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  1. MREC - Visual Thinking Strategies
    Turnaround Arts, describes Visual Thinking Strategies, also referred to as VTS as "an observational strategy for students and facilitation tool for teachers.  It uses observations of visual images, principally artwork to build student ability to infer, support with evidence, and interpret.  It is also a strong community building tool and can be easily translated to observation of other subject matter and writing skills."  (Cited from:  Turnaround Arts Handbook) The $100.00 Participant fee is for the year-long coaching support and trainings and is payable in full prior to the first session. You can also apply and earn 2 graduate credits upon completion of the 3 face-to-face sessions and virtual coaching mid-year. Details will be forthcoming at the first session.

  2. MREC - Napoleon K-6 Early Out - Sessions 1,2,3,4
    Staff will understand the principles of the Standards Based grading process, as they implement this year.

  3. MREC - Healing Children Through Creativity- 2 Day Workshop

    The Healing Children through Creativity:  Art Therapy Training Workshop introduces educators, mental health and medical professionals to the basic principles and practice of art therapy with emotionally, behaviorally, developmentally and medically challenged children and adolescents.  The workshop blends theories and experiential exercises offering a thorough introduction in the therapeutic use of visual art as a powerful treatment modality.

    This training event reviews various topics within the field of art therapy such as the history of art therapy, important evaluation techniques used by art therapists and case studies with client/patient artworks in Power Point presentations.  Participants need no prior experience or talent with art.

    Workshop Goals:

    • Introduction to the field of art therapy.
    • Outline the history of art therapy highlighting key contributors to the field.
    • Explain the underlying principles of art therapy.
    • Outline the components for an art therapy course of treatment.
    • Experience art materials through art therapeutic processes.
    • Experience non-directive & directive evaluation & treatment approaches.
    • Illustrate art therapy principles & practice by reviewing six case studies of clients & their art therapeutic course of treatment.
    • Demonstrate the use of metaphor & healing stories in art therapy.
    • Present art therapeutic interventions to improve the client's self-esteem, increase insight, decrease acting-out behaviors.
    • Review forensic art therapy evaluation techniques for suspected child sexual abuse.
    • Review the importance of object relations, art making & expression.
    • Understand issues involving the interpretation of children's art.

  4. MREC - Image-Making Within the Writing Process: Telling Our Stories in Pictures and Words! June 11-15, 2018

    Image-Making Within The Writing Process - is an art-and-literature based approach to literacy learning that uses quality picture books and collage made from hand-painted papers to teach the art of writing.   This hands-on, multimodal approach has been proven effective for a wide range of learners, including English learners and others who struggle with words.

    Come join us for a week long adventure:  My Family, My People (Telling Our Stories in Pictures and Words)

    *Previous coursework/participation in Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art is highly recommended.

    Presenter:  Beth Olshansky


  5. MREC - Safe Spaces Teacher Training
    This workshop will focus on positive youth development, adolescent sexual risk behaviors, and the importance of communication between youth and trusted adults. Upon completion of this workshop, teachers will have tools to create a supportive environment in an educational setting to approach topics such as teenage pregnancy, bullying, and inclusivity, and to promote healthy choice ultimately supporting school attendance and participation.

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