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Let's Talk Culturally Inclusive Teaching

Recorded On: 08/12/2020

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Learn about the components of culturally inclusive teaching by listening to this live panel discussion hosted by a team from New Hampshire, then continue the conversation with the Master Class in Culturally Inclusive Teaching, available August 18th.  

OF NOTE:  During this panel discussion, one of the panelists mentions the use of blackface in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor.  It is important to note that Mr. Ludwig rewrote his play in 2019 to remove this objectionable reference and pulled the rights to old versions.

Length:  60 minutes

Tina Philibotte (Moderator)

Educator, English & Performing Arts Department, Goffstown High School, NH

Tina Philibotte is a graduate of Plymouth State University (PSU) where she earned her BA in English and later her Master’s in Education. Ms. Philibotte has been a member of the English & Performing Arts Department at Goffstown High School since 2008 where she founded one of the only concert dance programs in New Hampshire public schools. Since 2008, Ms. Philibotte has been the resident choreographer/co-director for GHS Performing Arts musical theatre having directed and choreographed well over 25 productions for GHS. Ms. Philibotte has taught Master Classes and choreographed for several New England schools including Wellesley College (MA), St. Andrew’s School (RI), Plymouth State University, New Hampton School, and the Holderness School. Ms. Philibotte is proud to be a founding member and the President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the National Dance Educator’s Organization 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, WMUR’s NH Chronicle, and she is a regular contributor to the NH Department of Education curriculum committees. In addition, Ms. Philibotte is a two-time National Writing Project Fellow, a finalist in the NH Teacher of the Year Program, and recipient of the SAU 19 Dreamkeeper’s Award. She is a passionate advocate for developing a more culturally literate, inclusive, and diverse educational culture. She has presented at numerous conferences, including NEA NH annual conference, the Integrated Arts Conference (NH), and the New Teacher’s Retreat around developing cultural literacy in the classroom, facilitating important conversations, and anti-bias education. As a chair on her school’s Equity and Inclusion committee, Ms. Philibotte continues to lead her school and district to envision and enact a more equitable school culture. She has most recently been selected to serve on the Race & Equity in NH Advisory Group a project of the Endowment for Health.


Zahary Ahmad-Kahloon, MPH, CHES

Production Manager, Seacoast Rep, Violence Prevention Consultant

Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon, MPH, CHES®, (he/him/his) is the Production Manager at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre as well as a Violence Prevention Consultant. At The Rep Zak manages all aspects of the mainstage season working closely with the Artistic Directors to maintain budgets, hire the production teams and supervise running shows. Previous to his work at the Seacoast Rep Zak worked as a Prevention Specialist at the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at the University of New Hampshire where he worked with college students to implement consent and healthy relationships based programming. Zak earned his Master's in Public Health in 2018 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He now consults with K-12 schools, colleges and organizations on social justice issues focusing on LGBTQ+ justice and violence prevention. He is passionate about how the arts can create social change and the stories we can tell.


Matt Cahoon

Director of Cultural Programming, Pinkerton Academy

Matt Cahoon works at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH where he is the Director of Cultural Programming and leads the academy’s Theatre Program (both curricular and extracurricular).   His primary responsibility at Pinkerton is to oversee the visiting artist series at the Stockbridge Theatre.  In addition to his work at Pinkerton, Matt is one of the co-founders of theatre KAPOW, a Manchester-based ensemble theatre company, and, over the course of the past twelve years has directed over 30 productions for the company.  Matt has received multiple NH Theatre Awards for his work with tKAPOW including Best Director for a Drama/Comedy (Penelope, Exit the King, and The Penelopiad) and Best Scenic Design (Raining Aluminum).  Matt has also directed for a number of other companies including the Winnipesaukee Playhouse (four seasons including Miss Julie and Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Jean’s Playhouse (Kimberly Akimbo), and LaMaMa Umbria (Bea and Me).  In the fall of 2017, Matt co-directed The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald at LaMaMa Etc. in New York.  Matt has an MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College and his theatre training includes work with Double Edge Theatre Company, SITI Company, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and the Tectonic Theater Project.


Marcia McCaffrey

Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant for the NH Department of Education, has over 20 years of leadership experience at the state education agency working with partners and key stakeholders to interpret and implement quality arts education for the state’s public education sector. Her responsibilities include the content areas of dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and physical education as well as grants coordinator for the federal Rural Low Income Schools program. She actively trains teachers and supports schools and districts in their ever-evolving efforts toward more and better arts education for all students. Marcia is proud to have been president of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) from 2013-2015. She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; national and international conference presenter on the power of standards and assessment in teaching and learning; dance educator for public schools and higher education; and proprietor of a small dance business; and director of a seniors’ dance company.  

MA, Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
BS, Elementary Education, Iowa State University
BS, Physical Education with a dance emphasis, Iowa State University  

James T. McKim

President, Manchester NAACP, Chair Episcopal Church's National Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism

James T. McKim is the President of the Manchester NAACP and Chair of the Episcopal Church’s National Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism.

He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a management consulting firm, he is a sought-after consultant, facilitator, speaker, and advisor working with both private sector and public sector entities internationally in many industries to spark efficiency and growth through aligning people, process, and technology.  Prior to his current role, Mr. McKim was Chief of Staff of the Technical Training Division at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he led the organization to deliver award-winning performance enhancement solutions. He has, also, held business and technology leadership roles in for-profit and non-profit organizations such as FIRST, Hawkeye Data, LLC, and Digital Equipment Corp. 

Believing strongly in giving back to the community, Mr. McKim has facilitated startup and growth of statewide organizations such as the Economic Vitality New Hampshire and the Software Association of New Hampshire. He has played an active role in the shaping of public policy affecting the Technology industry. He serves, currently on several Boards playing leading roles as Vice-President of Membership at the Project Management Institute NH Chapter and Chair of the NH PBS Finance Committee.



Let's Talk Culturally Inclusive Teaching
Recorded 08/12/2020
Recorded 08/12/2020 A panel of experts led by performing arts educator Tina Philibotte, discusses culturally inclusive teaching, diversity and equity in school theatre as seen through the lens of their communities in New Hampshire.
Let's Talk Culturally Inclusive Teaching
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