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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Sharon Frazier-Verpooten

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The research on music education’s effects on learning is inarguable, but how can you make it work in your classroom? At Fall CUE, Sharon Frazier-Verpooten can show you the digital tools to incorporate music in your curriculum. 

Sharon Frazier-Verpooten has been teaching for 26 years in grades K-12. With a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, she has established herself as a well-respected leader and trainer in schools and districts throughout the United States. She holds teaching credentials in elementary education, music, and school administration, and has been extensively trained in many strategies to maximize student achievement, especially in Gifted and Talented Education. She has conducted many workshops for other teachers and parents in California and in Texas in GATE, AVID, Computer Using Educators, Music, and Mathematics. As a constant learner, she is always open to using any strategy that will help students learn and can individualize any curriculum to meet students’ needs from the struggling learner or gifted students. Her greatest passion in education is to develop curriculum that helps students to experience success and have fun learning.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Implementing a Fully Integrated Digital Music Classroom

What inspired you to put this session together?

Tustin Unified School District brought back their elementary music program five years ago, and was committed to offering a 21st century music program that would incorporate the use of digital tools throughout the curriculum. We have a very professional group of music teachers who have created this curriculum from the ground up, using the music standards, and the knowledge of working in the music field for many years.

Why should someone attend?

If you are looking to incorporate music into your classroom, but don’t know where to begin, you will have the opportunity to hear from a veteran music teacher of 27 years. If you are a music teacher, looking to do something different, you will walk away with the tools to create your own curriculum that fully uses digital resources. We are 100% mobile and our entire program is housed online.

What’s your CUE Story?

I found out about CUE years ago, while I was finishing up my credential taking a computer course. I was impressed at that time by all of the educators taking risks and providing technology for their students. Tustin Unified School District sends many presenters to CUE and I was invited to submit my idea to present. I am so proud of the way our music team makes use of digital resources for our music program that I just had to share with other teachers who might be curious about bringing their program into the future!

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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