- DTE School & Educator of the Year
- Teacher Workshops
- All teachers must register and pay for workshops in advance. Workshop registrants will be charged regardless of whether or not they actually attend.
- A $10 workshop registration discount is available to teachers bringing students to a corresponding School Day Performance and to students enrolled in a university teacher education program.
- Refunds are available if cancellations are received at least 10 business days before the workshop.
- Ann Arbor Public School Teachers: AAPS will reimburse teachers’ workshop fees, subject to availability. Teachers who miss the workshop may not apply for reimbursement.
- Washtenaw Intermediate School District Teachers: WISD will reimburse the workshop fees of the first five teachers to register.
- Teachers who miss the workshop may not apply for reimbursement. Contact UMS Youth Education for more information.
Photo: At the 2013 award ceremony.
NOMINATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 7, 2014
This season, UMS is again asking the southeastern Michigan community to help us choose the 2013-2014 UMS DTE Energy Foundation Educator and School of the Year. We want to recognize educators and learning communities doing great work integrating the arts throughout the K-12 curriculum.
Watch the complete 2013 award ceremony:
Details about next year’s award application process will be available soon!
• Complimentary tickets to one UMS School Day Performance in the 14-15 season for the winning educator’s classroom and for up to four classrooms at the winning school, including transportation.
• One in-school interaction by an artist in the 14-15 season for the winning educator’s classroom and at the winning school. Type of interaction will depend on artist and availability. Examples include a student assembly or workshop.
• Presentation of award at the UMS Ford Honors Gala benefiting UMS education programs, including the opportunity to address the community at the gala.*
• Public recognition of awardees in local media outlets and to school board and district administration.
Eligibility and Procedure
• The Educator of the Year (EOY) and School of the Year (SOY) must be nominated for the award, either through self-nomination or through the nomination of others.
• An ‘Educator’ nominated for the EOY award may be any individual who works in K-12 education with or on behalf of students or young learners. A ‘School’ nominated for the SOY award may be any public, private, charter, independent, or home school serving K-12 students OR a group of educators within a school (e.g. the English Department at City High School or the 7th grade teachers at City Middle School);
• Anyone in the community can nominate schools and educators for the awards.
• Nominees must satisfy ONE or more of the following three criteria: excellence in arts programs, exceptional use of an arts-integrated curriculum, and/or creative use of UMS-provided tools.
• Previous participation in UMS programs is NOT a requirement for this award.
• The winning EOY and SOY can only receive the award once every five years. Receiving one award does not exclude one from eligibility for the other.
• Nominations for the 13/14 school year must be received by Monday, January 7, 2014. Nomination forms may be submitted via the following: online form (www.ums.org/learn), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (734-998-7526), or mail (attn: Education Manager, 881 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109).
• Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of UMS staff and community members affiliated with the education and/or arts communities.
• Winners will be notified as soon as possible and at least one month in advance of the annual Ford Honors Program and Gala.
Apply online using the forms below or download form [PDF].
2012/2013 School of the Year:
Carpenter Elementary School, Ann Arbor for its dedication and commitment to arts education. Carpenter has become a model among its peers in the integration of arts into the curriculum, in large part because of the efforts of two teachers, Laura Machida (music) and Meredith Giltner (art), who work tirelessly to create meaningful integration and enhanced learning through the arts. They have solicited grants and parent donations to ensure that Carpenter students experience the performing arts through attendance at performances and in-school artist interactions. Additionally, they participate in UMS Teacher Workshops and integrate the arts into the curriculum at Carpenter, a Title 1 school, in ways that touch both classroom and community, from an after-school gardening program to a student art sale to benefit a family in the school community.
2012/2013 Educator of the Year:
Matt Kazmierski, Ypsilanti Public Schools, honoring his passionate commitment to and advancement of arts education. When the Ypsilanti Public Schools moved sixth grade from middle school to elementary school, the sixth grade band program was in jeopardy. Mr. Kazmierski’s insistence on making sixth-grade band a contributing part of the YPS school-day band program increased access and visibility of the arts to more than 1,000 students, with sixth-grade band participation rising by more than 50%. Creative models of arts access like the one Mr. Kazmierski implemented in YPS will be critical to sustaining access to quality arts education in public schools.
Teacher: Brian Nutting, Troy High School
School: Early College Alliance - in partnership with Washtenaw County school districts, housed on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
Teacher: Joey Parins, Roberto Clemente Student Development Center
School: Angell Elementary, Ann Arbor Public Schools - Principal, Gary Court; Lead Teacher: Joan Singer
Teacher: Deb Clancy, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (Liaison to UMS) School: Burns Park Elementary, Ann Arbor Public Schools - Principal, Kathy Morhous; Lead Teachers: Cynthia Page-Bogen and Kate Higgins
Teacher: Mike Grace, Community High School
School: Paul Robeson Academy - Principal, Jeanette Collins; Lead Teacher, Rebeca Pietrzak
Teacher: Dan Tolly, Ann Arbor Open (Music)
School: Emerson School - Principal, Pat Adams
Teacher: Alana Barter, VSA (Southeast Michigan)
School: Mitchell Elementary School,
Ann Arbor Public Schools - Principal, Kathy Scarnacchia; Lead Teacher, Rosalie Koenig
Teacher: Michelle Peet, Ypsilanti High School (Drama)
School: Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor Public Schools - Principal, Ben Edmundson; Lead Teacher, Susan Buchan
Teacher: Saundra Dunn and Katy Fillion
School: Chelsea High School Special Education
Teacher: Laura Machida, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Teacher: Fran Ampey, Southfield Public Schools
2013 Selection Committee:
• Lynda Berg (UMS Senate and Retired AAPS Educator)
• Mark Clague (U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and UMS Board)
• Agnes Moy-Sarns (UMS Board)
• Michelle Peet (Educator, Early College Alliance at EMU)
• Brian Nutting (Band Director, Troy High School)
• Susan Bozell Craig, Mary Roeder, and Omari Rush (UMS Staff)
Questions? E-mail email@example.com or call (734) 615-0122
Use the form below to register for Teacher Workshops and events in our 2013-2014 season.
UMS develops its K-12 programs for teachers and students to be responsive to the needs of the school community. We work to stay award of trends in the classroom, changing resources, and new opportunities for learning by working closely with central administration in regional school districts, our focused and diverse UMS Teacher Insight Group, and members of the local and national arts education communities. We value feedback and broad participation in the development of our programs and thank everyone who has (or is!) helping us.
Our UMS Teacher Insight Group
Robin Bailey: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor
Jennifer Burton: Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor
Jeff Gaynor: Clague Middle School, Ann Arbor
Neha Shah: King Elementary, Ann Arbor
Cynthia Page Bogen: Burns Park Elementary, Ann Arbor
Karen McDonald: Pattengill Elementary, Ann Arbor
Melissa Poli: Farmington High School, Farmington
Rebeca Pietrzak: Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion School, Detroit
Mark Salzer: Ypsilanti Public Schools, Ypsilanti
To learn more or to get involved, contact UMS Youth Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a variety of resources that might help you better advocate for the arts, connect the arts to classroom curriculum, or engage expertise in your local community. Browse Resources below, or scroll down for our Learning Guide archive.
Arab American National Museum
Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Kennedy Center: Partners in Education Program
Mosaic Youth Theatre
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Learning Guide Archive
UMS Learning Guides help teachers extend the impact of our School Day Performances beyond the walls of the theater into the classroom. By providing educator-specific information about the performance, artist, genre, as well as resources and lesson plans, UMS strives to make meaningful connections between the performance and curriculum. The content and design of the guides are informed by the State of Michigan Education Standards and by our UMS Teacher Insight Group.
Anda Union 2011-2012
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2000-2001
Amalia Hernández’ Ballet Folklórico de México 2006-2007
American Repertory Theater: The King Stag 2000-2001
Anoushka Shankar & Ensemble 2000-2001
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music 2008-2009
Carolina Chocolate Drops 2010-2011
Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra 2011-2012
Charlie Haden’s Quartet West with Strings 2001-20022
Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble 2007-2008
Children of Uganda 2001-2002
Children of Uganda 2003-2004
Children of Uganda: Mory Kanté (Cancelled) 2005-2006
Compagnie Heddy Maalem 2008-2009
Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Word Becomes Flesh 2005-2006
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano 2005-2006
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán 2010-2011
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán 2012-2013
Martha Graham Dance Company 2012-2013
Mingus Big Band: Blues and Politics 2000-2001
Ragamala Dance: Sacred Earth 2012-2013
Regina Carter and Quartet
Rebirth Brass Band 2011-2012
Rennie Harris Puremovement: Facing Mekka 2004-2005
Royal Shakespeare Company Dress Rehearsal: Julius Caesar 2006-2007
Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard III 2000-2001
Royal Shakespeare Company Dress Rehearsal: The Tempest 2006-2007
Rubberbandance Group 2008-2009
San Francisco Symphony 2011-2012
SFJAZZ Collective 2007-2008
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 2009-2010
Shen Wei Dance Arts 2007-2008
Simon Shaheen and Qantara 2003-2004
Soweto Gosepl Choir 2008-2009
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2002-2003
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2004-2005
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2006-2007
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2007-2008
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2008-2009
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2009-2010
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2010-2011
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2011-2012
Sphinx Competition Honors Concert 2012-2013
Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province 2012-2013
Sweet Honey in the Rock 2002-2003
Sweet Honey In The Rock 2008-2009
Sweet Honey in the Rock 2011-2012