• All upcoming strands of Teaching Our World Through the Arts are now at capacity.
    Request to be added to the waitlist.

    This dynamic professional development program prepares K–Grade 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual arts, theater, and music into core curricula. The program is aligned with LAUSD’s 2012–2017 Arts Education and the Creative Cultural Network Plan. Participating teachers may earn 1–2 LAUSD salary points per strand.

    The course is divided into four strands; teachers are welcome to sign up for a single strand or any combination of up to four strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. No prior experience in the arts is required.

    Any one strand (four classes): $80
    Any combination of two strands (eight classes): $120
    Any combination of three strands (twelve classes): $165
    All four strands (sixteen classes): $200

    If three or more staff members from the same school register for all four strands, they may receive a 50% reduction in the course fees. E-mail teacherprograms@skirball.org for discount details.

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    Strand 1: Visual Art

    Four Saturdays: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2014 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    This program has now passed.

    Thinking like a visual artist transforms the way teachers create lessons and approach content, and connects classroom teaching to the greater world. This strand helped teachers apply design and visual art techniques to instruction, fostering collaboration and creativity among students.

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    Week 1: Visual artist May Jong led a workshop on using observational drawing in the classroom to bring about a greater understanding of the world around us.

    Week 2: Mathematician and sculptor Dr. BiJian Fan shared his Origami Math Genius curriculum, developed to integrate art, math, and science in K–Grade 12 education.

    Week 3: Urban designer James Rojas and arts educator Rory Sloan presented their interactive workshop “Build Community.”

    Week 4: Multimedia artist and writer Gustavo Vaca led a workshop inspired by innovations in expression and creative advancements in photography and storytelling as featured in the Skirball exhibitions Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 and The Noir Effect.

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    Strand 2: Film and Theater

    Four Saturdays: January 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    This program has now passed.

    In conjunction with the Skirball exhibitions Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 and The Noir Effect, this strand explored how using film and theater techniques in the classroom can deepen students’ learning and help them discover avenues of personal expression and artistry.

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    Week 1: Actor, director and educator Sam Robinson led a workshop on theater skills and character acting to support content in the classroom.

    Week 2: Filmmaker, playwright and educator Kate Marks shared techniques for using screenwriting to teach curricula. 

    Week 3: The Mobile Film Classroom (MFC), an independent nonprofit that teaches underserved student populations how to use film and digital media, led a workshop using its production-studio-on-wheels to teach digital storytelling, filming, and editing.

    Week 4: Multimedia artist and writer Amanda Yates Garcia led a workshop focused on using film in the classroom, film analysis, and film-based lesson plan development.   

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    Strand 3: Movement

    Four Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Strand 3: Movement is now at capacity.

    Movement can enhance language arts, social studies, math, and science curricula by supporting student innovation and collaboration. In this multidisciplinary strand, teachers learn how to integrate a variety of movement forms into their classroom teaching to get students moving while they learn. No dance experience necessary!

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    Week 1: Educators from the dance company Contra-Tiempo lead a workshop on creating community and cohesion in the classroom using step dance and body rhythms.

    Week 2: Choreographer and educator Arianne MacBean leads a workshop introducing content and activities from her Dancing Into Diversity curriculum, which uses movement as a pathway towards community empathy in diverse populations.

    Week 3: Puppeteer, writer and director Leslie Gray leads a workshop on movement techniques derived from puppetry.

    Week 4: Arts educator Celena Turney introduces a movement-based method for designing and creating arts-integrated lessons using the Common Core Standards.

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    Strand 4: Music

    Four Saturdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Strand 4: Music is now at capacity. Request to be added to the waitlist.

    Music is an integral part of cultural identity and can act as a powerful tool for inquiry-driven teaching and learning. In conjunction with the Skirball exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, this strand invites musicians and historians to share valuable techniques for building music-infused curricula.

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    A diverse range of music educators will lead a four-week series focused on the creative practices of Imagination, Investigation, Construction and Reflection, as outlined by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
    Week 1:  Musician and produce Clinton Patterson will introduce methods from the Orff Schulwerk approach to musical education. Participants will learn techniques that integrate music, movement, and sound to support curriculum across subject matter in K–12 classrooms.

    Week 2: Joselyn Wilkinson, musician, songwriter, theater artist and co-founder of Center Space Education, will lead a drumming workshop introducing brain-based music-integration activities.

    Week 3: Educator, hip-hop artist, and motivational speaker Chris ‘Kazi’ Rolle will share his Da-Cypher curriculum, which focuses on critical thinking, media literacy, and music appreciation techniques for K–12 educators.

    Week 4: Ethnomusicologist, musician and educator Dr. Dawn Norfleet will introduce her curriculum The Blue Roots of Rock: Teaching the Blues©, which helps empower educators to integrate the Blues into their curriculum. This session will also include a tour of the Skirball exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.

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    Teaching Through Storytelling

    For K–Grade 5 teachers
    Tuesday, June 23–Thursday, June 25, 2015
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    $100 per person for all three days (includes light breakfast and program materials)
    Limited space; advance registration required

    Storytelling has the power to enliven your classroom curriculum and to inspire students to develop creative modes of communication and collaboration.

    In this three-day workshop:

    Participate in hands-on, artist-led workshops.
    Design interdisciplinary lessons that support language arts, social studies, math, and science curricula.
    Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
    Earn 1 LAUSD salary point; details available upon registration.