• The Skirball Cultural Center is proud to be an official LAUSD Arts Community Network partner, providing FREE professional development opportunities to K–Grade 12 teachers at LAUSD and LAUSD-dependent schools. This funding is graciously provided by LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch.

    This dynamic professional development program prepares K–Grade 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual arts, theater, and music into core curricula. The program introduces arts-integration methods that foster student development of critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and civic literacy skills that underlie all common core standards.

    The course is divided into four 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.

    Questions? E-mail teacherprograms@skirball.org

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    Strand 1: Visual Art and Photography

    Four Saturdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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    In conjunction with the exhibitions Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico and Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals Signs, and Mark-Making in LA—both presented as a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA—explore iconic works of art that trace the longstanding cultural exchange between Los Angeles and Mexico. Learn art-making techniques that help students connect to their personal and cultural histories and stories.

    Week 1: Master teaching artist Sandy Rodriguez will guide participants through an art-making process that builds a strong classroom community as students create visual representations of their schools and neighborhoods.

    Week 2: In this special workshop, artist Ken Gonzales-Day will give participating teachers a private tour of the exhibition Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in Los Angeles, and city planner Dr. Adonia Lugo will lead a hands-on artistic exploration of memory, community, and place making.

    Week 3: With muralist and educator Kristy Sandoval, teachers will explore the artistic process and materials as tools for expression and storytelling through the creation of a public art mural proposal.

    Week 4: Jen Reid, educator and creator of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA teacher resources, will model arts integration that utilizes historical photography, art making, and filmmaking to respond to current events.

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    Strand 2: Theater and Film

    Four Saturdays: January 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 2018 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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    Work directly with theater and film artists to learn performance and media-based teaching strategies that bring content to life, cultivate community, and build collaborative skills.

    Week 1: Master teaching artist Jesse Bliss will model performance-based strategies that encourage communication and story sharing and tap into students’ cultural and community wealth to build classroom community.

    Week 2: With teaching artist Terrell Donnell Sledge, educators will explore performance techniques and the creative processes as they identify tools for creating empowered learning environments as well as avenues for student-driven social change and discourse.

    Week 3: Teachers will experience a full digital storytelling process with Megan Alrutz. As they move from storytelling prompts, to the writing and recording of a narrative, to the gathering of visual content, and the final creation of group digital stories, educators will understand the impact of digital storytelling as a teaching tool.

    Week 4: Teaching artist and arts-integration specialist Enisha Brewster will illustrate how the study and practice of drama and theater can deepen learning in the classroom and increase student engagement with curricular content.

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    Strand 3: Movement and Dance

    Four Saturdays: February 24 and March 3, 10, 17, 2018 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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    Learn exciting and accessible strategies that use embodiment to involve students in the learning process and support creativity, self-expression, empathy, and collaboration.

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    Strand 4: Words and Music

    Four Saturdays: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Registration for this strand is now closed. Please e-mail teacherprograms@skirball.org to be added to the waitlist.

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, musicians and performance poets model how to incorporate music and rhythm into the curriculum to activate student learning and inspire social change.

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    Teaching Through Storytelling

    For K–Grade 8 teachers
    Tuesday, June 26–Thursday, June 28, 2018
    8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

    This workshop is FREE to LAUSD teachers. Space is limited; advance registration required.

    Storytelling can encourage students to develop creative ways of expressing themselves and collaborating. Inspired by the spirit of innovation and creative teamwork in The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, this three-day workshop will explore the transformative power of storytelling and puppetry. In addition, the award-wining installation Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and the Skirball’s core exhibition, 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.
    Gain access to priority registration for the Skirball 2018–2019 school tours and programs.

    Thank you for your interest in attending Teaching Through Storytelling! This program has reached capacity. If you would like to join the waitlist, please contact teacherprograms@skirball.org