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Each course offers the learner an intensive, deep dive into different aspects of arts education and inclusive accessible practices, developed and facilitated by a renowned field expert. Courses include 4 weeks of instruction, engaging discussions, and relevant resource development. Learners can anticipate personalized recommendations on how to apply the techniques from each course to their own practice. Please visit our course catalog for more information about each course.

Courses are comprised of asynchronous and synchronous elements to maximize both convenience and learning. Course assignments, readings, and quizzes can all be done asynchronously according to each student's schedule. Each course will feature 2 synchronous live group discussions. While attendance in these discussions is not required in order to receive a certificate of completion, participation is highly recommended in order to get the maximum impact from each course. Guided facilitation will be provided for the duration indicated in each course description below, and course materials will be available for up to 3 months from the start date. 

The Kennedy Center uses the Brightspace learning platform, which does not require additional software downloads to participate. Live discussions will be held via Zoom. Hours spent on each course will vary from learner to learner, but most spend between 10-18 hours per week on course work. 

Introduction to the Arts and Special Education
Course Start Date: Monday, February 6, 2023
Facilitation Duration: 4 Weeks
Synchronous meetings via Zoom: February 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST; and March 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST (both will be recorded, participation not required for course completion)
Registration Fee: $299, 50% off for members with discount code (see Member Home Page)
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This online course will introduce learners to special education law and practice through the lens of arts education. Drawing on classroom examples — with valuable input from experts in the field — from across arts disciplines, it will offer productive and asset-based approaches for understanding, including, and engaging students with disabilities in arts settings.

Throughout this course, we will consider:

  1. Who are our students with disabilities? What are their unique needs, strengths, and legal rights in arts classrooms?
  2. What are ways to empower students with disabilities through assets-based practice? What are evidence-based strategies to address students' cognitive, sensorimotor, communication, and behavioral needs?
  3. How should arts teachers approach accommodations and modifications in their classrooms? How can they leverage no to low-cost solutions and the skills of adult aides to promote inclusion of students with disabilities?

Participants who satisfy all course requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Kennedy Center as evidence of 20 hours of professional development.

Instructor: Jenna Gabriel (she/her), Ph.D. student at Virginia Commonwealth University, adjunct faculty at VCU and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  
Target Audience: All
Experience Level: All

  

Differentiated Instruction In and Through the Arts
Course Start Date: August 30, 2021
Facilitation Duration: 4 Weeks
Synchronous meetings via Zoom: March 29, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST; and April 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST (both will be recorded, participation not required for course completion)
Registration Fee: $299, 50% off for members with discount code (see Member Home Page)
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This online course is designed for experienced practitioners and those who have already completed the course Introduction to the Arts and Special Education. The course will offer participants a deep-dive into the instructional framework of Differentiated Instruction and its application in arts learning environments. Differentiated Instruction practices will be applied to standards-aligned arts instruction (“in” the arts), as well as to arts-integrated settings that meet both arts and academic content standards (“through” the arts). Differentiated Instruction In and Through the Arts will require active participation, but has been built to invite that engagement through learner choices that differentiate based on professional settings, readiness for advanced content, and learning styles.

Throughout this course, we will consider:

  1. How does the framework of Differentiated Instruction support arts, general, and special educators in their efforts to meaningfully engage students with disabilities in standards-aligned instruction? What is the evidence that supports Differentiated Instruction?
  2. What are ways to leverage the practices of responding to student interest, readiness, and learning styles to differentiate arts learning goals, arts instruction, arts projects, and the classroom environment?
  3. How might Arts Integration offer arts, general, and special educators additional tools and supports to leverage when differentiating instruction?
  4. How do the aligned frameworks of Arts Integration and Differentiated Instruction work together to expand learning opportunities for students with disabilities in arts-based and arts-integrated settings?

Participants who satisfy all course requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Kennedy Center as evidence of 20 hours of professional development.

Instructor: Jenna Gabriel (she/her), Ph.D. student at Virginia Commonwealth University, adjunct faculty at VCU and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  
Target Audience: All
Experience Level: Intermediate

 

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