• 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.

  • Strand 1

    Strand 1: Theater and Film

    Four Saturdays: September 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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    Performance-based teaching strategies can be powerful tools for developing students’ creative and critical thinking skills. Using techniques from the disciplines of theater and film, teachers expand their cross-cultural knowledge, learn ways of making core content more meaningful, practice strategies for engaging students in social activism, and strengthen their classroom communities.

    Week 1: Master teaching artist Kate Randolph will build on the themes of community and collaboration as she models the use of theater skills to explore and activate text.

    Week 2: Actor and educator Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni will perform her multimedia one-woman show One Drop of Love and lead an interactive workshop that connects personal narratives with historical context.

    Week 3: Filmmaker and educator Nijla Mu’min will lead teachers through a hands-on workshop exploring the art of interviews and documentary video as research tools with students.

    Week 4: Finally, nationally recognized theater educator Joan Lazarus will introduce teachers to successful arts integration as they explore the history and legacy of immigration through drama and theater.  

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    Strand 2: Visual Art and Photography

    Four Saturdays: January 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


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    In conjunction with the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein Prints by Gemini G.E.L., teachers explore art as a platform for civic action, looking specifically at printmaking and photography as modes for communicating ideas and making learning visible. Through workshops led by Los Angeles–based artists, teachers learn art-making techniques, easily adapted for all content areas, that are designed to help students express their voices and perspectives.

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    Strand 3: Movement and Dance

    Four Saturdays: February 25 and March 4, 11, 18, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


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    Physical movement has the capability of igniting students’ interest in and deepening their understanding of academic concepts, while also supporting students’ creativity, self-expression, empathy, and collaboration. Professional teaching artists in movement and dance provide teachers with exciting and accessible strategies that use embodiment to engage the whole student in the learning process.

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    Strand 4: Words and Music

    Four Saturdays: April 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


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    Music is an extremely effective tool for inquiry-driven teaching and learning and serves as an excellent vehicle for students to express their experiences and perspectives. In conjunction with the exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, lyricists, musicians, and sound designers demonstrate how incorporating music and sound into the curriculum can engage students as active participants in their own learning and build community. Educators from Facing History and Ourselves also provide a window into the ways that music can both inspire and reflect social change by presenting their curriculum The Sounds of Change.

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    Teaching Through Storytelling

    For K–Grade 5 teachers
    Tuesday, June 21–Thursday, June 23, 2016
    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. The award-winning Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and Visions and Values will serve as platforms for exploring the craft of storytelling through movement, music, and theater arts. 

    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.

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