Kennedy Center: Arts Integration Professional Development Workshops
Wed, May 4 @ 1-2:30PM and 4-6PM EST
Session 1 (1-2:30PM):

Telling Your Story Through the Beat of Jazz with Imani Gonzalez

Teachers learn to immerse their students in the rich history of jazz, as they trace its roots and influences through African traditional chants, work songs, spirituals, ragtime, the blues, swing and bebop. Experience what happens when two cultures, African and American blues, collide to create an exciting new experience built on the musical elements of “repetition” and “call and response.” Explore strategies that are aligned with Writer’s Workshop to engage students in writing their own blues songs that express their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Giving voice to children’s thoughts and feelings is an integral part of their social-emotional development. Writing personal narratives with an understanding of the stories told in musical forms that led to the development of jazz will encourage students to connect their emotions to the content of writing.

(For teachers of grades 3-6, accessible to other grades with some modifications)

Session 2 (4-6PM):

Drawing Symbols to Learn New Vocabulary with Jamin Carter

Drawing is a powerful and untapped tool for students to build and explore their understanding of new vocabulary. Combined with a use of symbols it’s a winning combination to acquire understanding of new and challenging words!

(For teachers of grades 3-5, accessible to other grades with some modifications)