Online Learning

Online Learning Resources for Educators

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ASYNCHRONOUS SELF-GUIDED SESSIONS
Approximately 1.5 hour

 

Defining Arts Integration: What and Why
for grades K-12 with Sean Layne
This session unpacks the definition of art integration and uncovers the characteristics of quality integration that align with best practice in education. Join the co-author of the Kennedy Center’s internationally adopted definition for this informative session.

 

Political Cartoons, Paintings and Photographs: Reading Art in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom
for middle and high school social studies teachers with Melanie Rick
It can be difficult for students to comprehend social studies curriculum because the people, places, and events feel  so far removed from their own lives. In this session, learn how to truly read works of art as texts to visually connect students to content.

 

Reading Portraits to Teach Historical Figures and Biographies
for grades 3-6 with Melanie Rick
There’s more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. In this session, learn how to read portraits as visual texts filled with meaningful symbolism in order to make the study of people and biographies more engaging.

Decoding Illustrations to Deepen Comprehension
for grades K-3 with Melanie Rick
Students in grades K-2 are often emerging readers who are depending on images to provide visual cues to aide in comprehension. This workshop focuses on looking and talking about illustrations in fiction picture books
before, during, and after reading to help students develop the skills of prediction, inference/drawing conclusions, sequence, and retelling a story.

Drawing Symbols to Acquire and Understand New Vocabulary
for grades 3-5 by Jamin Carter
Drawing is a powerful and untapped tool for students to build and explore their understanding of new vocabulary. Combined with a use of symbols it's a winning combination to acquire understanding of new and challenging words!

Drawing Symbols to Enhance Memory and Deepen Reading Comprehension
for grades 5-8 by Jamin Carter
When drawing is used to make sense of information presented audibly or through text it can’t be beat! If you want to greatly increase students’ ability to accurately recall what they read, organize events in the proper sequence,
and make sense of unfamiliar content this interactive workshop is for you.

Moving Through Weather-Exploring the Atmosphere with Dance
for grades 3-6 with Harlan Brownlee
Combining his training as a pilot and a choreographer, Harlan Brownlee leads you through an interactive exploration of weather that you can take back to your classroom.  Learn strategies that relate motions of the body and elements of dance to the structure of the earth’s atmosphere, cloud formations, and the dynamic exchanges of heat and pressure that create wind and weather conditions.

Moving Through Science- Exploring the Planets of our Solar System with Dance
for grades 5-8 with Harlan Brownlee
This session integrates dance with the characteristics and movement patterns of the planets in our solar system.
Take movement and dance strategies back to your students that supports them constructing and demonstrating their understanding of our solar system's planets.

The following sessions can be combined to create a course and it is recommended they be taken in sequential order. The sessions can also be deepened by coupling them with reflective synchronous sessions.


The Actor’s Toolbox: A Physical Behavior Contract
for grades K-12 with Sean Layne
How do teachers prepare for students’ widely varying energies  and emotions? This session establishes a silent routine that balances the energy of a class and readies them for learning.

The Concentration Circle: Establishing Self-Regulation through Concentration
for grades K-12 with Sean Layne
The ability to concentrate and self-regulate the impulses the brain sends are critical skills for learning. This session introduces an engaging strategy to help students become the boss of their brains.

The Cooperation Challenge: From Classroom to Team
for grades K-12 with Sean Layne
“We all sink or we all swim” becomes a reality in this session that introduces a strategy that engages students in quick-decision making  and results in the creation of an ensemble, a group that works well together.

One-Minute Challenge Tableau: Communicating, Collaborating and Creating in Small Groups
for grades K-12 with Sean Layne
This session focuses on a strategy that engages students in creating “living pictures” that demonstrate visual models of their thinking. Behavioral fluency is put to the test as many skills are required to be effective.

 

SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS
1.5 or 2 hour sessions
(Maximum of 30 participants)

*Any of the asynchronous sessions listed above can also be offered as synchronous sessions.*

Moving Through Emotions: SEL through Dance
for grades K-5 with Jessica DiLorenzo
Our emotional states shift as we move through events in our day. In this session you will not only learn a strategy to help students become aware of feelings and the events that shape them, but you’ll also learn how dance can become a tool to manage and express emotions.

Moving Through Emotions: SEL through Dance
for grades 6-12 with Jessica DiLorenzo
Our emotional states shift as we move through events in our day. In this session you will not only learn a strategy to help students become aware of feelings and the events that shape them, but you’ll also learn how dance can become a tool to manage and express emotions.

Creative Connections: Bringing School Communities Together Virtually  Through the Arts
for teachers of any grade level with Jessica DiLorenzo and Melanie Rick
Teachers are faced with  many personal and professional obstacles right now and need to be supported and felt cared for as well. This experience invites teachers to converse and connect virtually through movement, mindfulness and the reading of art. This experience opens pathways to deeper awareness of our own states of mind and sparks inspiration for creative ways to grow individually and as a community during these challenging times.

Sequential Storytelling: Creating Visual Stories with Cut Paper for Emerging Writers
for grades K-2 by Jamin Carter
Young storytellers will be thrilled to learn a new way to produce stories with characters, settings, objects and events through the simple process of cutting and gluing paper.

Dance and Movement Strategies for Virtual Learning
for grades K-3 with Harlan Brownlee
This participatory workshop introduces and illustrates dance and movement strategies that you can immediately take back to your virtual classroom.  Learn basic creative movement structures that will engage your students and form a foundation for effective dance integration. Please come prepared to move.

Next Level Up: Dance and Movement Strategies for Virtual Learning
for grades 4-6 with Harlan Brownlee
Building upon the K-3 workshop, Harlan Brownlee leads this participatory workshop that  introduces and demonstrates basic choreographic processes and movement activities that will engage your students in the virtual classroom.  Learn concepts related to simple abstraction, form and function, and improvisational structures that strengthen a foundation for effective dance integration. Please come prepared to move.

Moving Through Technology- Exploring Elementary Coding and Algorithms with Dance
for grades K-3 with Harlan Brownlee
Choreography, like coding, is an algorithm, or a set of instructions. This interactive session merges coding and technology with physical activities and movement. Teaching artist Harlan Brownlee shares movement strategies that illustrate the connections and can be immediately taken back to the classroom.