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Receive in-service credit hours for participation.

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

Saturday, October 6 from 9 am to noon
Workshop Leader: Susan Gay Wemette, PhD
For Teachers of Grades 3-8
Educating students for success in the 21st century requires global competence: the ability to effectively communicate across cultures, to solve problems with empathy and creativity, and to understand globally significant issues. To achieve this with our students, we need to provide them with real-world opportunities to practice these skills. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a meaningful and impactful global story exchange project – one that will enhance your students’ writing skills, as well as developing their creativity and curiosity about the world around them.


Friday, October 19 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Workshop Leader: Melanie Rick
For Teachers of Grades 2-8
Visual art is a text that students of all reading abilities can access. This workshop introduces the language of visual art so that teachers feel confident looking, thinking, and talking about art with their students. Participants join Melanie Rick, arts integration consultant and certified reading specialist, to learn about resources for building a library of images that can be used to efficiently build background knowledge, teach content, generate points of inquiry for research, and assess understandings in social studies, science, and reading.


Tuesday, November 6 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Workshop Leader: Mimi Herman
For Teachers of Grades 4-12
From tiny atoms to vast galaxies, scientists try to explain things that cannot be seen. How can teachers help students make the invisible understandable? In this unique workshop, participants learn strategies to guide students in creating metaphors that make the unseen scientific phenomenon visible. Participants also learn ways to help students extend their metaphors into poetry that demonstrates understanding of the science content. Whether or not participants teach writing, they can effectively use the power of metaphor to help students understand science.


Saturday, December 1 from 9 am to noon
Workshop Leader: Glenis Redmond
For Teachers of Grades 5-8
This workshop is based on the belief that poetry, in addition to being written and read, should be performed. Teachers learn ways to help students use brainstorming, imagery, and layering to write powerful and effective poems. Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and to cross creative boundaries.


Saturday, February 16 from 9 am to noon
Workshop Leader: Marcia Daft
For Teachers of Grades 3-5
Many students memorize the times tables yet fail to master a conceptual understanding of multiplication. In this workshop, teachers examine how repeating patterns establish the equal grouping concepts that underlie multiplication and division. They then learn to lead lessons that integrate the arts with multiplication concepts. Through pictures, words, rhythm, and movement, equal grouping concepts are literally brought to life. Through this process, teachers discover how to help students move past memorizing the times tables, and understand the foundations of multiplying and dividing with this active, conceptual, and creative approach to teaching mathematics.


* 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.

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


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 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.