Professional Development

Let us show you techniques and strategies for teaching through the arts.

NJPAC Professional Development engages classroom teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists as integrated teams that combine arts pedagogy, content, classroom management and social behavioral strategies to ignite and inspire arts-rich classrooms.

Working as a team empowers teachers to share practice and strategy. Our goal is to inspire artistic and intellectual capacities in students, building competence and confidence in both students and teachers.

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Professional Development at NJPAC

All workshops take place at the Center for Arts Education at 24 Rector St, Newark, NJ.
To pay by purchase order or check, please contact Kyle Conner at 973.353.8055 or [email protected]

 

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Facilitator:
Terlene Terry-Todd

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Facilitator:
Kofi Dennis

NJ Wolf Trap: Professional Development
for Early Childhood Educators

Tue, March 26, 2019 | 9AM - 3:30PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education

Agoo Amee: Engaging Young Children in Call and Response Experiences
Presenter: Kofi Dennis
Call and Response: It’s More Than You Think! Call and response corresponds to the pattern in human communication and is found in many traditions. In West African cultures, call and response is a pervasive pattern of democratic participation in public gatherings as well as in vocal and instrumental musical expression. In music, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. This workshop will offer early childhood educators an opportunity to look at how call and response experiences enhance emergent literacy and language concepts and foster skills such as memory, concentration, listening, math concepts, patterning, sequence and symmetry. Includes handout.

Movers and Shakers: Discovering STEM Through Dance and Drama 
Presenter: Terlene Terry-Todd
Looking for new ideas and creative experiences to enhance your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum? This workshop introduces a variety of age-appropriate ways to use arts strategies to teach selected science curriculum such as physical science (the sun, moon, and earth’s rotations), Earth science (clouds and atmosphere), recycling, and engineering practice, while making strong connections to literacy and the scientific method of discovery. The early arts learning (EAL) fundamentals in movement and drama will provide the basis for new arts-integrated experiences created by you! This hands-on, interactive movement workshop will get your creative juices flowing as you become the next STEM movers and shakers!

 | $75

 

Facilitators:
Doug Goodkin

Jazz Improvisation for All Ages
Professional Development Workshops for Music Educators

Thu, May 16, 2019 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education
 

For some, musical improvisation feels as natural as speech, but for many, it is a difficult challenge. In either case, the music teacher can help de-mystify improvisation, make it more accessible and help shape it to be more expressive and coherent. How can a three-years old improvise without instrumental technique, theory or familiarity with a style? How can the beginning band student make sense out of "this scale, this chord, go!!"? Drawing from the Orff approach to music education, this workshop will offer models of the many media available in improvisation—speech, body percussion, gesture, movement, drama, song, Orff instruments, band instruments— as well as various games, structures, exercises that help make improvisation something accessible to all. Body, voice and Orff instruments will be at the center of the day's activities, but all are encouraged to bring their own instrument as well.

 | Pay What You Can!

 

Facilitator:
Marcia Daft

Arts Integration Professional Development Workshop for Educators

Thu, May 23, 2019 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education
 

MOVING THROUGH MATH—Grouping Games for Teaching the Language of Mathematics.
During Grouping Games, students move around the room, create frozen body shapes, and work in groups to represent core concepts in K-6 mathematics. These experiences provide learners with strong kinesthetic, visual, and spatial representations of math. Students describe their work using sentence stems to strengthen their correct usage and understanding of mathematical language. These learning experiences embrace the multiple intelligences, or multiple learning styles. This invites natural differentiation into the classroom. Students have the opportunity to experience math concepts through a wide range of learning modalities.

Musical Adventures: A Door to Writing
Music opens the imagination and helps students develop powerful sensory images that stimulate language and vocabulary development. In this participatory workshop, teachers explore how to use music to guide and enhance students’ creative writing. Participants discover how this music-based process involves students in developing listening skills and visual imagery, brainstorming descriptive vocabulary, determining importance, establishing mood, and learning how to structure a story outline.

 | Pay What You Can!

 

Orff Methodology Training Program

August 12 - 23
NJPAC Center for Arts Education
 

This two-week course will be an active hands-on lab for educators and students to experience teaching strategies in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music and movement education. Attendees will participate in performance of speech, rhythm, poetry, rhymes singing, movement and small percussion, as well as barred instruments, and soprano recorder in unison, solo, and ensemble, exploring models for creativity.


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Professional Development at your School!

 

 creative intersections 

Presented by Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Creative Intersections is a dance and movement experience that simultaneously explores both the unique and common voices of our distinct art forms as well as how our individual passions and roots shape us as artists, educators and human beings. We will move, create, laugh, talk and exchange.  In doing so, we come to better understand each other and ourselves. The Arts become a powerful metaphor for life and community.  (No dance experience needed.)

Performing Arts Focus:  Dance and Movement

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts and Social Studies

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Explore center driven movement (both physical and emotional).
  • Create contemporary dance illustrating the power of this art form.
  • Stimulate profound interpersonal connections that ultimately build community.
  • Inspire awareness, challenge our views of both ourselves and others, and create physical and verbal dialogue.

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by two Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company members, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 cultural connections 
 through hip hop 

Infusing the Arts in Every Classroom

Presented by Sheikia "Purple Haze" Norris
Learn skills in creative expression derived from Hip Hop that promote social and emotional development. Explore culturally relevant teaching methods and learn how to apply them in middle and high school classrooms.

Performing Arts Focus:  Visual Arts, Music, Dance

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/ Literacy, Social Studies

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Integrate Hip Hop cultural practices into their teaching in order to transform their classroom learning environment.
  • Discover how to use Hip Hop teaching strategies to engage students and support their social & emotional development.
  • Participate in Hip Hop activities that encourage creativity and promote authentic self-expression.

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 extending the story 
 through movement in  musical theater 

Presented by Daryl Stewart
Musical Theater dance can challenge students to use movement to interpret music and express emotion. Musical Theater dance tells a story through every step taken. The choreography is an extended expression of the story of the musical. It helps define characters and moves the plot of the musical along. Learn how to help students express themselves fully through the key elements of movement in musical theater.

Performing Arts Focus:  Dance/Movement, Musical Theater

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/ Literacy

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Identify and discuss the role of dance as a storytelling device in Musical Theater.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of Musical Theater dance as a tool for learning Storytelling, including character, plot development, and conflict.
  • Present and co-create classroom activities with participants that utilize Musical Theater Dance as a learning tool.
  • Participate in Hip Hop activities that encourage creativity and promote authentic self-expression.

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 Finding Math in Every Space and Every Place:
Linking the Arts and Mathematics in the Early Childhood Classroom

Presented by Wincey Terry
During this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn how to tap young children’s love of music and movement to spark meaningful explorations of math by using the art forms as a teaching tool. Teachers will walk away with simple strategies for creating songs and facilitating movement in the early childhood classroom. Workshop participants will also learn how to link these lessons to literacy and empower children to actively apply critical thinking skills and evaluate their learning.

Performing Arts Focus:  Music, Dance/Movement

Curriculum Connections: Math, literacy

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Create simple songs and movement to teach math content.
  • Identify curricular connections in using song, chant, and movement as a teaching tool.
  • Provide arts techniques for facilitating interactive storytelling to reinforce emergent literacy.
  • Enliven learning experiences about children’s songs by creating sensory experiences in the classroom.

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 hip hop poppin' art 

Presented by Derick "D-Cross" Cross
Hip Hop Poppin’ Art will give participants a multi-disciplinary tool kit to engage students in and through the visual arts while linking the lessons to other subject areas like Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Theater. Participants will explore arts integration teaching methods, activities, and exercises that will supplement their visual arts curriculum. The workshop will show how hip hop elements can easily be transformed into teaching tools in the classroom. Along with visual arts techniques, participants will be encouraged to tell the stories behind the art work through interactive exercises. This workshop will give participants an understanding of core principles found in hip hop culture that go beyond the typical popular culture images seen today in media.

Arts Focus:  Visual Arts

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts and Social Studies

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Demonstrate how Hip Hop culture influences the field of visual arts.
  • Practice an arts strategy that guides students through the process of interpreting and responding to artistic work and artistic choices.
  • Provide participants with a framework for scaffolding activities.
  • Create links between the Hip Hop and core curriculum standards.
  • Use Hip Hop in Visual Arts education as a tool to engage student learning. 

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 playing pictures 

Intersection of Art, Music, Dance and Imagination

Presented by Lara Gonzalez
Create visual artwork through the rhythmic play of the West African Shekere. Through an exploration of art materials and creative song building techniques, participants exercise imagination and depict their experiences in two-dimensional art forms and simple music phrases. The activities presented in this workshop can be used to build both visual arts and music vocabulary.

Performing Arts Focus:  Visual Arts, Music, Dance

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/ Literacy, Math, Social Studies

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Demonstrate how culture influences the field of visual arts.
  • Utilize an arts strategy that will allow students to examine the arts in historical, cultural, and community contexts
  • Strengthen students’ creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills through creative practice
  • Practice noticing deeply and embodying works of art 

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 teaching literacy through musical theater 

Presented by Daryl Stewart and Doriane Swain
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the diverse art form of Musical Theater and discover how movement, music, acting, and technical theater elements are used to tell a story. Engage speaking, writing, and reading teaching strategies through musical theater to simultaneously develop literacy skills and learn how this multi-disciplinary art form is a powerful vehicle for self-expression and storytelling.

Performing Arts Focus:  Visual Arts, Musical Theater, Dance

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/ Literacy, Social Studies

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Create links between the performing arts and core curriculum standards
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of Musical Theater as a tool for learning
  • Provide and co-create activities for the classroom that integrate Musical Theater as a learning tool

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

 

 words that move and lessons that groove 

Integrating Music and Movement into Early Childhood Literacy

Presented by Lara Gonzalez
Come explore how to extend children’s literature using proven arts techniques from the National Wolf Trap Institute’s Early Learning Through the Arts Program. Uncover artistic treasures in stories from the classics to contemporary! During this workshop, participants will practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in books, like the classic Dr. Seuss tale, Cat in the Hat or Three Little Birds by Cedella Marley. Participants will also discover how to facilitate movement to enhance learning in creative child-centered experiences that will keep the kinesthetic learner on their toes.

Performing Arts Focus:  Dance/Movement, Music

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/ Literacy

21st Century Skills Addressed: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Learning Goals:

  • Create simple songs and movement to teach curriculum content.
  • Identify curricular connections in books and use song, chant, and movement as a teaching tool.
  • Provide arts techniques for facilitating interactive storytelling to reinforce emergent literacy.
  • Enliven learning experiences about children’s literature by creating sensory experiences in the classroom.

Price: $550 - $750

Program Components: 1 three-hour professional development session facilitiated by an NJPAC Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Travel, Curriculum Materials

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