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Summer Teacher Institute: Being Present in the Moment 2022

Virtual Zoom Meeting
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You can’t just leave current events at the classroom door—your students are affected by the news, too. But for the prepared educator, this can be a teaching opportunity, not an obstacle. We invite you to join us for a Summer Teacher Institute focused on teaching current events through art, with a special focus on the US Constitution and civil dialogue.

Open to teachers of all subject areas and presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center, this interactive, weeklong virtual workshop will show you how to use art and primary source documents to incorporate current events into your existing curriculum. Over the course of the week, you’ll learn strategies and methodologies that draw from C3 Framework Standards to help you connect primary source documents and contemporary perspectives, dive into the First Amendment as a case study, discover and develop innovative, nonpartisan ways to make content relevant to students, and help students develop the skills and behaviors to engage in healthy civil dialogue around constitutional issues in the news that matter to them.

A Crystal Bridges educator speaking to a group of teachers in the Early American Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
A group of teachers taking notes in the Early American Art Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Worried about the pace and time commitment? The dedicated practice time with your fellow participants, light homework, and daily office hours will ensure that you walk away from every session with confidence and knowledge you can apply in your next lesson.

Don’t make your students leave the world behind when they come to class. Reserve your spot today.


Free, tickets and registration survey required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a required registration survey, information about the event, and the Zoom link for your convenience at a later date. 30 hours of PD credit available.


About our Instructors

Dónal O’Donoghue

Dónal O’Donoghue is Endowed Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Art Education at the University of Arkansas School of Art. He is the author of Learning to Live in Boys’ Schools: Art-Led Understandings of Masculinities published by Routledge in 2019 and his writings have appeared in handbooks, edited anthologies, encyclopedias and scholarly journals on art, research, gender, and education. At the University of Arkansas, he conducts research on contemporary art, curatorial practice, and education, with a particular interest in contemporary art’s pedagogical potential, educative quality, and distinctive capacity to function as a mode of scholarly inquiry and research. O’Donoghue is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. He serves as Past Senior Editor (2021-2023) of Studies in Art Education. Previously he served as Senior Editor (2010-2013) of the Canadian Review of Art Education. O’Donoghue is the co-founding Chair of The Art Education Research Institute (AERI). From 2015 to 2018, he served as Chair of The Council for Policy Studies, Art Education (CPSAE).

O’Donoghue has received many awards for his teaching, research and scholarship, including the 2022 Viktor Lowenfeld Award; the 2019 Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts; the 2018 International Edwin Ziegfeld Award; the 2018 Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award; the 2017 British Columbia Art Teachers Association Award for Excellence in Higher Education; the 2014 Canadian Art Educator of the Year; and the 2010 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award among other. O’Donoghue joined the University of Arkansas in 2021 from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada where he served as Professor of Art Education.


Professor Dónal O’Donoghue
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Hung K. Pham

Hung K. Pham is Director of the Center for Children & Youth, an endowed initiative of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Through CCY, he manages a range of programs for educators, students, and community partners focusing on literacy, the arts, and positive social engagement. Pham has shared his work across the country and has collaborated with leading arts and educational organizations including the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Teachers College-Columbia University. In 2019, CCY was honored with the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for contributions to art in education.

As CCY Director, Pham has overseen the highly successful ARTeacher Fellowship Program, which provides an in-depth three-year exploration of arts integration strategies for secondary teachers. ARTeacher Fellows have earned local and national recognition for their teaching, including receiving the Media Literacy Award from the National Council for Teachers of English and the Jane Ortner Education Award given by the Grammy Museum.

For the last ten years, Pham and CCY have also hosted the annual ARTful Teaching Conference, which brings together pre-service teachers and education faculty from across Arkansas for a two-day hands-on conference on the power of arts integration. Featured presenters at the conference have included multiple Arkansas Teachers of the Year as well as diverse visual and performing artists.

In 2022, Pham was selected Co-Chair of the Commission on Arts and Literacies for the National Council of Teachers of English. Through this role, Pham works with English language arts educators across the country to develop initiatives for “furthering the professional conversation on where and how the arts, multimodality, and new literacies intersect with traditional, print-based literacies.”

A graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas, Pham received the 2015 Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for his fiction. Before entering graduate school, Pham spent several years at a range of educational and youth-related nonprofits in Colorado, including managing a teen service-learning program that used the arts for social change.

Kerry Sautner

Dr. Kerry Sautner, Ed.D., is the chief learning officer at the National Constitution Center. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of the public’s on-site experience and leads the Center’s national education efforts. Through various platforms, Sautner drives the development and distribution of programs and online offerings that make the Center the nation’s leading constitutional education resource. Sautner also leads the development of interactive programs for students, teachers, and the public; theatrical productions; educational videos; and standards-based classroom materials available on-site and online.

Before joining the staff at the National Constitution Center in 2005, Kerry Sautner worked in programs, training and program development at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. She also served as an adjunct professor of education at Drexel University, where she focused on science teaching methods and learning theories for K-12 teachers.

Kerry Sautner obtained her doctorate in education leadership and management from Drexel University with a focus on creativity and innovation within educational facilities. Her dissertation focused on the examination of a program she developed for the National Constitution Center entitled, Policing in a More Perfect Union. This program uses storytelling and the museum’s exhibits to provide in-depth insights and social justice training for police recruits and in-service officers. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and marine science from Rutgers University.

Kerry Sautner is on the executive board of the Civics Renewal Network and National History Day Philadelphia. She is the vice chair of the League of Women Voters Philadelphia, a board member of the Narberth Civic Association, a member of the American Association of Museums and the National Council for the Social Studies, and she serves on the Narberth Civil Service Commission. She has edited content for The New York Times, consulted on content for Scholastic, been quoted in Education Week as well as numerous regional media outlets, and her academic writings have appeared in the Journal of Museum Education. She is the 2011 recipient of the International Museum Theater Alliance Award.

Kerry Sautner is an active and engaged citizen of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where she resides with her husband and two sons.

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Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris the director of education at the National Constitution Center. During the past four years working at the Center, she has worked on student programs, facilitated teacher professional learning sessions, and worked with teachers nationwide in the Center’s ever growing teacher educator networks. Prior to joining the museum world, Sarah taught freshman history at a high school in New Jersey. She lives in New Jersey with her two children and husband, and is an active member in her community through community outreach and education initiatives.

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