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Free Virtual Teacher Training

Free monthly sessions through April help arts educators work with students who learn differently

The Southwest Florida Music Education Center (SWFLMEC) offers teacher trainings monthly in February, March and April. The sessions, led by SWFLMEC’s partner, the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education (BIAAE), teach best practices for arts educators for students who learn differently. Sessions will be held virtually from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16, March 30 and April 27. The training is free, but registration is required in order to receive the meeting link. The BIAAE training equips educators with a combination of evidence-based practices in special education and pedagogical approaches in music education. Sessions help educators meet each student where they are by employing adaptations, accommodations and modifications in their teaching approaches and classroom activities. BIAAE is an international leader in professional development and pre-service music educator training in accessible music education. The two-hour sessions are open to local educators of children in pre-K through adult learners in instrumental and vocal music, visual art, dance, theater and musical theater and tactile art. The sessions are also designed for teachers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, speech and language disorders, Down syndrome, students who have been affected by trauma and more.

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March 30, 2023

4:00PM - 6:00PM

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