The BYU ARTS Partnership
The BYU ARTS Partnership is an organization that provides professional development in the arts for generalist elementary school teachers. It is housed within the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University.
The mission of the BYU ARTS Partnership is to ensure that all children benefit from an education that provides for academic excellence, social confidence, and personal expression through experience with the arts. We believe that the greatest impact for change will be accomplished through collaborative efforts involving teachers, parents, schools, districts, departments and universities. We believe such efforts will not only improve educational practice in schools, but will also increase community and legislative support, leading to educational renewal that includes arts education for every child.
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Founding Program Director
Cally Flox is the founding director of the BYU ARTS Partnership. She is a co-author of the book A Teachers’ Guide to Resiliency Through the Arts. As a licensed teacher with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, Cally taught dance, math, and physical education in public schools. She completed additional training in sensory integration and the neurophysiology of learning. She is a licensed administrator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from BYU. Cally served as President of the Utah Dance Education Organization and is a board member for Dance and the Child International (daCi), Utah Chapter. She recently presented at their international conference in Australia. Cally has frequently presented both as a keynote speaker and workshop provider for children and adults, including at the National Network for Educational Renewal, the National Dance Education Organization, and the Professional Development Schools Conference. Cally consistently spends her personal and professional time engaging with people in the arts, including her husband and adult children who share her passion and commitment.
Research & Development
Heather Francis holds an MA in Teaching Artistry from Wayne State University and a BA in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. As a licensed K-12 dance educator, Heather taught dance to people ranging in ages from three to ninety-three. Along with creating and performing dances, she loves traveling, learning new skills, making messy lists, and connecting with friends. Heather’s professional experience includes teaching children’s creative dance classes in elementary schools and studios, directing a dance program and developing a dance-integrated math curriculum for a middle school in South Salt Lake, adjunct teaching in BYU’s Dance Department, and co-directing the BYU Kinnect Dance Company. Since 2017, Heather has served in the BYU ARTS Partnership as the Director of Research and Development and the Arts Bridge Program Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the development of the Advancing Arts Leadership website, the Building an Arts-Rich Schools advocacy resource for administrators, and providing workshops on dance and aesthetics in partnership programs.
James joined the BYU ARTS Partnership as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in 2012. He now works as a program facilitator, helping the team run various arts-integration programs for educators. He also enjoys documenting and promoting the programs through videos and photos. James has a BA in Media Arts, with an emphasis in Narrative Film Production. He ran his own film production company for several years before joining the BYU ARTS Partnership. In his free time, James enjoys playing the drums and guitar, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and photographing nature and wildlife.
A professional artist and educator, Doug has a background in visual arts and holds multiple degrees from the University of Utah. He currently works with the BYU ARTS Partnership and oversees 115 Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program educators, working in elementary schools in various art forms. He facilitates professional development, including conferences and workshops, for teachers in the partnership districts through meetings and phone contacts. Previously, Doug worked as an administrator for the Jordan School District as the Fine Arts and Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, facilitating K-12 programs in the arts, health, and physical education. Doug taught studio art courses at BYU’s Salt Lake Center for more than thirty years. In his work with the National Advanced Placement Program, Doug grades student art portfolios and also works as a presenter for the College Board.
Many individuals contributed to the publication of this resource, including national and local experts in various fields. The BYU ARTS Partnership collaborates with many professional educators and artists from the university, public schools, and area communities. Together, we developed and continue to provide many workshops, lessons, and arts experiences to support elementary teachers as they integrate the arts to improve student learning in schools.
We offer a special thanks to each of these individuals and also to others not listed. As we work, teach, and create in our related fields, we look forward to continued individual growth and more effective group collaboration.
BYU Public School Partnership