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July 22-24, 2019

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City

Join us for a three-day symposium to explore the power of the arts in engaging students, strengthening comprehension, and bringing content areas to life.



Daniel Barash


Daniel Barash, founding Director of THE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP, holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from New York University, and has pioneered the use of shadow puppetry, an ancient Asian art form, in diverse formal and informal educational settings. As a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Workshop Leader, Daniel has led professional development trainings in 18 states, and regularly conducts assembly programs, hands-on workshops, and residencies at schools, museums, and libraries across the country.

Harlan Brownlee


Harlan Brownlee has worked for thirty-four years in the arts education field as a performing artist and teaching artist. Since 2001, he has designed and led professional development workshops for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts across the United States. Most recently, Harlan’s work in STEAM and arts integration was recognized by Project Lead the Way where he was a presenter for this year’s National Summit Conferences. He has designed and implemented hundreds of lesson plans integrating dance and movement into the general curriculum with an emphasis on science and literacy.

Sean Layne


Sean Layne a native of the Washington, D.C. area, received a BFA in acting and studied acting in London. He is the founder of a national arts education consulting company called Focus 5 Inc., which focuses on arts integration across the curriculum for grades Pre K-12. Sean presents professional development workshops for teachers and has designed training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.         

Melanie Rick


Melanie Rick a National Board Certified Teacher, certified Reading Specialist and arts integration consultant, designs and leads workshops, in-depth courses, and summer institutes focused on arts integration, specifically how to integrate visual art and poetry throughout the K-8 curriculum. She works in museums, schools, and arts centers across the country and is a course leader and coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.         



Every symposium attendee will choose ONE of the following to pursue as an

  • Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Strategy with Sean Layne
    Actor and Kennedy Center educator Sean Layne has taken the foundational elements of acting, such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration, and created a structured process that can become the basis for effective classroom management every day. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-regulation, accountability, and team building in your classroom, while laying the groundwork for speaking and listening as part of language arts learning standards.

  • Reading Art as Texts Across the Curriculum: Observe. Infer. Inquire. with Melanie Rick 
    This workshop introduces the language of visual art as texts that students of all reading abilities can access, so that teachers feel confident looking, thinking, and talking about art as a source of information with their students. Learn about resources for building a library of images that can be used to efficiently build background knowledge, teach content, generate points of inquiry for research, and assess understanding in social studies, science, and reading.                                      

  • Word in Motion! with Harlan Brownlee
    Working with the elements of dance, this workshop provides teachers an engaging approach for students to explore free-verse poetry and delve into the nuances of rich vocabulary. By composing free-verse poems and choreographing them into dances, teachers learn how to immediately apply movement structures and prosody to enhance the meaning of text and help students express their understanding of words and poems. Please come dressed in loose comfortable clothing and be prepared to move.

  • Shadow Stories: Exploring Story Elements through Shadow Puppetry with Daniel Barash
    In this workshop, participants first learn about shadow puppetry as an art form, including performance and puppet-making techniques. Then they explore story elements by creating original stories from a a “Story Challenge Game.” Finally they combine art form and content area by learning to facilitate the creation of hands on shadow puppetry presentations that bring these original stories to life behind the shadow puppet screen.

Every symposium attendee will choose ONE of the following as their

  • Text Card Tableau: Introducing New Content through Drama
    with Sean Layne (pre-requisite, Acting Right)

  • Part II- Reading Art as Texts Across the Curriculum: Observe. Infer. Inquire.
    with Melanie Rick (pre-requisite, Part I)

  • Shadow Math: Exploring Mathematics Elements through Shadow Puppetry
    with Daniel Barash (no pre-requisite)

  • Biome Boogie: Dances for Planet Earth
    with Harlan Brownlee (no pre-requisite)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION                                

Symposium fee: $150 (plus $6 registration fee)

Registration includes: Continental breakfast for 3 days and lunch for 2 days. Detailed course descriptions and study guides. Follow-up professional development opportunities.

Registration Closes: July 16, 2019 or when spaces fill

Payment or P.O. due at time of registration.        

Symposium Registration Directions
At the ACTIVE (3rd party) site:
1. Click the box next to PRICE
2. Select ONE of the sessions called “Intensive”
3. Select ONE of the sessions called “Introduction”
4. Select ONE of the sessions called “Continued Learning”
*if using a Purchase Order, enter the PO# on the participant information form
*enter Scholarship code at checkout (final page) , if applicable



For More information:

Kara Armstrong, Carlsen Center Arts Education Program Director
Johnson County Community College

Kim Barney, Assistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Shawnee Mission School District

Rachel Cain,  Director of Arts Education
Kansas City Young Audiences

Aaron Money, Director of Fine Arts
Liberty Public Schools,

Darcy Swan, Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
Shawnee Mission School District,



Monday, July 22

Welcome breakfast and registration
Opening Sessions: Sean Layne & Maline Rick

8:00 - 9:00 am
9:00 - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, July 23


8:00 - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 24

Putting it All Together and Next Steps

8:00 - 9:00 am
9:00 - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm