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Coping with Challenging Times: Navigating Divisive Concepts Laws as a Theatre Teacher

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Join Karen Salvador in an exploration of Divisive Concepts Laws, their impacts on education, and resources and strategies that can help theatre teachers cope. In this session, the presenter will define divisive concepts laws (DCLs) and offer information on how to find out what laws and policies affect you where you teach. Dr. Salvador will summarize data from her research on how these laws are impacting music curriculum and pedagogies, students, and teachers--focusing on information that is likely applicable in theatre education. Then she will offer strategies and resources to help educators cope with the DCLs and their impacts (which extend beyond the states and districts where DCLs are in effect). Viewers will leave the presentation better-informed with resources regarding DCLs and strategies for coping with them.

Karen Salvador

Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education

Michigan State University

Karen Salvador is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses on early childhood and elementary general music as well as graduate seminars in music education psychology and research. She previously taught elementary general music (K-4) in Eaton Rapids, MI; choir and drama in New Zealand; children’s choirs in Grand Rapids, MI; and early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center. Currently, she directs the early childhood music education programs at Michigan State’s Community Music Schools and conducts the MSU Children’s Choir.

Dr. Salvador’s research pertains to how music educators meet individual student needs, particularly in early childhood and elementary general music. This research extends into music teacher education, exploring both program practices for music educator preparation and the lived experiences of music educators who are working to become more inclusive and responsive educators. Over the past two years, she has focused on the impacts of divisive concepts laws on music education and educators. A frequent presenter, Dr. Salvador is in demand for workshops on early childhood and elementary and as a facilitator working with music teaching and learning organizations to strategize toward more inclusive, responsive, and sustaining practices.

This content will not be available until 05/29/2024 at 11:00 AM (EDT)