Arts and Special Education Conference
Atlanta, GA ∙ August
7-8, 2018 ∙ The Marriott Marquis
What is VSA
Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive
sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides
professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special
education the opportunity to share current information in practice, programs,
research, and policy, and to serve as a leading catalyst for change. This
conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching
artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and,
ultimately, to help shape best practice—improving educational experiences for
students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.
Lead a session at VSA Intersections!
Conference sessions will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, August
7-8, 2018 and will be selected from this call. Sessions presented at the 2018
VSA Intersections Conference should align with the stated priorities
Content should be relevant to the
field of arts and special education and grounded in evidence. Reflecting the breadth of
professionals at work in this field, sessions may address issues of practice,
policy, or research—but ultimately the focus on all sessions should be on
improving access to and the quality of arts learning for students with disabilities.
Thus, accepted sessions could focus on:
Instructional practice in arts and
special education classrooms (i.e. arts
integration in special education classrooms, adaptive arts instruction, etc.)
Issues or policies affecting students
with disabilities and their arts learning (i.e. the effects of trauma on
students with disabilities, cultural responsiveness in special education,
Rigorous research that contributes to
the body of literature in the arts and special education. Research should align
with the priority areas described in the Kennedy Center’s The Arts and Special Education: A Map for Research.
Sessions should also reflect an
understanding of how adult conference-goers learn. VSA Intersections solicits both interactive
sessions that provide participants with hands-on learning opportunities and discussion-based
or lecture sessions that examine content from a less experiential vantage
point. Sessions can be geared toward teachers of school-age students, or can
address the needs of administrators who support teaching artists and educators
in the classroom. For all sessions:
The chosen format should align with
the content area,
The amount of time allotted should be
appropriate to meet the learning goals, and
Content should be clearly tailored to
the target audience.
Please read these important
Please review all information and instructions prior to completing
the online form. It is recommended that you develop your proposal before you
start the online submission process. Once your proposal is submitted, you will
receive an automated response acknowledging receipt. If you have difficulties
with the online system, or do not receive an automated response upon
submission, please contact Jenna Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2018.
Accepted presenters must register by the early-bird deadline of July 9,
2017, or risk forfeiting their session time. Please note that VSA
Intersections is unable to support requests for travel assistance; accepted
presenters are responsible for covering all costs associated with their