This year's Arts in Inclusive Learning programs include:

Art, Music and Special Education Teacher Training in Successful Inclusion: Workshops will provide practical ideas and adaptive strategies for creating inclusive arts classrooms, exploring adaptive tools and materials and new ways to engage students with disabilities in artmaking.

Teaching Artist Trainings: VSA New Hampshire roster artists will offer other teaching artists specific and practical information and strategies for successful inclusion of students with disabilities and different learning needs in their residencies, classes and workshops.

After-school: Staff from school and after-school programs across the state will be invited to attend one of two trainings presenting the rationale and how-tos for inclusive creative arts experiences in their programs and to consult with us about increasing their arts offerings.

Para-professional and Aide Training: Professional development for the support staff of students with disabilities in ways that can make the students' experiences in art, music and dance classes more successful.

Opening Doors to the Arts and Self Expression through Assistive Technology, a workshop with Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., director of ATinNH, the NH statewide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability. Thousands of assistive technology (AT) devices and accommodations can enable individuals to fully express themselves. The session will explore various adaptations that can be made to drawing and painting tools as well as art and music applications for the iPad. This workshop will be presented in partnership with the UNH Institute on Disability.

Intensive Summer Institute - Making Music and the Links to Learning: VSA New Hampshire trainers, Deborah Stuart and Will Cabell, will offer a course that can be taken for graduate credit. Participants will explore a wide variety of traditional songs, chants, singing games, and the building of simple but interesting “homemade” musical instruments made from natural or recycled materials. All activities will be engaging and fun for participants, and in addition will offer many ways that the music and instrument making can be used to promote learning for students of all abilities. The links to language learning, creative thinking skills, social development and classroom curriculum will be explored throughout this experience.

Arts in Early Learning (AEL) Conferences: Daylong conferences for teachers, parents, child care providers, librarians and early education degree students in the use of all art forms as tools for learning, with particular attention to meeting special developmental needs. 

Follow-Up Workshops for AEL: Four 1/2 day or evening workshops, including “Words and Music” (focusing on language learning); “Songs and Singing Games” (focused on language and on social skills) and “Dance and Move” (focused on kinesthetic learning). Building on previous conference and workshop training is critical for the teachers to acquire the confidence they need to use arts-based strategies.

Model Teaching in Early Childhood settings for AEL sites: These will take place in eight classrooms or centers which have sent teachers and staff to conferences and workshops, allowing trainers to work directly with children alongside of school and center educators and staff. Two of these sites are Pre-School Assist programs, which serve six rural towns, and integrating young children who are identified as having disabilities with typical pre-schoolers.

Guest Lectures for College Students: Plymouth State University and the White Mountains Community College will be offered classes for students who are working towards education degrees.

Training and Model Teaching in Focus Elementary Schools: Intensive work in Wentworth and Rumney, bringing strategies for using music to strengthen the classroom core language curriculum.