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Maryland Arts Integration Network Event (MAIN): "Putting Joy in Learning: Using the New Maryland Fine Arts Standards for Early Childhood"

The Maryland Arts Integration Network (MAIN) Event, "Putting Joy in Learning: Using the New Maryland Fine Arts Standards for Early Childhood " will explore the new Maryland Fine Art Standards for Early Childhood through active participation. Participants will learn about the relevance of the standards to their work in the classroom and how the standards will deepen the learning of PreK-Kindergarten students. Breakout sessions will include specific sessions for both art and music educators focusing on PreK-Kindergarten instruction as well as a special session focusing on creative movement and math for PreK and Kindergarten teachers. This event is free for Frederick and Washington County residents and educators. Breakfast and door prizes will be provided!

Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Where:New Spire Arts, 15 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Registration: $30**

What to Bring: Please bring lessons plans you are planning to teach and/or ideas for future lessons. Our sessions will include time for you to enrich your lessons with the new Fine Art Standards. Our event will be not only fun but practical!

Frederick County Teachers Only: will receive 1 MSDE credit for participating on October 14th in addition to completing 12 additional hours of work related to this PD session.

**This event is free for Frederick County and Washington County residents. Please use the following link to complete your registration:

Click Here to Register!

Lenore Blank Kelner

Lenore Blank Kelner is an author, educator, arts integration specialist, as well as a theatre and teaching artist. Lenore founded and directed, for 28 years, a professional theatre company for young audiences for 28 years and directed and acted in a touring company under the auspices of the regional theatre in Baltimore, Center Stage. Lenore has presented her work in all 50 states and abroad. She has been a presenter with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1982 and was a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts for 25 years. Lenore is the author of The Creative Classroom (15th printing) and co-authored with Rosalind Flynn, A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension (Heinemann, 2006, 8th printing). Lenore was awarded the 2004 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She worked with the Maryland State Department of Education serving as the Arts Education Consultant for Early Childhood developing art standards, based on the National Core Art Standards for young learners 0-3 years of age.


Mary Whalen

Dr. Mary Whalen is a music educator and arts integration specialist who holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in music education. She has taught music to students grades PK – university. She was a member of the Montgomery County Public Schools Integrated Curriculum team and wrote the entire K – 5 general music curriculum herself, also editing the MCPS Pre-K music and choral curricula. Dr. Whalen has made numerous presentations and led professional development sessions about effective practices in music education and arts integration locally and nationally. She was the lead reviewer of the new Early Childhood Music Standards for the state of Maryland and was a member of the panel that created new music standards for the state based on the new National Core Fine Arts Standards. She is a vocal advocate for the importance of the arts and creativity in the lives of all students and teachers.


Kimberli Boyd

Kimberli Boyd is a master dance teaching artist living and working in Detroit, Michigan. Kimberli believes “art is powerful – dance is empowering…” and has toured the nation extensively, facilitating workshops that use movement/creative dance as a means of improving student learning and creativity, and empowering positive self-image. Kimberli is a workshop presenter for the education department of the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, Lead Teaching Artist for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Curriculum in Motion program, Master Teaching Artist for Living Arts Detroit K-6 and as a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist works with Head Start, Early Head Start and students ages 0-3.


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