Springfield Regional Arts Integration Conference

SRAIC 2021

July 29-30



Welcome Educators!


The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate an understanding of one subject through the use of an art form. It is through this creative process, students can connect evolving objectives in each area of study.

The Springfield Regional Arts Integration Conference brings together educators in southwest Missouri to learn about arts integration strategies for classroom implementation. Utilizing “Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts” teaching artists and educators from the Springfield region, you will learn more about the role arts integration can play in both arts and core classroom settings. 

The conference includes two days of amazing sessions covering topics such as:

"Moving and Minding Your SEL's"

"Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm"

"The Power of Pictures: Reading Art in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts"

"Curating Connection: Interpreting Images to Make Meaning Together"

"Exploring How to Create Arts Integrated Lessons"

and more!

This two-day conference includes light breakfast and lunch, informative break-out sessions, conference goodies, and more! The conference is free for Springfield Public School educators who register with a valid SPS email and $150 for non-SPS employees. 

Conference times are 8 am to 4 pm (approximately) on both days.

Dates: July 29 & 30, 2021

CLICK HERE to register for the conference and reserve your spot! Registration closes on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 at 5 pm*. 

When you register, please make sure to select THREE sessions and ONE T-shirt Size These are available as "add-ons" but are included in your conference price.



If you have any further questions, please call Breana Kavanaugh at 417.523.5532.

Moving and Minding Your SEL's

For Teachers of Grades K-6

Presenter: Harlan Brownlee

Using the Missouri SEL curriculum standards as a foundation, this participatory workshop introduces movement and dance skills related to cooperation, empathy, and learning to lead and follow.  Participants are guided to create dances based on themes related to recognizing and dealing with various emotional states, personal hygiene, and individual responsibility for making positive social change and helping others. Please dress comfortably prepared to move!


Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm

For Teachers of Grades K-8

Presenter:  Imani Gonzalez

Explore new paths to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. This session guides participants through a process to help students create a Soundscape – a way to retell the story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, setting, and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students create sensory images, use questioning strategies, develop inference skills, and determine importance.


The Power of Pictures: Reading Art in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts

For Teachers of Grades 2-6

Presenter: Carrie Chinners

Explore how art can be read as visual texts that can communicate information through images as opposed to words. This strategy helps build background knowledge, create personal connections, and inspires inquiry for all learners.


Curating Connection: Interpreting Images to Make Meaning Together

For Teachers of Grades 3-8

Presenter: Kate Baird 

Curators present images and objects in intentional ways to help viewers find meaning(s).  Participants in this workshop will work through a variety of strategies for building stories, lessons, conversations and experiences using images from the Springfield Art Museum’s Creating An American Identity exhibit.  The content can be adapted for use in multiple curricular areas and with a range of ages.  There will be opportunities for both individual and group work as we practice using art to make connections with each other and the world beyond the classroom.  


Exploring How to Create Arts Integrated Lessons 

For Teachers of Grades K-8 

Presenter: Genevieve Kroenke

Are you searching for a way to get your students thinking critically, thinking creatively and problem solving? Does arts integration interest you, but you’re not sure how to create your own arts integrated lessons? Come join us as we explore integrating visual arts into different content standards. We will be collaborating with grade level classroom teachers as well as art teachers to learn how to write arts integrated lessons. There will be time for sharing the lessons you develop and creating some make and takes that you can take back to your classroom.  


Event contact

Breana Kavanaugh

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