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AEM Updates and Art in Schools Resource Roundup

Hello!  Spring break season is officially upon us!  The team at Authentic Exploration Matters(AEM) wishes you all the absolute best and most relaxing break.  We have been working on developing and scheduling events for our one day Discovery workshop series and Leading Light meet-ups.  The Discovery workshops will begin in the fall with our first workshop being hosted by The Ocean Research and Conservation Association at their facility in Vero Beach on August 24!  Stay tuned for more specifics!  The Discovery Workshops will be limited to 10 participants each.  We are working with OCPS to hopefully make these workshops worth PD credits.  If you are from another county, you are welcome too!  We can reach out to counties to see if credits can be applied.  Other workshops that we are developing include a day with Marine Discovery Center, workshops with Orlando Health on topics such as technology in health, SeaWorld Rescue, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to learn about indigenous arts and storytelling, and more!  Shifting focus to our Leading Light gatherings, we will host those each month.  The Leading Light meet-ups are a time to relax, connect with other educators, and experience topics.  These will alternate between in-person and virtual.  Next month, on April 27, we will meet at The Enchanted Garden Discovery Center in Titusville to hike and enjoy a picnic lunch.  Then in July we hope to participate in a bioluminescence kayaking tour out of Haulover Canal!  We hope to see you there as we strive to build a strong community of educators that support, collaborate, and lift one another up.  More information on these events will be posted.

This week the Resource Roundup is focusing on different ways to celebrate “Art in Schools” month!  Explore interactive options, enter the Cartoon Academy, introduce students to latin dance or even the poetics of hip-hop, create a character life box, perform a melodrama, learn how to compose artful landscapes, have fun with art games, and so much more!  Implementation and inclusion of art education in the classroom is essential as it elevates creativity and critical thinking, helps to develop social-emotional and interpersonal skills, enriches educational experiences, teaches them how to handle constructive criticism, uplifts achievements and effort, improves focus, and helps them engage in new ways to express their ideas and what they have learned.  

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