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Kentucky Arts Council offers workshop for teachers

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 28, 2012  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 472
emilyb.moses@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council and VSA Kentucky are partnering to provide a free professional development workshop for teachers who want to incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the classroom.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments that work for everyone – not a single, one-size-fits-all solution, but a flexible approach that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.

The workshop will be 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Bluegrass Middle School Media Center in Elizabethtown. Two master teaching artists will work with educators to develop skills to implement the inclusive teaching tool.

"Universal Design for Learning supports and nurtures classroom environments that allow all students to be engaged in the curriculum," said Lori Meadows, executive director of the arts council. "Anyone interested in ensuring the success of students, specifically classroom teachers at all grade levels, would benefit from this workshop."

Teaching artists Greg Acker, a musician, and Pat Sturtzel, a fiber artist, will teach the professional development workshop. Each participant will complete a UDL checklist document based on a lesson plan. Attendees are asked to bring a lesson plan based on a hands-on activity that interfaces with their curriculum.

Participants will also learn about arts council and VSA Kentucky programs and grant opportunities that fund arts activities and span all classroom subjects. The workshop is open to teachers, specialists, generalists and interventionist educators; teacher's aides; and teaching artists; as well as others who may be interested.

Register for the free event online at http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/UnivDesignPD.htm. For more information, contact Sarah Schmitt, arts council access director, or Rachel Allen, arts education director, at 502-564-3757.

The workshop is made possible through a grant from the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is part of an ongoing effort to provide statewide activities promoting careers in the arts for artists with disabilities. The arts council partners with other state organizations and agencies including VSA Kentucky, the Kentucky Center and the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The National Arts and Disability Center is a program of the Tarjan Center at UCLA, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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