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Professional Development Workshops will take place on the second floor of the Cohen Pavilion unless otherwise noted. Scroll down to register.

Kravis Education Department hosts the annual August, Back-To-School Teacher Workshops for public school Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art specialists in Palm Beach County.


Introducing the Agency by Design Framework for Maker-Centered Learning:
Looking Closely, Exploring Complexity, and Finding Opportunity

Monday, October 16 from 9 am to 3 pm
Workshop Leader: Edward Clapp, Ed. D.
Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
For Teachers of Grades K-5

Educational initiatives that emphasize making, engineering, and tinkering are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 education. Makerspaces, fab labs, and design classes are bringing with them exciting new tools, technologies, and curricula. But what is truly worthwhile about maker-centered learning? What are the most salient benefits of these maker-centered experiences? In this full-day interactive workshop session, Project Zero researcher Edward Clapp will present a series of hands-on activities aimed at exploring these questions and considering how pedagogical practice and the development of thinking dispositions can support the core principles of maker-centered learning. Highlighting key aspects of the framework for maker-centered learning developed by the Agency by Design research project at Project Zero, participants will consider what it means to develop a sensitivity to the made dimensions of the world by looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. In addition to gaining a familiarity with the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning and its associated educator resources, participants will also have an opportunity to make connections between these new concepts and their home teaching and learning environments.

Building Global Competence through Arts Integration: Connecting Your Students to the World through Visual Art and Writing

Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to noon
Workshop Leader: Dr. Susan Gay Hyatt
For Teachers of Grades 3-8

How do we engage students in authentic learning about the world around them? How do we prepare them to grow up, work, and thrive in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized? The Asia Society notes that global competence starts by “being aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works,” and by being able to “effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.” In this two-hour, hands-on workshop, Dr. Susan Hyatt will share how teachers can help students explore the world, develop their creativity, and improve their writing skills. We will:
Examine how we can use art as a bridge for communication
Discuss the tenets of arts integration and how they apply to global competence
Create a simple arts-integrated project that you can use in your classroom as a beginning step to developing a global story exchange
Analyze the implications for multicultural education, social studies, writing, and the arts 

Writing by Storm: Overcoming Obstacles to Writing*

Monday, January 8 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Workshop Leader: Amy MacDonald
For Teachers of Grades 1st-5th

Developed in collaboration with L/A Arts, Lewiston School Department, and Auburn School Department in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine This hands-on writing workshop uses group writing and brainstorming techniques to help students (and teachers) learn to recognize and overcome common obstacles and anxieties about writing—specifically coming up with ideas; staying focused; creating a well-developed beginning, middle, and end; adding detail; and tackling revision. Modeling what she has done in hundreds of elementary school classrooms, Amy MacDonald uses a writer’s perspective to lead teachers through several brief writing exercises and the creation, writing, and revision of a group story.

Demonstration Teaching Through the Arts
Tuesday, January 9
In-school sessions at designated elementary school site

STEAM Poetry: Understanding Science Through Metaphor*
Monday, March 26 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Workshop Leader: Mimi Herman
For Teachers of Grades 4th-5th

In science, we’re always trying to understand things that are too small or too big to comprehend, from tiny cells to our entire universe. How do we explain these things? By comparing them to things we understand. Learn how to transform science into poetry, and discover a technique to make science concepts stick for a lifetime.

Demonstration Teaching Through the Arts
Tuesday, March 27
In-school sessions at designated elementary school site

Broadway League Distance Learning
Free Broadway career panel discussions are available to high schools and colleges from the Broadway League through our Broadway Speakers Bureau. These seminars share information about non-performance careers in the arts (producing, general management, marketing, press, stage management, etc.) with schools around the country. Our speakers include award-winning professionals associated with many top Broadway shows including Wicked, Billy Elliot, Spring Awakening, Red, The Addams Family, Frost/Nixon, The Producers, and Rent. For more information or to schedule a seminar, please call the Education Hotline at 561.651.4251.

* This workshop/course was 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.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Palm Beach County School District are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education.


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.


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.


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 is launching our first year of this collaboration with four Title I elementary schools in Palm Beach County. At no cost to them, the selected schools participate 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 receives 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 March or April the Kravis Center will host a Student Share Celebration.  Schools will 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 will select 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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