Arts4All Florida provides webinars during the school year so that teaching artists, classroom teachers, cultural arts organizations, parents, and adult artists with disabilities can keep up-to-date on the latest information in arts and disability.
OCTOBER: Basic Accommodations and Assistive Technology in the Arts
This webinar is perfect for new teaching artists and classroom arts teachers or those looking to brush up on basic accommodations for including students with disabilities in the arts. A variety of types of disabilities and art forms will be included. Participants will leave with tips and tools they can use in the classroom as well as a list of resources and a checklist of accommodations.
Jennifer Sabo is the Executive Director for Arts4All Florida and provides leadership and management to Arts4All Florida’s statewide arts organization as well as conducts all training programs. Prior to arriving at Arts4All Florida, Ms. Sabo served as Executive Director at the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, Director of Education at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, and Youth Programs Manager at the Ringling Museum of Art. Ms. Sabo serves as a member of the Parent Involvement and Engagement Strategic Planning Committee for the Florida Department of Education- Bureau of Exceptional Student Education as well as a panel reviewer for numerous grants. Ms. Sabo has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with a concentration in Education from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- October 19, 4-5:30 pm EST
- October 20, 4-5:30 pm EST
NOVEMBER: Reaching the Neurodiverse Student in the Arts Classroom
As the learning schemes of our student population become increasingly diverse, tools and frameworks from the field of special education can be particularly helpful for arts educators. In this session, we will explore the concept of neurodiversity and what it means for the arts classroom. Participating teachers will learn about and gain experience with evidence-based pedagogical practices that can help you to better reach every student in your classroom, studio, or rehearsal hall.
Dr. Rhoda Bernard is the Founding Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of visual and performing arts education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in government from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Music with academic honors in jazz voice from New England Conservatory. She earned both her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Bernard regularly presents keynote presentations and research at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and she provides professional development workshops for educators in local, national, and international forums. She has developed and facilitated online courses for educators, including four courses for VSA at the Kennedy Center. Her work has been published in several book chapters and in numerous journals, including Music Educators Journal; Music Education Research; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Mountain Lake Reader; and Arts and Learning Research Journal. Dr. Bernard has been honored with the Berklee Urban Service Award (2017), the Boston Conservatory Community Service Award (2011), the Boston Conservatory Faculty/Staff Spirit Award (2007), and the Outstanding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (Second Place) from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. An active arts education advocate, she is the immediate past chair of the Arts Education Advisory Council of Americans for the Arts, and she serves on their speakers bureau. A vocalist and pianist who specializes in jazz music and Jewish music in Yiddish and Hebrew, she performs regularly with a number of klezmer bands and has recorded two CDs with the band Klezamir.