MMI Preparatory School art instructor Lisa Marie Ferry recently gave a presentation at the STR2E2AM Evidence-Based Practices Conference at King’s College’s Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center in Wilkes-Barre. The conference covered material for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators in the areas of science, technology, reading, writing, engineering, early childhood education, arts and mathematics.
Ferry’s presentation was entitled “Turning Anxiety into Creativity.” The hands-on session addressed the anxiety and stress students suffer in the classroom and examined evidence-based strategies that can be used to alleviate their symptoms not only in the art curriculum, but other classes and beyond.
The conference’s workshops were conducted by members of the King’s College faculty, consultants from the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, NEIU19, and teachers and administrators from schools throughout the area. Workshops covered topics including STEM programs and products, the impact of concussions on students, parent involvement activities, and assessment and classroom management strategies.
Ferry has been delivering presentations on a variety of topics at conferences across the state for the past several years. In the fall of 2016, Ferry earned the prestigious Master of Arts degree in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art and Design. Last October, she gave a presentation on her research topic at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and Pennsylvania Independent School Association conferences. During the presentations, Ferry shared her knowledge and understanding of how to create art activities and an art journaling kit based on postmodern principles to help alleviate anxiety and stress symptoms. She will present again at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference in October where she will be leading a session entitled “Empower your Student’s Creative Side with Growth Mindset Strategies.”