• Teaching Our World Through the Arts introduces K through Grade 12 teachers to arts-integration teaching techniques that foster students’ critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and civic literacy skills. Participants learn and practice strategies that use the arts to enhance core content and make curriculum more meaningful—engaging students in social activism and strengthening classroom communities.

    The series is divided into three strands; teachers are welcome to sign up for one or more strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. No prior experience in the arts is required. Teachers can earn up to two salary points per strand. Details available upon registration.

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    Strand 1: Theater and Language Arts

    Four Saturdays: September 14, 21, and 28, October 5, 2019, 8:30 am–4:00 pm

    This program has now passed.

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    Explore creative ways to use theater and language arts to support emerging bilingual students:

    • Learn how to utilize musical theater and hip-hop pedagogy in the classroom with Estella Owoimaha-Church.
    • Practice storytelling in the sciences and humanities with Emily Altschul and Savannah Jackson
    • Find your voice through spoken word poetry with Skirball Educators.
    • Build an empathetic classroom using theatrical techniques with help from Desiree Cameron.
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    Strand 2: Photography, Film, and Digital Media

    Four Saturdays: January 25, February 1, 8, and 15, 2020, 8:30 am–4:00 pm

    This program has now passed.

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, learn how film, photography, and digital media can become catalysts for collaborative student learning.

    • Compose your own photographs using the elements of art and principles of design, and do some collaborative lesson planning with photographer Adam Davis.
    • Join filmmaker and educator Gregory Grano for a stop motion workshop and learn about the history of photography and film.
    • Practice and strengthen your observational skills with filmmaker and photographer Gemma Jimenez, and use these skills to document lived experiences and the world around us with teaching artists from Las Fotos Project.
    • Storyboard, cast characters, and consider screen values, effects, and framing devices for impact in a shadow animation workshop with artist Christine Marie.

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    Strand 3: Visual Art and Activism

    Four Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020, 8:30 am–4:00 pm

    This program has been cancelled in light of public-health concerns related to COVID-19. If you have already registered for this program, you will be contacted by the Skirball with the option to reschedule for a future teacher program or receive a refund. Thank you for your understanding.

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    Artists and educators come together to model how visual art can initiate dialogue and serve as a tool for advocacy in the classroom:

    • Strengthen your classroom community and foster a brave space for art and activism in a hands-on creative workshop led by teaching artist Lynn Okimura.
    • Amplify student voice and empower critical self-reflection through painting with teaching artist Julie Williams
    • Join teaching artist Marianne Sadowski on a journey through the history of art and activism and experiment with printmaking.
    • Find new ways of implementing service learning in your classroom with special workshops from the Skirball's Noah's Ark Educators and teaching artist Marissa Magdalena Sykes.

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    Teaching Through Storytelling—To Be Rescheduled

    Teaching Through Storytelling will be rescheduled to a later date in light of public-health concerns related to COVID-19. The new date will be announced as soon as possible; please check back here for updates. Registrants will be contacted by the Skirball regarding a ticket refund. Thank you for your understanding.​

    For K–Grade 8 teachers
    Tuesday, June 23–Friday, June 26, 2020, 8:30 am–4:00 pm
    Fee: $100
    LAUSD salary points available, pending district approval.

    Storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring students to express themselves and collaborate with one another.

    The award-winning installation Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and the Skirball’s temporary exhibitions Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli will serve as platforms for discovering the art of storytelling.

    In this four-day workshop:

    • Practice different components of storytelling, including visual and theater arts.
    • Design interdisciplinary lesson plans that support language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts curricula.
    • Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
    • Gain access to priority registration for the Skirball 2020–2021 school tours and performance programs.