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UFT Teacher Center arts conference

Getting creative

Paraprofessionals Suely Souto Maior (left) and Qi Dan Lei, from PS 503 in BrooklJonathan FickiesParaprofessionals Suely Souto Maior (left) and Qi Dan Lei, from PS 503 in Brooklyn, work together in the Unlocking the Language of Creativity workshop at the conference.

Teachers are no strangers to performing in front of audiences, so it’s no surprise many educators feel an affinity with the arts. The UFT Teacher Center’s Dec. 1 citywide arts conference, “The Artistic Processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting,” gave participants a chance to flex their creative muscles. “My work as a dance-theater-music educator has always emphasized creative expression and learning through movement, so I found it particularly effective that the conference allowed for our active participation,” said Janie Iadipaolo of PS 321, Brooklyn. After attending a workshop about how to bring theater strategies to the classroom, paraprofessional Qi Dan Lei of PS 503 in Brooklyn, said, “We were able to indulge our creativity.”

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