Teaching Our World Through the Arts introduces K through Grade 12 teachers to arts-integration teaching techniques that foster students’ critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and civic literacy skills. Participants learn and practice strategies that use the arts to enhance core content and make curriculum more meaningful—engaging students in social activism and strengthening classroom communities.
The series is divided into three strands; teachers are welcome to sign up for one or more strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. No prior experience in the arts is required. Teachers can earn up to two salary points per strand. Details available upon registration.
Art and Community
Find authentic and inclusive ways to activate your students’ creativity in the classroom. Collaborate with fellow educators as you explore the Skirball’s exhibitions and programs. Learn how various art mediums can be used for reflection, critique, and community activism.
Music and Movement
Gain confidence in incorporating music- and movement-based teaching strategies that encourage kinesthetic learning, deepen connections to content, and inspire strong communities. Educators participate in conversations and activities that stimulate critical thinking and a sense of wonder. Come away with new strategies and techniques for empowered and embodied learning.
Theater and Puppetry
Expand your educator toolbox by incorporating theater and puppetry into your classroom. Creativity, process, and design all come together in this socially-minded arts workshop. Encourage your students to find their unique voices and teach them how to use the power of storytelling to take action.
A Teaching Through Storytelling Four-Day Intensive Workshop
For K–Grade 8 teachers
LAUSD salary points available, pending district approval.
Inspired by the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica and its award-winning family destination, Noah’s Ark, our Summer Institute explores how storytelling can engage students across subject areas. Teachers participate in interactive, interdisciplinary workshops that support language arts, social studies, and visual and performing arts curricula. The 2021 Summer Institute investigates how storytelling can help build strong and informed communities, make connections across cultures and generations, and spark collaboration and innovative solutions. Participants will walk away inspired, with ready-to-use classroom lesson plans in-hand.
In this four-day workshop:
Practice different components of storytelling, including visual and theater arts.
Design interdisciplinary lesson plans that support language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts curricula.
Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
Gain access to priority registration for the Skirball 2021–2022 school tours and performance programs.
Harvey Abram is a former LAUSD teacher and current Skirball school tour docent, as well as a member of the Skirball Docent Corps. With over thirty years of teaching experience, Harvey shares his insights about creating connections and the value of lifelong learning. Read more...