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Theory in Action: 
Research to Results 

There is still time to register for Arts|Learning's upcoming symposium, Theory in Action:Research to Results and the 26th Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards at the Gardner Auditorium of the Massachusetts Statehouse on May 24, 2012, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  All registration will be closed as of Tuesday, May 22. 


For the schedule of the day's events, plus registration information, please click here.  


Our keynote speaker is internationally acclaimed children's author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds.  He will be reading his book, The Dot, and speaking on "tapping yPeter H Reynoldsour creative spirit."

Peter is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision, an award-winning educational multimedia company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum.

Published in over 20 languages, Peter's books
The Dot, Ish, Rose's Garden, I'm Here, So Few of Me and The North Star inspire children and "grown up children" with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, bravery, empathy, and courageous self-expression. Peter also illustrated the best-selling Someday by Alison McGhee, Guyku by Bob Raczka, Huck Runs Amuck by Sean Taylor, Tess's Tree by Jess Brallier, and the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, which has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.


Peter lives in Dedham, MA, where he founded The Blue Bunny Bookstore, the "little shop with a big mission", his family-owned and operated children's book, toy shop and creativity workshop.

The Arts Gap in Education--John Wilson
Last month, Education Week had a thought-provoking article on this topic by John Wilson.  John states in his article, "We have a major arts equity issue in this country. And, we have a major denial issue about the power of the arts in driving student achievement. Who gets hurt? Of course, as always, the poor children of America are the have-nots. The facts don't lie."  To read more, click here.

Prior to leading the National Education Association and the N.C. Association of Educators, John Wilson taught special education for 23 years. He is a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Learning First Alliance, and the N.C. Covenant for Children. He is a senior fellow at the Pearson Foundation.

Summer Offerings for Kids and Adults
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Kodály Music Institute  

The 2012 KMI summer programs can change the way you think about teaching music.  Now offered through Anna Maria College, KMI has one-stop shopping for a Certificate or a Master's of Education with a Kodály Emphasis.  Graduate credit available. 

  • July 2-20 full certification program in Boston
  • July 9-13 one-week introductory course in Worcester
  • July 2-6 one-week introductory course in Boston  

Vocal Vacation Urban Choral Festival

  • July 9-13 Worcester (entering grades 4-8)
  • July 16-20 Boston(entering grades 4-8)
Participants will study the canon of African-American folk and art musics through performers and performance styles, historical context, and musical characteristics of melody, rhythm, and form. Held at the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston.

Summer courses in art, science, and history for youth and adults taught in a unique museum setting.

  • July 9-20 Summer Intensives (grades 10-12)
  • July 23-August 18 Summer Studio in Art & Design 
Does your organization have a great summer program for youth or adults?  Please send us the info, and we try to include it in our next e-newsletter.

Jonathan C. Rappaport, Executive Director
Arts|Learning, Inc.