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Professional Development

In-Person and Online Sessions

Learn from recognized leaders in art education eager to share their years of classroom successes and experience. Our team of master teachers can deliver sessions in-person, online, or as a hybrid model. Check out the list of topics that we offer as workshops, courses with ongoing coaching, conference and keynote sessions, or customized sessions to fit your individual needs!

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Session Types
Adaptive Art
In-Person + Online

Adaptive Art

This practical session will enable educators to engage all students in a meaningful creative process of self-expression. Discover a variety of instructional methods to adapt art activities, media, tools, and techniques to meet the needs of students with a wide range of challenges.

Session Types | Adaptive Art Contact Us | Adaptive Art
Assessment Strategies
In-Person + Online

Assessment Strategies

Explore ways assessment must address if students have constructed new understandings. Examine the alignment of assessment strategies to enduring ideas and key concepts. Learn to gauge if students have appropriately used process skills associated with creating, presenting, responding, and connecting with art.

Session Types | Assessment Contact Us | Assessment
Choice-Based Art Education
In-Person + Online

Choice-Based Art Education

Dive into the theoretical backbone and philosophies of The Open Art Room approach. This session provides an instructional framework for varied levels of Choice, and assists in crafting authentic assessments, while providing clear connections and a multitude of exemplars from seasoned Choice art teachers.

Session Types | Choice-Based Contact Us | Choice-Based
Collaboration/Tape Art
In-Person

Collaboration/Tape Art

These hands-on or virtual sessions build on personal experiences while providing mentorship by the world-renowned Tape Art® Crew. This training will provide opportunities for teachers and students to practice research-backed strategies for engaging groups in collaborative making.

Session Types | Tape Art Contact Us | Tape Art
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
In-Person + Online

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Culturally responsive pedagogy embraces curriculum and instruction to nurture a sense of well-being while celebrating student’s cultural place in the world. This session provides an overview of philosophical underpinnings and ways art teachers can create inclusive classrooms that foster empathy and connectedness.

Session Types | Pedagogy Contact Us | Pedagogy
Davis Digital Activation Training
In-Person + Online

Davis Digital Activation Training

Discover the engaging content, features, and functionality of the Davis Digital platform. Designed for customers using Davis Digital, this session provides instruction on navigating the platform and accessing lesson plans, instructional materials, and resources.  Learn best practices for getting the most out of online tools such as Portfolios and Davis Art Images.

Session Types | Activation Training Contact Us | Activation Training
Davis Digital Deep Dive: Curriculum Implementation
In-Person + Online

Davis Digital Deep Dive: Curriculum Implementation

Developed to support educators using the Davis Digital platform, these sessions emphasize how to embed the online resources into teaching practice. Achieve maximum academic growth that is measurable and realistic with a session crafted to meet the specific needs of your school or district.

Session Types | Deep Dive Contact Us | Deep Dive
Differentiated Instruction
In-Person + Online

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction provides multiple options for students to take in information and make sense of ideas. Learn concepts needed for getting started with differentiated instruction, including differentiated instruction for curriculum design, and getting to know the learning styles of your students.

Session Types | Differentiated Contact Us | Differentiated
English Learners/Sheltered English Immersion
In-Person + Online

English Learners/Sheltered English Immersion

Art teachers are in a unique position to meet the needs of ever-increasing populations of English Learners (ELs). Expert instructors, experienced in both visual art and language acquisition, will walk through the creation of instructional aids and implementing strategies for sheltering instruction in the art room.

Session Types | English Learners Contact Us | English Learners
Evolving Ideas/Postmodern Principles
In-Person + Online

Evolving Ideas/Postmodern Principles

Explore approaches to artmaking that focus on the evolving ways that contemporary artists work. With an introduction to postmodern principles and a focus on contemporary art, teachers will practice ways in which they can support students in engaging with, creating, and analyzing art in contemporary contexts.

Session Types | Evolving Ideas Contact Us | Evolving Ideas
Implementing/Instructing with Resource Card Sets
In-Person + Online

Implementing/Instructing with Resource Card Sets

Engage with the Investigating Contemporary Art Card Set and/or the Explorations in Art Resource Card Set. Discover new ways of helping students make more meaningful connections to art and the art-making process. Practice using this engaging resource in a variety of teaching contexts.

Session Types | Resource Card Sets Contact Us | Resource Card Sets
Mindfulness
In-Person + Online

Mindfulness

Mindfulness as a practice has been proven to enhance focus, resilience, and emotional regulation among many other things. This session provides methods for embedding contemplative practice into art rooms through visual art experiences aimed to cultivate positivity and empathy.

Session Types | Mindfulness Contact Us | Mindfulness
Process-Based Studio Engagement
In-Person + Online

Process-Based Studio Engagement

Discover how focusing on the process of art making and emphasizing the importance of thinking, planning, and reflection in creating original artwork helps students take ownership of their learning. Gain tools to teach for the process vs. the product and ways of assessing process-based work.

Session Types | Process-Based Contact Us | Process-Based
Teaching through Inquiry/Inquiry-Based Learning
In-Person + Online

Teaching through Inquiry/Inquiry-Based Learning

Engage students deeply and help them connect learning directly to their lives with curricular content organized around Essential Questions. Explore applicable strategies to employ inquiry and exploration with students. Discover ways to build opportunities for them to link what they learn to the real world and transfer applicable knowledge.

Session Types | Inquiry Contact Us | Inquiry
Teaching with Contemporary Art and/or Media Arts
In-Person + Online

Teaching with Contemporary Art and/or Media Arts

We routinely refer to the power of art to promote critical thinking. Learn about contemporary artists whose work investigates topics important today. Gain valuable experience in ways of engaging with artwork through inquiry methods and immediately put learning to use with students.

Session Types | Contemporary Contact Us | Contemporary
Teaching with the Sketchbook and/or Visual Journal
In-Person + Online

Teaching with the Sketchbook and/or Visual Journal

This session explores the various ways teachers can use a sketchbook/journal to encourage students to become decision-makers, gatherers, explorers, and cultivators all while documenting their thinking and learning. Learner- and teacher-directed strategies will be covered.

Session Types | Sketchbook Contact Us | Sketchbook
Using Thematic Units to Promote Understanding
In-Person + Online

Using Thematic Units to Promote Understanding

Explore how Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings can be used with students to create and engage with personally meaningful works of art. Learn new ways to underscore the relevance of art in their lives and reveal the important role it plays in cultures around the world using themes.

Session Types | Using Thematic Units Contact Us | Using Thematic Units

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