“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

HTY Professional Development workshops in action

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 specialists. We offer workshops integrating classroom content with drama, music, dance, visual art and literature.

Be sure to register and pay early as courses fill up quickly. For more information, please contact Tamara Smith at or at 839-9885 x704.

2019-2020 Courses


Story Drama for the Pre-K-2 Classroom: Creative Engagement with Text

PDE3 course #IS184654, section #295825

Instructor: Daniel A. Kelin, II
When: Saturdays, February 1,  February 29, & April 4, 2020
Where: Connections Public Charter School (Hilo)
Course Fee: $150 (Full payment due within two weeks of registering to guarantee your space)
Registration: PDE3 Website

Course 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.

Participants will understand how to:

  • Read aloud engagingly with and for students
  • Guide students to dramatize key elements of a text individually and in group
  • Facilitate spontaneous acting out of stories as read aloud
  • Engage students in inference-based conversations to more deeply and creatively explore stories
  • Assess creative student work
  • Build students’ skills in reflection, communication, self-assessment


Drawing Science: Enhancing Comprehension through Observation-Hybrid Course (R)

PDE3 Course # IS184653, Section # 295822

Instructor: Marcia Pasqua
When: Two In-Person Sessions on Saturday January 18 & February 15, 2020 + Online Course Work to Follow
Where: Wilcox Elementary School Library (Lihue)
Registration: PDE3 Website

Course 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. This course will have two face-to-face meetings and online course work to follow.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Facilitate visual arts integration strategies and lessons.
  • Design lessons that integrate visual arts strategies with standards-based instruction in other subject areas such as Science.
  • Engage students in cooperative learning activities that promote observation, investigation and critical thinking skills.
  • Develop student competencies in the elements and principles of visual arts.
  • Guide students to reflect on and assess their own learning in creative expression.
  • Incorporate creativity-based classroom management.
  • Reflect on and assess their own experiences in the course and in the classroom to enhance their skill with and understanding of arts integration.


Oahu 2019-2020 courses are full at this time.

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