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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

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

Math

Drama / Theatre
Math
K-8th Grade

Description

In this workshop, learn how to write fun math monologues where a character with a big personality frustratedly tries to figure out the math they need to solve a real-world problem. You will be able to lead your whole class in rehearsal of your math monologue, have clear guidelines on how to choose performers, and ensure everyone in class has multiple opportunities to go through the process of solving equations with imagination, movement, and emotion. Your students will enjoy performing your math monologues so much, they’ll soon ask to write and perform their own.

Led by Aminisha Ferdinand

Drama / Theatre
Math
PreK-2nd Grade

Description

This experiential workshop will help you transform your K-2 curriculum from STEM learning into STEAM learning by using theater! Explore how to use the theatrical strategies of character creation, narrative building, and guided improvisation to make state math standards approachable, engaging, and joyful for students. As part of this workshop, create your own guided improv math story geared to your classroom that you can begin using immediately.

Led by Sean Glazebrook

Science

Visual Art
Science
PreK-5th Grade

Description

The work of Gulf Coast artists Walter Anderson and Francis Pavy will inspire us on our exploration of the wildlife, plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Gulf Coast through drawing and printmaking. Teachers will learn step by step how to confidently teach their students to draw from observation (of photographs), focusing on the big shapes and movements while adding in details, pattern, and texture. We will then use those drawings to learn about printmaking and create relief prints. Read more…

Led by Jenn Potts

Drama / Theatre
Science
K-8th Grade

Description

​Enhance students’ ability to understand and retain key science concepts as you dive into several experiential lesson plans and arts-integration strategies. As a creative and kinesthetic art form, theater encourages students to form an emotionally resonant bond with your school’s science curriculum, cementing technical material in the brain. Participants will leave this workshop well-versed in the tools needed to begin immediately integrating theater into your science class.

Led by Sean Glazebrook

Visual Art
Science + All Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Create dynamic, detailed and beautiful art using sunlight! Explore plants and their organic shapes, play with pattern and surface area, express literary themes or personal narratives. Learn how to lead your students through an easy and magical art-making process that takes us back to the origins of photography. Cyanotype or ‘sun prints’ can be created with thematic applications across content areas, including science, social studies, reading and math. Through this hands-on workshop, you will become comfortable with the materials and steps to create a sun print and aware of integration opportunities within your curriculum. 

Led by Erin Barnard

Dance
Science + ELA
3rd-8th Grade

Description

We teach about change every day: character/plot arc, or transformations in nature, shifts in history. Help your students physicalize these processes through dance while developing body awareness and appreciation for their individual movement styles. Leave this session with more confidence in how to facilitate whole class movement, identify essentials of dance integrated teaching, select appropriate dance objectives for your academic learning goals, and develop a safe, creative learning environment.

Led by Aminisha Ferdinand

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

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.

“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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