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After 20 years in Long Beach, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School is pleased to have the BEST Arts (Building Educational Success through the Arts) Conference join the Pacific Oaks family. The 2021 Best Arts Conference will be virtual, with a live opening keynote presentation from Charlotte Diamond on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT, followed by two live educational presentations. In addition, prerecorded presentations from educators, artists, and others will be available to registered participants from Saturday, April 10 to Friday, April 16, 2021.

Registration ($45) now open! Click here to register on Eventbrite.

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The 2021 Best Arts Conference will be virtual, with a live opening keynote presentation from Charlotte Diamond on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT, followed by two live educational presentations. In addition, prerecorded presentations from educators, artists, and others will be available to registered participants from Saturday, April 10, 2021, to Friday, April 16, 2021.

Early Bird Registration ($45) begins February 19, 2021.

A MUSICAL KEYNOTE WITH CHARLOTTE DIAMOND
Jump in and Sing: The Song Is Just the Beginning!

Sometimes we need to let go of our inhibitions and “Jump in and Sing!”

Children love the sound of your voice because you are their teacher. Start your day with songs that move as well as teach language. Singing adds joy, a love of word play, and curriculum development to every classroom. By interpreting the words through visuals, gesture, movement, and sign language, the ideas are easily understood and retained. Singing together also builds a spirit of community and cooperation. Songs help to build our communication skills and appreciation of our diversity.

Drawing on her background in the teaching of languages (English, French, and Spanish) and music, Charlotte will demonstrate her P.R.I.Z.E. method, the use of Props (Puppets), Rhythm (movement),  Imagination, Zipper songs, and Echo songs, which can be effective with all age groups. Songs provide language patterns that allow the students to create their own song variations. Some songs are bilingual (Spanish) and include sign language. Be prepared to take away ideas you can use immediately with your children.

Participation is encouraged with Q&A available after the presentation.

About Charlotte Diamond

Celebrating 35 years of success in children’s music!

"Creative and fun-loving, and an optimist who believes that people working together can create a better world."
— San Jose Mercury News, California

Charlotte Diamond is an internationally known and respected Canadian composer, author, recording artist, performer, and educator for young children. Inspired by writing songs for her own sons, she formed her Hug Bug Band in 1985 and proceeded with the independent production of 10 Carrot Diamond. This debut album won the Canadian Juno Award (1986) and the American Library Association Award. Her career turned professional and international overnight. Performing in English, French, and Spanish, Charlotte is best known for singable songs such as “Four Hugs a Day,” “I Am a Pizza (Soy una Pizza),” “Octopus (Slippery Fish),” “Each of Us Is a Flower,” and “Dicky Dinosaur.”

Charlotte presently has fourteen recordings, a string of awards, including five Parents’ Choice Awards and three American Library Association Awards. Her latest albums, 24 Carrot Diamond—The Best of Charlotte Diamond, features 24 of her best-known songs, and Diamonds by the Sea celebrates animal life and nature with “Ottie the Otter” and “The Moose on the Loose.”

Charlotte inspires us all to care for each other and to celebrate the diversity of our world with songs like “Leave the World a Little Better” and “One Dream.”

For more information, please visit Charlotte’s website and the Charlotte Diamond official YouTube channel.

Registration ($45) now open! Click here to register on Eventbrite.

Pacific Oaks is committed to diversity through global perspectives, and wishes to extend a special invitation to our international community of Early Childhood Education providers, advocates, and academics to participate in the BEST Arts conference. As valued participants in the ongoing discussion of early childhood education, we will provide our international attendees with additional support if needed.

If you are an international representative interested in sponsoring or attending the conference, please contact us directly at bestarts@pacificoaks.edu.

BEST Arts Spring 2021 workshops are yet to be announced.

EXHIBITORS

The BEST Arts Conference is pleased that so many organizations and businesses are interested in supporting early childhood educators. Be sure to visit our Virtual Vendor Hall to discover what they have to offer. The Virtual Vendor Hall will be online from Saturday, April 10, 2021, to Friday, April 16, 2021.

Current exhibitors include:

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please fill out this form or contact bestarts@pacificoaks.edu.

SPONSORS

Supporting the BEST Arts Conference is a wonderful way to demonstrate you or your organization’s commitment to early childhood education. In prior years, the conference drew 700 to 800 attendees.

GOLD SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSORS

Coachman Moore & Associates

OTHER SPONSORS

G.I. Kaplan Construction Co.

Please support the conference by filling out the form below or our Sponsorship form. Support can also be provided through In-kind donation. Thank you for your support.

BEST Arts will be virtual for Spring 2021. Participants will receive login information before the conference.