State Partnerships Professional Development Program
Seminar 2005: July 17-21
17- 21, 2005, ESP held its 9th annual Summer Seminar at the C.W.
Post Campus of Long Island University. The 350+ participants spent
the week investigating core beliefs, participating in Peer to Peer
discussion groups, creating a collaborative book, planning as partnership
teams, attending workshops, consulting with ESP faculty and networking
with their arts-in-education colleagues.
During Summer Seminar '05, individuals
and ESP teams were encouraged to explore, to reflect and to articulate
their core beliefs related to arts-in-education. This investigation
was composed of several processes, including workshops, discussion
groups, a team activity, and prompting questions. To read the prospectus,
the team activity sheet, the lexicon or the prompting questions
that guided and informed the participants' learning experience,
please visit our Resources page.
During morning gatherings, several
individuals and teams shared the "artful expression" of
their core beliefs with the rest of the participants.
Floyd Rumohr, an ESP Fellow and the President/CEO of Stages
of Learning, presents his core belief of "Gesture
Dancing to "Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham," the
Western New York Regional Leadership Network offer an artful
expression of their core beliefs: collaboration, sustainability,
The team from Marquis Studios and PS 37R collaboratively
develop an artful expression of their team's core belief.
Dr. Warren Simmons, from the Annenberg Institute of School
reform, speaks about building school reform from within,
and taking reform to scale during his keynote address.
Fellow and Peer to Peer facilitator Laura Reeder "passionately"
documents the discussion in her group.
Lee Pezzimenti (standing), from Young Audiences of
Western New York, takes her Peer to Peer group
through a hands-on learning experience that mirrors
Rhodes (standing, left), ESP Faculty member and
Peer to Peer facilitator, and Cass Clarke (standing,
right), Education Director of Just Buffalo Literary
Center, gather feedback on student writing.
Nan Westervelt, a member of the ESP Faculty, documents
the proceedings of some Peer to Peer sessions,
as part of an action research project about the
benefits of this unique discussion format.
Book maker and ESP Faculty Nancy Callahan provided several
workshops on creating artist books. All Seminar participants
were invited to design a page that reflected their core
beliefs, with all pages ultimately being collected into
a collaborative book.
Mike Kaye and Hawley Hussey, from the Rotunda
Gallery/ IS 49 partnership in Brooklyn, once
again are found working side by side.
Jill Rafferty, the Education Director of Capital
Repertory Theatre in Albany, clearly finds
the creative work rewarding.
Nancy Callahan provides clear instructions
on using the different materials.
Danica Ankele, program
director from Mill St. Loft in Kingston, has no
problem focusing on her work.
Megan Halpern (middle) and Andrea
Seigel (right), both from Stages of Learning, share
a laugh while creating their core belief pages.
Team Time afforded teams regularly scheduled blocks
of time for collaborative planning. Here, the
Working Playground team considers their approach
for the school year ahead.
This year Peer to Peer groups enjoyed the airy and
spacious Tilles Center Atrium.
The Share Fair allowed ESP teams to exhibit student
work and distribute materials created in their
partnerships. The Salvadori Center/ Renaissance
Charter School partnership, for example, displayed
a model of an urban community designed by students.
The colorful tent provided a centrally-located, informal
gathering spot on the CW Post campus.
Associate of Teaching
Artists Summer Seminar '05 BLOG:
a board member of the Association for Teaching Artists,
kept a blog about her experience as a teaching artist at
Summer Seminar. To read her blog, click here.
(Because the blog is chronological, please scroll down
to the bottom to find the first entry.)