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Professional Development

Free Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators!

The Kravis Center and the School District of Palm Beach county are part of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The primary purpose of this partnership is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers.

In these uncertain times, the Kennedy Center remains deeply committed to providing educational resources and opportunities to teachers, students, and families. As such, Kennedy Center Education’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program has reimagined its professional learning opportunities by transforming traditionally in-person workshops to those that can be held online in order to provide resources that support teachers in both in-person and virtual classrooms.

All workshops are FREE and open to all teachers and educators!  To register visit www.kennedy-center.org/workshops. For questions about registration, please contact kced@kennedy-center.org

Expressions of Weather Phenomena Through Dance-Making
Recommended for Teachers of Grades 3–5
Led by Kylie Murray and Sara Lavan, dance teaching artists from Virginia

Dive into the elements of dance and learn how they can become tools for communication, connection, and reflection. Using weather phenomena as inspiration for dance-making, you will experience how classroom content can be explored through creative movement and how understanding can be shared through informal performance. Facilitators will provide lesson templates that can be used successfully in the classroom and through virtual platforms.

DATES:
Session 1: Tuesday, November 17 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Session 2: Thursday, November 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
This is a synchronous, two-session workshop; we request that participants attend both sessions.

Opening the Door to Narrative Writing through Monologue
Recommended for Teachers of Grades 3–5
Led by Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, drama teaching artist from Maryland

Engage students in the narrative writing process by giving them the authority to create multidimensional monologues while providing them the tools to breathe life into their stories and characters. In this workshop, learn ways to help your students explore the traits of their characters, both vocally and physically, by creating and performing original monologues. Participants will learn strategies for both the virtual classroom as well as in-person facilitation. You’ll be amazed to see how these monologues can feed and improve your students’ narrative writing!

DATES:
Session 1: Tuesday, December 1 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Session 2: Tuesday, December 8 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
This is a synchronous, two-session workshop; we request that participants attend both sessions.

Teacher to Teacher: Sharing Arts Integration Strategies Online
Recommended for Teachers of All Grade Levels
Facilitated by CETA staff

Due to the pandemic, many teachers across the country had to quickly pivot to teach students virtually. In this session, participants will discuss and share examples of how they successfully weaved arts integration into their online learning plans. Teachers will have opportunities to collaborate and discuss ways to engage and connect with their students in the current online and/or hybrid learning environments.

DATE:
Thursday, December 3 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration
Recommended for Teachers of All Grade Levels
Led by Lizzie Morales, Kennedy Center

What is arts integration? In this session, examine the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive definition of arts integration and uncover the characteristics of quality integration. Discover why a shared definition is essential to a school community that is working towards adopting arts integration as an instructional focus.

DATE:
Monday, December 7 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

*These workshops/courses were developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

 Disney Musicals in School. Kravis Center for the Performings Arts, West Palm Beach

DMIS

Disney Musicals in Schools is an educational initiative of the Kravis Center that develops sustainable musical theatre programs in Palm Beach County public elementary schools.

Purpose

Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community.  Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to provide the training necessary for teachers to continue a tradition of theater education for years to come.

History

The Disney Musicals in Schools program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in elementary schools.  The program was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Group’s concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Group began collaborating with organizations in other communities across the United States.

Our Collaboration

In the 2017-2018 school year, the Kravis Center launched its first year of this collaboration with four Title I elementary schools in Palm Beach County. At no cost to them, the selected schools participated in a 17-week musical theater residency, led by a team of teaching artists trained by the Kravis Center and Disney Theatrical Group. Each school received guidance from the teaching artists, performance rights, and education support materials.

With a professional development focus, participating educators collaborate with Kravis Center teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct their first school show.  The program culminates in a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at each school.  As a capstone to the experience, in April the Kravis Center hosts a Student Share Celebration.  First year schools perform one number from their show on our Dreyfoos Hall stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

In year two, the Kravis Center selected four more Title I elementary schools to participate in this program while continuing the work of creating sustainable musical theater programs with the original four schools using Disney KIDS musicals.

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