Professional Development

Bring KID smART’s research-based, arts-driven professional development to your school! Teachers who participated in KID smART workshops last year reported more frequency and fidelity to creative teaching strategies and 99% would recommend our PD to colleagues!
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Social Studies

Creative Writing
Social Studies
3rd-8th Grade

Description

​In this workshop, teachers will learn how poetry can teach students to 1) build understanding for a historical moment, and 2) develop empathy for historical figures whose life experiences and backgrounds are different from their own. Participants will learn about New Orleans history by closely examining primary source documents, such as photographs and newspaper articles. They will then compose persona poems in the voice of a historical figure. Participants will leave this workshop with tools to teach their students how to approach another point of view with an open mind and a willingness to bend and stretch their thinking.

Led by Tiana Nobile

Poetry + Visual Art
Social Studies + ELA
3rd-8th Grade

Description

​This workshop will provide participants with tools for their students to access difficult text. Erasure poetry — also known as black-out and found poetry — is a process of composing a poem by selecting words and phrases from a previously written text, and can be used across content areas. Through erasure poetry, students are compelled to engage with a text through the process of close reading and envisioning in order to carefully express themselves through the construction of their own poem. By closely studying and choosing words and phrases, erasure poetry fosters a dialogue and deeper relationship between the student and the text, providing students with a new entry point into the genre. 

Led by Tiana Nobile

Poetry + Visual Art
Social Studies + ELA
3rd-8th Grade

Description

More and more, state standards and curriculum require educators to employ primary sources in their instruction. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for integrating the arts with primary sources in ways that enrich and deepen student learning. Participants will leave with an original artwork, a number of creative tools to help students engage with complex primary sources, and an understanding of reasons why arts strategies help students build connection and deeper understanding of content.

Led by Tiana Nobile

Music & Dance
SEL
K-3rd Grade

Description

Join us as we facilitate learning around the origins of Jazz using movement, visuals, and music. Using the text The Sound That Jazz Makes as a guide, we will explore the many ways we can make Jazz come alive for students using map-skills, timelines, and language arts to connect us to the text.  Your students will be able to identify main characters, setting, and sequence as well as connect to some of their senses as they follow Jazz around the globe. 

Led by Mia Rotondo

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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