Graduate Courses


“Amazing course! Really opened up an incredible, new channel for me in my teaching!”

– Graduate student

Words Come Alive: Arts Integration Practicum Series

The Flynn Center's teacher professional development program is committed to advocating for the indispensable role the arts have in school and society. We ask educators to participate actively in the creative process, explore curricular ideas to expand arts integrated strategies in schools, reflect on aesthetic perspectives on culture and literacy, and attend performances and exhibits at the Flynn Center and other local arts organizations. Teachers can gain recertification credits or graduate credits in our many teacher professional learning opportunities.

PDLI 551 Multiliteracies Seminar in Arts Integration

This course, designed to be taken for 2 graduate credits at our 2018 Flynn Center Summer Arts Literacy Institute in August, seeks to introduce educators to the value of arts-integrated instruction and to demonstrate ways to fuse the arts with literacy in their own educational settings. In addition to teaching demonstrations and discussion, a series of workshops with professional artists and teachers will allow students to experience a variety of teaching methods around core text(s). Graduate credits are offered through Southern New Hampshire University and is presented with support by the Bay & Paul Foundation. Cost: Arts Literacy Institute + Graduate Credit: $1,050 

Course Instructor: Susanna Olson

Olson, Flynn Center school programs manager, is focusing primarily on teaching artist faculty support and development across both FlynnArts and School Programs, the Words Come Alive curriculum, and program innovations in FlynnArts and School Programs (including select teaching assignments). Previously, she was a master teaching artist to the Flynn for nearly two decades. Olson has made significant contributions to the national reputation the Flynn enjoys as our arts integration model, as well as to the development of our teaching artist faculty and school partnerships. Her current initiatives include the application of Universal Design for Learning theory in working with English language learners as well as students with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Saint Michael’s College Graduate Program in Education and holds a BA in English and speech plus a teaching certification from North Park University in Chicago, and an MA in acting from Northwestern University. 

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Past Course Offerings:

Research substantiates the vital importance of performing arts in learning.  Designed for all levels of performing and teaching experience, this year-long course explores ways to effectively interweave theater and dance into the K-12 Common Core.  Techniques developed in the Flynn Center's signature professional development program help teachers develop their students' expressive range, and deepen their students' understanding of what they read and hear.  Topics include philosophy and research behind arts integration, warm-ups, structures for improvisation, assessment, and methods of reflection.  Ten hours of the course will be spent working one-on-one with Flynn Center teaching artists, planning, implementing, and evaluating integrated lessons in your classrooms with your students.  For a glimpse of Words Come Alive in action, watch this video. 

Past Course Instructors:

Stacy Raphael, 
former Associate Director for School Programs at the Flynn Center, oversaw all school-based programming, including professional learning programs, graduate courses, teacher workshops and arts integrated school residencies. She has a BA in Performing Arts from Colby College and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Goddard College. Prior to working at the Flynn, Stacy ran education and community programs and oversaw grantmaking to schools and community organizations at the Vermont Arts Council.

Susanna Olson holds an M.A. in acting from Northwestern University where she learned how to use creative drama in a variety of settings including Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Susanna has worked as a Flynn teaching artist in theater, around the birth of her two sons, since 1998. Currently Susanna is the Flynn School Programs Manager.

Joan Robinson is the founder and former director of the Flynn Center's Words Come Alive professional development program.  More than 25 years of experience performing, teaching, storytelling, and playwriting inform her work at Saint Michael's College where she teaches in the graduate program in education and is recently retired from teacing at the Integrated Arts Academy where she was the drama coach for the last four years.

Two Pricing Options:

  • For 3 graduate credits from Southern New Hampshire University the cost is: $1,780
  • Teachers may also choose to take the course for no credits - the cost for that is: $1,455

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