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Thursday, October 12

11:30am PDT

Cameras Across Cultures: Building Community & Empathy through Photography (CTE/AME)
Cameras Across Cultures expands students’ global capacity by exploring other cultures, places, and perspectives through the power of photography and film. Through the power of visual media, students can build a sense of empathy with each other, with their communities, and with the world around them. Cameras Across Cultures has traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jordan, Thailand, Colombia, and Namibia, and have brought conversations & stories around immigration, human rights, health, and the environmental back to students in San Diego. Participants will experience the power of cross-cultural curriculum, and learn how it can be adapted & brought to their own classrooms.


Lucy Eagleson

Program Director, Outside The Lens
Born and raised in Escondido, California, Lucy spent about 3 years living and volunteering at an orphanage in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was during that time that she found herself in the midst of unique stories as she came to know the wise individuals behind those journeys. That wisdom... Read More →

Hilary Morefield

Media Educator, Outside the Lens
Hilary is a San Diego-based photographer, artist, and educator. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, where she received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts-Media and Communications. Hilary currently serves as a Media Educator at Outside the Lens... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Museum of Man Gill Auditorium 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

11:30am PDT

One 3D Project from iPad to 3D printing (CTE/AME)
This presentation will cover step by step how to use an iPad with students to start a 3D project. What are the resources and how teachers can guide the students from virtual design to complete and printed project?

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Teacher/Dept. Chair, Del Lago Academy
Soudabeh(Sudi) has a Master in Fine Arts, and has workedyears in the field of fine arts, illustration and graphicdesign. She is department chair for art and design program at Del Lago Academy, Escondido, California. Also a professor at New School of Architecture and Design, San D... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
San Diego History Center Conference Room 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Suite #3

1:30pm PDT

'Spirit Skies' a international collaborative graphic novel (CTE/AME)
INTRO: Our project is to create a four part graphic novel, called Spirit Skies, which follows the migration of a Rufous Hummingbird as a tool to teach about environmental stewardship using applied arts, humanities and the sciences. The Humanities students are using Common Core Curriculum design to produce the graphic novel, and collaborating with the Art Conservatory, as well as Science, and Social Science Departments. It was a seminal moment for these students to have the opportunity to have presented at SDCCI the past three years, and now we would like to present on a panel to demonstrate the success of our project. We want to expand our presentation to share our insights on how a graphic novel by students, for students, can be achieved. GRAPHIC NOVEL: The hummingbird spirit meets a teen who is challenged to commit to environmental stewardship. The overarching theme is to instill in the reader a sense that there is, in fact, no separation between wildlife and human society. Vol. 1 is complete and we are now looking for a publisher. We are also in the middle of developing Vol. 2, and preparing for Volume 3 for next year. PRESENTATIONS/CONS: For the past three years, Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Conservatory for the Humanities has presented at San Diego Comic-con International's Comic Arts Conference, twice we have presented at the San Diego Co. Office of Education Mega Arts Conference. We had a full panel at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comicon, and introduced the project at Mike Towry’s San Diego Comic-Fest three years ago. This past February, we presented Spirit Skies to the Ministries of Education and the Environment to the Republic of Panama, and the Mayor of Panama, along with US Embassy Officials. We will be introducing our project to the Green Schools Project - or Aulas Verdes - in Panama soon. They will be invited to write their own volume of Spirit Skies, from the Central American point of view. Our next step in our long-term plan is to invite a group of Panamanian students to SDCCI to talk about their ideas for their version of Spirit Skies. After that, our long term plan has us collaborating with a school in the Pacific Northwest, so they can write their version from the temperate or artic perspective. In the end, Spirit Skies will be a complete comic series, stretching from Panama to Alaska - all following the migration of the hummingbird - uniting the Pacific coast in environmental conservation. PANEL: Our panel will consist of the following: the coordinators of the Humanities’ Conservatory, describing the creative process and the Common Core curriculum design; the Arts Conservatory coordinator, explaining the collaborative creative process of working with the artists and writers; and last, the students themselves, who will share their experience creating the Spirit Skies project from concept to final volume. For more information see www.spiritskies.org In April, members of the Conservatory went to Washington DC to meet Rep. John Lewis. He has co-written March with his aide Andrew Aydin. I met both of them at Comic-Con three years ago. I have maintained correspondence with Mr. Aydin. When I told him that my students were coming to Washington, I asked if we could share our graphic novel with Rep. Lewis. He asked us to his office and we spent over 15 minutes with Rep. Lewis. It was a humbling experience to meet with the Civil Rights icon. We talked at length on how comics have played an important role in his life and how the youth of today are such visual learners and the graphic novel is the perfect vehicle for these students. He spent time reading our comic and repeatedly asked if this was all student art work. We said “absolutely.” His appraisal of “Spirit Skies” was that it is “truly wonderful” and a “beautiful” comic, and that he would be sure to refill his hummingbird feeder as soon as he got back to his home in Georgia. I asked him if we could quote him, he said, “Absolutely.” We have met with Will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas who has recently written a graphic novel. We are also writing common core curriculum for "Boilerplate" another graphic novel. My Bio: Before moving to his native San Diego, Timothy Stiven taught History at The Brentwood School in Los Angeles for 15 years. He was Chair of the Humanities’ Department. Since 2006, he has taught AP History at Canyon Crest Academy, a public school dedicated to the Arts and Sciences, and is Coordinator of The Envision Conservatory for the Humanities. Tim’s mission is to bring private school programs to a public school. The Conservatory, a three-year, project-based, after-school program – committed to deepening students’ mastery of the Humanities. He is also Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the San Diego Panama Sister City Association.


Zachary Brown

Conservatory Coordinator , Envision Conservatory for the Humanities at CCA
Zachary Brown joyfully teaches Social Science, Rhetoric, and English Composition at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, CA. A proud grandchild of three public education pioneers, he holds a BA from UC San Diego, summa cum laude, and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. In... Read More →
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Jessi Mortensen

Teacher, Dept Chair, Coordinator, San Dieguito Union High School District
Visual Art

Timothy Stiven

Conservatory Coordinator, Envision Conservatory for the Humanities at CCA
Timothy Stiven began his career in education in 1986 teaching where his grandfather first taught 50 years earlier. He receives his BA in History and Education at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches AP World, AP European, World History and Non Western World History at Canyon Crest... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Museum of Man Gill Auditorium 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Working Artist (CTE/AME)
Session will provide an outline of ways in which a creative community can support individual student learning goals and develop authentic creative practice to prepare visual art students as working artists.


Karrie Jackson

CoSA Visual Art Conservatory Teacher & Department Chair, Coronado School of the Arts/Coronado High School
Karrie Jackson: Karrie Jackson is a Coronado High School and Coronado School of the Arts graduate and teacher. Her current artwork highlights the vibrant beach culture and landscape of Coronado Island. Ms. Jackson completed her undergraduate training at California College of the Arts... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
San Diego History Center Conference Room 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Suite #3