Professional Development

Bring KID smART’s research-based, arts-driven professional development to your school! 97% of participating teachers noted an improvement in their students’ active engagement while learning through the arts and 99% would recommend our PD to colleagues.

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Art Across All Academics

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description
Arts integration is a research‐based approach to teaching that connects learning in arts and non‐arts curriculum areas. This workshop will demystify the practice of arts integration, demonstrate the outcomes of integration practice for students, and offer a portfolio of resources. Participants will explore best practices from KID smART and other model programs such as the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) program and Harvard’s Project Zero.

Led by KID smART staff

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description
When developing our skills as arts integration practitioners, we often focus our training more on how to teach through arts integration than how to assess arts integrated learning; but how do we know if we are teaching effectively if we are not assessing effectively? In this workshop, participants will learn processes to clarify expectations for what students will learn in the art form, and identify ways to capture that learning authentically.

Led by KID smART staff

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Workshop participants will explore what goes into creating an effective lesson plan and gain an understanding of currently accepted best practices in lesson generation, structure, and execution. Drawing on work by Benjamin Bloom, the research from the Project Zero at Harvard University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education, this experiential course seeks to equip artists with the structures, protocols, and theory needed to craft a strong lesson.

Led by KID smART staff

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Teaching artists occupy a unique position as educators‐whether teaching in an afterschool program, a summer camp, or in the classroom, teaching artists must be prepared to meet the challenges of student behavior. In this segment, participants will focus on how to execute proven strategies for managing the classroom while still maintaining a joyful, safe studio environment.

Led by KID smART staff

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
3rd-8th Grade

Description

Drama is a cooperative and experiential approach for creating effective and affective learning environments. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Drama/Theatre techniques as a catalyst for creating positive, pro-social, and communicative classrooms. Drama strategies include: theatre games to build community, tableau to shape perspective, and improvisation to encourage spontaneous creation and practice acceptance.

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

​Improvisation is about spontaneous creation of a story, scene, or song. In this workshop, learn how to use improvisational activities to help students build and retain knowledge that correlates to core academic standards in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Read more…

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Reader’s Theatre is a collaborative approach for engaging students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In this workshop, learn how to use Reader’s Theatre strategies and techniques to help students build and retain knowledge that correlates to core academic standards in ELA, Science, and Social Studies. Reader’s Theatre helps students increase comprehension, develop fluency through repeated exposure to text, increase reading motivation, and promotes confidence. Read more…

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

In this workshop, learn how to help students build skills integral to their development as creative and collaborative learners. Tableau/Pictures to Life helps teachers deepen curricular connections in science, social studies, and English language arts by utilizing relevant pictures and images to bring content to life. Your students will joyfully engage in a cooperative learning environment that is expressive, educational, and fun. Utilizing a wide range of images, photographs, and paintings; learn how to guide students through dramatic interpretations that connect to academic and social-emotional objectives. Participants will be able to identify and explore creative dramatics ensemble-building activities that promote artistic, positive, and pro-social behaviors. 

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subject
3rd-8th Grade

Description

Add some flavor to the facts of academic content by transitioning from persuasive essay-writing to persuasive playwriting. Learn carefully scaffolded steps to help students personify content across all curriculum areas through monologues or 2-character plays. Your students’ curiosity, creativity, and personal perspective will shine through their writing as they deepen understanding of the content and develop confidence as playwrights. Come to the session with a topic you’re teaching this week and leave with a newly written persuasive play to share with your students. Read more…

Led by Aminisha Ferdinand

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Description coming soon!

Led by Sean Glazebrook

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Learn how to transform curriculum using theater-integrated lesson strategies! This workshop is designed to provide teachers in all grade levels and curricular specialties the tools they need to craft creativity-fueled lesson plans. Learn the theory and practice behind two theater strategies, Tableaux and Scripting, and leave the workshop ready to immediately integrate theater into your curriculum.

Led by Sean Glazebrook

Drama / Theatre
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Masked drama is an ancient art form with vast opportunities for creative learning and expression. This workshop will explore the full arc of the mask-making and performance process, drawing on the traditions of African, Asian, and Greek theater. Participants begin by working with a neutral mask and a piece of text (from ELA, science, history, or math), eventually bringing characters to life and building a story to wrap around grade and subject-appropriate state standards. This workshop is a terrific hybrid of visual and performing arts – perfect for a full-faculty gathering!

Led by Sean Glazebrook

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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