Arts are Exceptional:  Strategies in Arts Integration for working with SPED Students (1 week)

Anchorage, Anchorage School District  •  July 31 – August 4

This five day AAEC Special Topics Arts Institute is an opportunity for educators, teaching artists, and para-professionals from all regions of Alaska to learn how to increase participation in the arts for students with disabilities through readings and discussions, hands-on arts activities and multi-media presentations.

Expert teacher-leaders will lead daily sessions in theory and application and participants will actively investigate visual  and performing arts, focusing on best practices when working with students with disabilities.  Teacher-leaders will represent a variety of the arts including visual, drama, music and movement. Each participant will develop either a lesson plan or a PPA (personal plan of action) showing how they will apply what they have learned to increase art participation.  Three (3) Ed 597 credits are available through UAA for $114.  Registration information will be sent to you before the Institute.

Scholarships:  AAEC is providing 20 $100 scholarships to the first 20 teachers to sign up and attend this Institute.  The $100 will be paid after completing the training.  (A waiting list of up to 5 names will be held because there is always attrition.)   SCHOLARSHIPS GONE.  But the whole week only costs $249 so join us anyway!

“Art can level the playing field for students with disabilities.”  (Participant, Fairbanks Arts are Exceptional Institute, 2016, photo above)

A poster advertising this institute is below:

2017-Anchorage-Arts-are-Exceptional-Final.pdf (643 downloads )

Teacher-leaders for this Institute are:

  • Susan Loesl, Art Therapist, Adaptive Arts Specialist, Registered Art Therapist, extensive experience
  • Jan Abramowitz, PhD, Portland State assoc. professor, BA Dance Education, extensive experience working with Motor Development, co-teaches ‘Arts Integration Methods for Inclusive classrooms’
  • Donna Breeden, Drama teaching artist with extensive experience in Alaska and Hawaii, experienced teacher-leader for AAEC Institutes
  • Marsha Williams, Sped certified and experienced,  20 years experience as a music/art/drama educator and artist in residence, ORFF teacher

This institute is supported in part by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, Anchorage School District and the Kennedy Center VSA Program.

If you have questions about the Institute, please leave a message in the comments section below or email

  • Anchorage Arts are Exceptional Institute
     July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm


5577 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, Alaska, 99507, United States

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