Education Programs: Professional Development for Teachers

Arts Education Workshops and Classes 


HTY Drama Education staff offers professional development workshops for teachers and in-service education students, as well as training new drama education specialsts. We offer workshops integrating classroom content with drama, music, dance, visual art and literature.

Call Sarah Brown at 839-9885 x 704 for more information.

Professional Development Partners-in-Education 

Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Voyager Public Charter School and the Hanahau`oli PDC are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to provide professional development opportunities in the arts for educators.

More than Words: A Dramatic Approach to Reading and the Common Core 

This workshop course is partially sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Through this workshop course, teachers will learn to apply basic drama strategies focused on vocal expression to enhance student reading comprehension. Teachers will learn to how to engage students kinesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually as they develop their ability to interpret and express understanding of the themes, messages, settings, characters, and details of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures described in text. The focus in this workshop, will be on working with both fiction and non-fiction texts suggested through the Common Core website appendix as examples of how vocal expression can be applied to any text to help increase student engagement and comprehension.

Specifically, we will focus on preparing teachers to use performing and language arts strategies from a variety of sources including the ARTS FIRST Toolkit.  Lessons will incorporate Howard Gardner’s Seven Cognitive Intelligences: Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic and Logical.

DATES: Saturdays, January 18, March 1, and March 29, 2014
LOCATION: Office of Curriculum Instruction and Student Services, 22nd Ave.
COST: $150
DEADLINE: January 4, 2014
TIME: 9am - 4pm

Click here to view a PDF flyer for the workshop

Daniel A. Kelin, II is a nationally-recognized Master Teaching Artist and an authority on working with students of limited English proficiency. He is part of Hawaii’s Artistic Teaching Partners Program and a trainer and mentor of teaching artists and school teachers. He has taught in the Marshall Islands, India, and Am. Samoa. Dan is a recipient of one of the first national Teaching Artist fellowships with the Montalvo Arts Center in CA. The American Alliance for Theatre and Education named him the 1995 Youth Theatre Director of the Year. In 1999, he received an Aurand Harris Playwriting Fellowship for the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. He is the author of In Their Own Words: Drama with Young English Language Learners, focused on drama with young English Language Learners. Other writing has appeared in NCTE’s Talking Points, NCSS’s Social Studies and the Young Learner, Teaching Artist Journal, Early Children Education Journal, Storytelling
Magazine, Parabola, Spider and Highlights for Children.

Malama Ko Aloha: Hawaiian Puppetry As A Teaching Tool For The PK-2 Classroom

This workshop is presented by Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Hanahau`oli Professional Development Center as part of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with added support from the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.

In this 3-day series, participants create a ki`i to use as a cherished assistant in storytelling and learn well-known Hawaiian stories and elements of music, movement, and `olelo Hawai`i to help students deepen understandings of literature, culture and relationships. Instructors will guide definition, discussion and exploration of engaging ways to address waiwai, values for healthy living with kindness and compassion, through the practice of hula ki`i, Hawaiian puppetry, and mo`olelo, storytelling.

DATES: Saturdays, January 11, February 22, and March 15, 2014
LOCATION: Hanahau`oli Professional Development Center, Honolulu
COST: $170 for the course and certain materials. Teachers are provided with course handouts and any necessary materials or supplies. A limited amount of scholarship funding is available- email for information.
DEADLINE: January 4, 2014
TIME: 9am - 4pm

Click here to view a PDF flyer for the workshop

Mauli Ola Cook is a nationally recognized teaching artist with more than 25 years of experience bringing dance and music to Hawai‘i’s keiki. She is on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Teaching Artist Roster and has been presenting workshops to teachers in Hawaii since 1996. Mauli is also is a teacher at Kanuikapono Hawaiian Charter School.

Jamie Simpson Steele is Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at the College of Education, UH Mānoa, where she researches issues in arts education and prepares elementary and secondary teacher candidates to integrate performing arts throughout the curriculum. She has almost
20 years of experience as a drama educator including with Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Creative Arts Team in New York City.

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