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Teachers Invited To Renaissance Development Workshop

8 Jul , 2017  

The Mansfield Kennedy Team, composed of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary educators and administrators on August 3-4, 2017 at the Mansfield Art Center. The registration fee of $125 for the workshop has been covered for all participants through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council, Charles P. Hahn, CFP and the Key Bank Foundation.

Kennedy Center teaching artists Cheryl Mertz and Marcia Daft will lead the workshop, which will cover techniques for integrating movement and music to boost math and literacy learning. Primary grade workshops will be presented in the morning for kindergarten through 2nd grade teachers, with intermediate grade workshops in the afternoon for 3rd-5th grade teachers. Full schedule and registration is available at

The first day is entitled “Grouping Games for Teaching the Language of Mathematics,” using the “Moving Through Math” arts-integrated math curriculum for teaching the foundations of mathematics. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help students make connections between drama, spatial reasoning, language, and math.

The second day of the workshop is entitled “Word Painting: Reading and Writing with Expression,” which will cover how to teach the elements of vocal expression in ways that are easily understood, practiced, and mastered by students. Participants will explore how expression deepens students’ reading comprehension and their understanding of inference.

Contact hour verification for CEUs are available for participants. For more information, call 419-522-2726 ext. 251 or email [email protected]

About Marcia Daft:

Marcia Daft is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Through Math and Moving Through Science. Her company produces and publishes children’s books, instructional materials, and videos that bring arts integrated learning to life in the classroom. Marcia’s unique teaching methods have been used in classrooms throughout the United States for twenty years.

Marcia is a national workshop presenter for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She has traveled nationally and internationally as a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Ms. Daft has also developed museum exhibitions and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has written more than twenty children’s educational booklets with CD’s for The Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Daft graduated Phi Beta Kappa in bio-medical engineering from Duke University. She was a Century Fellow at The University of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s Degree in music. She studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics – a technique of integrating music and dance.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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