Professional Development

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English Language Arts

Music
ELA
K-8th Grade

Description

​A child’s world is the world of play. Learn new songs and games that you can use in your classroom tomorrow to help your students develop their creative writing skills. We will focus on rhyme and storytelling, but will also address brainstorming, vocabulary, and editing/ revising. Teachers will leave with a packet of songs and descriptions of games that they can use in class tomorrow.

Led by Leslie Goldberg

Visual Art
ELA
3rd-8th Grade

Description

Explore strategies to deepen engagement and enhance students’ learning comprehension in English Language Arts through visual literacy and visual storytelling. Learn steps for translating written imagery into visual imagery using basic photography techniques. This creative engagement technique can be used with a wide variety of texts across curriculum. Participants will complete connected learning activities that cover the processes of planning, creating and reflecting on a visual poem. You will leave this workshop comfortable with the basic skills, vocabulary and tools of photography and understand how to facilitate visual poetry in your classrooms.

Led by Erin Barnard

Drama / Theatre
ELA
1st-4th Grade

Description

Reading Theatrically offers teachers fun and practical classroom tools that can help improve reading comprehension through increased engagement, bringing passages from the page into the body and voice. Through the use of tableaux, soundscape creation, and theatrical movement, teachers will develop an understanding of how to make reading assignments theatrical and dramatic, inspiring students to retain their reading assignments. By the end of this workshop, teachers will have three specific tools they can use with students to make reading engaging in the classroom.

Led by Chris Kaminstein

Creative Writing
ELA
K-8th Grade

Description

The point of view of the storyteller has a significant impact on the way the story is told. Imagine reading Little Red Riding Hood from the perspective of the wolf or Jack and the Beanstalk in the voice of the giant. In this workshop, teachers will develop empathy and understanding for characters that are often cast in a negative light through close reading, character analysis and the writing of persona poems. We will explore the ways in which a character’s point of view can influence a story’s narrative and craft persona poems that embody the voice and mind of fictionalized characters. Read more…

Led by KID smART staff

Drama / Theatre
ELA
PreK-2nd Grade

Description

Young children communicate with their bodies and faces, yet often we discourage this natural physical language. Learn to engage students in reading comprehension through the art form of pantomime. Provide opportunities for all learners to be active participants in read-aloud as they pantomime what they envision about character actions, emotions and key details. Teach basic theater vocabulary, give clear instructions, and ask open-ended questions the whole class can respond to. As they pantomime their connections to the story, they will learn more from each other, and teach you even more about themselves.

Led by Aminisha Ferdinand

Drama / Theatre
ELA + Social Studies
4th-8th Grade

Description

​This workshop helps teachers bring students into the mind and practice of the creative maker. Using a variety of techniques and practices, from creative brainstorming using famous photos and paintings, to developing characters with the body and voice, teachers will learn how their students can approach creative writing assignments with energy and confidence. Using the model of playwriting, this workshop walks through each stage of the writing process, from initial idea through editing through presentation. Teachers will learn unique tools that allow them to make their students confident in the writing process.

Led by Chris Kaminstein

Theatre & Visual Arts
ELA + SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

How can we engage students in rich artistic experiences in classrooms while also focusing on literacy development? This workshop will help teachers meet students where they are using seven Performance Cycle strategies (Building Community, Entering Text, Comprehending Text, Creating Text, Rehearsing/Revising Text, Performing Text, and Reflecting). The Performance Cycle will infuse classrooms with creative and innovative solutions to literacy struggles in today’s culture of accountability. It is possible to build arts integrated schools and meet state and national goals!

Led by Samantha King

Select the workshop length that fits your school’s schedule and budget:

60 minute workshop60 minute strategy session
or demo lesson
$300

90 minute workshop90 minute workshop
$350

2-3 hour workshop2-3 hour workshop
$500

Out of town fees may apply. Free for Creative Schools.

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