artistic Director for New London’s Flock Theatre. He is on the faculty of the National Theatre Institute and teaches as an adjunct professor in area colleges.
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HOT SCHOOLS STAFF
Bonnie Koba • Director
Bonnie Koba is Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Arts in Education Program Manager and Director of the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Programs. She has developed and managed Connecticut’s Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists, School and State Museum Partnerships, and several grants programs including Early Learning, Underserved Youth, and Creative Collaborations, and currently serves Middletown and the New Haven and Shoreline Regions in DECD’s new Creative Placemaking initiative. As Director of HOT Schools Bonnie overseas all aspects of program design, implementation, activities, and professional development and is currently focused on developing and implementing program partnerships and expansion plans. She collaborates with participating schools and works with local arts leaders as well as nationally recognized consultants in the area of arts in education to design professional development for teachers, teaching artist, parents, and administrators, and she consults nationally on these topics. Bonnie represents Connecticut on regional and national arts in education consortiums including New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals (NECAP), the National Endowment for the Artist (NEA), and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). She served on NASAA’s Arts learning Advisory Group, a mix of state arts agency executive directors and education managers who advise on policy, and she represents Connecticut for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) Touring Program. She is a past chair of the Arts Education Advisory Group (AEAG), the arts education leadership body representing the NASAA/NEA partnership. Bonnie also serves as a Connecticut Humanities Program Advisory Committee member, and is a former executive director of Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind.
Amy Goldbas • Associate Director for Programming
West Simsbury, CT
Amy Goldbas formerly managed Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Arts in Education program and co-directed the HOTS Schools program for 12 years. She holds a BA in Child Development and a Masters in Arts Education. Prior to her work with HOTS Schools, she worked in museum education at the Boston Children’s Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art designing programs for individuals with challenges and families with severely disabled children. She also served as an exhibition assistant and museum liaison for Jim Henson and The Muppets. Amy’s work in arts education focuses on integrated program design and implementation and professional development for teachers, teaching artists, parents and administrators. She has been a consultant for museums, schools and arts organizations in arts in education program design, and is an author and visual artist.
Christopher Eaves • Associate Director for Professional Development
New York, NY
Christopher Eaves is the Artistic Director of eavesdrop® and Associate Director for Professional Development for Higher Order Thinking Schools. Christopher has served on the HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty since 1999. As a playwright, designer, director, actor and producer he has created over fifteen original theatrical works and has performed throughout the world. He has provided arts residencies, professional development and keynote addresses for educational institutions throughout the United States. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Monacan Indian Nation.
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