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 Whole Child: Digging into Reggio-inspired Practice I

Thursday, November 14, 2019

4:30 – 7:30 PM

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room, Butler University

For teachers of Grades Pre K-5

Join classroom teacher and Pedagogista, Abby Bucher from the IPS/Butler Lab School #60, as she shares her passion of Reggio-inspired practice with other classroom and special area teachers.  In this workshop, she will share a history of the schools in Reggio Emilia and some of the main principles (i.e. image of the child, hundred languages, environment, project work, and documentation).  This approach to education incorporates the Arts as there are many languages through which a child can show empathy, expression, and understanding. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to explore the Reggio-inspired practice to teaching and learning and find out about upcoming related events in Central Indiana.

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


Moving Hearts, Minds & Bodies through Dance Integration with Kimberli Boyd Part 2:

Choreography in the Classroom: Creating Dances Inspired by Curriculum Content

Thursday, November 21, 2019

4:30-7:30 PM

Lilly Hall, Butler University

For those working with learners of Grades K-8

“Art is powerful – dance is empowering…”

Creative movement provides an opportunity to reach all learners, particularly the kinesthetic learner, in ways that allow them to process and retain information effectively and efficiently. In this second workshop, teachers delve deeper examining ways to enhance their teaching of specific content or a topic through engaging their students with the composition of movement. Explore how to involve students in active learning with Kennedy Center teaching artist, Kimberli Boyd, through improvisational structures that allow students to explore curriculum ideas through movement. Participants will also learn to facilitate a step-by-step choreographic process that will allow students to synthesize learning in the form of movement phrases and dances. 

This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

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



The Whole Child: Digging into Reggio-inspired Practice II

Thursday, January 23, 2020

4:30 – 7:30 PM

Butler Lab School #60

3330 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, 46205

For teachers of Grades Pre K-5

Part 2 of the workshop takes place at the IPS/Butler Lab School 60.  During this 3 hour workshop, we will visit with Abby Bucher and learn more about what Reggio-inspired practice can look like in a public school in Indianapolis.  We will take a tour and notice environments, we will do some materials exploration that can then be put into practice in your own setting, and we will look at a couple of projects that have been done with students in Indianapolis that shows how we have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. 

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


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