"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.
2015-2016 Professional Learning Opportunities
SHAKESPEARE COMES ALIVE: TEACHER EDITION
November 12, 2015 4-6 pm
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.
A Two-Day Conference co-presented with the Community Engagement Lab
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2015
The Vermont Creative Teaching Forum brings together educators, teaching artists and arts groups to strengthen opportunities for creative learning in Vermont's K-12 schools. The Forum is designed for classroom teachers from all content areas, teaching artists from all disciplines, school administrators, and arts leaders.
The Forum will be led by Eric Booth, who recently won the nation’s highest arts education honor in 2015, and is widely considered one of the nation’s most creative teachers and the father of the teaching artist profession. He will be joined by four of the nation’s top teaching artists: Judith Hill Bose, Richard Mannoia, Glenis Redmond, and Kurt Wootton. This team offers a dynamic professional development opportunity for educators, teaching artists, and arts leaders. (Read about the team.)
DAY 2: HERE AT THE FLYNN CENTER, BURLINGTON
ENGAGING ACTIVE LEARNERS CONFERENCE
November 18, 2015, 9 am-3:30 pm
This annual full-day conference highlighting best practices in Arts Integration is going to be a very special day this year! We are combining forces with the Vermont Community Engagement Lab as part of the Vermont Creative Teaching Forum to host a day with national leaders in Arts Integration--bringing the best thinking on the field to Vermont educators.
At this year's Engaging Active Learners Conference--now in its 7th year--we will clarify the essentials of arts integration, and how a theme can be used as a framework for cross-curriculum projects. This day offers Vermont educator's an exciting opportunity to work closely with national leaders in arts integration. For our explorations, we will use the theme: How do questions move—where do they come from and where do they go? 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.
DAY 1: AT THE TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, STOWE
TEACHING ARTIST CONFERENCE
November 17, 2015, 9 am-4:30 pm
The Vermont Teaching Artist Conference offers a rare opportunity to spend a day exploring two of the most important tools of teaching artistry with five of the nation's most experienced, prominent and generous teaching artists:
- ARTS INTEGRATION
A crucial area of teaching artists' work is to design, co-plan, lead, and assess arts integrated projects. These five master teaching artists will lead explorations into the question: What are the absolutely essential elements a teaching artist must include in an arts integrated project for it to ignite students artistically and academically?
- THE USE OF QUESTIONS
What are good and great questions for teaching artists to use? How can great questioning strengthen a teaching artists’ practice? What are the best ways for teaching artists to introduce creative inquiries and guide them well?
Our explorations will also touch on how teaching artists can expand their professional reach, including the business of teaching artistry, and the network and collective endeavor of teaching artist cohorts.
March 9, 2016 4-6 pm
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.**
INTEGRATING LITERACY AND THE ARTS
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
- Student-created Performances
- Reflecting on Artistic Work