Teaching the Music of The Children of Willesden Lane
Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 to 8:30 PM
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Room 3
535 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN

A free workshop for middle school and high school teachers

  • language arts
  • social studies
  • music teachers
  • media specialists
  • interested individuals

Please register by April 1. (see below)


4:30-5:30 Teaching the Music of The Children of Willesden Lane
Sarah Fronczek, Fine Arts Consultant, Indiana Department of Education
Sarah Powley, English Department Chair, McCutcheon High School
5:30-6:00 Dinner (sandwiches provided by Subway)
6:00-7:00 Conversation with kindertransport survivor Joseph Haberer
Dr. Haberer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and Emeritus Director of the Jewish Studies Program
7:00-9:00 Film: Into the Arms of Strangers
The 2001 Academy Award-winning documentary about the kindertransport, produced in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Museum. Discussion to follow with Rabbi Gedalyah Engel.

Sarah Powley Sarah Powley is the English Department Chair at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana, and the High School Language Arts Chair for the Tippecanoe School Corporation. She has taught in the Tippecanoe School Corporation for 27 years. Sarah co-sponsors The International Club, an extra-curricular program that provides cross-cultural learning experiences and opportunities to participate in international service projects.

Sarah served as a consultant in the development of curriculum materials for The Children of Willesden Lane. She has made numerous presentations on teaching this book at national conferences and at Indiana Department of Education workshops. In 2006, Sarah was the recipient of a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Award to study the causes of the Rwandan genocide and to compare the events in Rwanda with the Holocaust and other genocides of the 20th century. She traveled to Rwanda in 2006; since then, she has written about the pattern of genocide and, with her students, presented a workshop for educators at the 2007 Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference.

She is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and completed her M.S. in English Education at Purdue University. She was the 1992 Indiana Teacher of the Year, Runner-Up. In 1993, she received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Crystal Apple Award from the School of Education at Purdue University.
Sarah Fronczek Sarah Fronczek is the Fine Arts Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. An honors graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Education, she finds her work at the Department a fulfilling progression of her experiences as a performing artist, music educator, private piano instructor, educational consultant, and staff member with arts education organizations. During her years as a teacher in public school and collegiate settings, she has been an advocate for curriculum integration by her own instructional approach and by developing significant connections with other disciplines.

As Fine Arts Specialist for the Department of Education, Sarah is responsible for creating, implementing, and supporting programs and activities related to the K-12 curriculum in music, visual art, theatre, and dance. This includes developing and revising standards and related assessments; promoting and providing professional development opportunities for teachers; generating strategies and materials that reflect best practice, interdisciplinary learning, and use of technology in arts education; communicating state and national policies as related to the arts; and working closely with community, state, and national arts organizations.

Sarah is the Midwest regional representative for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Education Association, Arts Education Partnership, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota National Music Sorority, and Tri Kappa Service Sorority.

Her responsibilities at the Department of Education also include serving as International Baccalaureate Coordinator, representative to the executive board of the Indiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, representative to the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the Indiana Teacher of the Year committee. In her work at the Department, she specializes in professional development for teachers focusing on arts and literacy, integrated standards-based curriculum, and cross disciplinary approaches to Holocaust education. She focuses her efforts at the state level on helping to sustain and encourage arts education programs throughout Indiana.
Joseph Haberer Joseph Haberer left Germany on the first Kindertransport to England in December 1938 and lived in England until 1946, when he emigrated to the United States. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Purdue University, Director Emeritus of the Purdue Jewish Studies Program and Founding Editor of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. He is also the President of the Midwest Chapter of the Kindertransport Association (KTA).

There is no charge for the workshop, materials, or dinner. Materials include the teaching guide and accompanying music CD for The Children of Willesden Lane.

Please invite other teachers to join you—just let us know how many will attend so that we have enough food for all!

Notify Sarah Powley by email or phone by February 1 if you plan to attend.
Email spowley at tsc.k12.in.us or call 765-474-1488, ext. 4042 (McCutcheon High School).