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New Arts Integration Professional Development Series

The Creative Advantage is excited to announce a new Arts Integration Professional Development Series.

These workshops highlight integrating various arts disciplines into a variety of content areas and are open to all SPS staff. There are spaces reserved for arts partners on a first come first served basis.

The series kicks off on January 14th at Franklin High School:

  • Visual Arts + STEM for K-5 Educators with Arts Impact (Jan 14th)
  • Ethnic Studies + Theatre of the Oppressed for 6-12 with Rachel Atkins + Jennifer Dunn (Jan 14)
  • PK-3 Literacy & Theater with Book-It (TBD Feb)
  • Language Arts/Social Studies + Radio/Podcasting with KUOW RadioActive (TBD Feb)
  • Language Arts/Social Studies + Film with SIFF (TBD Mar)
  • Cultural Representation and Appropriation with Naho Shioya (TBD April)
  • PK-3 Literacy + Visual Arts: Visual Thinking strategies with Seattle Asian Art Museum (May 9)

Below are more details on the January workshops. Please contact Tina LaPadula to inquire about space and reserve a spot.

Arts-Integration: Visual Arts + STEM for K-5 Classrooms

Tuesday, Jan 14, 4:30-7:30 pm Franklin High School

This session is for K-5 classrooms integrating Visual Arts, Science, and Engineering and is led by Arts Impact, a professional development program that trains teachers to integrate the arts into classroom content such as math, literacy, and science.

In this workshop, teachers learn foundations for arts integration and a lesson called, “Sculpture in Balance”. In the lesson, students analyze sculpture and role of sculptor as engineer. They explore paper construction techniques and design, construct, test, and optimize a standing mobile sculpture. Students revise engineering through use of a wind, drop, and earthquake tests. Last, students reflect on sculptures in a class sculpture park, and write about how their artistic engineering process reflects a growth mindset.

Ethnic Studies + Theatre of the Oppressed for Middle and High School

Tuesday, Jan 14, 4:30-7:30 pm Franklin High School

This session showcases examples of new, hyper-relevant Ethnic Studies high school curriculum related to gentrification, redlining and displacement, and is led by Theatre of the Oppressed teaching artist Rachel Atkins and Jennifer Dunn, SPS Humanities teacher and facilitator for the Center for Racial Equity.

In this workshop, teachers will step into the role of students and experience first-hand the transformative power of exploring content through Theatre of the Oppressed activities. In the lesson, students research history and current issues around gentrification, redlining, and school/ neighborhood segregation in Seattle, through text, video and discussion. They then explore their own ideas and learn about other perspectives through the theatre technique of machines: Students choose words and physical gestures to express an aspect of the policies or impact of gentrification. Students collaborate by connecting their words and gestures with others to create a machine to represent their concepts. Students use the same process to imagine potential alternatives, resistance and solutions, to transform the machine into a machine of change, and consider their own role in transformation.