Teacher Workshops

Teachers participate in a Physics and Dance integrated lesson.

"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

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 at the Flynn Center--either in its studios, the gallery, FlynnSpace or on the Main Stage. A letter certifying attendance and outlining areas of applicability is provided to each workshop participant.

2016-2017 Professional Learning Opportunities

Malala Yusufzai: Warrior With Words

August 16-18, 2016 9-4PM

Join featured institute faculty Kurt Wootton from Brown University's Arts Literacy Project, Arnie Aprill from Chicago Arts Partners in Education, and Flynn Center master teaching artists and collaborators for a full three-day teacher institute on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. We will take a multiliteracies approach to a single text to explore approaches to literacy that are engaging and student-centered. The institute can be taken for graduate credit through Southern New Hampshire University for $825 or $500 for professional development recertification credit only. The institute culminates in an evening presentation open to the public on the final day, August 18th at 8PM.

Using Drama as a Creative Tool for Students with Autism

October 17, 2016 4-6PM

Join Jacqui Russell, Artistic Director of Chicago Children's Theater, and learn drama games to engage diverse learners and enhance social-emotional learning in a multi-sensory, interactive way. These tools are used in all Red Kite Residencies and can be used and adapted for use in a variety of settings. Learn more about family matinee and student matinee performances of Red Kite, Brown Box and the Flynn's committment to sensory-friendly programming.

Integrating Drama into Literacy Instruction

November 16, 2016 4-5PM

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 informal and informational webinar, we will share many 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.

“Teachers continually ask for drama-related in-service workshops which inform literacy and social studies units. The Flynn Center recently offered the workshop ‘Building the Power of Story: Connecting Reading with Drama’ and our K-12 teachers raved about it!” 
-Molly McClaskey, former Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Chittenden South Supervisory Union

Integrating Movement into Your Science Curriculum

February 13, 2017 4-6PM

In this workshop, educators will learn how to use simple dance and movement warm ups and activities to complement their classroom instruction. Using the Kennedy Center model of arts integration, we'll look at what it means to have evolving objectives in both science and dance and help students actively create meaning and demonstrate knowledge.

Integrating Creativity into the Curriculum

March 29, 2017 8-3PM

This annual full-day conference highlighting best practices in Arts Integration is a powerful day of learning that helps reveal the transformative power of weaving the arts into the core curriculum.

At this year's Engaging Active Learners Conference--now in its 8th year--we will clarify the essentials of arts integration, and how inquiry can be used as a framework for cross-curriculur projects. This day offers Vermont educator's an exciting opportunity to work closely with teacher leaders in arts integration. Educators, teaching artists and arts leaders will work together to understand the nature of inquiry in their most exciting work. We will tap the processes that lead to great questions and innovative answering, and will illuminate how partnering across content areas can strengthen the skills and motivation for creative problem solving processes that activate all good schooling.

Throughout the Engaging Active Learners Conference, we will investigate the core reasons arts integration works, and why it is producing such remarkable results in student learning and activating classroom environments. Educators will leave with a collection of arts-integrated lesson plans they can model for their colleagues and classrooms.


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



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.


In this dynamic workshop, presented by Dr. Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern, teachers learn how to engage students in physical problem solving using creative movement that develops their understanding of mathematical concepts. Participants explore ways to help students learn about the mathematical concepts of patterns, combinations, symmetry, and polyhedral (3-D) geometry and learn ways to guide students’ work and help them notate their movement phrases. Links to mathematics (basic, algebra, and geometry), kinesthetic learning, and spatial reasoning. CC Math: CC, OA, G, F, MD, NS. CC ELA: RL7, SL 1-4, L 3-5.

**Registration fee includes a Math Dance book for educators.**


Come and learn to improvise with the styles and themes of The Bard—from the simple eloquence of his language, to keeping thee, thine and thou straight. Shakespeare doesn't have to be scary and difficult--for you or for your students. Discover how much fun this underutilized but fabulously entertaining form can be.  Improvising Shakespeare style works to get improvisers out of their heads by focusing on letting their emotions lead them.

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 Improvised Shakespeare Company and our many 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, theater, and improvisation. CC ELA: SL 2, L 3-6, RL 1-10, RH 1-3.

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