Wisconsin Arts Integration Symposium

Working and Learning through Artistic Processes 

Part 1: Friday, September 20, 4 – 6p &

Saturday, September 21, 8:30a – 4p


Part 2: Friday, January 17, 4 – 6p &

Saturday, January 18, 8:30a – 4p

The Spark Building, 821 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703


  1. Provide arts integration tools and professional development for teachers and teaching artists
  2. Support the integration of curriculum standards for arts and core subjects
  3. Provide experiential training with tangible take-aways for implementation 
  4. Support implementation in educational settings 

Cost: $50 

(MMSD teachers will be reimbursed upon attendance)


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Presented By:

Agenda and Workshop Sessions Will be Announced soon.

Here are sample workshop sessions from the 2018 training:

Improv, writing, and scaffolding risk with kids

Erica Halverson, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of Whoopensocker, will take you through an improv and writing workshop designed to get people comfortable taking the kinds of risks necessary for successful arts work in the classroom. We’ll play games, do some writing activities, and create short performances. By the end you’ll be comfortable taking a risk yourself and have some strategies for how to engaging in risk-taking with kids!

Designing curriculum and classroom management routines to serve the whole child 

Yorel Lashley, developmental psychologist and founder of Drum Power, will lead you through identifying the social-emotional skills/life-skills most central in your art teaching and then creating plans that integrate teaching them through the technical lessons of your art form with cultural relevance. You will also build systems for positive classroom management and healthy learning culture. By the end you will have plans for the most critical elements for teaching art that engage the whole child and build a strong community of learners—A Hands-on workshop


Jessica Lanius, Theatre Lila’s Artistic Director will share learning techniques for physical theatre and storytelling as an ensemble using Viewpoints. Participants will explore creating imagery and action with their bodies.

MetaRubric, a game for learning to develop rubrics

Peter Wardrip, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction. Teachers who have adopted hands-on, project-based, maker-based learning want to find creative and meaningful ways to assess student work. While rubrics can be helpful, creating a good rubric that goes beyond traditional assessment methods can also be challenging. Particularly in the context of arts-integrated experiences, educators tend to be more hesitant about using assessment because they don’t want to limit students’ creativity, exploration, and design processes. In this workshop, we invite educators to experience assessment design in a playful way by playing MetaRubric, a game for learning to develop rubrics.

Embodying cultural humility

Kyla Gilmore, LCPC, BC-DMT, will lead a training on cultural humility. Expanding our awareness of culture, race, and bias are essential skills for effectively navigating the world around us and is a best-practice standard in clinical work. This presentation will use lecture, discussion, video, and experiential learning to create a supportive atmosphere to explore race, culture, and identity in an effort to increase awareness of self and others. The understanding of cultural competence from an embodied perspective will be emphasized. Participants will learn a cultural competence perspective developed by the Sistah Circle Group, LLC that integrates concepts from Dance/Movement Therapy and the Ladder of Inference from the work of organizational psychologist Chris Argyris.

Mission: Through a clinical embodied lens, the Sistah Circle Group will advance the practices of cultural competencies in society.

Vision: The Sistah Circle Group will be the global leader in establishing supportive networks for dance/movement therapists and counseling professionals to foster their success academically and professionally.