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Arts Integration Conference: Connectivity 2013

Are you interested in attending affordable, high-quality, professional development from wherever you choose?  You've come to the right place!  This can be done in 2 simple steps:

  1. To register for the Connectivity Conference 2013, just use our ticket form below.  
  2. You can pay for your registration via credit card through our registration service.  Once you have filled out the registration form and made payment, you will receive an email confirmation.

That's it!  From this point forward, you'll receive emailed updates about the event, some surprise gifts along the way and valuable information.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your virtual conference experience.

Just Announced!  All participants in this year's conference will be entered to win a FREE Kindle Fire HD!



connectivity1Connecting the dots

Welcome to the Connectivity Conference 2013! 

You are about to embark on a tremendous journey - one that will continue to spark hope, change, and innovation in you and your classroom well beyond a single conference day.  We are so thankful that you are interested in joining us for this experience!

When we set out to develop the Connectivity Conference 2013, we knew we wanted it to be

  • something that embraced technology
  • provided ways to connect across content areas and
  • network with  a community of professionals from across the country.


Here's how it works:

This conference is totally online.  We have created a participant community which will be open on the day of the conference and will provide the "venue" for our day together.

Recorded video sessions will be posted there, alongside a live chat feed.  This way, you can view the presentation at any time, but during the session time you have the opportunity to ask questions of each presenter in real-time.

Additionally, these sessions remain in our dedicated conference community so that you can have the information indefinitely.  This allows you to be able to have incredible conversations and share resources with the presenters and other participants in an fun, stimulating community.

2013 Theme

This year's theme is all about showcasing the incredible connections the arts make to the Common Core.

  • We will be having presentations from nationally-renowned speakers, consultants and masters of the field who are offering timely and valuable information to each of our participants.  
  • Also included in your registration is a digital copy of the book STEAM Point, which gives you practical ways to plan and assess integrated lessons across all content areas.  
  • Finally, our online conference venue will also host our sponsors and exhibitors who are excited to share their goodies with you through virtual swag bags and exciting events.  

All this without having to leave the comfort of your home!

Again, we welcome you to this engaging, inspiring and relevant conference and look forward to developing a continuing dialogue to further Arts Integration in our schools!


We are proud to share with you our presenter line-up for the Conference.  These nationally-renowned educators, bloggers and speakers are excited to share their expertise with you!

Susan Riley HeadshotSusan Riley,

Susan is the founder and curator of  She specializes in Arts Integration, STEM practices, and building and sustaining leadership practices that support innovation in education.



Mary PhotoMary Cary, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

Mary Amos Cary was named Executive Director of Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance in January 2013. During the prior thirteen years, Mary was the Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction, and also the Assistant State Superintendent for Leadership Development at the Maryland State Department of Education.  Mary is the founder and creator of the nationally acclaimed Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland.


DMoore Profile PicDeirdre Moore,

Deirdre is a teaching artist and AI coach in the San Diego public schools dedicated to helping classroom teachers make arts an integral part of their teaching. With an MEd in Arts Integration and over twenty years of classroom and performing arts teaching experience she has presented at conferences on Arts Integration in New England and in California.



Americans for the Arts, Staff Headshots, June 28, 2012, Washington, DC, by Rodney Choice/www.choicephotography.comKristen Engebretsen, Americans for the Arts

Kristen Engebretsen joined the staff at Americans for the Arts in 2011 and serves as the arts education program manager. In this role, she works to ensure the advancement of arts education throughout the country. Prior to her arrival in DC, she worked on education initiatives at several arts organizations, including the LA County Arts Commission and the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of LA County. She holds a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.



melissaedwardsMelissa Edwards, Figuring Out How the Pieces Fit

Melissa Edwards is from Winston-Salem, NC and works to help teachers effectively uses technology and instructional resources. She uses her experiences teaching 4th grade combined with her interests in literacy, creativity, and learning to impact the things she shares.

Pat KlosPat Klos,

Pat is an arts integration specialist in Anne Arundel County, MD. Having been a mentor teacher and instructional coach, she passionately believes that integrating the arts is the best approach to teaching: it enriches the classroom environment with art, engages students and motivates learning. Her mission is help all teachers realize that they can teach through the arts with a little know-how.  Pat provides professional development locally, consults and presents on Arts Integration nationally and teaches for the Arts Integration Institute at Towson University 


eliza_peterson1aElizabeth Peterson,

An arts integration specialist, Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of  She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and is currently enrolled in a C.A.G.S. program through Plymouth State University with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.”



Amber Foster,

Amber is an elementary educator with over 10 years of experience in education and the arts.  In addition to focusing on Arts Integration practices and assessment, she is also a writer and contributor to



francineM. Francine Jennings, Lesley University

Over the past twenty five years, Dr. Jennings, affectionately known as "Dr. J", has successfully implemented the concept of arts-infusion as an integral part of her training approach. A thespian for over thirty years, Dr. Jennings has directed teen and adult community drama groups, has written over 60 education-based plays, and has "edutained" thousands across the country through her many characterizations.

All sessions are listed in Eastern Standard Time.  

Sessions will be presented via recorded video with a live chat with each presenter during the time slot.  All transcripts and videos will be archived on our site indefinitely.

At the HeART of the Core

Susan Riley, Founder and Curator,


This opening session will provide participants with practical, high-impact strategies for integrating the arts across the Common Core State Standards.  Tune in to gain information on ways that artistic works in all disciplines can be used as text, as well as how to fluently embed the arts within the Mathematics Standards of Practice.  


AEMS Alliance: A Rich Resource for You

Mary Cary, Executive Director of AEMS


AEMS Alliance is a long-standing resource for arts educators, teachers of all disciplines, teaching artists, and providers of supplemental arts programs.  Learn what programs AEMS offers to help you innovate, integrate, create, and connect to others statewide.   Join Executive Director Mary Cary, an arts education advocate and life-long educator, in discussing how you can add AEMS to your instructional tool box.


The Advocacy Imperative

Kristen Engebretsen, Americans for the Arts


With changing priorities in education, and administrators feeling pressured to make data-driven decisions, we as arts education advocates need to refine our message. We need to include data from arts education research in our conversations with decision makers. We need to learn to speak the language of decision-makers; and we need to make appropriate “asks” of our leaders. Attend this session to learn how to take action convince decision-makers of the important role of the arts in education. Participants will learn about several new online e-advocacy tools and publications and leave with several concrete actions they can take to help arts education thrive in their communities.


Calling for Creativity!

Melissa Edwards, Technology Integration Specialist, Figuring Out How the Pieces Fit


Is Creativity the #1 skill for the 21st Century? What is your definition of creativity? How are you creative in the classroom? Do teachers need to promote creativity in students? Are there ways technology can be used to encourage creativity in students?


Music at the Core

Elizabeth Peterson, 


Musical study parallels that of all other content areas.  When we study music, we deepen our understanding of math, language, art, history, and so much more.  Music is the core of so much of what we do and integrating the concepts and skills that musical study provides can be a critical step in a students’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards.  Join Elizabeth Peterson as she discusses how music relates to and is embedded in CCSS.  She will also offer practical ways to apply those ideas into your teaching.


The Drama of Nonfiction Text

Amber Foster, Arts Integration Specialist and Classroom Teacher


Find out how you can increase reading comprehension of nonfiction text using drama in your classroom.  This presentation is based on action research completed in a 5th grade classroom - real world results with practical arts strategies!


Common Core Connections: Integrating Movement, Math and Literacy

Deirdre Moore, Arts Integration Facilitator,


By examining the basic elements of dance and using examples of Literacy and Math Common Core State Standards for elementary students, participants will explore the process of developing Arts Integrated lessons involving movement.


Close Reading with Artful Thinking

Pat Klos, Arts Integration Specialist, Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Teaching with the Artful Thinking questioning routines is the perfect way to meet Common Core reading and writing standards.  Learn how to guide your students through a close reading of non-print text (Art!) and use it to inspire writing.


Creative Movement: Soul Train Meets Common Core!

Dr. Francine Jennings, National Faculty, Lesley ITA/CAGS


Using components of the popular 70’s Soul Train dance, participants will learn to reinforce specific common core language arts and math skills.  During the workshop, the alignment of creative movement, multiple intelligences and brain-based learning will also be highlighted.


Closing Session and Announcements 

Susan Riley, Founder and Curator,


Join us as we wrap up the day, announce winners of our giveaways, and share the ways that you can keep connected using our conference website.





CertificateResponding to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our previous conference, we are happy to announce that each participant who attends the full day of conference sessions this year will be eligible to receive a certificate of hours completion for professional development credits immediately following the conference.  You asked, we listened!  We are happy to provide you with the credit you need for the PD you deserve.


We know that one of the most helpful parts of any conference is the exhibit hall.  This year, we are thrilled to be able to offer you a virtual exhibit hall floor through our online conference venue!  You can browse vendor booths, have the ability to speak with a representative should you choose and even pick up some freebies.

Want to see who's coming?  Shh....we can't tell you yet but we'll be releasing the names of our vendors throughout the spring, so check back often!

Looking to become an exhibitor? We have many options available.

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Setting a New Bar for Professional Development


Nationally Renowned Presenters 

Our presenters for the day have vast and varied experiences in the Arts and Arts Integration at all levels - and they are just waiting to make a personal connection with you!


Online Members-only Community

Enjoy a positive professional community where presenters and participants alike share their resources, engage in thoughtful discussions and encourage each other through their Arts Integration journeys. 


Swag Bags Built for You!

From digital books to gift cards to free resources, these swag bags will arm you with a ticket to today's hottest educational trends and tools.

Investment - only $99!

Click to Register

Conferences are a great way to grow professionally, but sometimes it can be a real struggle to attend.  Between the high cost of attendance and the time away from your life, many people opt to skip something that could enhance their teaching.  Our virtual conference solution is perfect for anyone who is looking for cost-effective, convenient, high-quality professional development on Common Core and Integration - two of today's most-discussed topics.  You can attend anytime, anywhere - whether you're on vacation at the beach or sitting at your desk.  And you'll pay a lot less for a lot more.  Take a look!

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The Connectivity Conference 2013 offers you so much value and it's such a convenient option!  


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Group Rates

Want to invite a group of attendees to participate together?  We heard your need from last year!  That's why we're happy to offer group rates for teams of 5 or more people.  Invite as many people as you like and as long as you meet the 5 person minimum, your group rate is only $475.  Contact us to book your group.



Here's what a few of our previous participants had to say...

Kristine F.

Music Teacher

Thank you very much for providing this conference.  All of the presenters were knowledgable and provided some useful information and tools.  I appreciate the convenience and affordability of the online format.

Wendi B.

Art Educator

I had such a good time today!  I can use this information even here on the West Coast.  I can't wait to share this with my group!

Meghan B.

Guided Art Programs Educator, The Eric Carle Museum

I loved it's interactivity, the speakers were engaging and the information related directly to the point at hand.  Thank you!

I'm ready to get started.  Now what?

We're so glad you're ready to join us.  Now, all you have to do is register! 

 This can be done in 2 simple steps:

  1. To register for the Connectivity Conference 2013, just click the link below.  
  2. You can pay for your registration via credit card through our registration service.  Once you have filled out the registration form and made payment, you will receive an email confirmation.

That's it!  From this point forward, you'll receive emailed updates about the event, some surprise gifts along the way and valuable information.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your virtual conference experience.

Register Here



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