Professional Development for Teachers & Teaching Artists
Helping teachers use art in the classroom.
Throughout the year, ASU Gammage and our Kennedy Center for the Arts Partners in Education, Peoria Unified School District and Mesa Public Schools provide Professional Development Workshop opportunities for teachers. Professional Development Workshops are led by Kennedy Center teaching artists from across the country. These teaching artists are noted for the extensive knowledge of their art form, their expertise in teaching the art form to students and teachers as well as the art form’s connections to curriculum through the very successful Arts Integration method. Contact the ASU Gammage Cultural Participation Department for more information at email@example.com or 480.965.5062.
Goals of Workshops:
• Improve and increase teacher’s knowledge of the arts and culture
• Have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction
• Provide new strategies for teachers to meet the challenges
of student engagement
• Develop new ways to work with students with diverse learning styles
• Promote collaborative learning within schools
Workshops can be submitted for recertification credit.
Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Strategy
Thursday, September 6, 2012 • 4-7 p.m.
Workshop Leader: Sean Layne
For Teachers of Grades K-8
Sean Layne has taken the foundational elements of acting such as
concentration, cooperation and collaboration and created a structured
process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management
every day. This engaging step-by-step approach empowers students
to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. In this
workshop, teachers learn how to help students build the skills necessary to
establish a sense of self-control, accountability and teambuilding in
Scientific Thought in Motion
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • 4-7 p.m.
Workshop Leader: Randy Barron
For Teachers of Grades 3-12
Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful,
self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible,
visible form. In lessons that engage students in movement, participants
learn the elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific
content. Participants leave the workshop with a set of immediately useful
movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle and the systems
of the human body, along with the skills necessary to adapt those activities
to teach other curriculum ideas. Randy Barron guides teachers in easy-toduplicate
lesson plans, which draw upon students’ kinesthetic, visual and
musical intelligence to increase their achievement in science and strengthen
their repertoire of learning and social skills.
Reading Portraits as Biographies
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 • 4-7 p.m.
Workshop Leader: Melanie Layne
For Teachers of Grades 1-5
There is more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a
mere depiction of a person when in actuality they are a visual text that can be
read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s
life. This engaging workshop teaches how to help students build background
knowledge. Teachers can apply this strategy to teaching historical and literary
figures across the curriculum.
Shadow Stories: Exploring Story Elements Through
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 4-7 p.m.
Workshop Leader: Daniel Barash
For Teachers of Grades 2-6
Shadow puppetry, with its bold shapes, vivid colors and dramatic
movement, is a highly engaging art form that allows students to express
their understanding through visual art, drama and writing. In this workshop,
teachers discover how to create and use shadow puppets to explore
story elements. Participants first learn shadow puppetry techniques and
discover ways students can use shadow puppetry to explore character,
setting, problem, resolution, story structure and language. Participants then
experience how students can create puppets and scenery to dramatically
bring stories created through a “Story Challenge Game” to life behind the