Arts + media integration

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Designing projects and initiatives that integrate art into other content areas; consulting on curriculum mapping and project-based learning.

Highlights:

  • Managed two federally-funded research grants from the US Department of Education in my role at Columbia College Chicago's Center for Community Arts Partnerships

  • Worked as a teaching artist leading residencies on drama, theatre, and visual arts for more than six years

collaborative learning

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Attending to group dynamics and interpersonal aspects of learning in all domains.

Highlights:

  • Working with the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard to create new collaborative learning tools; prototyped in chemistry course

  • Supporting a course at Harvard Law School focused on using theatre as a way to build empathy and awareness among law students

professional development

Leading workshops and institutes for educators; conducting research on teaching and learning practices. 

Highlights:

  • Currently working with Project Zero to research the relationship between contemporary arts and civic engagement. Will be producing resources for educators.

  • Led PD for classroom teachers nationwide through Creative Directions

Expertise includes: curriculum design, integrated learning, co-teaching, documentation, assessment, and working with standards


Relevant experience

Project Manager at Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College Chicago

 

Manager, Project AIM

The Arts Integration Mentorship Project (Project AIM) exists to explore the relationships between arts and academic learning, with the intention of creating opportunities for deeper, more meaningful, and more personally-relevant learning experiences in the classroom. Classrooms are transformed into studios and performance spaces where students are engaged in a powerful learning cycle in and through the arts.

Notable accomplishments: 

 
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Video courtesy of Convergence Design Lab (www.convergencedesignlab.org)

Coordinator of Digital Pedagogy & Mentorship, Convergence Design Lab

The Convergence Academies initiative aims to raise student achievement, increase students’ and teachers’ 21st century technology and media skills, and build students’ college and career readiness skills. The project will advance youth learning by building media literacy and digital media skills through real life inquiry-based projects in and out of the classroom. It will build the capacity of teachers to understand digital media integration and competency-based badging as strategies to meet curricular goals based on Common Core standards.

Notable accomplishments: 

  • Developed ongoing and responsive training and coaching modules for our cohort of digital media mentors

  • Researched and analyzed data to produce regular progress reports and a final paper on the role of digital media mentors in the school environment

 

Teaching Artist, various organizations

I believe that art is the way that we make sense of the world around us.

Creating art allows us to engage with and respond to our lives and the lives of others.  And it is an inherently communal experience because it affects everyone involved, from creator to participant to viewer.  Theatre in particular is a uniquely experiential art form, which makes it a powerful tool for dialogue. 

Taking part in the artistic process allows us to take ownership of complex ideas and topics. Through their participation in artmaking, young people can come to view themselves as the authors of their own story, empowered to effect positive change in the world.

Teaching artist with the following organizations: