Election Day 2019

Recharging: Taking Care of Your Needs In Order To Meet Student Needs

Election Day 2019 is filled with workshop options to help you recharge your own battery, learn how to help students become more mindful, and put students at the center of instruction. Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Student-Centered Instruction.

November 5, 2019   8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Flood Middle School,  490 Chapel Street,  Stratford

Register here  until October 29 

$40/$55  Member/Non Member  (includes lunch)
$15/$25  College Student Member/Non Member

Session Descriptions

Yoga/Mindfulness/Self Care for Music Teachers: Brooke de Weaver  Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of training the mind through observation. Meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, mindful eating, and self care are only some of the ways we can develop greater well-being and a more intimate relationship with ourselves and others.   Brooke de Weaver, mediation teacher, yoga instructor, reiki healer and mindfulness lecturer will lead a dynamic, yet relaxed forum aimed at creating moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and surrounding environment through a gentle, nurturing lens. The course focuses on both teachers and students as a way to decrease stress, regulate emotion and practice compassion through practical and centuries old techniques. No experience is needed in any of the above disciplines. Start where you are. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (limited yoga mats provided).

Diverse Learners in the Music Classroom: Cara Bernard  Students come to the music classroom with varying degrees of skill, interest, and comfort toward making music, yet educators must consider how to meet the needs of all students regardless of ability. Using disciplinary literacy as a framework, this session will explore strategies for engaging all students in music making, discussion, and self-reflection in the ensemble and core music settings. We will explore the ways in which repertoire choices directly inform facilitate diverse ways of music making and learning in the classroom. These strategies can be used by teachers to scaffold music making by giving students options of how to comfortably participate, ensuring that all students experience success regardless of skill level.

Mindfulness is the Music Room: How to Apply Mindful Techniques to Benefit Your Students and Self: Rebecca Corcoran-Stevens  This session will review the benefits of applying mindful/zen based techniques in the classroom for the teacher and students. Participants will leave this session with the ability to replicate techniques and activities in the classroom, and understand the foundational knowledge of these practices.

Including Everyone All of the Time: Kim McCord  Using principles of Universal Design for Learning and multi-modal teaching, you can reach almost all learners. Also addressed will be strategies for teaching students who struggle with processing and reading traditional music notation.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Vanessa Bond  Culturally  responsive teaching is a pedagogy that emphasizes high expectations, the formation of cultural competence, and the development of a critical consciousness.  In the music classroom, a CRT perspective can help an educator address the cultural match or mismatch that may occur for many students between their home and school environments.  By incorporating students’ musical preferences in the classroom, we can validate their experiences and raise questions about the social class associations with particular genres of music.  We can cultivate their technology and critical listening skills while empowering their musical voice. We can highlight student strengths by exploring a body of musical literature in which they are already fluent.  Rather than dividing academic success from cultural affiliation, we can celebrate both. In this session, I will provide a background on the central tenets of CRT, its associated terms, and use in music education prior to discussing strategies for incorporating a CRT perspective in the classroom.  

Mastery Based Learning: Brian Frazier  Based on materials from the Great Schools Partnership, participants will learn about the basics of mastery-based learning, including performance-based assessment, and begin to develop a context for teaching music in a mastery-based setting.

Integration with Integrity: Put some STEAM in your Curriculum!: Dee Hansen  The National Core Music Standards include the “Connecting” Artistic Process. In this session we will explore many models and resources for enriching music learning at all grade levels and classes.  The session will include information on types of learning processes ranging from rote to elaborate learning and how musicianship is enhanced through greater understanding of the cultural, historical, and expressive connections that underpin the musical literature. The time will be highly interactive and teachers will gain many resources and ideas.


8:30-9:00 Registration: Lobby
9:00-11:00 Session 1

Yoga/Mindfulness/ Self Care for Music Teachers: Brooke de Weaver

Integration with Integrity:  Put some STEAM in your Curriculum! Dee Hansen

Including Everyone All of the Time: Kim McCord

Diverse Learners in the Music Classroom: Cara Bernard

11:15-12:15 Lightning Round

A series of informal discussions/round tables, topics announced on site

12:15-1:00 Lunch: Cafeteria
1:00-3:00 Session 2

Yoga/Mindfulness/ Self Care for Music Teachers: Brooke de Weaver

Mindfulness in the Music Room: Rebecca Corcoran-Stevens

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Vanessa Bond

Mastery-Based Learning: Brian Frazier