November 10, 2015

Learning Edge Conference

The Learning Edge Conference will be held on

November 10, 2015

Please register by November 5

$45/person for individuals

Conference Schedule

10:00 Breakout Session I
7:30 Registration/Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Keynote
9:45 Break
10:55 Break
11:10 Breakout Session II
12:05 Lunch
1:10 Breakout Session III
2:15 Guest Artist Performance

Musical performances by the Westlake High School Jazz Band and Easy Street Band


Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Katz

The Essential Value of Arts Learning

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

Guest Artist

Aubree Oliverson

Moon Light is the Oliverson family, called “the most talented and entertaining family since the Osmonds” by L.A. Talk Radio. Hailed as a “Modern Mozart” Moon Light features seventeen-year-old Aubree Oliverson, a state, national, and international violin competition winner, who first soloed with the Utah Symphony at age eleven, and Carnegie Hall at age twelve. Aubree has been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top three times, won Utah’s Best-of-State award and the Arts & Entertainment BOSS trophy as Utahʼs “Top Entertainer”, and received two rousing standing ovations (one mid performance) as she played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony at age thirteen during their All-Star Evening. Aubree was Concertmistress for the Gifted Music School Orchestra of Salt Lake City for two years, and at age fifteen Aubree was one of only 24 precollege students throughout the world invited to attend the Colburn Music Conservatory in Los Angeles—where she currently studies, and is Concertmistress of the Colburn Music Academy. Aubree is also a state and national award winning composer; recognized twice by the New York Arts Ensemble as a “composer of great promise”, and along with her talented father has co-composed and recorded six acclaimed CD albums. Dr. Stephen Oliverson, talented pianist and composer--is a man for all seasons.

Besides his awards and recognitions as a pianist, composer, and producer, Stephen is also an award-winning educator including Principal-of-the-Year, National Distinguished School Principal, and The Huntsman Excellence-In-Educaton Award winner. Stephen and Aubree’s music has been featured on stage and radio, and they have performed in hundreds of venues from Seattle to Washington D.C., which locally include the Sundance Film Festival, Salt Palace, Gardner Hall, Education Week, and Temple Square. Moon Light has several beautifully produced music videos on their YouTube channel, three having reached the top ten on video music charts. Stephen’s two youngest children, Andrew (14) and Lily (11) are also excellent musicians and join their sister and father in many Moon Light productions. Andrew and Lily have both won awards for composition and were both recently part of a select few from South, Central, and North America chosen to participate in Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Minneapolis, 2014, and are members of the Gifted Music School of Salt Lake City. “An exceptional musical team!” (Ed Reichel)."

Workshop Descriptions

The Principal’s Role in Maximizing the Benefits of Arts Learning

The principal is in a position to align and draw upon the resources of the school board, teachers, parents, community members, business allies, and others to provide effective arts learning and the broader educational benefits that follow. What does this leadership look like, what are the challenges and how can success be sustained? Join keynote speaker Jonathan Katz and two Utah principals for a highly participatory discussion of practical ways to strengthen school systems by facilitating arts learning.

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

Jean Tokuda Irwin

Jean is a naturalized American citizen and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas/Permian Basin. Since 1991, Jean has been the Arts Education Program Manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. In arts education she led three initiatives funded by arts learning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Jean has served on 14 panels for NEA, and on arts education panels for Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Arkansas, and Wyoming. She is in her fifth year as panelist for the President’s Committee for Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards. In 2009 and 2011, she was appointed to the Coalition for Minorities Advisory Council to the State Board of Education. She began the dance and film/video categories for the Utah Reflections Program, later adopted by National PTA in 2006. Prior to her tenure at UDAM, other positions include Associate Director and Director of Programs for the CTC Museum in Galveston, Texas; the Director of Museums for Western Texas College (art, history); Director of the Lyon County Historical Society and Museum, Emporia, KS.

Jean was a founding member of visual arts cooperative (now the Permian Basin Visual Arts Institute). Still a dabbling visual artist, her mixed media work appeared in the 2002 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad Women Beyond Borders exhibition featuring 20 works by Utah women. Her assemblage, The Goddess of Hysterectomy, has been featured at the Art Access Gallery and in various publications.

Workshop Descriptions

Engaging, Enhancing, and Enriching Student Learning Through Arts Integration: The How Tos Behind the Planning (K-6)

We are committed to the arts, and we know that arts integration engages our students and enhances their learning as it enriches our teaching. But too often teachers suggest that they haven’t been taught the "how tos" of arts integration. In this session Dr. Amy Miner will model and engage participants in the processes of arts integration, the thinking and decision making behind the planning, as well as share several examples of arts integration in various subject areas and grade levels. During the session participants will identify and plan arts integrated experiences, as well as receive resources that aid in integrated lesson planning for any grade level or subject.

Amy Miner

Amy taught elementary school in Jordan School District before going on to receive her master's 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. Currently as a teacher educator at Brigham Young University, Amy reflects her deep passion for the arts, literacy, and integration in her research and teaching.

Kelleen Leslie

Kelleen is a 4th grade teacher at Blackridge Elementary in Jordan School District. She is a strong advocate for integrating arts into the classroom curriculum. She integrates dance, music, visual art, and drama with math, science, social studies and language. Several summers ago she was accepted to the summer teacher institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. There she learned some incredible ways to integrate works of art into her classroom instruction.

Workshop Descriptions

Double Dare Drama: Kick tedious multiple-choice assessments out of your classroom!

Tired of traditional assessments that don’t tell you much about student learning? This session will explore drama techniques that allow students to truly demonstrate what they know. See what students are thinking as they use drama to act out what they have learned. With these drama techniques, students are able to express original thoughts while using specific content to support their thinking and logic. Teachers easily access higher order thinking as described in Depth of Knowledge criteria level 3 and 4.

Teresa Love

Teresa Love has been working as a drama/theatre specialist for over 30 years. Her work on the innovative Provo Integrated Arts Project--arts in-service and curriculum--lead her to Los Angeles where she was a founding partner in two Theatre-in-Education/Theatre for Young Audience groups.

Teresa Love has been working as a drama/theatre specialist for over 30 years. Her work on the innovative Provo Integrated Arts Project--arts in-service and curriculum--lead her to Los Angeles where she was a founding partner in two Theatre-in-Education/Theatre for Young Audience groups.

Teresa was an in-classroom specialist with the Fullerton, California School District, and she worked with the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles on the Reading Edge program. She currently teaches at BYU in the Theatre and Media Arts Department, instructing pre-service teachers in the course Drama in the Elementary School Classroom, as well teaching a course in storytelling. She participates as a professional development partner with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Project. She is currently preparing to direct Water Sings Blue, based on Kate Coombs award winning poetry book about the ocean, which will tour with BYU's Young Company in fall of 2015.

Vic Larsen

Vic Larsen has taught 5th and 6th grades in Alpine School District. He is a lover of the arts, which is evident in the types of activities he has done in his class. His students look forward to mummifying chickens and doing a process drama that mimics an ancient Egyptian funeral. In his current capacity he has assisted with the development of several STEAM activities across multiple grades. He supports all of the arts, believing that it is through the arts that students fall in love with learning.

Workshop Descriptions

Reaching Diverse Learning Needs Though the Arts

This session will discuss how a range of learning needs and styles can be best addressed though the arts. From learning disabilities to gifted students the arts provides a great connection to almost everyone’s learning needs. Two teachers who have had personal struggles with school and learning will show how their own experiences have led them to develop pedagogies and curriculums that incorporate the arts. Though these strategies these teachers now address the needs of all their students with amazing success.

Rachel Wadham

Rachel Wadham is the Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian at Brigham Young University. Her published works include This Is My Life: A Guide to Realistic Fiction for Teens and Integrating Young Adult Literature though the Common Core State Standards. Rachel holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas and a master’s in education from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally Rachel is a musician who plays eight different instruments and an artist who creates with fiber, fabric and yarn.

Scott Flox

Scott Flox is a career teacher who integrates visual art, music and drama daily into his classroom. His visual arts instruction integrates with effective balanced literacy instruction. He has a gifted and talented endorsement and a visual arts endorsement. He has taught in inner cities, rural areas and the suburbs to refine engaging techniques for all children.

Workshop Descriptions

Brain Research, Learning and the Arts: Emotion, Movement, and Persistence (3-6)

Discussion and demonstration of principles and specific strategies to integrate the arts and STEM content to deeply engage students in learning using the neurologically powerful tools of emotion, movement, and persistence.

Loretta Walker

Loretta Walker began her career in Arizona, where she taught elementary band and general music after graduating from Brigham Young University. She then earned a master's degree in music education, specializing in woodwinds, at the University of North Texas and an interdisciplinary PhD in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) and Music at Arizona State University.

Since moving to Utah in 1997, Dr. Walker has taught in a variety of universities and school districts. At the University of Utah, she was responsible for all students certifying to teach kindergarten through third grade. In Davis County, she taught music to every child in her school, K-6, each week. She was then on the Education faculty at Weber State University, where she taught core classes in the elementary education and master's of education programs. She then returned to the elementary classroom, teaching general music, orchestra, dance, and drama to a very diverse population of students in grades K-6 in over a dozen schools. She was also a teacher leader of others in similar positions. Additionally she taught courses at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College, and did extensive consulting work for the Utah State Office of Education.

Holly Markgraf-Mayne

Holly has been a performer since early childhood. She has always loved the arts, which have played a vital role in her life. Currently she is a private vocal coach and continues to sing professionally when she is not dancing. For the past 14 years she has performed as a Sun Valley Caroler and New Year’s Eve performer.

She is a member of the Utah Dance Education Organization as well as the National Dance Organization. Holly taught as a Beverley Taylor Sorenson (BTS) specialist for three years, teaching at Redwood Elementary in Granite School District and Hobble Creek Elementary in Nebo School District to help kindergarten to sixth grade classroom teachers integrate their core. Her students from Redwood Elementary and Hobble Creek Elementary were asked to perform at Utah daCi. She has also taught at summer workshops for Bantu Refugees.

Robert Marsden

Rob studied music performance at Brigham Young University with cellist Roger Drinkall and conductor Clynn Barrus. While attending BYU, Rob worked as radio host for KBYU-FM, Classical 89. Following his education at BYU, Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Utah, while performing as cellist in the University of Utah Honors String Quartet and as principal cellist of the Utah Philharmonia.

Rob began his career as an educator by teaching elementary music in the Provo School District, later relocating to Kaysville where he taught orchestra for Davis School District. Rob’s students thrived in an environment that carefully balanced fun-loving humor with hard work to accomplish musical goals.

Rob is a devoted father of four children, all of whom are pursuing their own musical gifts. An avid woodworker, he can also be found in a pile of wood shavings or a cloud of dust when time permits. Rob is frequently recruited as an adjudicator and guest clinician. He also works as a recording studio artist, having recorded numerous movie and television shows including Pocahontas, 101 Dalmatians, Operation Dumbo Drop, Starship Troopers,Hercules, Xena Warrior Princess, and others. He has served as public relations liaison on the Utah Music Educators Association Board and is a regular presenter at music conferences and events.

Lisa Bean

Lisa Kirkwood Bean, Ph.D., is the Elementary Drama Curriculum Specialist for the Nebo School District where she provides professional development for classroom teachers within the district’s twenty-seven grade schools. Lisa uses aspects of role-play to deepen student engagement in traditional school subjects. She specializes in developing whole- class reader’s theatres for deep literacy experiences, and uses storytelling, puppetry, gestures, movement and staged productions for and with young audiences. A long-time adjunct faculty member at BYU, Lisa also enjoys spinning a good tale around a campfire.

Workshop Descriptions

Relating To Students Through The Art

Kevin Pullan

Kevin Pullan has worked in education for twenty-five years. He has been an Elementary School Principal for the past sixteen years. He is currently the Principal of Fox Hollow Elementary in Jordan School District.

Throughout his career Kevin has been an avid supporter of Arts Education in schools. Kevin is an abstract artist. He has been painting for fifteen years. He takes time each year to do various art activities with the students in his school. His “Paint with the Principal” program has been featured on Fox 13 news, in the Deseret News, and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Joel Pullan

Joel Pullan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University in 1996. Working with the arts has been Joel’s pursuit for more than 20 years. He worked as a commercial photographer, product photographer and architectural photographer for a period of time after receiving his degree. He continues operating a photography business. He is honored to have had his artwork hang in the Kimball Art Gallery in Park City and the Springville Museum of Art. His work has been published for Project Read, the Sundance Catalog, and Construction Annual Reports. Recently, “Getting to Lean Intervention”—an article featuring the implementation of PLC’s at Oakcrest Elementary, was published in UAESP Leadership Journal. Joel currently serves as President of the Salt Lake Photographic Print Society and works as an Elementary School Principal in Jordan School District.

Workshop Descriptions

We Can Help You Start the Arts Fire!

This session will share both financial and additional state and federal resources available for your school, students, teachers and families- grants, professional development support, community/family art opportunities including how to access the technical assistance to wander the grant labyrinth.

Jean Tokuda Irwin

Jean is a naturalized American citizen and holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas/Permian Basin. Since 1991, Jean has been the Arts Education Program Manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. In arts education she led three initiatives funded by arts learning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Jean has served on 14 panels for NEA, and on arts education panels for Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Arkansas, and Wyoming. She is in her fifth year as panelist for the President’s Committee for Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards. In 2009 and 2011, she was appointed to the Coalition for Minorities Advisory Council to the State Board of Education. She began the dance and film/video categories for the Utah Reflections Program, later adopted by National PTA in 2006. Prior to her tenure at UDAM, other positions include Associate Director and Director of Programs for the CTC Museum in Galveston, Texas; the Director of Museums for Western Texas College (art, history); Director of the Lyon County Historical Society and Museum, Emporia, KS.

Jean was a founding member of visual arts cooperative (now the Permian Basin Visual Arts Institute). Still a dabbling visual artist, her mixed media work appeared in the 2002 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad Women Beyond Borders exhibition featuring 20 works by Utah women. Her assemblage, The Goddess of Hysterectomy, has been featured at the Art Access Gallery and in various publications.

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

Workshop Descriptions

Developing a Performance Culture in Schools

This session will begin by exploring a case history of one urban elementary school that found innovative ways to embed performance opportunities throughout the school and across grade levels. Session participants will subsequently map their respective performance spaces in order to develop a palette of venues to address particular purposes.

The session will also focus on ways to engage parents and community members as integral players of the requisite production teams

David Dynak

David Dynak is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Professor of Arts Education at Westminster College. In his 30+ years in education, he has taught at all levels, from pre-school to graduate school. As a faculty member at Western Michigan University, he headed the Integrated Creative Arts Minor. At the University of Utah, he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre, and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Dynak also served as Dean of the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver, where he helped develop innovative programs in music, scientific media design, animation, and film. He also was co-founder of the Denver Silent Film Festival.

Dynak has been involved in arts curriculum development and evaluation initiatives at the local, regional, national and international levels.

He maintains a deep research interest in the role of the arts in learning, arts pedagogy, and community cultural development.

Workshop Descriptions

Filmmaking in the Classroom: Zooming in on the New Media Arts Standards

Come discover the transformative power of integrating film into the classroom. The Salt Lake City-based FilmEDU team of the Utah Film Center will give you a snapshot of how using filmmaking as a teaching tool meets these new standards head on, share inspiring video and media arts curriculum resources, discuss upcoming in-classroom presentation and SHIFT workshop professional development opportunities, and lead a short hands-on activity showcasing the value of this newly recognized art form.

Suzi Montgomery

Suzi Montgomery is an educator and journalist with over a decade of experience. For seven years she served as the Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, a creative tutoring and mentoring center focused on customized learning models. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in French Literature and Teaching from the University of Utah. Her lifelong work in journalism and the documentary arts serves to tie together her diverse experience and interests in science and education: she is currently the Senior Producer of Science Questions (SQ) Radio- a science radio show on Utah Public Radio, and the Program Director for SHIFT, originally an independent non-profit and now a part of the Education Department (FilmEDU) at the Utah Film Center, working to support other educators integrating filmmaking and the digital media arts into classrooms across the Wasatch Front.

Mariah Mellus

Mariah Mellus is writer, educator and connector, connecting people with causes and causes with resources. She first worked for the Utah Film Center as a Community Liaison and Outreach Coordinator, creating events that related the Utah Film Center’s programming with that of other community organizations. Over the past decade, her work has evolved to reflect her early childhood development background and her passion for educating today’s youth in the art of digital storytelling. Currently, as the Community Programs Manager of the Utah Film Center, she designs and curates the Tumbleweeds Film Festival workshops, continues to build a strong community network around independent film and engages students across the Wasatch Front by bringing films, filmmakers and digital storytelling strategies into Utah classrooms. Committed to youth, education, culture and community, Mariah serves as the chair of St. John’s Child Development Center, is on the Board of the Utah Cultural Alliance, and is a Senior Staff Writer for the Salt Lake-based SLUG Magazine.

Workshop Descriptions

Art of Asking

“To question well is to teach well. In the skillful use of questions, more than anything else, lies the fine art of teaching.” -Earnst Sachs

This will discuss the necessity of asking questions both as teachers and as learners. Last year, Shari presented on the topic Depths of Knowledge (DOK). Expanding on DOK she wondered, “What do teachers need next for embedding DOK into their instruction?” The answer was the question. How can we produce higher levels of thinking in the classroom? We must focus on the art of asking questions, and encourage students to develop the art of asking, too.

Shari Taylor

Shari is the director of Gifted and Talented. Services for Alpine School District. She has been an educator for the district for 22 years teaching all elementary levels in music and advanced 5th and 6th grade instruction. She services as the gifted/ talented committee chair for the BYU CITES partnership. She loves her career as a life-long educator and learner.

Workshop Descriptions

Parents: The Untapped Resource for Supporting the Arts

According to a survey by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, 90% of parents stated their number one wish for local schools was to increase arts education. How can parents help you reach your goals? How can you recruit, inspire and inform parents to work with you toward your goals to improve arts instruction and create an arts culture at your school? Two experienced elementary principals who believe in the arts will share their successes, failure and new ideas.

David Stephenson

David Stephenson served as principal at Alpine Elementary School for eight years, opened Traverse Mountain Elementary in 2010, and supervised elementary schools in Alpine School District. He is currently the district’s Administrator of Public Relations.

Cami Larsen

Cami Larsen has been a principal in Alpine School District for eight years. She has served as a principal at Cedar Valley Elementary, Alpine Elementary, and opened Black Ridge Elementary in 2014, where she remains as a principal today.

Workshop Descriptions

Why We Need More Creative People

The demand for creative jobs has doubled over the last decade. Being able to spot a creative mind and helping it to develop will be critical to shaping our future. The next Steve Jobs could be in your classroom.

Chuck Penna

After several years working at various national agencies and on brands such as 3M and American Express, Chuck founded Penna Powers in 1984 at the age of 26. Since then, Chuck has spent the last 30 years helping Penna Powers grow to include 50 employees and capitalized billings of $50 million with offices in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Penna Powers creative work has won countless national awards, including an Emmy, and has been featured on Oprah and in the New York Times.

An Air Force brat born in Montana, Chuck attended Kindergarten in Cut Bank, Montana, the windiest city in America. His family moved to Hill Air Force base and he attended Layton High and the University of Utah. Chuck enjoys fly-fishing and spending time at his ranch in Wyoming, restoring his 1885 log cabin when the fish aren’t biting.

Workshop Descriptions

Making Art a Game: Innovative and Effective Ways of Measuring Growth

Data collection and evidence of growth are hot topics in education today. But how can you measure subjective subjects such as the arts? What are ways to show that a student has really improved? I teach my AP Art class in a game format, giving my students an autonomous way to track their own progress. It is important for both educators and administrators to share a common language as well as appreciate a variety of data collection techniques, both quantitative and qualitative. I will share how I measure student growth, and how I communicate that with administrators.

Anna Davis

Anna Davis currently teaches art and art history at Timpanogos High School. She served for the past three years as the District Art Coordinator for Alpine District, is a member of UAEA Board and the Statewide Art Partnership, and also served on the committee to write the Utah State Visual Arts core curriculum. She has won numerous awards including Utah High School Art Educator of the Year, Utah Art Educator of the Year, Utah High School Art Teacher of the Year and the Sorenson Legacy Award of Excellence for Secondary Visual Art. She has also partnered with other teachers to create a new group, Utah Teachers of Art History (UTAH), to facilitate collaboration PLCs for art history teachers.

Workshop Descriptions

Beyond Classroom Walls: Museums as Sites of Learning and Creativity

This session will examine the impact of museums on K-12 students, and their essential roles in the development of young minds. Through stories and statistics, we will explain how and why visits to museums should be highly valued by educators and administrators. Additionally, we will discuss ways that principals can support teachers in their efforts to incorporate museums into their teaching. Finally, we will also explore numerous possibilities and resources available at the BYU Museum of Art.

Janalee Emmer

Janalee Emmer is currently the Head of Education at the BYU Museum of Art and received her doctorate in art history at Pennsylvania State University. She is deeply committed to museums and their impact on communities. In addition to the BYU Museum of Art, she has worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Palmer Museum of Art on Penn State Campus, and the Springville Museum of Art. Her area of study is Modern and Contemporary art, with particular interest in nineteenth-century French art, women artists, American art, and Asian art and architecture.

Kalisha Roberts Grimsman

Kalisha Roberts Grimsman has worked at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art for many years in different capacities, starting as a docent during her freshman undergraduate year at BYU. Grimsman completed a fellowship at the Springville Museum of Art and an internship at the château de Versailles in France while finishing her MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies. Currently, she is the liaison for K-12 school visits and actively works with Utah teachers and fine arts specialists to make every museum visit count.

Workshop Descriptions

Assessing The Masses, Music Technology In The Classroom

As music teachers we sometimes have class sizes of 80 or more students. With so many students and different levels of understanding it becomes difficult for us to be aware of each individual student’s needs. Technology has made it possible not only for us to assess each student’s understanding and skill, but also to provide remediation and enrichment opportunities.

As a music department we have implemented SmartMusic: a program which provides students immediate feedback as they practice, and also allows teachers to assess individual performances. We will also address other programs that have allowed us to individualize learning and make assessment possible on such a large scale.

Gwen Covington

Gwen has been teaching choir for 23 years in Wyoming and Utah. She graduated from the University of Wyoming. She has taught in Utah for 12 years at Lehi High School and now at Lakeridge Jr. High. There is nowhere she'd rather be than in a classroom of kids teaching them to sing well and in tune.

Mary Julia McKean

Mary Julia has been teaching orchestra for four years at Lakeridge Jr. High in Orem Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011 and is currently working on a master's degree at Brigham Young in Music Education. She loves her job.

Workshop Descriptions

Building Joy: Specific Movement Strategies for Engaging Children in Deeper Learning

Marilyn Berrett

Professor Marilyn Berrett, chair of the Department of Dance at Brigham Young University, has an MA from BYU, a BA from the University of Utah and a Utah elementary teaching license. As an accomplished educator, choreographer, and independent dance artist she presents professional workshops for dance and arts organizations and universities nationally and internationally and has received awards for dance education, technology, student mentoring, choreography, and film. In 2002 Berrett founded Kinnect, a BYU dance-education outreach company that presents interactive dance assemblies and workshops to over 12,000 children annually. Berrett loves collaborating on creative projects, associating with education colleagues, mentoring future dance educators, attending cowboy poetry gatherings, mountain biking, and spending time with family.

Workshop Descriptions

“What We See… Inspires”

Do you ever think about the physical space you learn and work in? Directly and indirectly the environment around us can affect our mood, attitude, and engagement towards a given task. Our participation and activity level has the possibility to change and/or increase because of the existing surroundings and how we can benefit from them. Come to engage and discuss the creative possibilities that exist.

Kristin Packer

A former high school visual art teacher, Kristin Packer is currently a high school administrator in Alpine School District. Kristin received her visual art training at Brigham Young University and graduated with her BFA in Painting/Art History. She began her career teaching ceramics and coaching at Mountain View High School for 5 years and later became the Visual Art Department Chair at Timpanogos High School where she also taught drawing, painting, and AP Art for 12 years.

After receiving a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, Kristin has spent the last 7 years as an assistant principal at Lehi/Westlake High School and specializes in School Improvement/Accreditation, teacher training, and Public Relations.

Workshop Descriptions

Designing Creative Leadership Teams

Creative Leadership transforms schools. Consider what a team of teacher leaders, working with administrators, could accomplish as they coach colleagues and build creative capacity school-wide. Creative Leadership teams set goals unique to their professional learning community. Most frequently they focus on increasing the creative, collaborative culture. This session will stretch thinking on what a Creative Leadership Team could accomplish in your School and who might bring diverse skills, perspectives, and spheres of influence to that team. In a hands-on exercise participants will explore Essential Questions, be inspired by fine art metaphors, and engage in Reflective Prompts, on how a Creative Leadership Team would increase arts integration in their schools.

Courageous Conversations

Administrators and coaches often need to provide constructive feedback to educators. This workshop engages participants in an hands-on exercise and series of essential questions and self-reflection prompts that help educators see as well as hear feedback. Participants will design and build quilts that "heat map" or "visualize data" where in their schools creative energy radiates and spreads, how communication flows, where collaboration and arts integration are strong, and where their school is "getting stuck". Through this data visualization we will reveal patterns, which can be used to spark "courageous conversations" the first step in coaching and planning change. Participants will then plan how they will use this art inspired hands-on exercise in their schools to spark "courageous conversations”.

Kristen Walter

Kristen Walter is an Arts Integration specialist who recently joined Crayola as the Central Region Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist. She works closely with educators throughout the country, leading Arts Integration professional development. Before coming to Crayola, she was a certified music and art teacher for 15 years, teaching kindergarten through adults. She has led national, state and district professional development sessions on arts integration and through her innovative teaching style, helped her school win recognition with a Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children grant, a national Title 1 award for closing achievement gaps, become a P21 Exemplar School, become a finalist for the Intel Schools of Distinction Math and Science Award, and win the ASCD Schools of Change Award. Last spring, Kristen and her fifth grade students were invited by Crayola and the President¹s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to The White House Arts Integration Fair.

Workshop Descriptions

Visual Thinking Strategies - Seeing, Saying and Comprehending

Learn how to use discussions around works of art to develop skills in communication, observation, inquiry and critical thinking.

Diane Asay

Diane Asay has taught in the Art Education Department at Brigham Young University for over 20 years. She participates with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program as their lead professional development partner for the BYU region. She has been president of the Utah Art Education Association and has served on the National Art Education Board as Pacific Region vice president. She has her own publishing company, Art Visuals, which produces art-related teaching aids for public schools. When she has time, she loves to do watercolor paintings, dabble with pastels, and create stained glass works.