professional development

 

Through Young Audiences Educator & Leadership Development offerings, we invite classroom educators, campus leadership, and support staff to consider the role the arts play in transforming the educational culture in your school. Workshops are delivered specifically by professional artists who have a passion for making the arts accessible for all ages and types of learners, while making the teaching and learning process more creative and personal along the way. We offer a truly collaborative approach and can support arts learning and integration across the curriculum, expressing ourselves through a diverse introduction of artists, art forms, and cultures from around the world and through history. 

GT and CPE Credit Hours issued for teachers for all professional development courses.

Professional Development Pricing:

2 hour PD workshop with one teaching artist - $500*

3 hour PD workshop with one teaching artist - $750*

*Visual arts integrated training supplies and materials are billed separately. 

 

For more information, please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.

Learn more about the Arts for Learning Lab (ALL)

 

Eco-Art - Creating Artists and Scientists in Your Classroom

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Artist Boat

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Artist Boat staff of biologists and artists present a selection of fascinating professional development programs that combine art and science in the classroom. Professional development workshops may focus on the ecosystems of the Houston/Galveston coastal margin; human uses and impacts on natural resources; the morphology and adaptations of local flora & fauna; the migratory patterns of whales, pelagic fishes, butterflies, and birds; or natural processes. Artist Boat is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. All instruction utilizes integrated methods to teach science and art.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

K-8

Learning through Movement

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Becky Valls

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Picture a science class on insects where students act out the roles of honeybees or a lesson on the body’s circulatory system where students shape their bodies into a beating heart and a breathing lung. These are examples of children learning through their kinesthetic, visual, and music intelligence. The teacher is using movement to teach TEKS-based lessons in science. Learning Through Movement is a workshop for elementary teachers, K-5th*. The workshop is divided into three sections. First, teachers gain knowledge of the Elements of Dance (movement terminology). Second, Valls models lessons that use movement and music as teaching tools for instruction in science, math, literature, and social studies. Third, teachers create their own movement lesson for their grade level. The workshop culminates with teachers sharing and demonstrating their movement lesson plans. Other related issues addressed are time and space limitations in the classroom, the use of props and music, and behavior management. With a Master of Fine Arts in choreography from the Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Becky Valls has been active for more than 20 years as a choreographer for numerous dance companies, series, and universities. She has extensive experience as a teaching artist and as a performer in schools. Currently she is on the dance faculty at the University of Houston, and the director and choreographer of Becky Valls and Company.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

50 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

Synergized Learning: Literacy Through World Rhythm

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dan Egger-Belandria

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Percussionist Dan Egger-Belandria offers a unique professional development workshop that supports the fundamentals of early childhood development in a fun, exciting format. Dan brings a wealth of experience to each class as a seasoned performance and workshop artist who has opened children’s eyes, ears, and hearts to the beauty of rhythm for more than a decade. He also is bilingual and trained to accommodate teaching techniques for working with disabled students. Your young students will explore learning concepts through singing, movement, reading, listening, and of course, making music!

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

The Telltale Tale of Telling Tales

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dan Gordon

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This dynamic workshop encourages educators to develop creative communication skills by practicing techniques of pantomime, voice fluctuation, gesture, eye contact, body language, and timing, bringing the art of teaching to a new level of creative expression. The activities in this workshop offer new insights that connect any content area of TEKS to storytelling. Dan Gordon is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Drama and Creative Writing. As a professional storyteller, he has presented his character to audiences of all ages throughout the United States, Israel, and Australia.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

50 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

The Power of Puppetry

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Greg Ruhe

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Capture your student’s attention with the power of puppetry. This hands-on professional development workshop shares creative ideas for adding the excitement of several styles of puppetry into any lesson plan. Explore the ancient world of shadow puppetry, a fast, easy, fun and affordable way to create endless puppetry possibilities. Also, learn techniques for making and teaching with puppets using recycled and found objects. Turn trash into treasure and help save the planet! Greg Ruhe is the director of Puppet Pizzazz, a company dedicated to providing quality educational puppet performances and workshops around the world.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

Just Add Drama

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Hope Shiver

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Hope Shiver helps teachers discover simple ways to give a dramatic twist to math, language arts, social studies, and science. She shows that any lesson can use drama to address topics such as phonics, analysis, vocabulary, sequencing, physical landforms, culture, problem solving, computation, physical and chemical properties, systems and the food chain. Hope Shiver has a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oregon, and is a winner of the Madame Rose Vocal Competition and George Hawkins Playwriting Award. She enjoys a diverse career performing as an opera a musical theatre singer, actress, writer and music educator.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

50 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

Learning Comes Alive with Puppets

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jean Kuecher

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The art of puppetry can be used across the curriculum to nurture creative thinking, motivate readers, introduce science and math concepts, and heighten visualization, critical thinking, listening, communication and fluency skills. Participants actively learn techniques for creating their own puppets and how to incorporate them into their classroom curriculum.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

This Sounds Like Fine Art

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jean Donatto

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Participants experience using music, fine art and literary forms to enliven curriculum and make learning more meaningful to students. Learn specific strategies for connecting language arts, music and fine art. Utilizing a variety of music styles, participants will discern mood words that best define what they are hearing or feeling. Thus begins a vocabulary list that is then added to one derived from the viewing of one or more pieces of art in varying media. Working in small teams, participants choose one or more literary forms to create using the generated vocabulary. Jean Donatto bridges the world of modern singers and classical composers and visual artists by showing that both, in the past and the present, live exciting and varied lives while contributing positively to world culture. Add meaning to curriculum through the music and art of your student’s generation and find the connection between classical and modern artists.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

Utilizing Setting to Harvest Creative Vocabulary

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jean Donatto

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With the understanding that school districts are strongly addressing the literacy deficit possibly brought about by the grammatical shortcuts almost demanded by electronic media, (IMHO), this workshop provides a method of gleaning creative writing using setting as the subject. The workshop uses familiar young people’s stories or commonly recognized characters in unorthodox settings to discover verbs, adverbs, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and motivation in composition. Participants will be provided the opportunity to act out scenes from stories that adhere to the storyline but use characteristics of the alternative place. Vocabulary is then discovered through audience observation. For instance: If Red Riding Hood were on the Moon, would she skip through the trees to Grandmother’s house or bounce buoyantly over craters to Grandmother’s module? This is just one example of where the fine art of theatre joins the art of language instruction to promote better understanding of literacy and grammar.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-8

Texas’ Living History

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Naomi Carrier

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In the course of developing living history reenactments for historic sites since 1994, i.e. George Ranch Historical Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Sam Houston Museum, our company, Texas Center for African American Living History is uniquely positioned to teach Texas history using theater. TCAALH founder Naomi Carrier takes teachers through a plethora of topics including: Texas War for Independence; Slavery and the Texas Underground Railroad; The Civil War; Cotton, Cane, and Corn: Texas Agricultural Economy; Reconstruction Era Texas; Black Cowboys and White Cattlemen; LBJ, Barbara Jordan, and Civil Rights; Oral History Basics and Your Family. All of our workshops include music and theatre. Each program we develop is solidly based on primary and secondary resources and is an immersion into the arts via Texas history

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-12

Dancing Through the Classroom

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Open Dance Project

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Open Dance Project is a contemporary dance theater company whose highly stylized performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Professional development workshops, led by ODP Artistic Director Annie Arnoult, explores the boundaries of dance educationi to deepening the learning process through integration dance across the curriculum. Topics include STEAM dance, Building Transitions in the classroom, Exploring Creative Dance Education, and more.

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-12

EAT right - BREATHE in - MOVE left

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Psophonia Dance Company

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Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, this workshop is geared to provide teachers and school staff with practical knowledge on nutrition and basic movement routines to get their students up and moving! Childhood obesity in America has steadily climbed over the last 30 years so that now nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese and likely to face a number of chronic obesity-related health issues. Moreover, Americans consume 31 percent more calories, 56 percent more fat and 14 percent more sugar than we did in 1967. While these numbers are daunting, by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day.”

2-Hour Training

$500

3-Hour Training

$750

Participant Limit

30 Teachers

Grade Levels

PK-12

Phone: 713.520.9264

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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