Ensuring that every student truly succeeds is a big challenge. In an effort to reach this goal, a variety of education initiatives have taken flight both at the state and national level. From the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, to STEAM, and on to ESSA, it's been an incredibly busy year. As an organization committed to keeping arts education at the forefront of these significant movements, SCAAE is once again poised to provide an exciting and in-depth two day conference dedicated to supporting teachers, administrators and teaching artists from across the state as they work toward creating successful education environments for the whole child.
What can you expect?
First and foremost, participants will have hands-on opportunities to dive further into rigorous and vetted STEAM experiences. In 2011, SCAAE held its first STEAM conference -Powering STEM with STEAM- and five years later, it's time to share how far we have come, what challenges and successes we have seen, and where we are headed for the future. Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Associate Professor of Art, Kent State, will offer her expertise to extend the conversation. Dr. Vande Zande’s research and publications range from teaching sustainable design and urban planning to design education and brain-based principles, as well as design education as community outreach, the design process of problem-solving, and teaching aesthetics through everyday objects.
Along with STEAM sessions, participants will have the opportunity to take a broader view of the arts and student success by digging further into ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) with Dr. Monique Chism, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education. And, as always, master teachers and administrators will be ready to provide solid arts integration strategies, activities, lessons, and conversations. Whether your school is focused on STEAM, project-based learning, arts integration, or is seeking a new path to deepen student learning, join the SCAAE for its 15th annual conference, where we'll explore ways to ensure that Every Student Succeeds!