• Storytelling is a powerful tool for healing and hope. Participants in our Pre-K through Grade 12 teacher professional development programs practice strategies that use storytelling and the arts to engage students in mindfulness practices and social activism. Responding to the real needs of students, this year’s Teaching Through Storytelling programs place a special emphasis on virtual engagement that centers social-emotional learning. 

    Developed by Skirball educators in partnership with our Teacher Advisory Council, all of our teacher programs aim to enhance core content and strengthen classroom communities. Discover how to use the artistic disciplines of the new California Arts Standards to foster students’ critical thinking, creative problem solving, and civic literacy skills. Each of the programs will be available as live webinars or on-demand video content during the 2020–2021 school year.

  • Teachers

    Art and Community

    Fall 2020
    Find authentic and inclusive ways to activate your students’ creativity in the classroom. Collaborate with fellow educators as you explore the Skirball’s exhibitions and programs. Learn how various art mediums can be used for reflection, critique, and community activism.  

  • Teachers dancing

    Music and Movement

    Winter 2021  
    Gain confidence in incorporating music- and movement-based teaching strategies that encourage kinesthetic learning, deepen connections to content, and inspire strong communities. Educators participate in conversations and activities that stimulate critical thinking and a sense of wonder. Come away with new strategies and techniques for empowered and embodied learning.  

  • Teachers Practice Puppetry

    Theater and Puppetry

    Spring 2021  
    Expand your educator toolbox by incorporating theater and puppetry into your classroom. Creativity, process, and design all come together in this socially-minded arts workshop. Encourage your students to find their unique voices and teach them how to use the power of storytelling to take action.  

  • Teachers in Noah's Ark

    Summer Institute

    A Teaching Through Storytelling Four-Day Intensive Workshop
    Summer 2021

    For K–Grade 8 teachers
    LAUSD salary points available, pending district approval.

    Inspired by the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica and its award-winning family destination, Noah’s Ark, our Summer Institute explores how storytelling can engage students across subject areas. Teachers participate in interactive, interdisciplinary workshops that support language arts, social studies, and visual and performing arts curricula. The 2021 Summer Institute investigates how storytelling can help build strong and informed communities, make connections across cultures and generations, and spark collaboration and innovative solutions. Participants will walk away inspired, with ready-to-use classroom lesson plans in-hand.  

    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’s 2021–2022 school tours and performance programs.
  • Teachers

    Virtual Open House

    Program date TBA
    Connect with us and learn how the Skirball can support you in the classroom! In this short, thirty-minute webinar and Q&A, Skirball educators will provide an overview of the many educational resources available to teachers during the 2020–2021 academic year. Developed in partnership with the Skirball’s Teacher Advisory Council and aligned with the new California Arts Standards, our learner-centered virtual offerings include:

    • An all-new Noah’s Ark classroom curriculum
    • Virtual field trips featuring lively storytelling from Skirball educators
    • Downloadable lesson plans that center justice, kindness, and community
    • A series of FREE Teaching Through Storytelling professional development programs

    Stay up-to-date with announcements about our virtual open house! Sign up for Teacher e-news by emailing education@skirball.org.