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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.

Martha Brown smiling

Facilitating Social Emotional Learning and Healing Through the Arts

Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 11am to 12pm

Workshop Leader: Dr. Martha Brown

In this one-hour workshop, arts educators will learn the five social emotional learning (SEL) competencies and how to promote SEL growth and healing through the arts. Arts educators will be invited to reflect upon and expand their current practices, projects, and curriculum to create a more trauma-informed, safe, and healing classroom experience. By understanding the connections between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), social emotional learning, and artistic expression as a deeply personal form of healing, arts teachers will be inspired to teach the arts in ways that allow for more student voice, choice, empowerment, and self-expression without judgment or criticism. Teachers will be provided with resources where they can learn more about SEL, trauma and resilience, and assessing SEL.

Two teaching artists and six student dancers stand in pose with outstretched arms

The Disney Musicals in Schools Approach to Musical Theatre Instruction

Friday, August 6, 2021 from 9am to 10am

Workshop Leaders: Lori Ramirez Barber and Kim Cozort

Join us for a lively video presentation followed by an interactive question and answer session with Kravis Center Teaching Artists Lori Ramirez and Kim Cozort.  The workshop will feature modeling of the Disney Musicals in Schools approach to instruction in the areas of Choreography, Directing, and Music Direction.  You’ll experience a dance and vocal warm up, a Disney KIDS Story Adventure, learn about the unique audition process for 3rd through 5th grade students and much more.  Whether you’re already a DMIS program teacher at a Title I elementary school, a teacher who presents musicals at your school or new to the program altogether, you’ll learn several useful takeaways after participating in this engaging professional development workshop.

Paige Hernandez holding vinyl record and smiling

Don’t Sweat the Technique: Hip-hop Strategies and Activities for the Classroom and Stage

Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 9am to 11:30am

Workshop Leader: Paige Hernandez

Participants will explore innovative hip hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum and/or to use in performance pieces. The workshop will show how each hip hop element (Emcee, DJ, Graffiti and B-boy) can easily be transformed into arts integrated exercises or performance pieces.

 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


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.