Last year I became one of forty art teachers, museum educators, cultural partners, and school administrators from across the country selected to participate in the Power of Art workshop. This professional development workshop is hosted by the Lab School of Washington, D.C. and is generously funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation each year.
In it’s celebratory 20th anniversary year, participants toured the school and learned first-hand the amazing things this school does for students with learning differences! We were treated like Kings and Queens. As we dined at the finest restaurants, we listened to the most supportive and influential arts-in-education speakers encourage us to continue doing great things in our classrooms. Shuttles carted us from museum to museum as we were taught about the programs offered by the fantastic Smithsonian Education team. I never wanted to leave! It was a jam-packed, career-affirming 4-day weekend that I will never forget!
We were charged with developing a plan for implementation following our experience in Washington, D.C. The upcoming blog posts you will see have been dramatically influenced by the Power of Art workshop. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed being there! Then again, you can always apply for yourself and see exactly what I mean when I say it was the “best professional development ever!” 🙂
To see details of this year’s Power of Art workshop, visit: http://www.labschool.org/powerofart
To apply for next year’s workshop, you’ll need to check back around January / February 2015. I hope you do!