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Workshop Will Help Teachers To Integrate Math Into Arts Education


Great Neck, NY (October, 2015) — On March 9th, 2016 the Gold Coast Arts Center will present Moving Through Math: Multiplication and Division with Marcia Daft due to a generous grant from the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts! Brought to you in part by Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools and Hofstra University along with Sonia Arora- Director of Outreach at GCAC, Ben Wiley- Director of Art and Digital Instruction at POB schools, and John Lewis and Betsy Salemson of Hofstra University, the workshop will focus on helping teachers lead interactive exercises that bring together the arts with math concepts which better help students grasp complex material, and is lead by one of the Center’s most well known instructors!


MARCIA DAFT is known for creating original instructional methods for teaching music as well as integrating music and movement into other areas of the curriculum. Her work has been used in classrooms throughout the United States for fifteen years. Ms. Daft is a national workshop leader for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and a consultant for arts institutions throughout the U.S. She has developed museum exhibitions, broadcast programs, and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has also written over twenty children’s educational books for both the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft holds a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in music from the University of Chicago, and studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and performs as part of the duo-piano team Le Quattro Mani.



Many students memorize the times tables yet fail to master a conceptual understanding of multiplication. Without this critical conceptual understanding, students have no foundation upon which to build. This is why many students struggle with factors and multiples, and later on with fractions. In the Moving Through Math: Multiplication and Division workshop, teachers examine how repeating patterns establish the equal grouping concepts that underlie multiplication and division. They then learn to lead lessons that integrate the arts with multiplication concepts. Through pictures, words, rhythm, and movement, equal grouping concepts are literally brought to life. Through this process, teachers discover how to help students move past memorizing the times tables, and understand the foundations of multiplying and dividing with this active, conceptual, and creative approach to teaching mathematics.


This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.


With such a generous grant for an extremely important workshop which will help teachers broaden their horizons by way of developing new ways to help students learn, the Gold Coast Arts Center is excited to welcome Marcia Daft for Moving Through Math: Multiplication and Division March 9th, 2016!


For More About Marcia Daft’s Workshops, VISIT: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/partners/touringbrochure/teacher/Daft_Marcia.pdf


For More Information On the Gold Coast Arts Center, VISIT: http://goldcoastarts.org/

For Press Inquiries, Contact: rick@rickeberle.com


More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:


The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 4th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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