SPARK! works with The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The University of Montana’s College of Visual and Performing Arts to expand professional development for educators and teaching artists. Upcoming programs include the following:
Professional Development for Teachers and Artists through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Scientific Thought in Motion
With Kennedy Center teaching artist Randy Barron
MCPS 3rd and 6th Grade teachers will participate in this professional development.
Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put
abstract ideas into tangible, visible form. In lessons that engage students in movement, participants learn the
elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific content. Participants leave the workshop with a set
of immediately useful movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle and the systems of the human
body, along with the skills necessary to adapt those activities to teach other curriculum ideas. Randy Barron guides
teachers in easy-to-duplicate lesson plans, which draw upon students’ kinesthetic, visual, and musical intelligence
to increase their achievement in science and strengthen their repertoire of learning and social skills.
Monday, September 25 at Jefferson School, room 205
Artists as Educators: Refining Your Practice
For SPARK! Teaching Artists
Teaching artists have to be “bilingual” — that is, they must know their art form intimately, but they must also be able to speak the language of education, in conversation and in practice. In this full-day workshop, teaching artists will have a chance to experience an arts-integrated lesson and to analyze it to discover ways in which they can take their own practice to the next level. Also, two local teaching artists will lead portions of their classroom work in order to get meaningful feedback, and all participants will have planning time to polish up their residency and lesson plans for the coming year. Join Randy Barron, choreographer and Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, for a fast-paced day of arts-integrated discovery and invention. Come comfortably dressed for movement!
Tuesday, September 26 from 8:30-3:30 at Jefferson School room 205
Artists Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/OSqFoCtBSxsqFbXJ3
As an arts educator, Randy Barron brings over twenty-five years of classroom teaching experience into schools of all levels. He has conducted more than one hundred professional development workshops and over seventy-five in-school residencies in twenty-three states. Mr. Barron has written arts curriculum affecting over 250,000 students in both urban and rural school districts. He is a founding member and the current Curriculum Coordinator for the Río Gallinas School, an elementary charter school in Las Vegas, New Mexico, focused on ecology and the arts. As a professional dancer, Mr. Barron has choreographed for, performed with and directed ballet and modern dance companies throughout the United States and Europe. He is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Barron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rockhurst University and serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the village of Tecolote, New Mexico, where he lives with his family.