2019 VSA Intersections Call for Proposals
Please read the below information carefully before submitting your session proposal.
The Kennedy Center is seeking session proposals for the 2019 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, which annually convenes 300+ educators, administrators, teaching artists, and researchers to develop skills and connections that improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities learning in and through the arts. The 2019 conference will will take place October 25-28 in Irvine, CA. Preconference workshops will take place on the 25th and 26th, and the full conference will take place on the 27th and 28th.
This request for proposals seeks sessions to take place on Sunday and Monday, October 27-28, at Hotel Irvine. If you would like to discuss leading a 4- or 8- hour preconference workshop on October 25 or 26, please email JGabriel@Kennedy-Center.org.
General Guidelines for Proposal Submission
The Special Education team in the Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center is seeking proposals for sessions at the 2019 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference that:
- Approach the arts and special education from an education equity and civil rights perspective,
- Provide practical information about how students with disabilities learn in and through the arts,
- Actively engage participants through discussion and/or hands-on activities,
- Propose relevant learning objectives that can realistically be accomplished within the activities, time, and format proposed,
- Empower educators and leaders in a variety of educational settings, including academic classrooms, school-based art or music rooms, teaching artist residencies, universities, afterschool programs, and community-based arts organizations, and
- Target new, mid-career, and/or seasoned professionals.
Priority consideration will be given to sessions that also address one of the below session subjects:
- Identity, Intersectionality, and Responsive Pedagogy: Develops cultural competency and responsive practices for supporting students with disabilities who are, for example, also English Language Learners or have experienced trauma, or students with multiple disabilities (for example: 2E, Deaf Plus)
- New Research: Presents findings from new studies or pilot programs exploring arts learning for students with disabilities
- Arts Integration: Provides practical strategies for utilizing the arts in academic classrooms
- Differentiation Strategies within Discipline-Based Arts Instruction: Explores approaches to teach students with specific disabilities content in art form (music, drama, visual art, dance) instruction
- Administrator Focus: Addresses issues of particular concern to school and program administrators, such as program design, teacher training/assessment, and collaboration between schools and arts organizations
Breakout Sessions: 60-minute sessions offered concurrently during the conference October 27 and 28. All sessions must include an interactive component that will engage adult learners and can be offered in several formats:
- Lecture with Q&A –These sessions provide practical tips and resources or present new research that attendees can use to improve instruction of students with disabilities in their setting. Presenters must include time for questions.
- Panel Discussion –These sessions offer multiple perspectives on or approaches to a single topic. Proposals must include presenters from more than one organization and a moderator who will ensure that panelists each have an opportunity to present. Presenters must include time for questions.
- Experiential Demonstration -These hands-on sessions are designed to teach participants a tangible skill. Presenters must devote a significant amount of session time to activities allowing participants to practice and refine the skills introduced during the session.
Table Talks: 15-minute informal presentations given at round tables with 10-15 participants at a time. Table Talks should offer participants a "snapshot" of a particular strategy, program, policy, or approach and will be repeated 3 times during the presentation time slot to rotating groups of attendees. Audio-Visual equipment is not provided for Table Talk Sessions. Table Talks will be offered either October 27 or 28.
Workshops: 2.5 hour in-depth, hands-on professional development workshops addressing a specific topic related to the arts and special education. A limited number of workshops will be offered either October 27 or 28.
Proposal Evaluation and Selection
Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Sessions will be selected by and at the sole discretion of the VSA Intersections Content Committee under the supervision of the Kennedy Center. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April, 2019. All presenters are required to register and pay the applicable conference registration fee. Presenters are also responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Irvine, CA.
For more information about the VSA Intersections conference, to request proposal materials in a different format, or to discuss your proposal, please email JGabriel@Kennedy-Center.org.