Scottsdale Arts offers teacher professional development opportunities designed to integrate arts experiences and Arizona Department of Education standards in order to nurture student learning. Professional development hours are given upon completion of the workshop.

FUN FACT

Of the educators who participated in Scottsdale Arts’ professional development workshops, 98 percent reported an increase in confidence and creativity and a deepened engagement in their practice.


Sustainability in Action

To consider sustainability is to treat the earth like we intend to stay, and every individual plays a role in this endeavor. In this residency, students will collaborate in small groups to demonstrate the three pillars of sustainability through the art form of tableau, a frozen picture. Heidi Cocco—a language arts, social studies, and second language educator—draws on students’ collaborative and kinesthetic learning to integrate the arts and curriculum. The strategy can be used cross-curricular and at different grade levels.

  • Grade level: All levels
  • Length: Two hours
  • Cost: $200 per workshop
  • Event cost: $5 per teacher

Puppets Talk, Students Listen: Creative Collaboration and Critical Thinking Through Storytelling, Puppetry, Music, and Language Arts

Journey into the participatory world of play and learning through stories, music, and puppets! Working with teaching artist and puppeteer Annie Wilson, participants will learn techniques to develop early childhood interpersonal relationships, creativity, and thinking skills. Teachers will leave with arts-integrated lessons, stories, and their very own puppet to use in the classroom.

  • Grade level: Early childhood, K–2
  • Length: Two hours
  • Workshop rate: $200 for up to 30 teachers
  • Event cost: $5 per teacher

Collaborative Poetry Meets Music: Creatively Assessing Student Comprehension

Both poetry and music use rhythm, tempo, pitch, and language to convey mood. In this participatory, hands-on workshop with teaching artist Cheryl Mertz, teachers will explore creative methods to assess comprehension using written and spoken word. Strategies explored in this workshop can be used in all areas of the curriculum but connect best with middle and high school English, language arts, and social studies.

  • Grade level: All levels
  • Length: Two hours
  • Workshop rate: $200 for up to 30 teachers
  • Event cost: $5 per teacher