AUSTIN—The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) will co-host a free (with RSVP) event, Come Together for Education, with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus March 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St. in Austin.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by OWC is a nonprofit mobile recording studio dedicated to providing students of all ages with free hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects. The tour bus will roll into Austin for its Official SXSW John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Showcase March 14 at The Belmont. The Come Together for Education event, co-hosted by TASA, will be held March 15.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Come Together for Education will kick off with a welcome by Brian Rothschild, co-founder of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. That will be followed by a performance by Possessed by Paul James, a one-man band featuring Konrad Wert, who teaches in the Texas Hill Country.
Next up is a preview of the Lennon Bus’ new Nearpod-developed curriculum entitled Come Together. Set against the backdrop of John and Yoko’s life and music, Come Together engages K-12 students in conversations and creative activities around peace, empathy, activism, social justice and more.
A panel discussion, Imagine: Fostering Sustained Social and Emotional Development Through Multimedia, Music and the Arts, will feature educators from Belton, Fort Worth and San Antonio ISDs. The panel will be moderated by Jennie Kristoffersen of Nearpod — an award-winning platform used by thousands of schools across the country, transforming classroom engagement.
Wrapping up the three-hour event will be a performance by Hanson, the pop-rock trio of brothers made famous by their 1997 hit “Mmmbop” who are celebrating 25 years of playing music together.
Details and the RSVP form (seats are limited) are available on the TASA website at tasanet.org/ComeTogetherforEducation.
TASA is the professional association for Texas school administrators, providing networking and professional learning opportunities, legislative advocacy, and targeted communications to support the work of superintendents and other school leaders. TASA’s mission is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.
About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing (OWC) is a nonprofit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 21st year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK, in May 2013.
The Lennon Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, Inc., Other World Computing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Nearpod, Juniper Networks, Yamaha, Securematics, Neutrik, The NAMM Foundation, Ruckus Wireless, Avid, Audio-Technica, Genelec, K&M Stands, Sonnet Technologies, Focusrite, SSL, NewTek, Reflecmedia, Viprinet, Baker & McKenzie, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Mackie, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, SKB, and LiveU.