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SEL and the Arts Classroom

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Audience: All

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Social-emotional learning is essential to students’ well-being and is becoming increasingly important in today's classroom. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as the process through which children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and the skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel, and show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Teachers of the arts recognize that observing, analyzing, and understanding art and its production helps students build many social-emotional learning competencies. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn strategies of how to incorporate the 3 pillars of social emotional learning in the arts classroom.

Ms. Christy  Garton 

Orange County Public Schools

Christy Garton is the Visual Arts Resource Teacher for Orange County and graduated from University of Central Florida in Art Education. In 2019 she was awarded the FAEA Art Supervisor of the Year award. She is also a recipient of Teacher of the Year and the Grand Bohemian Excellence in Teaching Scholarship. Christy is a passionate advocate for visual arts education by creating equitable access through quality programs and ongoing teacher development. In 2017, she worked with NAEA on the Impact of Art Museum Programs research project. Her work with local museums has increased attendance nearly 75%. She was instrumental in creating a portfolio program, traveling exhibitions, Top Talent contest for visual arts, and receipt of three arts grants. She serves on the board of FAEA, OCAEA, Winter Park Art Festival, and consults for art contests and exhibitions throughout her community. As a member of FAEA, she has presented at state conferences, adjudicated the arts assessment, and is currently the Chair for the FAEA exhibitions committee. She is an active artist and exhibits work in local galleries.