Saturday, 11:00 am
Join us for an exciting opportunity to connect with arts leaders and gain valuable insights on how to leverage the historic funding from Proposition 28. Discover innovative ways to enhance arts education in your district, school, and program, and learn how to effectively utilize the allocated funds. Don’t miss out on this chance to collaborate and plan for a brighter future for arts education in California!
THIS IS A FREE, PUBLIC EVENT, HELD AT THE CONFERENCE. Consider registering for a one day or the whole weekend to take full advantage of the conference offerings. If you are not attending the conference, you need to register for the symposium. REGISTER HERE.
Prop 28 Symposium Presenters
Anne Fennell, President, CA Music Educators Association (CMEA)Anne Fennell is the K-12 Music Program Manager for San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, CA, President of California Music Educators Association, and the Past Chair for the National Association for Music Education’s Innovation Council. She holds a bachelor’s in music education, a master’s in educational leadership studies, and Orff-Schulwerk Levels: I-II-III. Her experiences include 36 years in education, 32 of those teaching music composition and steel drum ensembles (grades 9-12), Kindergarten-Grade 8 music through Orff-Schulwerk, and leading vocal and instrumental ensembles in civic, professional, and national performances. Anne is a published author and presents nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Technology in Music Education National Teacher of the Year, 2017 MSA National Teacher of the Year, and top 10 GRAMMY Music Educator, 2016.
Scott Fitzpatrick serves as the Orange County Department of Education Arts Coordinator. He attended Southern California College which is now Vanguard University where he earned a BA in Music Education, as well as a Single Subject Music Credential and a Multiple Subject Credential. He attended Cal State Fullerton where he earned an MS in Educational Leadership. He served as an Elementary Music Teacher and then a Teacher on Special Assignment for K-12 Visual and Performing Arts in Newport Mesa USD.
Michael Despars, Moderator, Past President, CA Educational Theatre Association (CETA)
As the Theatrical Arts Director at Fullerton Union High School and the Immediate Past-President of the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA), MICHAEL DESPARS has dedicated his eighteen-year teaching career to fostering student artists. Michael earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting from the University of Southern California and his first Masters Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University, later completing his Masters in Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. Michael is currently working on supporting universities as they develop Theatre Credentialing programs as well serving as a point person on Prop 28 implementation for CETA. Michael’s contributions to Theatre Education have garnered widespread recognition, including awards such as the Jim Thomas Distinguished Career Service Award for Theatre from the Orange County Department of Education, Fullerton Joint Union High School’s 2017 District Teacher of the Year, semi-finalist for Orange County Teacher of the Year, the Theatre Leadership Award for his work on the CETA High School Theatre Festival and directorship of the Orange County CAPPIES Critics Program.