RECENT ENGAGEMENTS

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Vincent, Emmanuel T., “Art Therapy and Special Education: Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)/Assistive Technology Techniques for Students across the Autism Spectrum.” Ohio’s 7th Annual Special Education Leadership This lecture will acquaint participants with innovative ideas and tools in Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)/Assistive Technology (AT) solutions from the field of art therapy and special education; describe differences between art therapy and art education; provide integrative techniques art therapy and special educators can introduce in the classrooms; describe appropriate AAC/AT hybrid tools for seamless classroom integration to improve practice and assist students on the spectrum.

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Vincent, Emmanuel T., “Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and High and Low Incidence Disabilities: Alternative Communications (AAC)/Assistive Technology (AT) to support learning for students with disabilities.” 2013 Arts Education and Special Education Conference – John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Utilizing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), which encourages the development of curricular content that provides children with learning, and physical disabilities with multiple pathways, motivating feedback, alternate content presentations, and scaffolded supports. This lecture will acquaint participants with innovative ideas and tools in Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)/Assistive Technology (AT) solutions to support learning for students with disabilities; introduce educators to innovative means of developing effective technological approaches to teaching children with sensory and learning disabilities; provide integrative differentiated instructional and technological techniques educators can introduce in the classrooms as well as describe appropriate AAC/AT hybrid tools (Ipad, Nook, Tablet) for seamless classroom integration to improve practice and assist students.

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Vincent, Emmanuel, T., and Alter-Muri, Simone. “Beyond the Barcode: Leadership and Resilience in the Art of Children.” InSEA / USSEA Regional Conference Education through Art: Teaching for Global Understanding & Engagement in collaboration with The Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University & Art Education Association of Indiana (AEAI). As socially responsive educators we need to be aware of the images that students create a response to the situations that they find themselves confronting in the inner cities. How can we address the disparity that minority students face? How should educators respond? This seminar will provide an overview of art by children created in times of crisis, war, natural disasters and in inner cities. We will discuss how this correlates to the need to create and respond. Participants will view examples from art by children in the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, Hiroshima, 911, Iraq, Dafar, Sudan and the tornado in Springfield. Cymberkopf (1996) described several ways that art is important in coping with trauma. Art can be a powerful link to a former identity and a bridge to the future. Discussion of the past will be juxtaposed will the current issues of injustice facing children in inner-city schools today. Resilience theory will be presented as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and leadership potential with all learners. The audience is invited to engage in a dialogue on how art can create context and meaning regarding the violence of our times.

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Vincent, Emmanuel T., “iKids, Innovative and Sustainable Educational Practices: Classroom Management and Parent Engagement for the 21st Century Learner.” Barnett Junior Highs SchoolArlington School District. Due to rapid demographics shift, local and national population distribution in certain districts (Suburban – Urban, low-income population exceeding 50 percent), including economic and social patterns, it is critical for educators who serve those rapidly changing communities to understand the cultural shift of those specific communities and it impacts educationally (classroom management and parent involvement); educators, administrators, and stakeholders must reacquaint themselves with their constituents and investigate innovative and sustainable methods to better meet the social, emotional, physical, and educational well being of their particular populations. This interactive blended seminar will provide educators with emerging concepts of understanding (iKids) the impact of the rapid demographic shift within district, it impacts in the school, classroom and community as well as present innovative and emerging approaches to encourage teacher, student and parent engaged participation at all levels of students Jr. high school career and beyond.