Professional Development 

Teacher workshops at Clowes Memorial Hall and in the Central Indiana area schools provide an opportunity for teachers to gain professional development in teaching the arts and in teaching through arts integration strategies.

In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, teacher workshops are based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center's extensive experience with its local professional learning program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program.  Since 1992, Clowes Memorial Hall education has offered 4-8 teacher workshops for teachers annually on the campus of Butler University and/or in Central Indiana schools with the emphasis on connecting the arts to the curriculum using arts integration strategies – an approach to learning that is engaging students in the creative process through activities joining the art form and another subject area’s (math, science, social studies, literature) objectives equally. 



The February 12 workshop has been cancelled.  

Developing Concentration and Cooperation Skills Through Drama

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

4:30 - 7:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts, Upper Lobby, Butler University 

For teachers of Grades K-8; Open to Public 

Researchers are educators agree on the importance of developing students' abilities to concentrate and cooperate. As well, once a classroom is a safe environment where students feel like they belong, then higher order thinking can occur. When a teacher takes time to strengthen students' concentration and cooperation skills, it helsp to eliminate classroom threats, to build students' trust within a group, and develop a culture of risk taking, persistance and collaboration. From circle time to morning meetings in the Responsive Classroom®, teachers are in search of ways to build a mutually supportive community with their students. Join Drama Teaching Artist, Kassie Misiewicz, as she shares strategies to incorporate drama improvisation games into the classroom to strengthen development of these important social-emotional skills.

Curriculum Categories: Theatre; English/Language Arts; Communication;Relationships & Family; Character Development