• 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 and Photography

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    Four Saturdays: September 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    By integrating visual art and photography into their teaching, educators have the power to strengthen students’ engagement with content while providing creative, tangible connections between the classroom and the outside world. Practicing Los Angeles artists and the exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams serve as sources of inspiration for photography and visual art techniques that can be applied to instruction, fostering collaboration and critical thinking among students.

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    Week 1: Visual artist and educator Alexis Macnab led a workshop on the history and creation of camera obscura and how it can be a learning tool in the classroom.

    Week 2: Artist and educator Leslie K. Gray led a workshop on paper cutting and shadow puppetry.

    Week 3: Photographer and artist Orly Olivier guided teachers through the exhibition Petit Takett: Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb and a still-life and book-making workshop to explore family stories.

    Week 4: Artist and educator Francisco Letelier led a workshop on the Japanese art form gaman in order to explore Ansel Adams’s photographs and collage making. 

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    Strand 2: Film and Media

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    Four Saturdays: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, this strand explores film and media with a focus on documentaries, photography, and personal narrative. Teachers learn about various media platforms aimed at deepening student learning through new avenues of creative expression and engagement with contemporary issues.

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    Week 1: With lead educator Megan Nevels, teachers will explore the various avenues available to integrate film and media activities and platforms into their classrooms.

    Weeks 2 and 3: In the first workshop, filmmaker, playwright, and educator Kate Marks will share techniques for using screenwriting to adapt academic content for deeper connections to students’ lives. In the second workshop, teachers will turn their scripts into short films, learning how to plan, shoot, and edit visual content.

    Week 4: Filmmaker Joshua Gleason will lead a workshop to uncover and interrogate how ideas and messages are communicated through digital media, and how students can engage in this process. In this workshop, teachers will be introduced to the exhibition A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World.  

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    Strand 3: Movement and Theater

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    Four Saturdays: February 27 and March 5, 12, 19, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Movement and theater-based learning have been shown to enhance student performance in core subjects—from language arts to social studies, math, and science—while also supporting student creativity, self-esteem, and collaboration. In this multi-disciplinary strand, inspiring practitioners in dance and theater help teachers integrate a variety of movement and theater skills into their classroom teaching.

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    Week 1: Melissa Denton, a performer, educator, and program director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, will introduce teachers to the company’s award-winning playmaking process with young people.

    Week 2: Movement artist and educator Alex Suha will lead teachers through a series of interactive activities to explore academic and social content through movement.

    Week 3: With dancer and educator Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, teachers will learn the history and techniques of different dances from around the world and how such dances can deepen student engagement and learning.

    Week 4: Arts scholar and educator Dr. Desiree Friedmann will dive deeper into why and how to integrate movement and theater activities into curriculum through specific academic content-focused strategies.
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    Strand 4: Music and Sound

    Four Saturdays: April 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Music and sound design are powerful tools for inquiry-driven teaching and learning. In conjunction with the exhibitions Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings, this strand invites musicians, sound engineers, and radio journalists to share valuable techniques for building sound-based and music-infused curricula.

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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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