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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 2018-19 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT NJPAC 

 

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Facilitator:
Doug Goodkin

Jazz Improvisation for All Ages

Professional Development Workshops
for Early Childhood Educators


Fri, November 2, 2018 | 9AM - 4PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education
 

Course includes a Professional Development Certificate (6 credit hours), printed materials, catered breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER NOW! | $75

Course Description

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.

Facilitator Bio

Doug Goodkin is most well-known for his work as a music educator and particularly as a proponent of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman. This work has led him deeper into education as a means to shape the future by meeting the promise of humanity in each of its developmental phases. A career of working with preschool, elementary, middle school, college students and adults has provided insight into the special needs of each age level and the universal needs of all ages. Traveling and teaching throughout the world has helped sift out where cultures both differ and converge and inspired him to celebrate both. His three decades of work in one school has given him the opportunity to help shape a community that inspires the higher impulses of children and adults alike. Experienced teacher, perpetual student, avid reader, prolific writer, performing musician, social activist, jazz aficionado and piano player, Zen Buddhist practitioner, and world traveler, Doug's diverse work and interests are tied together by a vision of celebrating individual flowering within the circle of community. 

Doug Goodkin is currently in his 43rd year at The San Francisco School, where he teaches music and movement to children between three years old and eighth grade. He regularly gives workshops for Orff Chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as presenting at State and National Conferences. He is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher, teaching courses throughout Europe (Austria, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey), Asia (China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam), Australia (Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne), New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Columbia. He is the director of The San Francisco Orff Certification Course and teaches his own course on Jazz and Orff Schulwerk in San Francisco. He received the distinguished Pro Merito Award for his contributions to Orff Schulwerk in July, 2000. 

Doug is the author of eight books on music education: A Rhyme in Time, Name Games, Sound Ideas (Alfred Pub.), Play, Sing and Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (Schott), Now's the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages and Intery Mintery: Nursery Rhymes for Body, Voice and Orff Ensemble (Pentatonic Press), The ABCs of Education: A Primer for Schools to Come (Pentatonic Press) and his recently published All Bues: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble. He is an author of the Macmillan/McGraw -Hill textbook series Share the Music and a contributing author in various collections: Many Seeds, Different Flowers (De Quadros; Cirme), Creativity in Music Education (Sullivan/ Willingham, C.M.E.A.), Music of the World's Cultures (ISME). Doug has written numerous articles on Orff Schulwerk in contemporary culture, published in the Music Educators Journal, Orff Echo, The Ostinato (Canada), Informationen (Austria), New South Wales Bulletin (Australia) and The Orff Times (England). 

Doug is also a founding member of Xephyr, an Orff-based performing group that has performed at the International Symposium in Salzburg, Austria (1995, 2000, 2006) the Orff Centenary Celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota, (1995), the AOSA National Conference in Dallas (1995) and in Long Beach (2004), Seattle (1997) and Phoenix (1999), and in several independently produced concerts in San Francisco. SF School Student ensembles performed under his direction at the following events:

SF World Music Festival: 2011, 2010, 2009
International Body Music Festival: 2011, 2009
Orff Symposium Salzburg; 2011
AOSA National Conferences: 2015, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1991

He started the jazz band Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics in 2011 with the mission of bringing jazz to families and children of all ages. They have performed at the Stanford Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Center and at various schools in the Bay Area.

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Facilitator:
Amanda Whiteman

NJ Wolf Trap: Professional Development
for Early Childhood Educators

Tue, January 22, 2019 | 9AM - 3:30PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education
 

STORY BOXES: Looking Beyond the Book, Thinking Inside the Box

DANCING LIKE A SCIENTIST: Early STEM/Arts

Course includes a Professional Development Certificate (6 credit hours), printed materials, catered breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER NOW! | $75

Course Description

STORY BOXES: Looking Beyond the Book, Thinking Inside the Box
Discover how story boxes facilitate a range of early childhood developmental domains and enhance children’s learning in the classroom while utilizing a variety of learning styles and intelligences. Learn how creating a box full of found objects and a little imagination can provide dance, theatrical, and creative experiences. In this workshop, educators explore tools to enrich and extend children’s literature using a form of Wolf Trap Coffee Can Theater to ignite a way of thinking that will allow the teacher to see the book beyond the page and bring it to life with creative arts experiences. Includes handout.

DANCING LIKE A SCIENTIST: Early STEM/Arts
How can dance promote the natural scientist in all children? Dancers use many of the same skills to explore their world as scientists, developing skills in observing, classifying, predicting, experimenting and communicating. By connecting the creative and kinesthetic sides of children to the analytical, we help children develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. This workshop will help you discover ways to engage children, asking them to look at their world through the eyes of a scientist and a dancer. They aren't as different as you may think! Includes handout.

Facilitator Bio

Amanda Layton Whiteman has been working for Wolf Trap as a Master Teaching Artist since 2005, providing professional development workshops and classroom residencies all over the country, integrating the performing arts with literacy, math, and science.  In conjunction with Wolf Trap, she developed and received a math focused research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, evaluating STEM teaching through the performing arts. In November 2013, Amanda presented the keynote address with her Wolf Trap colleagues at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Washington, DC. Amanda has also presented nationally for Wolf Trap about the connections between dance and nature.
 
Amanda has been choreographing and teaching dance in Northern Virginia since 1998 in schools and community organizations such as Creative Cauldron, Reston’s Young Actors’ Theatre program and several area dance companies. In 2008, after years of working with young dancers in the community, Amanda founded GroundShare Arts Alliance as a way to bring together her work with students and professional dance artists. As artistic director, choreographer and playwright, Amanda’s work with GroundShare strives to develop meaningful, artistic experiences for students and professional artists through collaboration and community building. Amanda holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Integrated Studies with a specialization in Dance Therapy from George Mason University.

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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 with Kofi Dennis

Movers and Shakers: Discovering STEM Through Dance and Drama with Terlene Terry-Todd

Course includes a Professional Development Certificate (6 credit hours), printed materials, catered breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER NOW! | $75

Course Description

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!

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