ASEC Co-Chair Lisa Dennett
Why Good Work Works: Real World Application took place at beautiful P94M@PS/IS276 in Manhattan, near Battery Park. Click here to see details.
As a consortium, three teaching artist training models were shared via a panel moderated by Chairperson Stephen Yaffe. The training models to help prepare teaching artists to work with students in special education were shared by Dena Malarek from Arts Horizons, Lisa Dennett from I.D.E.A.S. and Erica Rooney speaking to the Teaching Artist Training Institute of Marquis Studios in partnership with PS 37R and supported by the Center for Arts Education.
Nicole Callihan, poet and essayist
As a result of the focus group held in November 2010 a small group of arts organization representatives and school principals met to consider the possibility of providing professional development to paraprofessionals. As a direct result of that conversation, teaching-artist led sessions were held in the spring at two District 75, NYC Special Education, schools and funding for a longer term, multi-site para PD was secured.
Elyse Cogan, Associate Director of Programs at The Center for Arts Education (CAE). In the background, Erica Rooney, certified arts therapist and teaching artist.
ASEC held a paraprofessional focus group to better ascertain the needs of paraprofessionals, obstacles they face working in arts settings and how to overcome them. Discussants came from schools across the city – in and outside of District 75 (Special Education), and worked with a range of student populations and needs, K-12. This important discussion considered the value of para’s in arts education, how to better involve them and how to increase their capacity to work in and through the arts.
Bill Fiorelli, principal of PS 37R
Why Good Work Works: Values Obstacles and Bridges was held at the Museum of Arts and Design. Click here for details.
Dr. George York, a founder and principal of Bronx High School of the Visual Arts (BHSVA)
We held a focus group with related service providers – occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, school social workers, guidance counselors and psychologists. Its primary was to ascertain needs and priorities of these professionals, their attitudes towards the Arts and their perceptions of the role of the Arts, if any, in their work. This is a first step in our better understanding and including this important community. ASEC co-chair Stephen Yaffe and ASEC Steering Committee member Dena Malarek will co-facilitate this discussion.
Teacher Tom Rosa and Musician/Teaching Artist Hank Wagner
Steering Committee member and retired Principal Lester Katz facilitated a Principals’ Focus Group centered on current challenges faced by site administers regarding the arts and special education, how principals are championing this cause and what further support is needed.
Presenter Susan Perel, Parent
The Arts in Special Education Consortium sponsored a meeting between senior NYCDOE administrators, the UFT, selected principals and members of our Steering Committee to consider the need to provide professional development in the arts to paraprofessionals. Many thanks to the Center for Arts Education for hosting that initial discussion.
Why Good Work Works: Propelling a Dialogue for Special Education and The Arts, our first conference, was held at the Uris Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here for details.