Thursday, December 27, 2012

Inspiring Our Educators

Partnership Inspires Educators with Arts Integrated Teaching Techniques

It's back to school today, and the Fox Cities P.A.C. has a wealth of inspiration for educators as they take their spots at the head of the class.

This school year, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the Appleton Area School District have teamed up to inspire educators with the arts in Classroom Connections

Educators in any subject, from any school in any district can benefit from Classroom Connections!

For ten years, the Center has welcomed students to daytime education series performances that tie to Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. Now, with the help of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the arts can make learning and teaching more exciting than ever right inside the classroom.

The Classroom Connections workshops listed below are open to all educators from any district. Discover how the arts can engage your classroom and make your job as a teacher even more fulfilling.

To reserve your spot, call (920) 730-3764 or


The Drama of Science  
Workshop Leader: Karen Erickson
For Educators of Grades 1-8
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Fee: $20 / AASD Staff or $25 / Wisconsin Educators
Integrating the concepts of both science and drama into the classroom, Karen Erickson, teaches educators how to transform science classes into active, student-centered explorations. Focusing on earth science, mechanical science and biology, educators will learn new techniques through expressive movement, drama and enacted story. Participants will also examine classroom management techniques and learn how to build group dynamics within their classrooms. Erickson, a theater educator from Chicago, will guide participants as they explore the common threads of science and art. 
Writing the Hero's Journey: Building Writing Skills
Through Storytelling and Oral Language
Workshop Leader: Stuart Stotts
For Educators of Grades 4-8
Date: Thursday, February 21, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Fee: $20 / AASD Staff or $25 / Wisconsin Educators

Through this workshop, educators will discover how the arts can open the literary world and introduce students to a style of writing beyond the page. Oral storytelling allows organization, descriptive language, voice and sentence fluency to come more easily for students as their creations become a living piece of work. Using the story form of a hero’s journey, Wisconsin native Stuart Stotts, will demonstrate prewriting methods and teach a process for helping students develop stories. His techniques will encourage students to draw on their creative thinking and oral communication abilities. Stotts is a Kennedy Center teaching artist as well as a nationally recognized, award winning songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin.
These workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

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