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Save the date for the 2017 COCAedu Summer Institute for Arts Integration for Teachers, July 23–26!

Teaching artists and facilitators from across the country lead teachers through three days of learning experiences that are directly applicable to the classroom.

2017 Highlights Include:

  • Full performance of COCA’s Summer Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Arts Integration learning experiences with Kennedy Center teaching artists
  • Return of our 2016 pilot workshops: iPad Movie Making and Using Music in Core Content Areas
  • COCAedu Cohort of teachers sharing their action research findings from the 2016–2017 school year

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Contact Janelle Velten, COCAedu Program Manager – Arts Integration Specialist, at jvelten@cocastl.org or 314.561.4889.

Choose Your Toolkit:

Each registered educator will select one of the following tracts, incorporating a diverse set of sessions and facilitators.

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Toolkit 1: Fundamental Learning
Engage the mind, body and creative spirit of young learners. Facilitated by: Kassie Misiewicz, Alice Bloch, Sukanya Mani, and Roxane McWilliams.

  • Acting Right and Living Pictures for the Early Childhood Classroom (7.5 hours)
  • Moving through the Arts Integrated Classroom: Creating an Environment for Learning through the Arts (2.5 hours)
  • Mandala Workshop: Stimulate Creative Thinking and Calm the Mind (2.5 hours)
  • Scoring the Story: Using Music to Evoke Mood, Accentuate Imagery and Create Meaning in Literature (2.5 hours) PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION 

Register for Toolkit 1

Toolkit 2: Establishing an Arts Integrated Classroom
Explore foundational strategies and approaches for creating an arts integrated classroom. Engage all learners. Facilitated by: Kassie Misiewicz, Emily Kohring, Alice Bloch, and Aaron Holdmeyer.

  • Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Strategy AND Living Pictures (7.5 hours)
  • Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts (2.5 hours)
  • Moving through the Arts Integrated Classroom: Creating an Environment for Learning through the Arts (2.5 hours)
  • iPad for the Classroom (2.5 hours)

Register for Toolkit 2

Toolkit 3: Literacy Across Subject Areas
Explore strategies for a classroom of diverse students that are applicable in multiple content areas and inform learning across subject areas. Facilitated by: Jamin Carter, Emily Kohring, Syrhea Conaway, and Sukanya Mani.

  • Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe, Infer, Inquire (7.5 hours)
  • Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts (2.5 hours)
  • Around the Clock (2.5 hours) PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION 
  • Mandala Workshop: Stimulate Creative Thinking and Calm the Mind (2.5 hours)

Register for Toolkit 3

Toolkit 4: STEAM
Explore intersections of teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Foster curiosity in your classroom! Facilitated by: Jamin Carter, Aaron Holdmeyer, Syrhea Conaway, and Roxane McWilliams.

  • Think Like a Scientist: Developing Science Practices Through Visual Art (7.5 hours)
  • iPad for the Classroom (2.5 hours)
  • Around the Clock (2.5 hours) PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION 
  • Scoring the Story: Using Music to Evoke Mood, Accentuate Imagery and Create Meaning (2.5 hours) PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO THIS SESSION 

Register for Toolkit 4

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, July 23 (COCA)
3:30pm- Summer Institute registration /opening reception
5pm- Performance/ Beauty and the Beast

Monday, July 24 (UMSL)
7am- Breakfast
8am- Defining Arts Integration (required participation for 1st time attendees)
9:30am-12pm- Workshops
12pm-1pm- Lunch
1pm-3:30pm- Workshops

Tuesday, July 25 (UMSL)
8am- Breakfast
9am-11:30am- Workshops
11:30am-12:30pm- Lunch (action research presentations and roundtable discussions)
12:30pm-3pm- Workshops

Wednesday, July 26 (UMSL)
8am- Breakfast
9am-11:30am- Workshops
11:30am-12:30pm- Lunch
12:30pm-3pm- Workshops



Alice Bloch

Alice Bloch is a 2013 RAC Artists Fellow, has a doctorate in dance history from Temple University and a choreographic MA from UCLA. An Arts Integration specialist, Bloch teaches STEAM, literacy, and peace-making curricula. In 2016, she presented Abstract Dance/Abstract Art and Visual Arts and Dance: Strategies for Arts Integration in Early Childhood Classrooms at the St Louis Art Museum. A nationally renowned specialist in Isadora Duncan dance, her lecture-performances include Dancing the Supermom: Isadora Duncan as a Template for Today’s Single Working Mothers, and Isadora Duncan and the Dance of Democracy, presented at the National Dance Education Organization national conference, and the Isadora Duncan International Symposium. Alice is a board member of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and the Missouri Dance Organization.


Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter is a visual artist and art educator. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in visual art education. As an educator, he has experience teaching in K-12 classrooms and taught studio art and AP art history in a public high school. He spent five years working as an art educator in three diverse Title I schools ranging from grades K-8. Additionally, he has worked as a mentor in elementary and middle school art classrooms modeling skills and techniques that utilize arts integration as well as other unique approaches to art education. As an artist, Jamin has worked in various mediums such as oil painting, sculpture and brush with ink. He currently has a studio in Memphis where he has exhibited work and served as a consultant for public art works with the Urban Arts Commission and Vita Brevis.


Syrhea Conaway

Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. Writing, arranging and performing music since age 10, Conaway has earned several medals in District, and State competitions as well as performing in Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Chorus at the age of 18.  She has since performed for TEDx Gateway Arch, given musical speeches for the Arts and Education Council, and opened for many national artists. While Conaway performs in a few local bands, (3 of 5, The Pat Sajak Assassins, Whoa Thunder), she is most popularly known for her solo project, called Syna So Pro. Syna So Pro can best be described as musical performance art as she dances on an array of pedals, plays the violin, guitar, keys, bass and sings to create a wall of sound stitched together, piece by piece, by Conaway herself.


Aaron Holdmeyer

Aaron Holdmeyer has been working in film and video production for nearly 10 years. After graduating from Webster University with degrees in History and Video Production, the latter with departmental honors, he has sought out documentary style projects. His expertise in the area has allowed him to work with Emmy Award winning producers, several area nonprofits and larger production companies. His knowledge in documentary filmmaking informs his work and artistic style in other forms of video work, particularly his ability to work in small production teams and create lasting bonds with clients. Outside of filmmaking, Aaron teaches across the St. Louis area, most notably at COCA where he works to pass on his knowledge to future generations.


Emily Kohring

Emily Kohring is a St. Louis based teaching artist and arts education consultant with more than two decades of experience in arts integration in the K-12 classroom. She was most recently Director of Arts Education at the Montana Arts Council. Prior to that, she spent nine years as Education Director and Artistic Associate at Metro Theater Company in St. Louis. While Education Director, Metro received a FOCUS St. Louis Award for “Creating High-Quality Education Opportunities” for St. Louis youth. She oversaw all of Metro’s theater programs for K-12 students and educators, including their signature program “Building Community through Drama”. She received her MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and She taught Integrating the Arts for Elementary Educators at Maryville University.


Sukanya Mani

Sukanya Mani is a practicing professional artist, teaching artist and an arts administrator. She has experience teaching multiple age groups and multiple genres of visual arts. She has developed workshops for The St Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, COCA, Bread and Roses, Metro Theater Company, Chesterfield Arts, International Institute and St. Louis County Library. She has been invited as a speaker for MO History Museum, Critical mass and Mosaic. She is a 2013 graduate of Community Arts Training at Regional Arts Commission. Sukanya is constantly evolving her art practice and her teaching skills.


Roxane McWilliams 

Roxane McWilliams is a teaching artist, actor and musician. Over her 20-year career as an educator, she has taught a wide array of students ranging from preschool through high school in both public and private school settings. In 2008 she shifted from the traditional classroom to become a teaching artist with Metro Theater Company and COCA/Interchange. In addition to arts integration, Roxane facilitates STEAM-focused learning through classroom residencies. As an actor, Roxane has performed with many St. Louis theater companies, most notably, Metro Theater Company. She plays a variety of instruments including, piano, accordion, and ukulele. Roxane received her B.F.A. in acting from the University of Connecticut and her M.Ed in curriculum design from the University of Missouri St Louis. Roxane is an Orff-Schulwerk certified teacher in music and holds her Missouri teacher’s certificate in the area of Speech and Theater.


Kassie Misiewicz

Kassie Misiewicz is a professional Theatre for Youth director and educator. She has created innovative curriculum and taught teachers and students all over the United States. She is the Executive Artistic Director and Founder of Tricycle Theatre for Youth (Trike Theatre) in Bentonville, Arkansas. Before moving to Arkansas, Kassie was the director of the Education Outreach program at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University and her BA in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught and/or directed at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Arizona State University, Walton Arts Center, Growing Stage Theatre for Young Audiences and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

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