VSA Seeks Writers for Newsletter Contracts in Three Areas of Expertise

The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility seeks three writers for new electronic newsletters, starting in January 2019.

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Five Emerging Trends and Future Directions in Arts Education and Special Education

By Sharon M. Malley and Jean B. Crockett Learning from emerging trends and issues in arts education and special education can lead toward a common vision and a more promising future for students, schools, and communities. In the last chapter of our book, The Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education (published January 2018), we … Continue reading Five Emerging Trends and Future Directions in Arts Education and Special Education

Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

At the prestigious DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates, Georgia, students are held to high standards for both academic and arts learning. Attendance at the school means a full course load of academic classes and electives in a chosen artistic discipline, plus a demanding schedule of afterschool rehearsals and activities. But the rigors … Continue reading Supporting Students with Disabilities in Rigorous Arts Programs

Classroom Comics

Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience Through Comic Art Sunday, August 5 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA Presenter: Sunnylee Mowery This VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference workshop will explore the powerful potential that comic art has to reach and teach students with disabilities. The presentation portion of this session will … Continue reading Classroom Comics

Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

The arts can be a way to break down silos and boundaries in schools, something Brad Walkenhorst and Barb Raney recognized when they first started working on theater programs at Northview High School in Florissant, Missouri. Northview is a school for students ages 14-21 with a range of disabilities, and Walkenhorst and Raney saw how … Continue reading Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

By Aysha Upchurch The demographic landscape in schools has been undergoing major shifts. The United States Census projects that by 2020—less than two years from now—the majority of youth under the age of 18 will be people of color.[1] Additionally, the Department of Education has been tracking the number of students with disabilities and noted … Continue reading Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1.) Exciting new options in 2018! Enroll in a pre-conference workshop led by a national arts and special education expert! Pre-conference workshops offer 4-hour deep dives into exciting and critical content, led … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

In this issue and in upcoming VSA Updates, we are highlighting presenters that will be at the 2018 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and sharing information about their sessions. Art educator Sunnylee Mowery leads the preconference workshop “Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience through Comic Art” on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Here, Mowery … Continue reading Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

Five Tips for Creating Accessible Conference Sessions

By Diane Nutting Conferences are a vital part of our professional development. The opportunity to learn more about innovations in the industry, share new insights and approaches, and network with our colleagues provides inspiration and often results in new ideas, new work, and new partnerships. Creating an accessible conference session ensures that ALL our colleagues … Continue reading Five Tips for Creating Accessible Conference Sessions

5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center's VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1. Brand New Content We have tons of new sessions that you won't want to miss! Here is sampling of what we have planned: It Takes a Village: Inclusive Community Music … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference