• 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

    Registration for all four strands is now closed.

  • Strand 1

    Strand 1: Theater and Film

    Four Saturdays: September 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 2016 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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    Performance-based teaching strategies can be powerful tools for developing students’ creative and critical thinking skills. Using techniques from the disciplines of theater and film, teachers expand their cross-cultural knowledge, learn ways of making core content more meaningful, practice strategies for engaging students in social activism, and strengthen their classroom communities.

    Week 1: Master teaching artist Kate Randolph will build on the themes of community and collaboration as she models the use of theater skills to explore and activate text.

    Week 2: Actor and educator Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni will perform her multimedia one-woman show One Drop of Love and lead an interactive workshop that connects personal narratives with historical context.

    Week 3: Filmmaker and educator Nijla Mu’min will lead teachers through a hands-on workshop exploring the art of interviews and documentary video as research tools with students.

    Week 4: Finally, nationally recognized theater educator Joan Lazarus will introduce teachers to successful arts integration as they explore the history and legacy of immigration through drama and theater.  

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    Strand 2: Visual Art and Photography

    Four Saturdays: January 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A., teachers explore art as a platform for civic action, looking specifically at printmaking and photography as modes for communicating ideas and making learning visible. Through workshops led by Los Angeles–based artists, teachers learn art-making techniques, easily adapted for all content areas, that are designed to help students express their voices and perspectives.

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    Strand 3: Movement and Dance

    Four Saturdays: February 25 and March 4, 11, 18, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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    Physical movement has the capability of igniting students’ interest in and deepening their understanding of academic concepts, while also supporting students’ creativity, self-expression, empathy, and collaboration. Professional teaching artists in movement and dance provide teachers with exciting and accessible strategies that use embodiment to engage the whole student in the learning process.

    Week 1: In the morning, lead educator Megan Nevels will introduce teachers to various ways of building community in the classroom through movement. In the afternoon, teaching artist Alicia Sedwick, building on the theme of community, will model movement games and exercises that encourage kinesthetic and collaborative learning.

    Week 2: In this workshop, teachers will explore how movement and dance can engage students in social activism. Teaching artist Samad Guerra will model how dance is a vehicle for talking about history, personal narrative, and justice, and will then provide teachers with multiple strategies that help students envision social justice through movement.

    Week 3: Jackie Lopez and Versa-Style Dance Company will lead a special workshop on how to incorporate hip-hop into the classroom. Teachers will learn about the history of hip-hop as a social and political movement and experience how simple dance steps can build communication, collaboration, and empathy amongst students.

    Week 4: In the final workshop of this strand, teaching artist Marina Magalhães will instruct teachers how to use dance, creative movement, and embodied learning for connection and reflection, incorporating themes of community building, social activism, and artistic practice.

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    Strand 4: Words and Music

    Four Saturdays: April 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Registration for this strand is now closed.

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    Music is an extremely effective tool for inquiry-driven teaching and learning and serves as an excellent vehicle for students to express their experiences and perspectives. In conjunction with the exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, lyricists, musicians, and sound designers demonstrate how incorporating music and sound into the curriculum can engage students as active participants in their own learning and build community. Educators from Facing History and Ourselves also provide a window into the ways that music can both inspire and reflect social change by presenting their curriculum The Sounds of Change.

    Week 1: In the morning, teaching artist Kahlil Almustafa will introduce teachers to a series of poetry-writing activities that engage students in personal storytelling, collaboration, and reflection. In the afternoon, lead educator Megan Nevels will facilitate a short workshop on poetry performance and model how to host an “open mic” event in the classroom.

    Week 2: For this special full-day workshop, Andrew Reese and Mary Hendra, educators from Facing History and Ourselves, will use a modified version of their curriculum The Sounds of Change to examine music as a tool for social change. In this workshop, teachers will learn how stories of artists, music, and lyrics provide a window into music’s ability both to inspire and reflect social change.

    Week 3: In this workshop, teaching artist Beth Sussman will introduce teachers to strategies that use music and rhythm to enhance reading fluency and to teach math concepts, such as patterns, division, fractions, and probability. In the afternoon, teachers will work in grade-level teams to build their own music-integrated lessons.

    Week 4: The final Words and Music workshop will focus on developing an ensemble mindset in the classroom. With teaching artist Andrew Grueschow, teachers will build individual and ensemble skills through various percussion activities and games. The strand will conclude with a tour of Paul Simon: Words Music and time for reflection and curriculum development. 

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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.

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