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.

Get certification renewal credits, invigorate your teaching, and learn new strategies to integrate into your curricular content. Led by expert teaching artists and distinguished visiting artistsm we offer experiential workshops throughout the year, including our annual Engaging Active Learners Conference and Summer Arts Literacy Institute. A professional development certificate certifying attendance and outlining areas of applicability is provided to each workshop participant.

2018-2019 UPCOMING
Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional Development Credit Available

February 20, 2019 | 4-6 pm
A unique chance to engage with a mixed ability, cutting edge dance company from the UK during their first visit to the US in over five years. Through conversations and hands-on activities, learn how you can embed best practices for inclusion in your classrooms, in and through the arts. Find out more and register online.

April 18, 2019 | This workshop has been cancelled.
This workshop has been cancelled. For more professional development opportunities please check back here and subscribe to School Programs emails.

August 12-16, 2019 | CLEMMONS FAMILY FARM


"The Flynn Center has been an incredible venue for our students. I have deeply valued their commitment to inclusive programming and dedication to ensuring that all students are able to attend programming. Although I was already enamored with all the Flynn has to offer, it wasn't until I attended their Summer Arts Literacy Institute that I understood their depth of commitment to educational equity and transforming the landscape of education in Vermont. During the three-day institute, I had the remarkable opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field, explore body-mind connection, and deepen my practice and understanding of strengths-based practices that honor the lived experiences of all students. I was completely captivated by the immersive nature of the experience - from the food, to the site, to the teaching artists - everything was considered! I am deeply thankful to have attended and look forward to returning again and again!" —Christie Nold, Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington (2018 Institute Attendee)


October 24, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Experiential Teacher Workshop & Panel Discussion
In this hands-on workshop teachers will be guided by Ping Chong + Company through their signature workshop model “River Story,” followed by a panel discussion. Find out more and register online.

November 7, 2018 | 4-6 pm
What are the best practices for devising work for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder? How does this translate to creating an inclusive classroom environment?

December 13, 2018 | 8 am-5 pm 

Essential Questions of the event: In what ways can the arts help us to establish greater equity in our classrooms and communities?  How can we prioritize the assets and needs of learners of all ages who are often from marginalized groups?  

With a performance and workshop by Parsons Dance Company as the centerpiece of the day, this year’s conference brings together a diverse group of dedicated collaborative partners from Vermont schools as well as institutions including VSA Vermont, Champlain Valley Head Start, and the Howard Center to explore these essential questions through a variety of experiential workshops and conversations. With a central theme of equity and access for marginalized groups including language learners, students on the autism spectrum, and students with behavioral needs, this event continues its focus on making authentic connections between arts integration and the transferable skills prioritized by the Agency of Education. Download and share the flyer. For more information, including workshops and instructors, and to register visit flynncenter.org/eal.html.

Available Anytime

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

Recent Workshops...


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.


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. 


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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