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ENGAGE: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning

January 2024 (Concluded)
An ArtsLiteracy event

An IGNITE Series Campus Project

Curated by Eileen Landay (co-Founder and co-Director, ArtsLiteracy Project; former director of Brown Masters of Teaching in English Education), Kurt Wootton, and Marimar Patrón Vázquez (co-Founders and co-Directors of Habla: Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico)

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
January 20, 2024 9am-3pm

A project aiming to connect Brown University resources and opportunities with teachers, students, caregivers, and local artists in order to elevate the arts, promote arts-based learning, and work towards eliminating community divisions based on class and culture.

Our students come from a range of backgrounds, speak many languages, and have vast funds of cultural knowledge. How, as teachers, do we capitalize on all the resources students bring into the classroom while helping them to gain the kinds of literacies necessary for academic success? As part of the Brown Arts IGNITE series, this workshop provided concrete practices for integrating the arts, literacies, and languages in a way that welcomes, and challenges, all students. Participants experienced the Performance Cycle, a framework for teaching and learning developed at the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University and the lab school, Habla, in Merida, Mexico and featured in the new book ENGAGE: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning. This workshop was for educators of all subjects across the humanities, sciences, and the arts as well as all grade levels from elementary to higher ed.

About the Facilitators

Eileen Landay Headshot

Eileen Landay was the Clinical Professor of English Education at Brown University, Director of Brown’s MAT Program in English Education and Brown Summer High School, and Senior Lecturer in Education for over twenty years. During that time, she co-founded and was faculty director of the ArtsLiteracy Project, which was a recipient of the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities “Coming Up Taller” Award in 2005. She is the author of numerous books and articles and consults regionally and nationally on adolescent literacy development, arts integration, and English education. She holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 María del Mar Patrón Vázquez Headshot

María del Mar Patrón Vázquez is co-founder of Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Her work is focused on how reading and literature can be part of the daily life of communities. At Brown she received the prestigious Presidential Teaching Award for her teaching of Spanish language classes to university students. Her unique approach to teaching involves the literature and culture of the language. Marimar has presented talks and workshops on culture, language, and pedagogy in a variety of settings including recently at the Deeper Learning conference in San Diego, the New School of Thought Institute in São Paulo, and an upcoming keynote at the STEAM conference in Barcelona . Perhaps the greatest lessons she’s learned about teaching are from her children, Luis and Sandra, who are growing up bilingual.

Kurt Wootton Headshot

Kurt Wootton is co-founder of Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and co-founder of ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University. He has piloted several lab schools in the United States, Brazil and Mexico and currently facilitates Teacher Institutes for educators in New Orleans, San Diego, Chicago, and Merida. He is the co-author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts and ENGAGE: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning. The New York Times writes, “Mr. Wootton remains convinced of education’s power to transform lives. He has changed his tool of choice, however, from a mirror in which students see only reflections of themselves to a window that opens onto the rest of the world.”

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Brown Arts’ IGNITE Series uplifts the spirit of artistic collaboration across Brown, Providence, the Rhode Island region, and beyond. Ignite your creative curiosity through this multi-year series of programs, activations, interventions, and investigations.