• 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.

    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.

    This strand is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please email teacherprograms@skirball.org.

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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.

    Another Promised Land and Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than seventy cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor of PST: LA/LA is Bank of America. 

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    Strand 2: Theater and Film

    Four Saturdays: January 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 2018 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Registration for this strand opens October 18, 2017, at 12:00 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.

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    Strand 3: Movement and Dance

    Four Saturdays: February 24 and March 3, 10, 17, 2018 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Registration for this strand opens November 22, 2017, at 12:00 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.–4:00 p.m.

    Registration for this strand opens January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

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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 27–Thursday, June 29, 2017
    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.

    Registration for this workshop is now closed. Registration for next year’s workshop will open in spring of 2018.