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Engaging Active Learners

The Flynn presents

10th Annual Teacher Conference Engaging Active Learners with Special Guest Daniel Bernard Roumain

Flynn Center

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:00 AM


$70 per registrant
(includes lunch; optional reception from 4-5 pm includes cash bar)

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Fee support is available on a limited basis; professional development credit available.

Join the Flynn as we celebrate ten years of Engaging Active Learners, our day-long conference highlighting advancements in arts-integration in classrooms and community-based learning settings in Vermont. Experiential workshops and conversations are led by Flynn teaching artists and partner educators from sites including Champlain Community Services, Addison County Parent/Child Center, Champlain Valley Head Start, and the Vermont Agency of Education. Sessions center on the important role of imagination and storytelling as tools to create equitable, responsive, personalized learning environments in and outside of the classroom and feature a keynote performance and workshop by Community-Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain, a Haitian-American composer and violinist. Participants leave with tangible, accessible strategies to integrate the performing arts into their daily practice, in order to advance students’ proficiency-based learning and social-emotional development.


Imagining an Arts-based Personalized Learning Plan: the Story of an Agency of Education PLP Exemplar
Sigrid Olson, Vermont Agency of Education
Emily Titterton, Integrated Arts Academy

What might an arts-based personalized learning plan look like? Join Sigrid Olson (the Agency of Education’s Personalized Learning Coordinator) and Emily Titterton (formerly the Arts Specialist the Agency, now the Arts Coach at Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington) for a presentation and discussion focused on an arts-based Personalized Learning Plan exemplar, created it to engage schools in supporting students who have self-identified an interest in the arts.

Oral Language Development Through Interactive Storytelling with Children
Susanna Olson, Flynn Lead Teaching Artist
Christine Gilliam, Champlain Valley Head Start

How can storytelling help young learners expand receptive and expressive language? Teachers of Champlain Valley Head Start collaborated with the Flynn over four years to create new approaches that have gone on to impact language programs at the high school and adult levels; resulting in a new professional development program for teachers. Over hundreds of hours they designed and tested playful, imaginative story-making experiences for young children that are both verbal and kinesthetic. Flynn Lead Teaching Artist Susanna Olson, and Christine Gilliam, Champlain Valley Head Start’s County Supervisor, share favorite strategies in this highly-engaging session.

Stories and Stages: Using Performance to Create Community Connections
Rose Bedard and Annalisa Ledson, Flynn Teaching Artists
Emily Anderson, Champlain Community Services Bridging Program
Lauren Genta, Flynn Education & Engagement Manager

How do artistic works connect to larger stories? To my story? How does the show I’m watching connect to the world beyond the theater? To my world? These powerful questions are at the center of the Flynn and Champlain Community Service’s Bridging Program’s partnership, which uses matinee companion workshops to create a residency model that offers students tools to better appreciate and personalize the powerful works they experience on stage. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how personal connections with a teaching artist and community engagements can demystify the experience of seeing performance, and find deeper meaning, feeling, and ideas for their own self-expression and as a tool for self-advocacy for students with disabilities.

Acting Out!: Theater as a Tool for Language Development with English Language Learners
Tracy Martin, Flynn Teaching Artist
Beth Evans, Burlington High School

In this workshop, participants discover the ways in which Burlington High School’s after school theater troupe for English language learners is using drama and performance to strengthen language acquisition and create a culture of community service as an ensemble. Acting Out!’s model encourages students to use their bodies and imaginations to develop their skills as storytellers through creative play both in the classroom and through community performances.

Creating Connections to Self and Community in and through the Art of Storytelling
Ann Gatch, Horzions Alternative Program
Deirdre Kelly, Addison Parent Child Center
Ashley Bowen, Missisquoi Valley Union High School
Emily Anderson, Champlain Community Services Bridging Program
Jessica Handrik, Flynn Director of Education

How can storytelling-based engagements create the kind of substantive, meaningful self-knowledge and community understandings that advance social justice? Join educators from four distinct public school and community-based educational settings in Chittenden, Addison, and Franklin counties to engage with their, and their students, experiences in applying storytelling in discrete and unique ways to advance social-emotional, academic-, and place-based learning.

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