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.

January 13, 2015 4:00pm-6:00pm 


Math, science, theater, and comedy join forces (pun intended!) to explore the scientific hurdles involved in space travel. Through an explosive set of large-scale visual experiments tied directly to the Next Gen Science Standards & Common Core, Dr. Kaboom encourages discovery, love of learning, and the recognition that math and science are all around us! The wacky doctor’s supercharged (and super safe) experiments make kids erupt with laughter and bubble with curiosity. Dr. Kaboom will address concepts in this teacher workshop around integrating creativity and performance elements into your teaching to WOW your kids.Links to space program, scientific method, math, and physics (including trajectory, centripetal force, momentum, inertia, and action/reaction.) CC ELA: SL 2, RST 1-3, WHST 7, 9, 10. CC Math: OA(4-5), MD(3), G(2-3). NEXT GEN: ESS1-A & B, PS2-A & B.


March 25, 2015 4:00pm-6:00pm 


One of the world’s most distinguished theater troupes with alumni that include Juilliard graduates Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone, The Acting Company will be coming to the Flynn to present their extraordinarily vivid version of Macbeth for a student matinee and evening performance. They will also provide a teacher workshop to help educators make Shakepeare come alive for students—right on the Flynn stage! This teacher workshop promises to be active and engaging for English and drama teachers alike! Links to Shakespeare, poetry, politics, and government. CC ELA: SL 2, L 3-6, RL 1-10, RH 1-3.



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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