Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

“I really appreciate not just the techniques you taught, but the meta-cognition that you shared with us as you taught us, and the manageability of the work. It was so, so, so fun and easy. What brilliant work you do!”

- Susan Stewart , 3-4 grade teacher, Williston Central School

2014-2015 Teacher Workshops

The Flynn regularly offers special workshops and daylong conferences for teachers. If any are currently open for registration, they will be listed below. Since 2004, the Flynn Center has partnered with the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center to offer professional development workshops in the performing arts for teachers in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and now Addison counties. Open to all teachers, regardless of school location, these workshops are led by visiting artists performing at the Flynn, teaching artists on the Kennedy Center roster, and Flynn Center teaching artists. They are held in either local schools or in Flynn studios. A letter certifying attendance and outlining areas of applicability is provided to each workshop participant. For info about a year-long graduate course open to participants to take for no credits, see Graduate Courses.

March 25, 2015 4:00pm-6:00pm 

Utilizing the texts of Shakespeare's most famous plays, The Acting Company offers educators methods of exploring these plays that present them as the living, breathing art of theater — the way Shakespeare was meant to be explored.

This interactive workshop is ideal for all educators that love or fear Shakespeare, have heard of Shakespeare or have ever thought about teaching Shakespeare. If you have the interest, this is the place for you. Watch the words of Shakespeare jump off the page and materialize before your very eyes. Well, maybe, the words won't literally jump off the page, but our lessons will make it seem like they do.

Gain an inside look into the actor's process. See how a professional actor uses clues Shakespeare has left us in his text to create a character and explore universal themes. The Acting Company and our 42 years of experience on the road and in the schools give us a large "curricular bag of tricks" that we would like to share with you! 
Links to Shakespeare, poetry, politics, and government. CC ELA: SL 2, L 3-6, RL 1-10, RH 1-3.


April 15, 2015 4:00pm-6:00pm 

Storytelling is an incredibly powerful classroom tool. It is one of six skills identified by Daniel Pink as critical for success in the 21st century. The practice of hearing and telling stories activates our brains in dynamic ways; simultaneously engaging multiple cortices, causing neural coupling, releasing dopamine, and more. Wow!  In the classroom, storytelling provides opportunities for growth in a myriad of areas including verbal proficiency, cooperation, empathy, imagination, creativity, listening and kinesthetic participation.

In this playful workshop led by master teaching artist Susanna Olson, participants will learn research-based (and fun!) techniques for developing stories with students for classroom performance; taking a story off the pages of a book and up onto a classroom "stage." Exercises will be applicable for teachers wishing to do their own storytelling in the classroom as well as those interested in helping their students become tellers. Links to literacy, reading, and theater. CC ELA: SL 1, SL 6, RL 4, RL 7.



November 19, 2014 8:00am-3:00pm 

Led by Vermont Educators and Flynn Teaching Artists

6th annual full-day conference of nine workshops highlighting model integrated arts lessons. Designed for teachers of primary, intermediate, and middle school grades. Three different workshops will be led by classroom teachers and Flynn teaching artists of integrated lessons they created together and found especially successful with students.


8-8:30                    Registration; Resources; Bagels with Tea and Coffee                      

8:30- 9:25             Welcome and introduction; Ensemble activity.


Note on Workshops:  When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preference for workshops in each time slot.  The subjects listed are intentionally broad because the techniques to be demonstrated can be easily applied to many topics within that content area.  In fact, time will be set aside in each workshop to brainstorm other topics to address with the presented techniques.  The grade ranges listed in parentheses indicate that we have used the workshop’s techniques with those ages. Teachers of any grade level are invited to whatever workshops they wish.

9:30-10:40            Workshop A: (choose one of the following)

A1)  History and Theater led by Jen Nesson, teacher,Integrated Arts Academy, and Joan Robinson, Flynn Center (Primary – Middle)  

A2)  Science, Metaphor and Theater led by Liz Greenberg, grade 5-6 teacher, Robinson Elementary School, and Susanna Olson (Primary–Intermediate)

A3)  Geography and Dance led by Emily Stewart, K teacher, Integrated Arts Academy and Lida Winfield, Flynn Center (Primary—Secondary)


10:45-11:55                Workshop B: (choose one of the following)


B1) Science and Dance led by Julie Peoples-Clark, Flynn Center (Intermediate--Middle)

B2) Social Studies and Dance led by Julie Pidgeon and Dave McDermott, grade 7 and 8 teachers, Folsom School, and Lida Winfield, Flynn Center  (Intermediate – Secondary)

B3) The Holocaust and Theater led by Carly Bennett, 7 and 8 teacher, Shelburne Community School, and Joan Robinson, Flynn Center (Primary  Intermediate)


12:00-1:00           Lunch in the Lobby (provided); Resources

1:00 – 2:10           Workshop C: (choose one of the following)


C1) Reading Fluency and Dance led by Sharon Hayes, librarian, Folsom School, and Lida Winfield, Flynn Center (Primary – Intermediate)  

C2) Math and Theater created with Laurie Mack, grade 5-6 teacher,  Burlington Schools, and Susanna Olson, Flynn Center (Intermediate – Middle)

C3) The Solar System and Dance led by Lois Trombley, Flynn Center. (Primary– Middle)  


2:15- 3  Wrap-Up Activity; Evaluations  (And for those who turn in their evaluations and are still present, a chance to win the FREE stuff for your school and other door prizes!)  



Sponsored by Champlain Valley Educator Development Center.

CVEDC Members receive reduced rates to all sponsored workshops

Sign up TODAY!

When registering, for P.O. # or check number, type “pending”
Online registration deadline is one week before the workshop date.
Within one week, please contact school programs directly at 802 652-4508 to inquire about availability



Led by Kurt Wootton, co-founder of ArtsLiteracy at Brown University Click here to register. In this ArtsLiteracy workshop, presenter Kurt Wootton will introduce artists and teachers to the Performance Cycle, a framework for developing language and literacy developed at Brown University and featured in the book A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts. Wootton will take artists and teachers through an “out of your seat” experience that will introduce a range of tools for teaching language and literacy in dynamic and creative ways. Many of these activities will be immediately transferable to classrooms in all subject areas and with all grade levels. In addition to an energetic workshop experience, Wootton will “pull back the curtain” to reveal the educational theory and research behind the experience and share concrete examples of ways this approach has been applied in school settings around the world. Artists and teachers will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and to work collaboratively considering ways to adapt the approach to their own classrooms. A special emphasis will be placed on building a strong classroom community; teaching challenging material to students; and working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


Flynn Center teaching artists draw on their extensive experience working in schools to introduce teachers to the elements of theater and dance and lead them to experience how movement and drama techniques can strengthen comprehension and deepen engagement. These workshops are suitable for in-service days, professional conferences, or after-school workshops, and can be tailored to specific curricular topics of your choice. Look at the list of topics listed below for ideas, or propose new ones. Fee varies with length. There is a mileage fee to/from for locations outside Chittenden County.

  • Novels Come Alive!
  • Red Clover Books Come Alive!
  • Reader’s Theater: A Class Act
  • Teaching Tolerance with Drama
  • Teaching and Learning in Role: History
  • Drama Activities that Enrich Student Writing
  • Dancing Poetry
  • Moving Math
  • Math Story Problems Live!
  • Science in Motion
  • Storytelling in the Classroom
  • Playwriting
  • Student-created Performances
  • Reflecting on Artistic Work

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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
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