HOCUS FOCUS
Hocus Focus™ is a child-centered, arts-based program that combines education with imagination to help students develop and improve their skills in a variety of important areas. Spencer’s interdisciplinary approach to designing Hocus Focus™ values a holistic philosophy so essential to effective educational experiences that are generalizable for all children, including those with disabilities. It transcends the confines of culture by its very nature of incorporating play, reaching beyond the boundaries of the U.S. educational system and influencing a global audience.
Kevin’s work is organized and theoretically sound. His specialized work in the education of those with learning challenges is very exciting and has given many of our traditionally trained teachers an opportunity to be more creative and think outside the box. DR. MARY BETH NOLL, CHAIR DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
Teach Like a Magician
Kevin Spencer
Thursday, April 23 • 4PM - 7PM • Fee: $35
In the Nash Theatre on the campus of Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
free parking available in lot #2
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is appropriate for elementary and middle school educators and all grade level special educators.
CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the course by RVCC.
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This highly interactive workshop provides teachers with the tools and knowledge necessary to increase student engagement, boost creativity in the classroom, and transform their life as an educator. In these challenging and changing times, students need leaders who are willing to venture forward and explore new frontiers that will spark and kindle the flame of creativity and imagination.
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES
Participants will:
  1. Distinguish between arts-enhanced and arts-integrated teaching.
  2. Examine research-based practices that create an effective learning environment.
  3. Evaluate the impact of the arts in teaching academic and functional content.
  4. Identify connections between the arts and Social Emotional Learning.
  5. Examine various methods of assessing student understanding and outcomes.
 
KEVIN SPENCER
is a leading voice in the performing arts industry, a Fulbright Specialist on arts integration for special populations for the U.S. Department of State, faculty in the department of education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, a research consultant for the Occupational Therapy department and Institute of Arts in Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association. He has earned a B.S. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Arts Integration, and is a PhD candidate in special education.
 
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