This webinar provides approaches to learning and delivery methods for teachers in the fine arts, practical arts, industrial arts, and modern languages. This video will focus on the utilization of various strategies specific to these content areas in distance learning environments. Special attention will also be given to accommodations in these unique subject areas, measuring progress and assessment of students, and accessing free online resources to enhance student learning. The webinar will also discuss ways for teachers in these subjects to connect in meaningful ways with each other, other teachers in their buildings, their students, their students’ families, and the community at large.
- Utilize instructional strategies and differentiation techniques in a distance learning environment for improved student success.
- Provide opportunities for collaboration and connection between all content areas.
- Harness the power of these curricular areas for improved communication with parents, students, and the community.
- Identify and implement resources related to their curricular area in a distance learning environment.
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- How might cross-curricular integrations strengthen student success in my school community throughout a time of distance learning?
- What strategy is most effective in ensuring your students achieve their goals?
- Which lessons do you already have that you can most easily adapt to distance learning?
Brad Rackers is the theatre instructor and director at Lee’s Summit West High School. He recently completed his 16th year of teaching. Brad teaches theatre survey and exploration courses as well as repertory theatre classes, IB Theatre, and stagecraft. His theatre program produces four full-length productions a year, along with seven repertory theatre productions and multiple student-directed one-act plays. He is the 2017 LSR7 Teacher of the year and a 2017 Regional Teacher of the Year for the Kansas City Region. Brad also serves as the Treasurer for the Missouri Thespians, the Steering Committee Chair for the Kansas City Cappies, the Director of Electronic Communications for the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, and the Vice President for Summit Theatre Group. He is passionate about teaching and believes that everyone should strive to be a lifelong learner.
Beth Davey cares deeply about her students and their connections with our society. As the music teacher at Iveland Elementary School in the Ritenour School District in St. Louis, Beth perseveres to facilitate creative expression in her classroom and school community, believing that each student has a unique story and a unique brilliance to share with the world. She works from the conviction that each student needs to know that they belong, and by celebrating her diverse learners and by teaching empathy she hopes to empower her students to positively change their community. Beth treasures the opportunity to connect with teachers, community leaders, and policymakers across the state, actively striving to create conversations about student success, equitable access to quality education, arts in schools, culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching, and emotional and mental health. She is the 2018 Missouri Teacher of the Year, a 2019 NEA Foundation California Casualty Teacher of Excellence, and a 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. Beth holds a Bachelors degree in Vocal Music Education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Masters degree of Music Education in Ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Brent Trankler is a high school Welding Technology instructor in Sikeston, MO at the Sikeston Career and Technology Center since 2009. Prior to teaching, he spent nine years in the maintenance field and continues to work maintenance during his summers. He holds a Master degree in Industrial Education and has obtained the following Career and Technology Education (CTE) teaching licenses: Welding Technology, Technology and Engineering (Industrial Arts), Business Education, and Agricultural Education. In addition to his teaching licenses, he is a Certified Welding Inspector/Educator and operates an industrial training business. He holds a Master degree in Industrial Education and has obtained the following Career and Technology Education (CTE) teaching licenses: Welding Technology, Technology and Engineering (Industrial Arts), Business Education, and Agricultural Education. In addition to his teaching licenses, he is a Certified Welding Inspector/Educator and operates an industrial training business.He is a relentless advocate for Career and Technology Education. Trankler has been featured in numerous national publications and serves on a variety of CTE committees. In 2018, he was the recipient of the American Welding Society Workforce Development grant and in 2019, he was named the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Teaching Excellence winner.
Jacque Rice is a high school business and digital media teacher in Buffalo, MO at Buffalo High School. As an educator, Jacque has consistently exhibited dedication to and a drive for ensuring student success. Her gifts and talents in the classroom include a high degree of knowledge of and creativity in the presentation of content, the ability to establish and maintain student relationships, and a high degree of skill in inspiring students to take risks and accept challenges. Jacque’s passion for technology has led to integration within many different classroom settings, the most recent being the addition of a live stream news station at Buffalo High. She feels most accomplished as a teacher when she sees her students successfully use the skills she has helped them develop. Mrs. Rice was the recipient of the 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year award for the Agency of Teaching, Leading, and Learning
Sandy Wood began her teaching career in the St. Louis county area before moving to Northwest Missouri. She has taught Spanish at all levels, kindergarten through university, for the past 36 years. She firmly believes that each level of education has something special to offer a teacher, but she is at heart a high school teacher. She has served on the Executive Board of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri and was a STARR teacher in the year 2003-2004. She earned National Board Certification in World Languages in 2002 and has worked with the statewide Teachers Academy for the past 15 years. She was chosen as a 2020 finalist for the Missouri Teacher of the Year. She is currently teaching at Maryville High School in Maryville, Missouri.
Illean Green is an artist and Art teacher in the Francis Howell School District. As an art educator she is committed to educating young minds to use critical thinking skills and to be creative in a world that is ever-evolving. She is passionate about art integration and strives to create an environment in her classroom where students can make those meaningful long-lasting connections. Illean has been teaching for ten years and has experience with all levels of education from pre-kindergarten through high school, and is very diverse in her approach to art instructional learning. She believes that through art education we may learn artistic behaviors that will follow us in every aspect of our lives. With her enthusiasm for art and ambition she will make her mark in art education.
After graduating with his Masters in Educational Administration, Michael started his teaching journey in the city of St. Louis at Imagine Academy of Careers Elementary. Here, he was fortunate to receive teacher of the year after his third year. He then continued his career path to Gateway M.S.T. Elementary where he taught for five years. While here, he received physical education teacher of the year for the St. Louis Public Schools District. He currently works for the School District of University City and serves as a physical education teacher and the Facilitator of the Physical Education department. His students, parents, and colleagues all call him Coach Love.