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Building Capacity through Professional Development:
Designing Effective Programs
Arts educators seeking to join Arts for All’s online directory, Programs for Educators
and/or strengthen their professional development offerings
are invited to participate in the Building Capacity through Professional Development series
to increase their abilities to provide quality professional development.
Tuesday, June 28
Part 1 – Designing Effective Programs
This workshop will focus on how to design effective professional development programs that build the capacities of teachers, administrators, and arts specialists to advance quality arts education in their schools.
examine how professional development programs build capacity by
targeting practice-based outcomes that are aligned with district goals
engaging participants in rich, artistic, standards-based learning experiences
and helping participants transfer what they have learned to their work
consider how to strengthen their program’s ability to grow the capacities of school community members to advance arts education.
Part 2 - Application Workshop
This workshop will address how to apply for the online directory Programs for Educators and how to present a compelling application.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017
This event is the first of a 2-session series. To register for the second workshop - Facilitating High Quality Experiences on July 13 from 1:00-4:00pm, click here.
Workshop will be facilited by Jennifer Zakkai
To serve clients, Jennifer Zakkai draws on her work as a professional dance artist, college educator and administrator, teaching artist in the schools, school change coach, professional developer, author, organizational consultant, and curriculum developer.
Artist & Educator
As a dancer, Jennifer performed in the companies of Katherine Litz and Elizabeth Keen, was a member of the Don Redlich Dance Company for five years, and presented her own choreography with Billy Siegenfeld. With Redlich she toured throughout the United States under the auspices of the NEA’s Dance Touring Program and Artists-in-the-Schools Program. For ten years, she was on the dance faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where course offerings included dance technique, improvisation, composition, and pedagogy; she also served as chair of the dance department for three years.
Arts Education Consultant
For nine years, Jennifer consulted with the Galef Institute in Los Angeles, where her duties included helping teachers integrate dance into classroom learning, serving as a school change coach for a district, designing and facilitating professional development to support the implementation of the Institute’s arts-infused model curriculum, and training coaches to design and deliver professional development. During this time, she authored Dance as a Way of Knowing (Stenhouse, 1997), a resource for classroom teachers and dance specialists used in college teaching programs throughout the United States. An independent consultant for the last nine years, Jennifer has created, adapted, or managed programs and provided workshops that strengthen clients’ capacities to offer quality learning in and through the visual and performing arts. As needed, she recruits, trains, and collaborates with teaching artists in all arts disciplines, and partners with research and evaluation experts. Clients include: Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Multicultural Learning Center in Canoga Park, Lawndale School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Hoover High School in Glendale.
Established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All is the dynamic, county-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for each of our 1.6 million public K-12 students.
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Arts for All
Arts for All is the Los Angeles County arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as a partnership between the County’s Arts Commission and Office of Education, Arts for All supports and connects school districts and arts organizations working to advance quality arts education for the County’s 1.6 million public school students. Currently, Arts for All fosters the implementation of arts instruction in 58 of the 81 Los Angeles County school districts as well as two charter school networks through policy development, strategic planning, grants to improve teaching and learning, advocacy, research and partnership building among stakeholders.