June 10, 2015
The end of the academic year brings so many nice celebrations, as well as opportunities to begin thinking about an exciting new one ahead! We attended the closing celebration of the inaugural group of exceptional professional women as they completed Towson’s Professional Leadership Program for Women. This was a program conceived by Dr. Maravene Loeschke and I was so proud to participate as a panelist in one of the sessions with other respected colleagues. The evening at the Columbus Center in Baltimore was not an end for this first group, as they have formed deep and lasting connections and relationships. I’m already looking forward to next year’s program!
On May 28, I was honored to receive the first Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education at the Cultural Arts For Education (CAFÉ) Conference, sponsored by AEMS Alliance (Arts Education in Maryland Schools.) AEMS Alliance builds support for high-quality arts education - in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts - for all Maryland schoolchildren. They always hold their yearly conference at the beautiful Towson Center for the Arts, where participants are inspired to nurture creativity and network with other innovators.
Yesterday, I travelled to Boston to continue work with the Kennedys on their educational initiative to address brain health, mental heath and substance abuse issues. As one of the lone educators in the group, they pay careful attention to my suggestions about how to translate their vast knowledge of these topics to information and applications for schools. This is an incredible opportunity for me and I am so grateful to be playing a role.