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Specialist Nancy DePlatchett holds conference on education programs offered by the Kennedy Center

Several local artists and academics attended the February 24 conference

Posted: March 2, 2005

Curriculum Specialist Nancy DePlatchett held a conference last Thursday at AGADU's Casa del Autor on the education programs offered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the importance of the inclusion of the performing arts in a broad-based curriculum. The event was organized by the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and the Sisito Pascale workshop.

Nancy DePlatchett joined the Kennedy Center's Education Department/ARTSEDGE staff in June 2000. She is responsible for the site's curriculum and oversees the Kennedy Center's Teachers' Advisory Council. Nancy helped create the award- winning K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School in Prince George's County (Maryland), and served as its program coordinator for 13 years, focusing on the integration of arts in the total school curriculum. Her teaching experience in visual arts extends from early childhood through the adult level. Nancy's accomplishments in promoting arts education have been recognized by the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce and by the Maryland Commission for Women who honored Nancy as one of twenty-five Maryland Women in the Arts. She is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa and received grants for further study in the arts from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Mellon Foundation. Nancy has served as a consultant to several school districts including The American School, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the City of Alexandria, Virginia Public Schools, and Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools.

ARTSEDGE, the National Arts and Education Network, supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

Specialist Nancy DePlatchett is introduced by U.S. Embassy PAO Linda Gonzalez.


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