VDOE Dance

K-12 Dance education resources curated by the Virginia Department of Education.
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Professional Development

Resource Document: Engaging English Learners in Dance Instruction

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The attached infographic resource document descibes ways to engage English Learners in dance classrooms by making learning visible, supporting the language of visual arts, connecting learning to students' backgrounds and skills, using cooperative learning structures and strategies, and reducing cognitive load and allowing processing time.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Digital Resources for Fine Arts Educators from the Library of Congress

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This webinar will explore the digital resources of the Library of the Congress for fine arts instruction. Engagement with primary source images, objects and documents can spark critical thinking, deeper learning and interdisciplinary connections for students. Join Sherry Levitt and Cynthia Szwajkowski from Teaching with Primary Sources, Virginia (TPSVA) for a lively, interactive exploration of the Library's rich, digital collections for in-person and virtual instruction. As a demonstration, special guest Carolyn Bennett, former Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence, will model an activity using WPA Posters.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Diversity and Inclusivity in Dance Education

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This webinar focuses on topics of diversity and inclusivity of dance. The presentation includes an explanation of why diversity and inclusivity are important, the differences between diversity and inclusivity, and an exploration of the meaning and purpose of dance of diverse cultures. Resources for including diverse styles of dance will be shared.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Studios, Stages, & Students: Real Reasons We Keep Coming Back

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Drawing on walls, banging on pots, dressing up, singing and dancing like everybody’s watching are ways we get ourselves out into the world. In this webinar, we’ll discuss creative thinking and joy in arts learning for students and teachers. We’ll laugh about best intentions, consider best practices in a new age, and celebrate transforming K-12 students into die-hard arts enthusiasts! Clayton Singleton is a Virginia artist, illustrator, author, and arts educator.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Elements of Dance

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This webinar introduces ways to help students identify the elements of dance (body, energy, action, space, and time) and use them to explore and create. The presentation includes a discussion of how, from elementary through secondary grade levels, students can build dance skills and techniques by integrating elements of dance into their performances and by evaluating the use of dance elements.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: #GoOpenVA for Fine Arts Educators

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Participants will learn how to use #GoOpenVA to locate arts-based lessons (many of which are also cross-curricular). All such lessons are openly-licensed so they can be adapted to your own students and purposes. Additionally, #GoOpenVA provides a community space for teachers to connect with each other in these challenging times, when everyone is learning how to approach teaching in new ways.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Resources from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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This webinar and presentation is a previously recorded session, Resources from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.Webinar Description: Join VMFA educators to learn about the new opportunities, resources, and supportive measures developed by Museum staff members in response to the challenges faced by teachers, students, and parents for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn about the major exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities, and find out about fall opportunities for online Professional Development, distance and digital learning options, remote access to VMFA’s encyclopedic collection, and more.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Digital Learning with eMediaVA

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This webinar and presentation is a previously recorded session, Digital Learning with eMediaVA presented by Lindsey Horner.Webinar Description: This webinar presents information about media and educational resources from WHRO Public Media for fine arts educators. Lyndsay Horner, Manager of eMediaVA will led the one-hour session in July 2020. The session includes how to access eMediaVA and how to find resources to support student learning in fine arts areas of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: Writing Fine Arts Curriculum

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This session will cover key considerations for writing a fine arts curriculum and key features of an exemplary fine arts curriculum. Approaches to curriculum writing will be discussed, and curriculum resources will be provided. This session is intended to support division leaders and individual educators who are writing a curriculum that is aligned to the 2020 Fine Arts Standards of Learning.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: Infusing Creative Process into Elementary Dance Education

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This workshop for all elementary educators will connect the VDOE Dance Arts Standards of Learning strands of Creative Process and Technique and Application as they relate to dance integration and dance-making. Teachers will learn tools for facilitating improvisation based on classroom content that guides students to generate movement possibilities and then make movement choices to set choreographic phrases. Clear, repeatable dance integration strategies for elementary educators will be highlighted. The workshop will include a template for students to reflect and respond to the work of their peers. Rooted in the Elements of Dance (body, action, space, time, and energy) the activities in this workshop are applicable to all dance styles. This session is for dance educators as well as general education teachers looking to begin or improve dance integration strategies.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: A Shift in the Field of Arts Education Towards Applied Creativity

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With increasing challenges facing communities, schools, and young people, the field of arts education must remain agile and responsive. Over the last five years - since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act - and especially over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts education happening in schools and communities has quickly adapted and reimagined its intentions and outcomes. Educationalist, scholar, and social entrepreneur, Jeff M. Poulin will share a presentation tracing these adaptations and reimaginations through the lenses of public policy, pedagogy, and social justice practice. He will share findings from studies published in 2019-2021 providing attendees with insights into possible futures for arts education post-Pandemic, more integrated with social justice, and how arts education leaders can continuously adapt.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: The Artist Process & Move the Music: Stepping into South African Gumboot Dance

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Lesson Demo Kwame Shaka demonstrates one of his most popular lessons in this active/interactive workshop. We will explore the socio-historical roots and rhythmic movement of the Gumboot Dance, an art form created by forced laborers in the mines of South Africa in the 19th century.  Learn how tempo, rhythm, and pattern are used to create a percussive and socially impactful dance. Find the potential in using the power of collective movement to build community in your classroom.Talk Back Hear Kwame Shaka speak about his 30+ year career as a performing artist and dance educator. Kwame Shaka will discuss his origins in dance, highlights of his career and challenges faced as a professional in showbusiness and education. Learn about his Triumph of Disruption pedagogy and its correlating progressions of success in the classroom. During the talk back, participants are encouraged to ask questions and to add comments to further discussion and bring forth new perspectives.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: Infusing Creative Process into Middle and High School Dance Curriculum

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This workshop for middle and high school educators will connect the VDOE Dance Arts Standard of Learning strands of Creative Process and Technique and Application as they relate to dance-making. Teachers will learn tools for facilitating improvisation based on various stimuli that guides students to generate movement possibilities and then make movement choices to set choreographic phrases. The workshop will include a template for students to reflect and respond to the work of their peers. Rooted in the Elements of Dance (body, action, space, time, and energy) the activities in this workshop are applicable to all dance styles.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno