Arts-Based Workshops and Courses

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

HTY Professional Development workshops in action

“The things I found most interesting and helpful about the course was me being able to be put on the spot as a student to create images using my body, expressions, and words. It enabled me to feel awkward and nervous, just as my students did during the lesson. I enjoyed meeting with my peers during the course to find common ground with my struggles. I was able to take away the new information that they provided in order for me to improve on my delivery of the lesson. I really liked my instructor because he kept the class moving without any judgement call. The more I practice the more comfortable I will become in executing my ideas to my students.”

– Teacher professional development workshop

SPRING 2021 PD COURSES (PDE3 approved)

HTY Professional Development workshops for teachers go virtual
Due to the continued COVID uncertainty, HTY has decided to transition our PDE3-approved courses to virtual experiences. The courses will continue to offer relevant and research-based arts strategies and lesson plans for teachers to use with their own students, but the courses will now be a balance of synchronous and asynchronous experiences. The PDE3 office will update the course information on their website shortly, so please check back in soon. As always, feel free to email us with any questions.

Story Drama for the Pre-K-2 Classroom:

Creative engagement with text HYBRID
PDE3 Course #IS184654, Section #299826

DATES: Saturday Virtual Sessions – January 16, February 13, & March 6, 2021, plus asynchronous course work inbetween sessions
COST: $150 (Full payment due to guarantee registration)
INSTRUCTOR: Daniel A. Kelin, II

DESCRIPTION: To thoroughly comprehend text and infer meaning, students need opportunities to investigate not only characters and plots but also the emotions, moods, and atmosphere suggested by the text. Drama integration strategies immerse students in text. Students imagine themselves as the characters facing the same questions and dilemmas, while developing ability to creatively express understanding. Students discover how text is relevant to their own experience, increasing interest and building capacity for inferring meaning.

Movers and Shakers:

Building Creativity Through Movement in the K-5 Classroom HYBRID
PDE3 Course #FA185710, section #299824

DATES: Saturday Virtual Sessions – January 23, February 20 & March 13, 2021, plus asynchronous course work inbetween sessions
COST: $150 (Full payment due to guarantee registration)

DESCRIPTION: This course will emphasize dance/movement exploration, demonstrating how to activate student creativity by tapping into their natural desire to be physically active. Young students want and need to get out of their seats and move their bodies, so their engagement in creative movement activities is high! Dance/movement reveals something about who they are and shows the uniqueness of each individual, so self-esteem and respect for others is nurtured. Students learn that with dance/movement, there is more than one right answer, thus generating open-mindedness to multiple perspectives. Dance develops kinesthetic awareness, self-control and motor skills. It is a non-verbal form of communication and self-expression. It integrates intellectual, physical and emotional parts of ourselves.

Drawing Science:

Enhancing Comprehension through Observation-Hybrid Course
PDE3 Course #IS184653, Section # 299825

DATES: Saturday Virtual sessions – Jan 30, Feb 27 & March 13, 2021, plus asynchronous course work inbetween sessions.
COST: $150 (Full payment due to guarantee registration)
INSTRUCTOR: Marcia Pasqua

DESCRIPTION: How can participants help students become more observant learners? Learning basic drawing skills develops students’ visualization and observation abilities, as they discover shapes, lines, colors, textures, patterns and proportions in objects and the environment around them. In this visual arts integration workshop course, participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques – Gesture Drawing, Shapes Within a Shape Drawing, and Contour Drawing – and how the visual arts techniques can be used to enhance learning in science, helping to cultivate students’ ability to accurately observe and creatively capture the world around them as well as identify and describe the relationships between interdependent parts.
Disclaimer! This course was previously listed as #IS182641 Drawing Science: Enhancing Comprehension through Observation-Hybrid Course and may NOT be repeated for credit.

Courses begin in January 2021. Register early, space is limited!

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