Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom June 11 ‐ June 15, 2012 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom, is a 5‐day interactive program open to teachers (3rd through 12th grade). The free program will be presented by West Liberty University, in partnership with the Appalachian Education Initiative. The program is supported by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful, self‐assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form. During this week‐long program, participants will learn the elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific content. Participants will participate in a set of immediately useful movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle, tectonic plates and volcanoes, the rock cycle, the solar system, the plant cycle, habitats, and systems of the human body. Participants will leave with easy‐to‐duplicate lesson plans that draw on students' kinesthetic intelligence and increase their understanding of science principles. Time during the week will also be allocated for the development and review of personalized lesson plans. No prior experience in dance or creative movement is necessary. Participants should come dressed comfortably and prepared to move freely each day during the week.
The program's instructor is Randy Barron, a Kennedy Center teaching artist. As an arts educator, Mr. Barron brings over twenty‐five years of classroom teaching experience into schools of all levels. He has conducted more than one hundred professional development workshops and over seventy‐five in‐school residencies in twenty‐three states. Mr. Barron is a founding member and current Curriculum Coordinator for the Rio Gallinas School, an elementary charter school in Las Vegas, New Mexico, focusing on ecology and the arts. As a professional dancer, Mr. Barron has choreographed for, performed with and directed ballet and modern dance companies throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Rockhurst University.
The program is limited to thirty teachers. Teachers may register, at no cost, as individuals or as teams. Priority registration will be given to teachers from schools in RESA IV in West Virginia and IU1 in Pennsylvania. Applications will also be accepted from teachers throughout West Virginia as well as from Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania and the Bellaire, Bridgeport , St. Clairsville, Steubenville, and Wintersville School Districts in Ohio.
West Liberty University will offer three graduate credits to interested teachers for a fee of $160. Otherwise, the program is free to all participants.
The Center for Arts & Education at West Liberty University is now accepting applications for the Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom program. Applications should be submitted to: Lou Karas, Director, Center for Arts & Education West Liberty University 208 University Drive, College Union Box 148 West Liberty, WV 26074 The application deadline is Friday, February 24, 2012. For additional information, please contact Lou Karas at 304/336‐8162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom June 11 ‐ June 15, 2012 TEACHER APPLICATION
GENERAL INFORMATION Name: School: Title/Position: Address: City/State/Zip: County/School District: Home Address: City/State/Zip: Phone Number(s): The best time to contact me is:
E‐mail address: EXPERIENCE Grade levels currently teaching: _____ 3rd _____ 4th _____ 5th _____ 6th _____ 7th _____ 8th _____ 9th _____ 10th _____ 11th _____ 12th I currently teach:
What do you hope to gain by attending the Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom program? (Optional) What other aspects of yourself and/or your work with students would you like to have considered with your application? OTHER INFORMATION
I would like to request consideration for a lodging scholarship for: _____ Sunday, June 10 _____ Monday, June 11 _____ Tuesday, June 12 _____ Wednesday, June 13 _____ Thursday, June 14 If you require special assistance or have dietary restrictions, please describe below: I am interested in receiving graduate credit ($160 fee applies): _____ Yes ______ No _____________________________________________________ ______________________ Signature of Applicant Date Completed applications should be submitted, by Friday, February 24, 2012, to: Lou Karas Director, Center for Arts & Education West Liberty University 208 University Drive College Union Box 148 West Liberty, WV 26074 email@example.com