Professional Development

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Social / Emotional & Exceptional Students 

All Art Forms
SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

In this session we will get to know one another and our experiences in teaching through the use of story. We will develop shared language around disability justice (using the Mia Mingus definition) with a brief self-examination of some long held ableist belief systems that show up in schools and classrooms and even ourselves.  Educators will participate in activities that offer multiple access points for all learners and have time to plan for adapting their own practices and structures to allow for a more inclusive experience. Using the tenets of Universal Design for Learning, we will examine and adapt a lesson framework that creates space for all students in an inclusion classroom to succeed. 

Led by Mia Rotondo

Theatre, Dance, Visual Art
SEL
K-8th (SPED small groups)

Description

In this session we will explore working with students with different learning needs that spend some time in self-contained or small group settings. Teachers can learn how to connect with students through short community building circles and collaborative projects that encourage student learning around themes, visual art,  and working as an ensemble in a small group learning space. 

Led by Mia Rotondo

Music
SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

Explore how to develop a supportive and collaborative classroom community through creating music together! Weave opportunities for authentic student voice and leadership into your daily schedule and give your “pencil percussionists” a time to shine. By the end of this workshop, you will be inspired to bring drum circle foundations such as echo, call and response, and complementary patterns into your classroom to watch your students’ teamwork and leadership flower.

Led by Leslie Goldberg

Drama / Theatre
SEL + all subjects
3rd-8th Grade

Description

Many sources of conflict (interpersonal and societal) may never be resolved, but they can ALL be better managed. Drama/Theatre strategies and techniques allow participants to distance themselves from actual conflicts while fostering meaningful investment in managing positive outcomes and building resiliency. In this series of workshops, participants will learn how to use Drama/Theatre strategies (i.e. pantomime, tableau, and improvisation) to explore conflict management, anger management, and connect leadership qualities to group dynamics. Participants will receive guidance in brainstorming and defining conflict, types of conflict, and effective conflict management skills. Additionally, they will make connections between conflict and anger management by identifying anger triggers, behavioral responses, and consequences.

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
SEL + all subjects
3rd-8th Grade

Description

​Conflict and collaboration are at the heart of effective drama theater presentations. In this follow-up workshop, connect leadership qualities to group dynamics and cooperative learning. Learn how to facilitate creative dramatic strategies (i.e. tableau, improv and role play) to explore the tension and potential between individuals. Participants will learn how to engage student’s imagination to create and demonstrate shared cooperative goals. Supplement your tool kit for fostering speaking, listening and presentation skills and leave with concrete strategies for your classroom.

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
SEL + all subjects
3rd-8th Grade

Description
Many sources of conflict (interpersonal and societal) may never be resolved, but they can ALL be better managed. This workshop is an introduction to using creative dramatics strategies (pantomime, tableau, and improvisation) to identify positive leadership qualities. Participants will learn how to facilitate drama in education sessions focusing on Self Concept and Group Dynamics. Teachers will experience techniques and strategies that will help students develop speaking, listening and presentation skills through creative expression. Participants will leave prepared to implement these activities with their students right away.

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Visual Art
SEL + ELA
K-8th Grade

Description

Students of all ages benefit from the freedom of abstract art. Since there is no “right” way for abstract art to look, students can express themselves and experience success without feeling frustrated that their visual creation does not resemble something in real life. Abstract art also gives students the opportunity to explore the complicated ideas inherent in emotional literacy. Feeling uncomfortable may not resemble something concrete and tangible, but lines, colors, and shapes can help students express such feelings more vividly and accurately for themselves and others. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use elements of art, such as line and color, to develop students’ emotional literacy. By considering the ways in which lines and colors can capture different feelings, educators will leave with strategies to help students creatively express themselves through visual art.

Led by Tiana Nobile

Visual Art
SEL + ELA
K-8th Grade

Description

Social-emotional skills are necessary prerequisites for academic learning. Students who are able to name their feelings in general education settings are better able to manage their emotions throughout the day and get the help they need if they are struggling. In this workshop, participants will explore the dynamic qualities of color and how they can be used to express an array of emotions. Participants will leave with tools to facilitate a rich classroom experience that integrates the visual art of mask-making with social emotional learning.

Led by Tiana Nobile

Theatre / Drama
SEL
K-5th Grade

Description

In this session we will explore working with neurodivergent students with limited verbal communication and how all students can benefit from theatre games, such as improvisation, with low-risk.  This workshop is ideal for educators working in inclusion classrooms. This highly adaptable work will encourage interaction with peers and offer various ways for students to communicate and express themselves.

Led by Mia Rotondo

Visual Art
SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

Students who experience emotional or behavioral challenges often struggle to be successful in school. Building social emotional skills and literacy through visual art can help students manage their feelings in ways that increase their personal power and enhance safety, health, and happiness for them and those around them. This session focuses on celebrating students’ individuality and building self-esteem. Self-awareness and self-management are vital social emotional skills, and in this workshop, educators will learn how to encourage students’ unique voices and creativity through the art of collage. 

Led by Tiana Nobile

Visual Art + Drama / Theatre
SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

Experience the power of the arts to help students build emotional literacy skills, make connections and promote inclusion. Using KID smART’s With Feeling curriculum (free, arts-integrated, online SEL lessons), teachers will access tools to support students in developing language and constructively expressing their emotions. After engaging in these social-emotional arts integrated lessons, participants will leave with strategies to facilitate a range of emotional literacy activities with students who learn differently (Autism Spectrum, Emotional Disturbance, developmental disabilities, low-incidence, and mild learning disabilities).

Led by Mia Rotondo

Visual Art
SEL
K-8th Grade

Description

Use the visual arts to build skills for collaboration, communication, and responsible decision making. In this workshop, educators will consider potential areas of conflict when working in a group, brainstorm possible solutions, and participate in a collaborative art-making activity. Throughout the session, participants will consider the significance of creativity and its role in K-8 learning. Participants will leave with a renewed appreciation for the importance of creativity in an educational setting and with a creative strategy for engaging students in collaborative work.

Led by Tiana Nobile

Visual Art
SEL + all subjects
PreK-5th Grade

Description

What do our students’ families look like? With whom do they feel most connected?

Through understanding our students’ families, we can begin to understand our students. Quiltmakers Faith Ringgold and LA artist Gina Philip’s work will be the catalyst for our exploration in creating family portrait quilts. In this mixed media PD, we will experiment with watercolors, explore ways we can use and manipulate paper and learn all about collage, layering, texture, and pattern.

Led by Jenn Potts

Visual Art
SEL + all subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

What are our students favorite places? What does their neighborhood look and feel like? What is their favorite thing about their home?

Romare Bearden’s “The Block” will inspire us to explore the places we come from and what creates our sense of community. This workshop is divided into two parts. First, we will use recycled materials to create 3D sculptures of our favorite places focusing on architecture. The second half of the workshop will focus on the idea of home. We will create dream houses through printmaking and participants will learn how to set up a printmaking station in their own classrooms.

Led by Jenn Potts

Visual Art
SEL + all subjects
PreK-5th Grade

Description

Who are the students in our classroom?  What makes each one of them unique?  What are their goals and dreams?  Who do they wish to be? How do we create community in our classroom and provide a safe space for all of our students?  

In this exploration of self-portraiture and geometry, participants will discover the many shapes that make a face. Using mirrors, participants will explore symmetry and distance and practice drawing their features by incorporating the shapes they find. After learning about facial mapping and proportion, participants will create their own 2D self-portraits using wax and watercolor. By the end of the workshop, participants will walk away with the knowledge of how to use color, line, and composition to capture facial emotion and personality. This visual art PD connects with the LA mathematics common core standards for geometry in grades K-4.

Led by Jenn Potts

Visual Art
SEL + all subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

​Why do we have family traditions? How are family traditions created? Why are they important? What are some of your family’s food traditions?

In this PD, we will explore different artist’s work create work around food and family tradition, investigate the differences between 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional, and identify the different shapes, patterns and textures that we see and feel in different foods . We will learn how to draw by touch and experiment with many different sculptural materials. Finally, we will create our own sculptures of our own family’s food traditions, write an artist statement and share our experiences with our peers.

Led by Jenn Potts

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.

“You guys consistently create the most amazing professional development opportunities! Throughout my four years of teaching, nothing has been as valuable as my time with KID smART.”


-Classroom Teacher

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