Learning Through the Arts
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM
Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium, 3140 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Mr. Donald T. Lunsford
A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Horticultural Science, Donald T. Lunsford began dancing as recreation, performing in studio concerts, campus plays and musicals. His formal training began at the University of the Arts from which he received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance, during which time he entered PHILADANCO’s training program.
Ultimately, he became the featured dancer and guest artist for the company. He has choreographed for the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Glassboro State College, Drexel University, LaSalle College and the Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts. Presently he serves on the faculty of the University of the Arts. Since 1977, Mr. Lunsford has inspired dancers through his artistic direction with Danco 2 (D/2) the Philadelphia Dance Company’s apprentice performance group. Under his leadership many dancers have moved onto other companies such as; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Garth Fagan Dance, The Washington Ballet, Julliard School, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, African-American Dance Ensemble, Inc., Muntu Dance Theatre, Transitions, Koresh Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and PHILADANCO.
Winner of the American College Dance Festival Award, Mr. Lunsford is listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Mr. Lunsford has received a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor’s Office of Community Service and a fellowship grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He was honored with the African American Theater Arts Award in association with the National Create-A-Drama Laboratory for research in the related arts.
Dr. Miriam Giguere
Dr. Giguere has directed the dance program at Drexel University since 1992. In this capacity, she directs the Drexel University Dance Ensemble, a 60 dancer company, and FreshDance, the freshman only dance company, each of which performs two professional caliber dance concerts each year at the Mandell Theater. She is the author of the dance major curriculum at Drexel, which tracks students to graduate degrees in education, dance/movement therapy and physical therapy. She has also developed the community outreach programs at Drexel also known as the Youth Performance Exchange, which brings college students into multiple Philadelphia schools every year to teach in residency projects, and houses the YPE Touring Ensemble, which performs lecture demonstration assemblies in 20 public schools every year.
Dr. Giguere is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship recipient and frequent Artist in Residence for Philadelphia and surrounding area public schools. She has taught and directed dozens of school residency projects in public schools for regular education and special education students. Her residency projects have connected dance to curriculum in language arts, social studies, music, physical education and the visual arts. She is an experienced presenter on subjects relating to integration of the arts into academic curricula. Dr. Giguere has presented at regional conferences of the American Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, and at national conferences for the National Dance Educators Organization, American Educational Research Association, the American Creativity Association and the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association. Her research on cognition during the creative process in dance has been published in Arts Education Policy Review, the Journal of Dance Education, Selected Dance Research Volume 6, Arts & Learning Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts and Research in Dance Education. Dr. Giguere was the keynote speaker for Dance Education Conference 2010, Singapore and a presenter at the Dance and the Child International conference in Taiwan in 2012. Her forthcoming book, Beginning Modern Dance, published by Human Kinetics, will be available in December 2013.
Dr. Giguere graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania earning both a BA in psychology and an MS in education in four years. She earned her PhD in dance from Temple University, where she was awarded the Emerging Doctoral Scholar award. Her dissertation was recognized nationally by the American Educational Research Association with their 2009 National Dissertation Award for Arts and Learning.
Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Giguere performed and toured nationally and internationally with professional modern dance companies Ann Vachon / Dance Conduit, South Street Dance Company, Body Language Dance Company, and Terry Beck Troupe. Dr. Giguere was a soloist with Terry Beck Troupe when the company was awarded the prestigious Scottish National Critics Award at the Edinburgh Festival. While with South Street Dance Company, Dr. Giguere directed that company’s lecture demonstration program for school students before becoming assistant director. Dr. Giguere served as artistic director of Body Language Dance Company for five years.
Ms. Megan Giampietro
Megan Giampietro has been an art educator in urban schools for 20 years. Her accomplishments include developing award winning art programs in fledgling schools at the K-12 level, as well as directing Moore College of Art & Design’s nationally known Young Artists Workshop, and being the lead Visual Art teacher at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. Ms. Giampietro developed the course Expressive Arts K-4 through 4th Grade, which is a core-required course for Drexel’s Goodwin College of Education’s K4-4th grade certification program for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also a contributing author to the national publication SchoolArts Magazine, publishing several articles that feature her work with children, including her arts advocacy for arts in schools. Ms. Giampietro is currently the Vice Principal for the Philadelphia Charter School for Arts & Sciences at H.R. Edmunds, a Philadelphia Renaissance school in its first year, who’s mission is to bring the arts to urban youth.
Dr. Youngmoo Kim
Mr. Steve Wills
Steve Wills, Coordinator of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education Resource Center, has overseen the final development and the first six years of operation at the center. Prior to joining the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Steve worked as a high school English teacher and department chair in an area district. In addition to being National Board Certified, Steve has worked as a freelance writer, completing three books, over a hundred magazine articles, and two decades of newspaper columns on topics in education and science.
Mr. Jamarr Hall
Jamarr Hall is a poet and actor, who was on the 2011 PYPM Slam Team that won the world championship at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival. His primary belief is that one must create change within oneself in order to witness social progress.
The Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a safe space for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices through spoken word and literary expression. PYPM was founded in 2006 at a time when there were no local poetry events dedicated to youth poets who wanted to write and perform. PYPM offers literary arts education and youth development programming for youth ages 13-19 that promotes creative expression, critical literacy, life skills, and civic engagement. Through free weekly workshops, monthly slams, national/local performance opportunities, mentoring and community service, we provide a space where youth use their voices to bring about both personal and social transformation.
Igniting STEM Learning: Inspired Efforts of Teachers
Monday, October 22, 2012 6-8 PM
Philadelphia Free Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ms. Connie Goochee
Connie Goochee is a middle school science teacher passionate about making science exciting and relevant for her students. Constantly on the look out for ways to engage her students, she has collaborated with the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania to bring “BioEyes”, a weeklong genetic and embryonic study using live zebra fish, to her seventh grade students. Her students have built solar powered racecars, created websites on alternative energy, competed with their homemade catapults, and designed, built and launched straw rockets for title of “Top Physicist”. Ms. Goochee trains students on the scientific process by mentoring them for the Carver and Delaware Valley Science Fairs.
Connie has a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in biology. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Science and is currently mentoring four National Board candidates. Trained in the International Baccalaureate program, she teaches at one of the two IB approved middle schools in Philadelphia. She is an active member of the National Science Teacher Association and recently presented a session on STEM career awareness at the first annual NSTA STEM conference.
Prior to her teaching career, Connie worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for eleven years in their Washington DC, Houston and San Francisco offices. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Central America, working as a soil conservationist. She has raised three wonderful children, two of whom are pursuing careers in teaching.
Mr. Jerry T. Jordan
Jerry T. Jordan is president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Educated in Philadelphia public schools, Jordan came from a family of public school teachers, with his grandparents, an uncle, aunts and cousins teaching in the South and in Philadelphia.
He received his degree in education from Temple University and began teaching high school Spanish and English as a Second Language in the School District of Philadelphia.
As a youth, he remembered the pre-collective bargaining, pre-Civil Rights teaching profession in which his family members had worked, where teachers were not treated like professionals and African American teachers were barred from teaching in white schools, in high schools or becoming principals. As a result, Jordan became active in the PFT and was elected the PFT building representative at University City High School.
In 1987, he was elected Legislative Representative on the PFT’s Executive Board. He served as a district staff representative, representing teachers and support staff in 50 schools and school-district offices. In 1989, he was appointed special assistant to the PFT president. He was elected general vice president by the members.
A year later, he was appointed director of the PFT staff, a position he held until June 2007, when he was elected to serve the unexpired term of the previous PFT president. He was elected to a four-year term as PFT president in February 2008. Jordan has been a member of the PFT’s negotiating team since 1992 and has been chief negotiator since 2000.
Jordan also is a vice president on the AFT Executive Council, vice chair of the AFT Civil and Human Rights Committee and a member of the AFT Constitutional Amendments and Convention Committee. He has served on the AFT K-12 Policy and Program Committee, the AFT Urban Schools Initiative and the AFT’s No Child Left Behind Task Force. He is assistant treasurer of the AFT Pennsylvania and a vice president of the Philadelphia Council and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. He was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the board of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services and serves as a board member for The Leadership Center of Delaware Valley, Inc..
As PFT president, Jordan is fighting to provide Philadelphia’s children with a world-class education that prepares them to compete in the world. He believes that schools can, and should, provide children with well-rounded educations that include art and music, rigorous academics and provides support for students who are struggling. Jordan has built effective coalitions with parents, education advocates and civic leaders to transform Philadelphia’s high schools, improve graduation rates and expand educational opportunities for all of Philadelphia’s children.
Mr. Gamal Sherif
Gamal Sherif first began working with children in 1980, when he served as a summer camp director in New York’s Bear Mountain State Park. He is presently teaching and co-writing curriculum at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. Gamal’s pedagogy emphasizes student-centered, project-based learning. Over the years, Gamal has facilitated school planning, professional development, and program enrichment for charter, independent and traditional public schools in Philadelphia, across the U.S. and in Morocco. In 2008, he was recognized as a finalist for the Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2011 Gamal received the NSTA’s National Award for Inquiry-based Science Education. Over the last year, Gamal served as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012, Gamal co-founded “Teachers Lead Philly,” a local non-profit that supports teacher engagement.
Ms. Sylvia Simms
Ms. Sylvia P. Simms is the founder and president of “PARENT POWER” What Will You Do With Yours?” – a parent organization that helps parents/caregivers fight for quality education for their children. Ms. Simms supports local schools in her area with effective and sustainable parental involvement. She delivers parent empowerment workshops across Philadelphia to inform parents of their rights and demonstrate how to effectively advocate on behalf of their children. She also conducts “train the trainer” sessions at national conferences for parent organizers and school administrators.
Her commitment to the parents, students and school staff is driven by a passion for equity in education and community development. In addition to working directly with parents and families, Ms. Simms actively participates in local and state-wide committees. She was a member of the PA Parent Leadership Academy. She represented the School District of Philadelphia on the Region 3 National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents Steering Committee and PA State Parent Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Simms represented parents and families on the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Search Committee. As a servant of the community, Ms. Simms acts as a committee person for the 11th ward, 19th division block captain, and sits on the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor Office of Community Services Advisory Board.
Ms. Simms has been a bus attendant for the School District of Philadelphia for over fifteen years, working very closely with disabled children. She was named the 2007 Beacon of Light Paraprofessional of the Year. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters and one beautiful granddaughter, who all reside in Philadelphia.
Mr. Derrick Houck
Derrick Houck is a third-year high school math teacher at Olney Charter High School, an ASPIRA school. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell University and a M. S. Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania through the Teach for America program. He is a member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
In addition to traditional Algebra 1 courses, Derrick teaches four sections of Math Recitation, a course that was developed this past summer by a committee of Olney teachers and Dr. Ellen Clay of Drexel University. His instruction is driven by a desire to build students’ conceptual understanding of algebra through student-to-student interaction. Derrick and his colleagues in Olney’s Math Department also collaborate daily to look at and reflect on students’ work, which informs the differentiated activities they co-plan together.
Derrick is also a co-facilitator of Olney Charter’s Music Club, where he tutors students learning piano.
Ms. Kimberly Ellerbee
Kimberly Ellerbee is the principal of Samuel Powel Elementary School. Her leadership is informed by more than 20 years of experience as an urban educator and instructional leader. During her two-year tenure, Powel has experienced a 19% increase in both literacy and math scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and a decrease in discipline referrals and suspensions. Her strategic partnerships with Drexel University other community partners have provided resources for both teachers and students aimed at strengthening the instructional program and increasing student achievement. These community partnerships have resulted in the implementation of the Playworks Program to support socialized recess, grant funding to renovate the library and support STEM programs for students, and job-embedded professional development for teachers and staff.
Ellerbee believes in the power of teachers to make a difference in the lives of students. After becoming a master teacher, she assumed leadership positions dedicated to the professional development of teachers. As a consultant with ATLAS Communities, she provided training and technical support to schools around the implementation of whole faculty study groups, authentic assessment, and instructional best practices. She later joined the School District of Philadelphia as a Lead Academic Coach. In this role, she worked with a team of academic coaches to monitor the implementation of curriculum using instructional protocols and evidence tools. Ellerbee was subsequently promoted to Director of Instruction for the Western Regional Office. In concert with the Regional Superintendent, she set the direction and tone for the instructional operation of the Region, and provided leadership for the implementation and monitoring of the Core Curriculum in 27 schools. She served as an Assistant Principal at Stephen Girard Elementary School before becoming principal at Powel.
Ellerbee trained to become a teacher at Millersville University, where she was also awarded Student Teacher of the Year. She later completed the Reading Specialist Program at Old Dominion University. She received her Principal Certification from Cheyney University and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from St. Joseph’s University. Ellerbee is a wife and mother of 3.
STEM Education in Urban Settings: Understanding Realities and Imagining Possibilities
Monday, April 30, 2012 6-8 PM
Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium, 3128 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Vivian Lee
Dr. Vivian Lee is currently Director, Counselor Advocacy at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) of the College Board where she has worked since June 2004. NOSCA is a dynamic office that is charged with advocating for school counselors on a national level. The overarching goal of NOSCA’s work is to advance equity and social justice in educational outcomes for all students, but especially for underserved populations. Much of Dr. Lee’s work centers on training school counselors to become culturally responsive practitioners who can engage in the systemic change necessary to meet the needs of all student populations. Additionally, Dr. Lee works with counselors, district leaders, and state departments of education, professional organizations and counselor educators to advance equity-focused counseling practice.
Dr. Lee is a co-director of the NOSCA-CSCOR Fellows Program, a new national initiative designed to build a community of young scholars by supporting doctoral level counseling students who are interested in pursuing dissertations in the area of college-readiness counseling. Since 2004 she has served as adjunct professor at University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Lee is a former teacher, secondary school counselor, director of guidance and counseling and full-time counselor educator at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and University of Scranton, Scranton, PA. She served as membership chair for Pennsylvania Counseling Association, trainer for the Education Trust National Initiative for Transforming School Counseling and, has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on developing school counseling programs, conflict resolution and violence and, group counseling. Dr. Lee worked in public education for twenty four years before joining the College Board in 2004. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in counseling from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lee continues to collaboratively support a library/school building project in Ghana, West Africa at the Tema Royal Preparatory School. The library, commissioned for use in 2005, is open to members of Community 7 which is served by the school. This project began as an outgrowth of her involvement in a Fulbright-Hays Scholars Group Project Abroad to Ghana, West Africa in 2001. She is a recipient of the O’Hana Award in 2008 by the Counselors for Social Justice.
Dr. Liza Herzog
Liza Herzog is the Director of Research at the Philadelphia Education Fund[i], an organization working to improve the quality of public education for underserved youth throughout the Philadelphia region. Since joining the Ed Fund in 2003, Dr. Herzog, in partnership with researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, and others, has co-directed research and authored reports on comprehensive school reform, the professional development of teachers, access to postsecondary education, teen motherhood and educational outcomes, school-based teacher teams and data use, and dropout prevention. She led a regional advisory team of researchers, practitioners, and social service agencies around using education, health and social welfare data from the Philadelphia Educational Longitudinal Study (PELS), which followed more than 2,000 8th graders in Philadelphia public schools through to three years past on-time graduation. Currently, Dr. Herzog works with internal (Ed Fund) programs such as the Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Project, the College Access Program, the Math/Science Coalition and the Philadelphia Teacher Residency to track student outcomes, link outcomes to supports, and help partners conduct gap analyses to guide program improvement. Before joining the Ed Fund, Dr. Herzog was a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted qualitative research in higher education. Prior to her work in education, she was a practicing attorney in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C. Dr. Herzog holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Temple University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Boards of the Rock School for Dance Education of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Live Arts Festival/Fringe, is on the Leadership Circle at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Leadership Council of the Wistar Institute, and the Every Family Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
[i] In its twenty-sixth year as a member of the Public Education Network, the Philadelphia Education Fund is one of more than 85 local education agencies (LEAs) across the country.
Penny Nixon, Chief Academic Officer in The School District of Philadelphia (SDP), prides herself in promoting an environment of academic excellence and positive school culture. She is committed to making rapid improvements in school quality and student outcomes. Ms. Nixon supports the design, implementation, and coordination of instructional leadership and curriculum-related initiatives, with a focus on:
• Strong, aligned College and Career – Ready Curriculum
• Effective Leaders and Teachers
• A strong system of supports
• Shared Accountability
• A System of Great Schools
Prior to her position as Chief Academic Officer, Penny Nixon served as Associate Superintendent of Schools, Regional Superintendent, Assistant Regional Superintendent, Principal, Academic Coach, and teacher. In all of her respective roles, she has been a reflective practitioner, researcher, and agent for change.
Mrs. Nixon is currently a participant in the University of Pennsylvania Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University. She also holds a principal certification and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.