Chelsea High School art teacher Max Newton has been selected to attend The Power of Art Conference in Washington D.C. April 21-23. Newton is one of only 40 applicants who were selected nationwide to attend the prestigious conference sponsored by The Lab School of Washington and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
“I am very proud to represent my district and my school at this prestigious conference,” said Newton. “It was a very competitive process that included a portfolio of my resume, extensive written essays, letters of recommendation, support documents, and a lesson plan that included 25 photographs of the entire process.”
The goals of the conference are to share a highly successful approach to teaching students with learning differences through an arts-based curriculum that is transferable to all classrooms of diverse learners. It also seeks to empower arts educators and school leaders to be persuasive voices in the national conversation about the critical relevance of the arts in the education for all children in all subjects.
Newton and other participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops designed by the arts faculty at The Lab School that will introduce a variety of learning strategies and opportunities for sharing with peers. Participants will also hear from leaders in arts education and visit art collections in the DC area that will introduce participants to artists and their work that can inspire new directions in their teaching.
For almost 50 years, The Lab School has been successfully using all the arts to teach academic subject matter to students with learning differences. Through the support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, they offer the opportunity for teachers and school leaders from all parts of the country to experience The Lab School methods and expertise, with the intention of encouraging these teaching practices and supporting efforts to expand the national thinking about the power of art in education.