Integrating Dance & Science in the Classroom

June 11 – June 15, 2012                                    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom, is a 5-day interactive program open to teachers (3rd through 12th grade). The free program will be presented by West Liberty University, in partnership with the Appalachian Education Initiative.  The program is supported by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form. During this week-long program, participants will learn the elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific content.  Participants will participate in a set of immediately useful movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle, tectonic plates and volcanoes, the rock cycle, the solar system, the plant cycle, habitats, and systems of the human body. Participants will leave with easy-to-duplicate lesson plans that draw on students’ kinesthetic intelligence and increase their understanding of science principles. Time during the week will also be allocated for the development and review of personalized lesson plans. No prior experience in dance or creative movement is necessary. Participants should come dressed comfortably and prepared to move freely each day during the week.

The program’s instructor is Randy Barron, a Kennedy Center teaching artist. As an arts educator, Mr. Barron brings over twenty-five years of classroom teaching experience into schools of all levels. He has conducted more than one hundred professional development workshops and over seventy-five in-school residencies in twenty-three states. Mr. Barron is a founding member and current Curriculum Coordinator for the Rio Gallinas School, an elementary charter school in Las Vegas, New Mexico, focusing on ecology and the arts. As a professional dancer, Mr. Barron has choreographed for, performed with and directed ballet and modern dance companies throughout the United States and Europe.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rockhurst University.

The program is limited to twenty teachers. Teachers may register, at no cost, as individuals or as teams. Priority registration will be given to teachers from schools in RESA IV in West Virginia and IU1 in Pennsylvania.  Applications will also be accepted from teachers throughout West Virginia as well as from Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania and the Bellaire, Bridgeport , St. Clairsville, Steubenville, and Wintersville School Districts in Ohio.

West Liberty University will offer three graduate credits to interested teachers for a fee of $160. Otherwise, the program is free to all participants.

Applications should be submitted to:

Lou Karas
Director, Center for Arts & Education
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
College Union Box 148
West Liberty, WV 26074

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all of the spaces are filled.

For additional information, please contact Lou Karas at 304/336-8162 or [email protected].