Ploi Pagdalian, Senior Director of Programming, recently headed south to a professional seminar about the significance of Arts for Learning Lessons (A4L) for the teachers and teaching artists who use them. Ploi has been instrumental in developing new partnerships for Arts for Learning and regularly works to ensure that our summer program is successful.
1. Please tell me a little about your recent trip to Atlanta.
- The trip to Atlanta was the first of two professional learning seminars about the implementation of A4L Lessons related to the JCPenney Arts for Learning Initiative. Each affiliate was represented by three key team members, program staff – me, teaching artist – Shawn Whistler, and teacher – Amy Bishopp. This team with the addition of another teaching artist and teacher will convene again in Houston, TX in late July. We are one of 12 affiliate organizations to participate in this groundbreaking program expansion. Our project will look into the impact of A4L Lessons on teachers and teaching artists when implemented as the curriculum for our summer program, Arts for Summer Learning.
2. How will Arts for Summer Learning impact its students this year?
- Our goal is to increase students’ reading and comprehension skills through the arts and students’ knowledge about various art forms. Each student will experience 8 arts workshops, 4 performances and 24 hours of instruction on A4L Lessons.
3. What are the benefits for students who participate in summer arts education programs?
- Along with Summer Advantage, we believe in the power of summer learning. As a partner at Valley Mills this summer, we support Summer Advantage’s efforts in providing rigorous academic programming and high quality experiences in the arts for students to have significant academic gains in reading, improve their self-esteem, and inspire to be leaders in their families, communities, nation and the world.