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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.

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English Language Learners: Building Academic Vocabulary in Social Studies Through Creative Movement

October 14, 2022 from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Workshop Leader: Lorena Cervantes, dance teacher and arts integration specialist from Virginia
For Classroom Teachers and ELL Specialists of Grades 2-5

All students benefit from learning through multiple modalities – seeing, hearing, moving, and interpersonal interaction. For English Language Learners (ELLs) in particular, adding kinesthetic learning to the teaching environment opens a world of language learning opportunities. In this fascinating workshop, learn ways to guide movement explorations in which ELL students authentically interact with and internalize academic vocabulary. You’ll apply the process to social studies, specifically to the geography, economics, and culture of the pre-colonial Powhatan people, and consider a myriad of other applications.

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Being Seen, Being Heard and other “Sound” Advice for the Stage

February 20, 2023 from 12 pm to 3 pm
Workshop Leader: Don Butler, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Palm Beach Atlantic University
For High School Drama Teachers:

In this workshop we will cover some criteria for choosing shows, the order of importance of various technical elements, and, in particular, home in on sound with an expert from the Kravis Center. We’ll also examine the rewards and perils of set changes, as well as providing some insights on acting approaches to share with your students.  The emphasis throughout will be on the practical rather than the theoretical, and how to acknowledge and expand your students’ creativity while getting the most bang for your school’s production buck.

 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.

Kennedy Center Partners in EducationChanging Education Through the Arts

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

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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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