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Professional Development

Resource Document: Engaging English Learners in Theatre Arts Instruction

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The attached infographic resource document descibes ways to engage English Learners in theatre arts classrooms by making learning visible, supporting the language of theatre 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: 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: Think Like an Artist in the Theatre Classroom

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Artist habits of mind help students reflect on their work by considering learning as a process. These frameworks make thinking visible and, with consistent and pervasive use, develop habitual cultures of thinking in the classroom. Artist habits of mind help students reflect on their creative work by considering learning in the arts as a multilayered process.

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: Interdisciplinary Connections with Theatre Arts

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Participants will gain resources and strategies focused on how the fundamentals of theatre can connect students to their learning, their peers, and themselves. Participants will understand how this connection creates a relevance and rigor that gives their students the skills necessary for success in and out of the classroom. Participants will also understand the role the state standards can play in creating these connections—specifically regarding the Five Cs.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Overview of the Creative Learning Process with Kid Pan Alley

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This webinar and presentation is a previously recorded session, Overview of the Creative Learning Process with Kid Pan Alley.Webinar Description: In this overview of creative learning processes, we will provide teachers with a variety of tools and strategies that they can implement within their classrooms.

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: 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