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Professional Development

Our professional learning sessions emphasize creative teaching strategies that build community, connection, and capacity for change – in the classroom, and in our educational and work environments. Professional Development is available to schools, teachers and organizations interested in using the arts to activate learning, create community, and facilitate dialogue around critical social issues. Creative Action is an approved provider of Continuing Professional Education credits through the state of Texas.

CURRENT VIRTUAL OFFERINGS:

Professional Development for Individual Educators: 
We currently host a donation-based Caregiver/Educator Workshop Series highlighting creative, inquiry-based activities and discussion starters around “How to Apologize – a Kid-Friendly Framework,” “Conflict Resolution: the Four Steps to Peace,” and “Talking to Young People About Race – Part I and Part II.”

Professional Development for Schools:
We have a variety of Professional Development options available for teachers and schools for a fee. All of the following sessions are 3 credit hours, feature creative teaching strategies, and incorporate SEL (social emotional learning goals) and/or social justice standards. We are also happy to collaborate with you or your organization to develop a session that fits your needs.

Current topics include:

How to Apologize – A Kid-Friendly Framework
Appropriate for early and upper elementary educators
In this interactive workshop, participants learn a four-part apology framework that can be shared with young people to help them generate sincere, thoughtful apologies when they have caused harm.

Conflict Resolution: the Four Steps to Peace
Appropriate for early and upper elementary educators
In this interactive workshop, participants learn a four-step conflict resolution process that can be shared with young people who are having difficulty getting along and/or sharing.

Talking to Young People About Race
Appropriate for all grade level educators, or with community groups
This workshop explores why and how to talk about race with young people as an anti-racist strategy. A deeper dive than our free workshop, this interactive workshop offers various ways to encourage honest conversations about race in the classroom and includes various hands-on activities to address and explore racial identities. We welcome all racial identities and experience levels in this dialogue.

Preventing Bullying through Creative Teaching Strategies
Appropriate for early and upper elementary educators
Interactive, hands-on workshop using creative teaching strategies to prevent and reduce bullying and increase connection and community in the classroom. (Combines well with Responding to Bias in the Classroom for a full day of training.)

Responding to Bias in the Classroom: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
Appropriate for all grade level educators, or with community groups
This interactive workshop starts by investigating the role and responsibility of the educator in responding to bias and hate in the classroom. It also explores various ways to handle hurtful and discriminatory statements, from immediate responses to ongoing strategies that encourage thoughtful dialogue and learning. (Combines well with Preventing Bullying for a full day of training.)

Connecting to Students’ Lives Through Art
Appropriate for all grade level educators, or with community groups
This workshop explores how creative teaching can build bridges between school curriculum and students’ lives with the goal of helping young people to find relevance in their learning. Creative strategies encourage young people to reflect on and share various identities and experiences through art-making. (Combines well with Creative Community Building for a full day of training.)

Creative Community Building
Appropriate for all grade level educators, or with community groups
This interactive, hands-on training will explore how to use creative strategies to build a sense of community in the classroom or organization where growth mindset and creative teaching and learning can flourish. (Combines well with Connecting to Students’ Lives Through Art for a full day of training.)

Power, Privilege, Oppression and Race
Appropriate for all grade level educators, or with community groups
Explore how creating common language can support dialogues about race and power in our lives and classrooms. This 101 workshop will introduce basic definitions and offer hands-on personal reflection activities that scaffold towards understanding and identifying oppression and structural racism.

 

Want something different? We are happy to work with you to develop an arts-centered professional development workshop for your staff. Contact us schoolbased@creativeaction.org

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