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Social Emotional Learning Through the Arts Professional Development Institute

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Social Emotional Learning through the Arts

Professional Development Institute

Co-hosted with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Register today to receive a certificate for 5.5 contact hours towards PLU credits

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

(Event begins at 10:00 a.m., Registration/Light Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m.)

Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus

3101 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010



9:30 a.m. — Light Breakfast and Registration

10:00 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Activity

10:30 a.m. — Morning Workshop Session

12:05 p.m. — Lunch

1:10 p.m. — Afternoon Workshop Session

2:45 p.m. — Group Interactive Talk on Poetry for Life with Gary Glazner

3:10 p.m. — Next Steps, Raffle and Certificates

The day begins with an opening activity and then breaks into sessions divided by grade level. Sessions will be presented by local cultural institutions including Ford’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, Levine Music, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Center for Inspired Teaching, Inner City Inner Child, Mary Hall Surface, Arena Stage, Project Create and Split This Rock. Gary Glazner of Poetry for Life will lead an interactive talk with the entire group.

Tickets are $10 per person however, a $20 gift card, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by at no cost to participants. Opportunity to enter raffle for prizes from our members!         


*LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE-- If a cancellation must occur, please notify the DC Collaborative as soon as possible so another educator can fill the spot. Space is very limited so, please be courteous to colleagues. Tickets are non-refundable within a week of the event date.

 **Raffle prizes to include: Joy of Motion 3-lesson residency for one educator, courtesy Joy of Motion, National Building Museum passes, courtesy National Building Museum, tickets to Dumbarton Concerts "A Celtic Christmas", courtesy Inner City Inner Child, A Taste of Inspired Teaching 2-hour workshop for up to 30 educators, courtesy Center for Inspired Teaching, and many more!




Morning Sessions (10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m)

Please choose from the following sessions:

Session Title: Stimulating Creativity for Early Learners  

Presented by: Imagination Stage

Description: Participants will be fully immersed into the world of sensory storytelling and dramatic play. This interactive workshop focuses on high sensory activities, active storytelling, and the beginnings of creative play. Participants will gain skills in how to connect the five senses to storytelling, creative ways to explore the concept of props with literature, and how to guide play through active modeling and side coaching. They then will learn the rules of guided play and participate in an immersive experience where they learn how play can support their academic goals. Come prepared to have fun, move and make rich connections for the classroom.

Discipline: Creative Drama, English Language Arts

Broad Session Topics: integrating play into the classroom, stimulating creativity, supporting socio emotional growth and language development through drama

Targeted Grade Levels: Pre-K3 and Pre-K4


Session Title: Engaging Students through Building Social-Emotional Awareness

Presented by: Center for Inspired Teaching

Description: In order for teachers to respond best to students' social-emotional needs, they must have an awareness and understanding of their own. In this session, participants will engage in activities that explore our needs as individuals, and ones that can be used directly with students to explore their own. Discussions will center on how developing a deeper awareness of student needs builds relationships between the student and teacher. Participants will come away with strategies for developing a deeper awareness of students’ social-emotional needs, and classroom techniques that build social-emotional wellness in students.

Discipline: All content areas

Broad Session Topics: Engagement-based teaching, social-emotional awareness and wellness

Targeted Grade Levels: Pre-K-5th grades

Session Title: Exploring Emotions and Social Interactions Through Music Based Intervention

Presented by: Levine Music

Description: The Music Therapy department at Levine Music often accesses music based interventions to address social and emotional learning in children and adults alike. Explore ways to incorporate music into your classroom to help students facilitate learning from a young age. Research behind interventions and specific techniques used in music therapy group and individual sessions will also be presented and discussed.

Discipline: Music Therapy

Broad Session Topics: Emotional identification and expression through music, Music to facilitate self regulation, Social learning through music

Targeted Grade Levels: K-5th grades

Session Title: Voices of Now: Creating Original, Autobiographical Theater for Social Change

Presented By: Arena Stage

Description: How can a theater lesson build performance and communication skills while exploring a group’s stories and social concerns? How do you create art with your students that can both challenge an audience and spark productive dialogue? How can you create a performance piece that is polished and powerful with no props, costumes or set pieces? Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program works with ensembles of artists to devise socially conscious, visually engaging, autobiographical theater pieces that use the expertise of the students to investigate topics relevant to their communities and their lives. Within the last 7 years the program has expanded from working with DC Metro students to creating theater with artists across the globe. In this session, participants will learn how VON facilitators use writing, movement, discussion and collaboration to build ensemble, promote empathy and strengthen performance skills. Participants will explore a variety of entry points for creating original theater that is intended to honor the thoughts and ideas of student artist while sparking productive dialogue in the classroom and community.

Discipline: ELA and Theatre

Broad Session Topics: Communication, creativity, empathy and perspective-taking

Targeted Grade Levels: 6th-12th grades

Session Title: Using History and Theater to Develop Empathy and Perspective-taking Skills in Students

Presented by: Ford's Theatre Society

Description: Historical drama opens a window into the past and brings historic moments and stories to life. Theatrical experiences are highly effective at evoking empathy, igniting a connection between the audience and the characters on stage. Audiences leave a historical play with their curiosity piqued, inspired to answer the inevitable question, “how much of that was actually true?” Using a scene from Richard Hellesen’s historical drama Necessary Sacrifices, teachers will explore how theatre brings history to life, helping 21st Century students make connections between past and present, and supporting development of empathy and perspective-taking skills.

Discipline: History, ELA and Theatre

Broad Session Topics: close-reading skills, empathy and perspective-taking, making connections between past and present

Targeted Grade Levels: 9th-12th grades


Afternoon Session (1:10 p.m.-2:40 p.m.)

Please choose from the following sessions:


Session Title: One Love: Promoting Social - Emotional Learning Through the Arts

Presented by: Inner City - Inner Child

Description: Singing, dancing, creating and collaborating all promote crucial social-emotional skills necessary for effective learning throughout our lives. Participants will sway to the sounds of Imani Gonzales’ voice and move to the beat of Abdou Muhammad’s drum while engaging in interactive arts activities that can be immediately implemented in your classroom.  Well- loved children’s books provide the springboard for arts infused activities that promote, communication, perspective taking, empathy and understanding. No singing or dancing expertise necessary, come with an open mind, an open heart and desire to have fun!

Discipline: music and movement

Broad Session Topics: Literacy, arts-integration, self-regulation, language development, communication, creativity, collaboration, sense of community in the classroom.

Targeted Grade Levels: PK3 - 2nd grades

Session Title: Visual Art as a Tool for Social-Emotional Learning: Using Color to Communicate

Presented by: Project Create

Description: There are 3,000 words in the English language to describe emotions, but most people probably use less than 20 on a regular basis! Many children can express being happy, sad or mad, but subtle changes in emotions are especially challenging when children don’t have the words to describe them. With access to emotional vocabulary, students can learn to name their emotions clearly, understand their feelings, and manage themselves in better ways. Ultimately, with improved emotional self-awareness, our students will learn to notice and interpret others’ emotions and build empathy through social-awareness. This hands-on workshop will lead participants through a simple lesson plan designed to encourage students to notice, name and share emotions, using text (“My Many Colored Days,” by Dr. Seuss), painting and music as tools to communicate.

Discipline: Visual Arts

Broad Session Topics: Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness

Targeted Grade Levels: K - 2nd grades

Session Title: Going Global: Expanding Perspective Through Dramatic Monologues

Presented by: Mary Hall Surface

Description: In our increasingly interconnected but polarized world, how can we encourage students to explore the perspectives of people whose experiences and values are different from their own? How can we help students articulate their own perspectives and to ponder how they were formed? This interactive workshop integrates drama with social studies and journalism to explore significant global issues: education, technology and migration. Through a multi-step process of slow looking, questioning, and content exploration, participants will create dramatic monologues from multiple perspectives. Discover how to exercise students’ empathetic muscles while building their self and global awareness. Presented by Mary Hall Surface, playwright, director and teaching artist for the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.

Discipline: Drama/Creative Writing

Broad Session Topics: Global and self awareness, perspective taking, monologues

Targeted Grade Levels: 3rd - 5th grades

Session Title: Reading the World through Images: Cultivating Empathy, Global Competency and Critical Literacy through Visual Journalism

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Description: Visual storytelling is everywhere. To a large extent, in this digital age, it has become a context for our students’ everyday lives. So how do we maximize the learning and information students glean from images and photographs they encounter everywhere? In this workshop, teachers will explore a variety of ways to engage students in developing empathy, global competencies, and critical literacies through the study of visual journalism produced by Pulitzer Center grantees. Pulitzer Center is an award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through sponsorship of international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. Teachers will learn how to use photography from America and abroad as gateways to knowing narratives largely untold and to recognizing the connections between local stories and global issues. Session attendees are encouraged to bring their smartphones and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Discipline: ELA, Social Studies, Art

Broad Session Topics: cultivating inquiry stances; integrating global news and global education in the curriculum; and practicing media literacy, visual literacy, critical literacy

Targeted Grade Levels: 6th-12th grades


Session Title: Youth Choice, Voice, and Social Change through Spoken Word Poetry! 

Presented by: Split This Rock

Description: This session will explore how to introduce contemporary poetry about social justice topics to youth in the classroom as a lens for understanding our place in society and community with others and a model for telling our own personal stories. Teachers will learn through open facilitation how to support youth through a poetry-writing workshop that provides youth the opportunity to build skills in active listening, giving and receiving feedback, public speaking and presenting to a group, as well as being supported to take ownership of their experiences and stories, build empathy, and engage with their understanding of social justice and social change.  

Discipline: Poetry/Spoken Word

Broad Session Topics: Poetry, Writing, Community Building, Social Justice, Youth Empowerment, Youth Leadership

Targeted Grade Levels: 8th-12th grades

Afternoon Group Activity:

Gary Glazner will give an interactive talk on Poetry for Life. This program brings together youth of all ages from preschool to graduate students to perform and create poetry with elders and people living with memory loss. You will experience performing group poems and learn how you may participate in Poetry for Life.


*LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE-- If a cancellation must occur, please notify the DC Collaborative as soon as possible so another educator can fill the spot. Space is very limited so, please be courteous to colleagues. Tickets are non-refundable within a week of the event date.

Have questions about Social Emotional Learning Through the Arts Professional Development Institute? Contact DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

When & Where

Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20010

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative believes that the arts —inclusive of music, theater, dance, visual arts, media arts— and the humanities are central to the education of every student. To accomplish this citywide effort, the Collaborative works with its members to provide equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and public charter school students.  Working with our partners, the DC Collaborative provides exemplary programming including Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Developement Initiatives.

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