The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs provides resources, workshops, a conference, consultations, and other support for professionals in the field, including educators, arts educators, special educators, administrators, program leaders, and visiting artists.
Our annual three-day conference, the ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone, will take place on the Berklee College of Music campus in Boston on April 3–5, 2020.
This online clearinghouse provides music educators with resources to assist them in their work with students with disabilities.
Rhoda Bernard, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, has given numerous local, national, and international conference presentations on various topics in arts education and special needs.
Bernard and her staff regularly provide professional development workshops to educators, arts educators, special educators, teaching artists, program administrators, and college faculty and students. Surveys and guiding questions before the workshops are used to create professional development materials and activities that cover the topics of greatest interest to the participants.
Consultations can take the form of team teaching; observations of teaching with feedback; and/or meeting with teaching staff, administrators, and college faculty and students. Surveys and guiding questions before the sessions are used to ensure that consultation time is valuable and productive.