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    All Arts Integration Workshops that were scheduled for March 10th and after have been cancelled while schools are closed due to Covid-19. Once schools are open again, we will coordinate with our arts integration partners and the SPS professional development department to reschedule all of cancelled workshops. 

    We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well! 

    Arts integration is instruction that connects content and skills from the arts and other subject areas. This approach allows students to deepen their mastery of each subject and skills like creative problem-solving, teamwork, and critical thinking. Most schools include a goal of professional development in arts integration in their school arts visions. In 2019-20, The Creative Advantage will launch an arts integration PD series for SPS instructional staff (teachers and paraprofessionals) to ignite interest in arts integration, teach the pedagogical foundations of arts integration, and open possibilities for more in-depth learning at the building level. 

    Guiding principles for PD:

    • Teachers should be able to implement their learning in their classrooms within two weeks of the workshop.
    • Trainers provide written lesson plans for teachers to use.
    • Trainer takes the role of classroom teacher and teachers are in the role of students experiencing the learning.
    • The trainer annotates their instruction as they're doing it or provides time to explain their instructional moves.
    • The trainer considers the race and ethnicity of students and faculty and selects content that is culturally-relevant to the school (texts, plays, music, references such as children's' stories from other cultures rather than western fairy tales).
    • Arts Integration pedagogy is anti-racist and uses the strategies of Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.
    • Arts Integration pedagogy is inclusive and adaptive for English Language Learners and students who qualify for SPED services
    • PD will be longer-lasting when teachers have follow-up mentorships during the year where the teacher and teaching artist can team-teach or watch each other teach then reflect together.

    Clock hours will be available. Registration is open on SPS Employee Self-Service (ESS). Search for "Arts". If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Querns. There are also a few spots reserved for Creative Advantage Roster teaching artists. Teaching artists can contact Audrey to reserve a spot.

    2019-20 Workshops:

    Workshop Name:

    Arts-Integration: Literacy & Theater for K-3 educators

    Date/Time: Thurs, Feb 27th, 4:15-7:30
    Location: Thurgood Marshall Elementary, room 108

    Description: This session is for preK-3 grade teachers to integrate elements of theatre and performance with
    literacy in their classrooms. The course is led by Jacuelyn Flaherty, Kindergarten teacher at View Ridge Elementary and Gillian Jorgensen, Education Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre. In this workshop, teacher-learners experience foundations for art integration and two styles of engaging literacy and text: word exploration and Reader's Theatre performance. In the lesson, participants address fluency by interpreting words through vocalization and physicality, dabbling in karaoke, adapting scripts from provided texts, and getting those scripts on their feet! Together we will explore blocking, projection, and memorization as storytellers and performers. Participants will experience artistic feedback through critical response methods, allowing for support of multiple interpretations of character and text. Opportunity to reflect and expand the lesson within various grade and skill levels is incorporated into the overall workshop. Participants will receive a written lesson plan and book list to support implementation in their own classrooms.

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    Arts-Integration: Language Arts/Social Studies + Film for 6-12 educators -Teacher Tools for Media-Based Storytelling

    Date/Time: Tues, Mar 3, 5-8pm To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic
    Location: SIFF Film Center – Seattle Center campus, near the corner of Warren Ave & Republican St. 

    Description: WA State's recent K-12 Media Standards afford the opportunity to expand student assessment through media/storytelling related projects...and most students have the tools in their pockets. Join SIFF Education Manager Dustin Kaspar and media teaching artist Tiffany Bennett for an immersive creative experience in project-based learning that will build your toolkit and confidence to assign and facilitate media-based storytelling in your classroom. Educators are encouraged to bring their classroom/school/personal iPad(additional iPads will be provided if your school doesn't have them) which we will use with accessible apps to create our own media projects based on realistic MS/HS assignments.

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    Arts-Integration: STEM + Visual Art for K-5 educators

    Date/Time: Tues, Mar 10th, 4:15-7:30  To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic
    Location: Coe Elementary Room 207

    Description: This session is for K-5 classrooms integrating Visual Arts, Science, and Engineering and is led by Arts Impact, a professional development program that trains teachers to integrate the arts into classroom content such as math, literacy, and science. In this workshop, teachers learn foundations for arts integration and a lesson called, "Sculpture in Balance". In the lesson, students analyze sculpture and role of sculptor as engineer. They explore paper construction techniques and design, construct, test, and optimize a standing mobile sculpture. Students revise engineering through use of a wind, drop, and earthquake tests. Last, students reflect on sculptures in a class sculpture park, and write about how their artistic engineering process reflects a growth mindset. Teachers receive art kits and a written lesson plan to support implementation. STEM clock hours available.

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    Arts-Integration: Language Arts/Social Studies + Radio/Podcasting for 6-12 educators

    Date/Time: Sat, March 28, 9am-1pm To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic

    Description: Radio is a powerful medium through which young people can integrate and synthesize knowledge using creativity and technology. In this workshop, teachers will learn essential skills to bring radio storytelling and podcast production into their classrooms. Through interactive, hands-on
    lessons, participants will learn radio interviewing, audio recording, scriptwriting, and audio editing. By the end of the workshop they will understand how to lead a class project on original radio storytelling, and will leave with handouts and curriculum to help make it happen.

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    Arts-Integration: Ethnic Studies + Theatre of the Oppressed for 6-12

    Date/Time: Tues, Mar 31th, 4:15-7:30 To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic
    Location: King Street Station -303 S. Jackson St, Top Floor

    Description: This session showcases examples of new, hyper-relevant Ethnic Studies high school curriculum related to gentrification, redlining and displacement, and is led by Theatre of the Oppressed teaching artist Rachel Atkins and Jennifer Dunn, SPS Humanities teacher and facilitator for the Center for Racial Equity.

    In this workshop, teachers will step into the role of students and experience first-hand the transformative power of exploring content through Theatre of the Oppressed activities. In the lesson, students research history and current issues around gentrification, redlining, and school/neighborhood segregation in Seattle, through text, video and discussion. They then explore their own ideas and learn about other perspectives through the theatre technique of machines: Students choose words and physical gestures to express an aspect of the policies or impact of gentrification. Students collaborate by connecting their words and gestures with others to create a machine to represent their concepts. Students use the same process to imagine potential alternatives, resistance and solutions, to transform the machine into a machine of change, and consider their own role in transformation.

    Teachers receive online access to written lesson plans through the Ethnic Studies program to support implementation.

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    Arts-Integration:  Cultural Representation and Appropriation for K-12 Educators 

    Date/Time: Sat, April 4, 10 am-4pm To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic
    Location: King Street Station -303 S. Jackson St, Top Floor

    This workshop is for K-12 classrooms educators who are interested in integrating theatre, simulation, and role-play in their curriculum in any content area.  Educators will learn about cultural appropriation, appreciation, exchange and other terms, and their impact on classroom lessons. They will learn how to have conversations with students on race and identity as it pertains to the content and texts, as well as how to develop lesson plans using a racial equity lens to identify and avoid cultural appropriation and insensitivity.

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    Arts-Integration: Literacy + Visual Arts for K-3 educators: Visual Thinking Strategies 

    Date/Time: Sat, May 9, 10:30am-4:30 pm  To be rescheduled, due to Covid-19 pandemic
    Location: Seattle Asian Art Museum

    This session is for K-3 classrooms integrating Visual Arts, English Language Arts, and Collaborative Classroom curriculum in literacy. It will be held at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which has reopened to feature newly thematic galleries and works of art from across Asia, featuring many previously underrepresented regions and cultures. In this workshop, SAM educators and participants will use works of art at the Seattle Asian Art Museum to apply culturally responsive teaching strategies that foster active listening and inclusive dialogue among students. Participants will then work with a teaching artist in the studio to work through a related hands-on lesson applying techniques such as printmaking, painting, and drawing to create a character study. In the process, they explore connections between inferences made in text with visual cues in images across different cultures. Participating educators will then discuss adaptations in their own classrooms, as well as developing writing and discussion responses. Teachers receive art kits, high resolution images, and a written lesson plan to support implementation.