Copper Mill Elementary School art teacher Darryl Alello was one of 40 educators selected from a competitive application process to attend the 23rd annual Power of Art Conference April 21-23.

The conference is the product of a 20-year partnership between The Lab School of Washington, D.C., and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, a news release said.

For nearly 50 years, the Lab School has been successfully using the arts to teach academic subject matter to students with learning differences, the release said. Through the support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, each year the Lab School offers the opportunity for teachers and school leaders from all parts of the country to experience the Lab School methods and expertise with the intention of encouraging these teaching practices and supporting efforts to expand the national thinking about the power of art in education.

The Power of Art program has two objectives: to share a highly successful approach to teaching students with learning differences through an arts-based curriculum that is transferable to all classrooms of diverse learners, and to empower arts educators and school leaders to be persuasive voices in the national conversation about the critical relevance of the arts in the education of all children in all subjects, the release said.

Alello has been teaching art in Zachary schools since 2007. He previously taught at Northwestern and Zachary elementary schools and was named Copper Mill Elementary’s Teacher of the Year in 2015-16.

An artist and former member of the Regional Arts Council of Zachary and Colored Pencil Society of America, he is a member of the National Art Education Association and the Louisiana Art Education Association.