Teaching Our World through the Arts, 2013–2014
Teaching Our World Through the Arts is a professional development program rooted in the Skirball's values of creating community and celebrating experiential learning. This course prepares K–Grade 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual arts, architecture, theater, and music into core curriculum. Arts-based learning cultivates deeper engagement and participation among students, and offers teachers a variety of unique and exciting tools and techniques to bring learning to life. Coursework includes classroom workshops, gallery tours, and live performances at the Skirball, along with collaborative lesson planning and resource sharing.
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.
STRAND ONE: ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four Saturdays: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2013 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Thinking like a designer transforms the way you imagine lessons and approach content. It allows you to connect your teaching to the world around you, and fosters collaboration and creativity among your students. In conjunction with the Skirball exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie, this strand helps you apply design thinking, architectural concepts, and visual art approaches to your instruction.
This strand is now full.
STRAND TWO: MOVEMENT
Four Saturdays: January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 2014 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
According to studies, an estimated fifty percent of all learners process information most effectively through movement. In this multidisciplinary strand, learn how to integrate a variety of movement forms to activate your teaching and get students moving while they learn.
This strand is now full.
STRAND THREE: THEATER AND FILM
Four Saturdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Using a range of local resources, this strand teaches techniques for integrating media-based activities into your classroom. Through hands-on filmmaking, acting, and editing workshops, discover the many ways film, video, and theater can help students demonstrate learning, broaden understanding, and discover avenues for personal expression and artistry.
STRAND FOUR: MUSIC
Four Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Music is an integral part of cultural identity and can act as a tool for inquiry-driven teaching and learning. In workshops with musicians, historians, and sound artists, acquire techniques to build music-infused curricula.
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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 SOLD OUT
* Schools that send three or more staff will receive a 50% reduction in course fees for each participant (this offer excludes single class registration).
To register for Teaching Our World Through the Arts, click here.
Salary Points: Multiple LAUSD salary points are available for participating teachers. Details available upon registration.
Eligibility: Workshops are designed for active classroom teachers. No prior experience in the arts is required for any of the course strands.