A personal note from Dr. Martha Eddy

Co-Producer and EYE OPENERS ARE MIND OPENERS EDUCATOR

 

MARTHA EDDY, RSMT, CMA, Ed.D., founder and director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE) is the author of Mindful Movement – the evolution of the somatic arts and conscious action.  She brings to the fields of health, wellness and education, her strong belief in the power of movement and body awareness to enhance lives.  As a featured alumnus of Columbia University’s Teachers College she has been creating curricula in a wide range of interdisciplinary topics such as embodied approaches to conflict resolution, wellness, perceptual-motor enhancement, neuroscience for all, Moving Toward Peace, movement re-patterning and dance education for over 30 years.  She specializes in working with people with physical, emotional and learning disabilities and has an on-going passion for helping people see better-with socio-emotional intelligence.  She has created ground-breaking programs to improve focus, attention and visual skills.  Her mission is to train the public as well as health and educational professionals to be leaders who use mindful physical activity and somatic approaches in health, education and performance in their communities around the world. www.DynamicEmbodiment.org

Her first vision related curricula were developed in 1980 after researching the Bates Method of Vision Improvement from a holistic perspective, and working as an assistant with Dr. Richard Kavner in his developmental optometry office.  She developed Three-Dimensional Observing using Laban Movement Analysis to make the Bates Method a more full-bodied, neuro-developmental approach to enhance acuity, focus, eye convergence, and eye-body coordination.  She has continually developed and piloted approaches to visual exercises for children or adults including:  Eye RelaxatonTM, EyeYogaTM, EyeaerobicsTM (reviewed in Time Out New York), and Eye Openers are Mind OpenersTM.

Dr. Eddy has been providing professional development as well as direct services for children for the New York City public and independent schools since 1991. She began by working with Educators for Social Responsibility–Metro working closely with Tom Roderick, Linda Lantieri and Janet Patti. She collaborated with the New York City Department of Education in the writing of the Blueprint for Dance as well as the Blueprint for Dance for Students with Disabilities. She continues to serve as a consultant to the NYC Department of Education (e.g., developing the K 12 dance curriculum, Blueprint for Dance; providing in-service training for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists who work in the school system; advising principals). As a result of her ground-breaking doctoral research on “The Role of Physical Activity in Violence Prevention Programs for Youth” she played the role of Senior Program Advisor in the development of Project Renewal’s (now the Inner Resilience/TIDES) Stress Reduction Days for the NYC public schools. This work began at Ground Zero in the days just after 9/11 and aspects of the work continue today. She served as Coordinator of the Riverside Church Wellness Center for three years following 9/11 and has worked on numerous trauma recovery teams, most notably Inner Resilience with Linda Lantieri.

She has taught her internationally sought-after courses regularly at Teachers College, Princeton, NYU, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the State University of New York, St. Mary’s College in the Bay Area, Montclair State University, Hampshire College, International University of Professional Studies in Spiritual and Somatic Psychology and Arizona State University as well as presenting at academies, conferences, festivals and many other universities around the world.  She was central in developing the curriculum in Participatory Arts for Moving On Center with Carol Swann as well as her own Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training certification curriculum. She has provided curricular oversight to the development of somatic movement education and therapy programs including Springfield Colleges in Massachusetts and Luther College in Iowa. For more information on her coursework in movement, dance, physical and somatic education pedagogy visit DrMarthaEddy.net.

She also maintains a small private practice as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) specializing in Dynamic EmbodimentTM that involves teaching clients to bring awareness to their movement coordination to enhance functional and expressive capacity. She especially enjoys her work with infants, children, and teens with behavioral, perceptual, and/or motor challenges. Her private work draws on her decade of training and teaching in neuro-developmental movement therapy with occupational therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Her unique synthesis of BodyMind Centering and Laban/Bartenieff studies provides a foundation for her own method – Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy.  This program has been partnered with the non-profit educational arts organization Moving On Center - School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research that she co-founded with Carol Swann in 1994 where she maintains her position as Vice President, and now is affiliated with Montclair State University, SUNY-ESC, and UNC-Greensboro.

Research: Martha Eddy has also been a research associate of the Kinesiology Department of San Francisco State University and is a Senior Research Associate with the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She has been part of the NYU Langone team that demonstrated that the program Dr. Eddy designed  for breast cancer patients and survivors called Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health® (formerly - Moving On Aerobics, Moving On from Cancer®) has a positive and powerful impact on Body Mass Index – a key to reducing the recurrence of cancer.  She also piloted with Dr. Alison Rosen a study on the effects of Moving On from Cancer® on aerobic capacity and self-perceived vitality amongst women who have been treated for breast cancer. This involved pre and post surveys of participants’ experiences in Moving For Life’s flow-based aerobics program with special attention to lymphatic drainage through full rhythmic dancing.  

Other research projects:  Sponsored by the Body-Mind Centering Association, Martha worked with Dr. Christine Kris (neuropsychologist, researcher and educator) on a quantitative polygraphic and correlated qualitative study of the developmental movement performance of people with brain disorders. With the Medical School and Dance Department of the University of Calgary research involved the integration of qualitative movement observation methods in the detection of special needs for the young child. Dr. Eddy has since developed a movement based assessment tool that she uses in preK (HeadStart in Columbus OH) and early childhood programs.

Martha Eddy is an avid arts advocate with a specialty in dance and perception.  She serves on the board of the Yard – among America’s premiere dance residencies for emerging choreographers. Through the power of physical movement she has found that any person or group can become better at feeling life’s satisfactions, embody peace, and contribute to creating stronger and happier communities. Martha lives with her family in New York City.

A personal note from Barry Chiate

Co-Producer and EYE OPENERS ARE MIND OPENERS EDUCATOR

 

BARRY CHIATE is the Executive Producer and creator of EYE OPENERS ARE MIND OPENERS – a program that honors the visual nature of the natural intelligence that we are all born with.  He is the President of Image Tactics – a multimedia production company dedicated to the development of human potentiality by bringing the benefits of Visual Literacy into mainstream education.

 

Barry has devoted a lifetime to studying the emerging field of Visual Education – which holds the promise of revolutionizing education as we know it by placing the focus on developing each person’s unique abilities and talents. He wrote an original groundbreaking MA Thesis at the University of Wisconsin called: TOWARD A THEORY OF VISUAL EDUCATION.

 

Barry comes from and draws on a truly eclectic background – teaching at both the college and public school level – a professional video cameraman with feature film experience – a National Voice Over talent and On Camera Spokesman for major corporations - a published song writer for Motown – a screenwriter and playwright.

 

Finally…it is my fervent belief that children are life’s most valuable resource.  Early childhood education should be a number one national priority and that the most talented and creative people should be the teachers  helping to mold and shape the lives of future human beings.

 

The way our eyes work is the way our minds work – and Visual Education directly accesses imagination, creativity and human potentiality - with a sense of honor, dignity and respect.

 

EYE OPENERS ARE MIND OPENERS – Welcome to a look at tomorrow’s education today.

JEANNE SUGGS, the director and editor for EYE OPENERS, is an award-winning

Producer/Director, and has been producing and/or directing productions for children for over 30 years.

Starting in 1993, Jeanne produced a 24 part children’s home video series, “Hard Hat Harry’s Real Life Adventures for Kids”, which won 4 Telly awards. She has directed and produced numerous commercials for Nickelodeon and Hooked on Phonics. Jeanne is now currently producing and directing Activity Works, a series of 10 minute video educational/exercise programs for kindergarten to fourth graders. Activity Works combines elementary school subject matter and physical exercise to create a kinetic fun learning experience. 

 In addition to her children’s productions, through her company Suggs Media Productions, founded in 1983, Jeanne has produced or directed works for the theatrical, commercial, home video and broadcast markets.

 

Jeanne co-produced her first dramatic feature, Calling It Quits, in 2007, starring Dennis Boutsikaris and Robert Clohessy.  In 2012 she produced a short film, Ice, and in 2015, she was the line producer for the feature, Lost Cat Corona, with Ralph Macchio.

During her years working in advertising, Jeanne developed a unique specialty in direct response television advertising.  Her DR clients include Time-Life, MasterCard, HarperCollins Publishing, The Wall Street Journal, and Disney among others. Jeanne has produced half-hour infomercials including American Signature, a make-up and skincare line with Donna Mills, Running Strong for American Indian Youth with Robby Benson and Billy Mills, and Super Reader Express for Hooked on Phonics.

 

She is currently producing, directing and editing the Martha Graham Legacy Project, a documentation of the Graham modern dance technique.

In the home video market, Jeanne has directed a broad spectrum of instructional videos on such topics as watercolor, magic, aerobics, sewing, reflexology and modern dance: the award winning documentation of the Lester Horton Modern Dance Technique.

Jeanne has also participated in and contributed her skills to a number of public information campaigns: a PSA “Don’t Make A Baby if You Can’t Be a Father” directed at teen boys, PSAs in English and Spanish both for TV and radio directed at  New York 9/11 workers, a series of spots for the Division of Human Rights in New York State for their anti-bias campaign, a fund raising presentation for a traveling museum/arts program targeted initially for children traumatized by Katrina to help children cope with disaster.

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