Professional Development in Theater
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Introduction To Theater Blueprint professional development
The Office of the Arts and Special Projects provides citywide professional development in the implementation of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Professional development sessions are led by master teachers—outstanding public school arts teachers identified by the DOE—and teaching artists—professional artists from local cultural organizations. During these sessions, teachers explore the five Blueprint strands of arts education and learn strategies for lesson plan building and engaging children in the arts. Teachers participate in hands-on projects, allowing them to directly apply the lessons learned at training sessions to their classrooms.

2013-2014 Short Courses

Registration Deadline: Extended to Friday, March 14, 2014

Eligibility Assigned Theater Teachers, Grades 4-12, including D75
Dates Thursday, March 20, Friday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

March 20 & April 8 at RIpley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, Manhattan
April 4 at P94, the Spectrum School, 55 Battery Place, Manhattan

Cost $75 per participant for three half-day sessions
Fee waived for first 12 teachers to register!
FAMIS Item # TLAR10124
Max. Enrollment 20 Participants

This course will be facilitated by Stephen Yaffe, Chair, Arts in Special Education Consortium, with special guests.

A real-world look at how to work with diverse learners in inclusion and self-contained classrooms. Beginning with the knowledge there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this mini-course will offer practical means to design curriculum and lessons for a wide range of learners and learning styles, by exploring Universal Design for Learning, deepening understanding of learning needs, abilities and disabilities, and considering activity adaptations. We will also introduce a digital and social media component to this course.
D75 Intervisitation!
In addition to two excellent half-day workshop sessions, we will attend an intervisitation with the faculty and students at P94 -- one of our most innovative and dynamic D75 schools in the city. This unique immersion into a school focused on students across the spectrum will be active and reflective—from observing instruction in the classwork and a structured rehearsal to dedicated to time to speak with their faculty and process the day as a group.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014
Note: Registration may close early if course reaches maximum enrollment.

Eligibility Assigned teachers of Theater, Grades PreK-12
Dates Tuesday, April 29, May 6, and May 13, 2014
Time 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Cost $75 per participant for three half-day sessions
FAMIS Item # TLAR10125
Max. Enrollment 50 participants
Register Online
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details


Upcoming PD in Theater

2013-2014 Citywide PD Series

THE ART OF TEACHING Theater: Back to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts!


Eligibility Assigned teachers of theater, grades PreK-12
Dates Tuesday, November 5, 2013 & Friday, January 31, 2014
Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Locations November 5:
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue (between 66th and 67th Streets)
New York, NY 10065

January 31:
Location TBA
Cost FREE!
Maximum Enrollment 150 Participants
Workshop Details Click here to download a flyer with full workshop details

Through the lens of the NYC Theater Standards, participants actively investigate how to engage students in the language of theater—from the “knowing about” to the “doing of” theater. Whether exploring how students embody the heightened language of Shakespeare, improvise original material or respond to performance and design, teachers will explore methods to foster student creativity, theatrical skills, performance and original critical response.

This series focuses on:
-Teaching, facilitating and producing theater with students across all grade levels and abilities.
-Qualities of highly effective teaching that serve student creativity and theater learning
- Blueprint-aligned theater instruction based on developmental benchmarks

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