Virtual Professional Development

KID smART educator workshops are now available virtually! Last year, 97% of participants noted improvements in their students’ active engagement while learning through the arts and 99% would recommend our PD to colleagues.

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Who can book a session?
KID smART’s arts-integrated workshops are ideal for anyone educating K-8th grade students. No matter where you’re located, your team of teachers, tutors, learning pod leaders, or parents/guardians can book a workshop!

Which PD session should I choose?
Current offerings explore the fundamentals of arts-integration and social-emotional learning, target specific academic subjects, and integrate creative writing, visual art, and theatre into K-8th grade curriculum. To view the full virtual menu and make your selection, click here! To get advice from our Program Manager, email stephanie@kidsmart.org.

Who are the presenters?
Our virtual PD facilitators include highly experienced KID smART staff, arts coaches, and teaching artists.

How long are the sessions and how much does it cost?
Virtual sessions are 60-90 minutes in length and cost $500 per workshop for up to 40 participants. For larger groups, please email us.

How do I request additional info or book a session?
Email Stephanie Heriger at stephanie@kidsmart.org today!

Visit KID smART’s full virtual menu or view a sampling of our sessions below!

Arts Integration 101

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

This workshop will provide participants with basic tools for devising and implementing arts integration lessons utilizing drama/theatre strategies as a catalyst to teach. ​ 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

Arts Objectives & Assessment

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

Crafting an Effective Lesson Plan

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Being able to write an effective lesson plan is one key to being a successful educator, and it is a critical factor in achieving positive student outcomes. In this workshop, we’ll 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 research from Project Zero at Harvard University, this experiential course seeks to equip educators with structures, protocols, and a theoretical framework to craft a strong lesson.

Led by KID smART staff

Safe Studio

All Art Forms
All Academic Subjects
K-8th Grade

Description

Establishing a safe classroom culture is essential for students to cultivate positive connections with learning. Classroom teachers and teaching artists alike must be prepared to meet the challenges of creating a safe and organized learning space with consistent class structures. In this session, we’ll focus on how to implement strategies for managing the classroom while fostering a joyful and safe learning environment.

Led by KID smART staff

How Do You Feel?: Emotional Literacy through Line and Color

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

Playing with Words

Theatre + Visual Art
ELA + Social Studies
K-8th Grade

Description

We know one of the key pillars of learning to read is vocabulary development. How can we make vocabulary learning much more dynamic in the classroom by combining text with the visual arts? Mixing both performance and visual arts, teachers will leave with various ways of teaching vocabulary that move beyond the “look it up in a dictionary” approach.

Led by Samantha King

Interactive Read-Alouds

Theatre
ELA
K-3rd Grade

Description

How can we get kids to actively engage with the written word? Educators will get some strategies to ensure that their students are having a positive motivating, and level-appropriate relationship with literature.

Led by Samantha King

Reader’s Theatre

Theatre
ELA + Science + Social Studies
3-8th Grade

Description

Reader’s Theatre is a collaborative approach for engaging students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reader’s Theatre helps students increase comprehension, develop fluency through repeated exposure to text, increase reading motivation, and promotes confidence.In this simple technique, actors read a script and the audience visualizes the action from what is being read aloud. It requires no costumes, sets, minimal props, and no memorized lines. In this workshop learn the basics for devising, and implementing ‘Reader’s Theatre’, engages students and provides a real purpose for reading and an opportunity for cooperative learning.

Led by Zeb Hollins III

Empathy: Using Monologue to Appreciate Other Points of View and Perspectives

Theatre + Creative Writing
SEL + ELA + Social Studies
K-8th Grade

Description

How do we strengthen our students’ empathy and sense of community? Focusing on what we all have in common can alleviate a feeling of isolation, and bring us closer together. This workshop will offer strategies that develop the skills of observation, evidence gathering, and creative writing while we stand in someone else’s shoes.

Led by Samantha King

“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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