Professional Development

Free! Equity & Diversity WorkSHOP

Summer PD to get your 2021-22 school year off to a great start!

A Blueprint for Equity and Diversity in the arts classroom -
August 3, 2021 @ 7pm via ZOOM
with Maria A. Ellis


Maria A. Ellis, chair
MAAE RIDE Committee


F.A.M.E. (Fine Arts Missouri Educators) - Leadership Group
The FAME Leadership Group is open to all arts educators, but is particularly geared toward arts educators who take on leadership roles in their setting. The group meets monthly via ZOOM to discuss current issues of interest to Missouri's arts educators.

M.A.I.N. Events all on Mondays at 4pm

This free professional learning community welcomes all arts integration practitioners. (any subject, any age/grade level)

SUMMER PD in Arts Integration

The three arts integration sites which sponsor annual training sessions in arts integration have announced their plans:

The KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education Summer Symposium

July 26-27, 2021 • virtual - REGISTER HERE

contact: Aaron Money - Fine Arts Director
Liberty Public Schools or 816-736-5660

Springfield Arts Integration Conference
July 29-30, 2021 • in-person -

contact: Breana Kavanaugh -Fine Arts/World Language Coordinator

Springfield Public Schools or 417-523-5532

COCA edu Arts Integration Professional Development Opportunities

Fall 2021 -

contact Janelle Velten - COCAedu Program Mangaer

Arts Integration Specialist or 314-561-4889

Continue to submit your PD offerings through 7/1/22.

MAAE plans to compile and share with arts ed colleagues and PD planners by 8/1/21.

Gathering Professional Learning Resources from Arts Ed Partners

Help school districts, LEAs and arts educators plan for content-specific job embedded professional development during the 2021-2022 school year! We want to make the rich resources generated within the last year more widely available to arts educators. Both live, in-person, virtual and pre-recorded asynchronous content welcome. Please submit separate entries for each learning option you have to offer. Deadline for submissions July 1, 2021. Plans to publish 8/1/21. Questions, email Enter your info here!

Statewide Arts Education Organizations Professional Development Conferences

Missouri Dance Organization - MDO will offer monthly virtual professional development events. Dates TBD

Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri - STAM Fall conference set for September 23-25, 2021 - Margaritaville - Tan-Tar-A Osage Beach.

Missouri Thespians

Maria A. Ellis

Maria A. Ellis is a passionate educator and conductor. She is the owner of Girl Conductor, a company that creates diverse music education resources, and currently serves as the Director of The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus and The St. Louis Children’s Choirs Virtual Chorus. Maria is an active clinician, adjudicator and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for The St. Louis Symphony and has served as the Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Maria is the host of Bach and Beyoncé on Classic 107.3 The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis and she is the Repertoire and Resource Chair of Inclusivity for the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Maria is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, where she is chair of the RIDE (Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) Committee and holds Level 3 Certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education.


A Blueprint for Equity and Diversity in the arts classroom -
August 3, 2021 @ 7pm via ZOOM
with Maria A. Ellis