This year the annual Fine Arts Day looked a little different. Thanks to a collaboration between BT BOCES PLIC and the Teacher Center of Broome County, 86 Music and Art Educators from around the state participated in three evenings of Fine Arts Professional Learning.
On Wednesday March 10th, the event began with a Keynote by teacher and author Jennifer Rafferty. She spoke to the group about finding their “why” and rooting in that why when they are making teaching decisions. The evening continued with two breakout opportunities that centered around Elementary and Middle School students. During the breakout opportunities participants could select from 9 different sessions to attend with topics ranging from incorporating the Blues into Orchestra, creating self portraits in Chrome Canvas and solutions to the Virtual Ensemble.
Day two of the event was focused around High School educators. This evening had three breakout opportunities and 13 different choices of sessions. Members of the BT BOCES PLIC team presented on Google Classroom, Schoology, Kami, Pear Deck and BrainPop. Other sessions included DIY Watercolors, Meditative Art, Equity and Inclusion in Programming and Vocal Health. On the final day of the event, participants had the opportunity to engage in Teacher Self Care and content specific round table discussions.
This event would not have been successful if it were not for the help from the PLIC team and The Teacher Center of Broome County. Additionally 16 local presenters from Owego-Apalachin, Union-Endicott, Maine-Endwell, Whitney Point, Chenango Valley, Susquehanna Valley, Vestal, Binghamton, Binghamton University and Greene all helped to bring valuable and authentic learning experiences to the week. We look forward to next year and the 5th Annual Fine Arts Day!