The Strong Hosts Third Annual Education Conference on May 4

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 •

April 4, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong Hosts
​“Reclaiming Joy through Song, Movement, and Stories” Conference
on May 4, 2018

ROCHESTER, New York—Learn about the power of play in education from leading educators Steven Levy and Anna Rainville during the “Reclaiming Joy through Song, Movement, and Stories” conference taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. This is The Strong’s third annual education conference.

The full-day conference explores the ways to use music, movement, and storytelling to promote joy and enhance learning in classrooms. The day features presentations by Steven Levy, nationally recognized author and Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education consultant, and Anna Rainville, renowned educator and author of Singing Games for Families, Schools, and Communities. Interactive workshops, round-table discussions, and group activities follow.

“Play is a fundamental part of a child’s development and a powerful tool for supporting physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth,” says Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s assistant vice president for education. “Through this conference, teachers, child-care givers, and administrators will discover the role that play, movement, stories, and imagination have in preparing students for success in school and in life.” 

Registration includes the full day schedule and lunch. Register online at For questions or more information, please call 585-263-2700.

About the Presenters

Steven Levy: After 28 years in the classroom, Steven Levy consults throughout the United States and the world—independently and formerly with EL Education, a nationally known not-for-profit organization serving kindergarten through Grade 12 students and teachers in more than 39 states. Levy guides educators in designing service-based curriculum, engaging instructional practices, and student-owned assessments. Levy’s accolades include Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year, the Disney American Teacher Awards for national Outstanding General Elementary Teacher, the Autodesk National Teacher Award for impact on project-based learning, and the John F. Kennedy Prize for the teaching of history. Levy has written numerous articles for educational journals, and his book, Starting From Scratch (Heinemann, 1996), details some of the projects and students he has worked with in his elementary classrooms.

Anna Rainville: After 30 years in the classroom, Anna travels widely as a mentor and teacher. She is co-founder and director of the quarterly Kindergarten Forum. As a public school kindergarten teacher, she received an award from the California Kindergarten Association for outstanding work in early childhood education. Anna facilitates teacher renewal and integrated arts curriculum development in schools and universities nationally and internationally, including in the Philippines, Estonia, the West Bank, Ireland and India. A special interest in learning through movement and sensory integration led her to complete a remedial training. Anna is the author of Singing Games for Families, Schools and Communities.

About Debbie McCoy: Debbie McCoy is assistant vice president for education at The Strong, where she directs all museum education programs, including the Woodbury School, and leads professional development training in playful learning and the play-based Reggio Emilia approach for educators across the country. In 2010, she participated in a North American Study Tour of the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. As a founding teacher of the Genesee Community Charter School at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Debbie implemented the innovative Expeditionary Learning model there and has presented national seminars for Expeditionary Learning Schools.