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Arts Uplift! Conference

August 3 – August 4 – August 5 | 9am to 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Virtual over Zoom, closed captioning provided

Registration is now CLOSED

It is a great time to celebrate joyful learning, wellness, and creative possibilities in learning communities across Washington State.

The Arts Uplift! conference will provide early learning educators, teaching artists, and leadership with more tools to integrate arts instruction, culturally responsive teaching methods, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) frameworks into their daily work. Participants will also gain tools for their own creative growth and wellness practices.

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Conference Schedule

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Session Descriptions

Tuesday 3 Aug 2021

9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome & Announcements (day 1)

Join us as we kick off the conference with a welcome

9:10 am - 10:10 am Opening Keynote Address (day 1)

Join us as Dr. Bre Haizlip kicks off the Arts Uplift! Conference with a keynote address.

10:10 am - 10:30 am Morning Art Break with TAT Lab (day 1)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions (day 1)

PAUSE for Presence: The Art of Healing-Centered Social Change

Dr. Bre Haizlip

In these unprecedented times when all of us are experiencing varying degrees of trauma, stress and uncertainty, art has the power to heal and transform trauma into beautiful expressions of well-being and self-sovereignty. This session is designed to serve those who serve by providing art practitioners and early learning educators a moment of presence, to reflect on personal healing, individual well-being and community wellness, while learning to create from the most authentic parts of themselves. In this interactive, experiential, and deeply introspective workshop, participants will learn how our healing is our justice.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Intro to Arts Integration

Grace Washington, Arts Impact

What can culturally grounded, standards-based arts integration look like in PreK-Grade 3 classrooms? Culturally grounded arts learning centers the art, traditions and values of the communities in our classrooms while offering global parallels to build cross-cultural understanding. We’ll explore how to identify concepts that mean the same thing in the arts as in early literacy, math and STEM. Then we’ll engage in a hands-on visual art infused math lesson exploring overlapping geometric shapes to create an imagined environment. Using a variety of found papers in our homes, we’ll identify and combine squares, rectangles, triangles and other geometric shapes to create a composition of a special place and the illusion of depth. Materials: a variety of papers to cut shapes from (post-its, newspaper, magazines, colored papers, lined paper), one piece of sturdier paper or light cardboard (inside of a cereal box, folded paper bag, file folder), scissors and a glue stick.

Tue 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Exploring the OSPI Social Emotional Learning Pathways Tool: Supporting SEL Through the Arts

Jesi Sucku, ESD 112

Educators agree that social and emotional skills are crucial for school readiness, and are finding more ways to introduce, grow and strengthen these skills in our youngest learners. Recent legislation called for creatingand implementing a statewide framework for social emotional learning, one that is trauma-informed, culturally sustaining, and developmentally appropriate. In response, OSPI, in collaboration with ESD 112, has developed a crosswalk document showing the alignment between these new Early Elementary SEL standards, and the relevant developmental areas of the existing DCYF Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines thatspan the P-3 developmental continuum from infants through the end of third grade, Teaching Strategies GOLD, and the formative assessment system used in WaKIDS.  Join us for some hands-on exploration of how to use the new Social Emotional Learning Pathways Tool to support this important skill-building for school and for life.

Tue 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Afternoon Art Break with Tat Lab (day 1)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm Closing & Appreciations (day 1)

Join us as we close the events for the day.

Wednesday 4 Aug 2021

9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome & Announcements (day 2)

Welcome to Day 2 of the conference.

9:10 am - 10:10 am Keynote Address (day 2)

Educational consultant Dr. Adeyemi Stembridge provides the morning keynote on August 4.

10:10 am - 10:30 am Morning Art Break with TAT Lab (day 2)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions (day 2)

What Do I Want Students to Feel?: The Art and Science of Leveraging Emotion in Culturally Responsive Learning Experiences

Dr. Adeyemi Stembridge

Emotion is traditionally seen as a by-product of engaging instruction, but affective engagement is central to the design and the actual mechanisms necessary for students' learning. It is neurobiologically impossible to think about things deeply or to remember things about which one has no emotion.  Emotion is the critical bridge between instructional planning and classroom teaching that closes Equity gaps. The goal of culturally responsive instruction is to present all students with fair and meaningful opportunities to learn which draw on their cultural fluencies and identities thus allowing students to demonstrate their competence in authentic ways. This session will explore the intersections of instructional design and neurocognitive concepts of emotion under the banner of Culturally Responsive Education.     

Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Community of Movers

Valerie Branch, Wolf Trap

In this workshop, participants will explore the elements of dance and specific movement strategies that will empower educators to use and facilitate movement-led teaching and learning. Participants will learn how dance fosters classroom community development and engagement by setting classroom expectations and creating a fun learning environment while connecting to core curriculum.

Wed 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Amplifying our Power Through Hands-on Making

Lauren Appel, TAT Lab

Each of us - and each of our students - has unique strengths we bring to our learning communities! Through this hands-on activity we will explore, reflect on, and amplify our own personal strengths - and our collective power. We'll engage in a series of interactive activities and will use our body, voice, and imagination to look, think, reflect, and create using simple art supplies and recyclable materials found in our homes or learning spaces. 

Wed 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Afternoon Art Break with TAT Lab (day 2)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm Closing & Appreciations (day 2)

Join us as we close Day 2 of the Arts Uplift! conference.

Thursday 5 Aug 2021

9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome & Announcements (day 3)

Join us as we open Day 3 of the Arts Uplift! conference.

9:10 am - 10:10 am Concurrent Workshops Sessions 1 (day 3)

Family Engagement & Cultural Responsiveness
Compromiso Familiar y Capacidad de Respuesta Cultural

Celeste Galvan (Selah SD)

We will highlight how we utilized improvement in Art and parent partnership to build a culture of inclusion within our district and with our Migrant/EL PAC. Tips on furthering family engagement, participation, and leading positive discussions. The PAC partnered with the district to implement a series of art and culture nights held via zoom that celebrates and honors cultural heritage, with the infusion of art, and literacy.

Compartiremos cómo utilizamos el arte y la asociación de padres para construir una cultura de inclusión dentro de nuestro distrito y con la ayuda del PAC Migrante/EL. Consejos para promover el compromiso y la participación de la familia y liderar discusiones positivas. El PAC se asoció con el distrito para implementar una serie de noches de arte y cultura realizadas a través de zoom que celebra y honra la herencia cultural, con la infusión de arte y lectura.

Thu 9:10 am - 10:10 am

The Beat of a Different Drum: Music and Drama Strategies for Children with Special Needs

Valerie Bayne Carroll, Wolf Trap

In this workshop, teachers will learn performing arts strategies targeted toward enhancing the development of social-emotional skills in children with special needs. Art strategies such as call-and-response singing, creative movement with steady beat, guided dramatic play, and the exploration of books through music are effective with children with multiple learning styles, and inspire enthusiastic interaction. In addition, children can explore life skills such as listening and turn-taking, and how to be independent while also forming part of a group.

Thu 9:10 am - 10:10 am

10:10 am - 10:30 am Morning Art Break with TAT Lab (day 3)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

10:30 am - 11:30 am Concurrent Workshop Sessions 2 (day 3)

Finding Hope: P-3 and Art Pathways

Megan LaPalm (OSPI)

Children and families’ first experiences with school are filled with feelings of hopefulness. Hope is both a feeling and a cognitive skill that we can teach and foster. Learn more about the science of hope and how we can build on this hopeful time in life to help children and families find their hope and live their best lives.

Thu 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Arts Integration in STEM

Josie Komorowski and Kate Lindholm

Arts Integration in STEM will provide participants with tools and strategies for integrating different art modalities (creative movement, drama, music, poetry, storytelling, and visual arts) to increase engagement, meaning-making, and relevance of STEM instruction. Participants will explore the connections of arts integration, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Participants will identify action steps for applying new learning about arts integration within their own instructional settings. 

Thu 10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 11:50 am 2nd Morning Art Break with TAT Lab (day 3)

Join Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) alumni and faculty as they guide participants through a group arts activity.

11:50 am - 12:50 pm Closing Keynote (day 3)

Dr. Bre Haizlip provides the conference closing keynote.

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm Closing & Appreciations (day 3)

Join us as we close out the Arts Uplift! Conference.

Information about Clock Hours / STARS Hours

Continuing education credits are available for educators attending this conference at no cost.

  • Up to 9 Clock Hours are available:
    • Clock Hours registration is handled through PD Enroller. Enroll via PD Enroller at the link below no later than August 1.
    • Coordinators will report which workshops/keynotes you’ve attended after the conference.
    • Following the event, you will be prompted to fill out the PD Enroller survey to receive your Clock Hours.
  • Up to 9 STARS Hours are available:
    • You must provide your full name and STARS ID number to Arts Uplift! Coordinators when you register for workshops.
    • When you log into the Arts Uplift! Conference via Zoom, please make sure your participant name is your first and last name.
    • Coordinators will report which workshops/keynotes you’ve attended after the conference.

Speakers and Presenters

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Adeyemi Stembridge, PhD
Adeyemi Stembridge, PhD is an educational consultant with a particular interest in the design of culturally responsive learning experiences to close opportunity gaps and improve systems for equitable outcomes.  He has been a technical-assistance provider in applied research centers at New York University, Teachers College (Columbia University) and American University in Washington, DC. He has taught in K-12 schools and also at the university level. He is the author of the book, Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom: An Equity Framework for Pedagogy (Routledge, 2020).

Dr Bre Haizlip

Dr. Bre Haizlip, LPC/ LMHC
Dr. Bre Haizlip is an award-winning speaker, professor, licensed therapist, equity consultant and coach. She is a soulful practitioner and transformative healer known to meditate to trap beats. She’s spent over 15 years studying the science of trauma and over 15,000 hours teaching the art of healing. Combining the science of psychology and the art of ancient wisdom, her approach centers individual well-being as a catalyst for positive social change. She believes our healing is our justice. And healing is not a right—it’s a responsibility.

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Celeste Galvan

I was born in Yakima; raised in Michoacan, Mexico. Being migrants we valued education and sought the best for our family. I’ve worked in various areas, from the field to cleaning offices. In the last fifteen years, I have become more involved in the school. I‘ve learned you never stop learning, I am proud of my Mexican roots and ready to continue studying! I currently serve as Selah School District’s Migrant Student Advocate and Recruiter and have built strong relationships with the Migrant and EL Community.

Nací en Yakima; crecí en Michoacán, México. Soy de una familia migrante que valora la educación y busca lo mejor para nuestra familia. He trabajado en diversas áreas, desde el campo hasta la limpieza de oficinas. En los últimos quince años, me he involucrado más en la escuela. Aprendí que nunca dejas de aprender, ¡estoy orgulloso de mis raíces mexicanas y lista para seguir estudiando! Actualmente me desempeño como ayudante y reclutadora de Estudiantes para el programa Migrante del Distrito Escolar de Selah y he construido relaciones sólidas con la Comunidad de Estudiantes Migrantes y EL.

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Grace Washington

Grace Washington, painter and teaching artist, began with Arts Impact in 2015 as an artist mentor, then in 2020 a Program Manager for Voices from the Field and Creative Impact. As a Atelierista at a Reggio inspired preschool, Grace worked with children and teachers in integrating the arts into learning. In 2017, Grace collaborated with 397 Northeast Tacoma elementary students on a diversity project “Together We Rise”. An alumnus of Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, Grace has a degree in Child and Family Development.

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Jesi Sucku

Jesi has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Social Justice and a Master’s in Early Childhood and Inclusive Education. She was an early educator and music teacher before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, teaching in a Reggio-inspired school before becoming a training specialist for early childhood educators with ESD 112. She has a passion for advocacy and social justice, play-based learning and social-emotional learning. She lives with her husband Matt, daughter Norah and dogs Archer and Molly in Washington state.

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Josie Komorowski

Josie is the Early Learning Coordinator (P-3) at the North Central Educational Service District. Growing up in a family of artists–musicians, visual artists, and writers–the arts are close to her heart.  She is passionate about the ability of arts integration to bring inclusionary practices and social-emotional learning initiatives together on a connected path leading towards improved quality of life, amplified celebrations of diversity, and greater success in school and beyond for our youngest learners, their families, and communities.

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Kate Lindholm

Kate has been in education for 29 years. She has taught 2nd – 6th grades for 15 years, moving schools and grades often, always looking for a new challenge. She never saw herself as one to offer Professional Development or teach teachers, but her love of science pushed her in that direction. After 25 years in the same school district, Kate moved to an organization (NCESD) that serves 28 school districts, offering STEM support to schools all around her area of Central Washington State.

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Lauren Appel

Lauren has worked at many educational and cultural institutions in Washington and New York including a recent role as an Elementary Art/MakerSpace Specialist with Seattle Public Schools, and past work with Arts Corps, Hilltop Artists, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Lauren holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

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Megan LaPalm

Megan LaPalm supports elementary school counseling at OSPI. She has worked as an elementary school counselor, a university academic advisor for elementary and early childhood teacher preparation programs and has managed federal grants for school mental health systems and school climate. This year, hope has become a core theme of Megan’s work, connecting the dots between the science of hope, school counseling, social-emotional learning, pedagogy, and career and college readiness.

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Valerie Bayne Carroll

Valerie Bayne Carroll has been with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 1983. As a Master Teaching Artist, Valerie leads teacher professional development workshops in music and drama around the country. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Boston University, School for the Arts. Valerie has also presented workshops for the Kennedy Center and InterAct Story Theatre and taught classes for Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre, The Sitar Center and the arts-based Lucy School.

Valerie Branch 

Valerie Branch became a Wolf Trap artist in 2014 and provides residencies in early childhood classrooms. She has experience touring as a performing and teaching artist both nationally and internationally. Valerie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. She is the founder and artistic director of VB Dance Ensemble, a professional contemporary company focused on bringing social and cultural awareness and change through the power of dance.

Conference Partners

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Students on Orcas Island display handmade art projects. Photo courtesy of Orcas Island Educational Foundation.
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Silver Ridge Elementary student applies ink with a brayer to her relief printing plate in Meredith Essex's artist residency.
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Students from Lincoln Elementary begin coil pots during a workshop at Gallery One facilitated by Lead Artist Bonilyn Parker