Professional Development

UtahPresents offers professional development in the arts for teachers, through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with Salt Lake City School District and U of U Youth Theatre. Select tabs at right for info about specific classes.

UtahPresents, SLC School District , and UofU Youth Theatre have been members of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program since 2007 and is the only team in Utah. The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams participate in the program.

POETRY OFF THE PAGE

CHARACTER AND STORY CREATION FOR STUDENTS

THIS HANDS-ON WORKSHOP EXPLORES WAYS TO GET STUDENTS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN LEARNING ABOUT AND WRITING POETRY.

This poetry workshop is based on the belief that poetry in addition to being written and read should be performed. Teachers will learn ways to help students use brainstorming, imagery, and layering to write powerful and effective poems. Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and to cross creative boundaries. Glenis believes that poetry is the mouth that speaks when all other mouths are silent.

This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

AT A GLANCE
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • East High School (840 S 1300 E, SLC)
  • 4PM – 7PM
  • Workshop Leader: Glenis Redmond
  • For Teachers of Grades 5-12
  • Free
  • Includes all materials and food
  • 3 hours re-licensure credit available
  • Click to register
  • Questions? Email robin.wilks-dunn@utah.edu
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST

Glenis Redmond travels nationally and internationally reading and teaching poetry so much that she has earned the title, Road Warrior Poet. She has posts as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and also at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During February 2016, at the request of U.S. State Department for their Speaker’s Bureau, Glenis traveled to Muscat, Oman, to teach a series of poetry workshops and perform poetry for Black History Month.

In 2014-16, Glenis served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poet’s Program to prepare students to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time.

DRAMA BOOTCAMP

OVER A TWO-DAY PERIOD, TEACHERS LEARN DRAMA METHODS AND TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM THAT THEY CAN IMMEDIATELY USE THE NEXT DAY IN THEIR CLASSES

3+ hours integrated professional development workshop for the elementary classroom teacher. This course is designed for the classroom teacher even if they do not have previous experience in the arts. The focus is to integrate theatre and other subject areas such as literacy to support oral language development, comprehension, fluency and English language skills. On the first day, teachers learn techniques for simple yet fun and effective drama programs for use in their classrooms including choosing and writing material, music, dance, and inexpensive props and costumes ideas. On the second day, teachers can choose to attend a grade specific class where a sample lesson plan, script, and resources will be shared. Numerous economical materials and resources are provided as well. There is also a time for teachers to discuss needs and concerns and have Ms. Caywood offer solutions.

AT A GLANCE
  • Friday & Saturday, January 20 & 21, 2017
  • 4PM – 7PM on Friday
    Select hours on Saturday (see below)
  • Granite School District Offices: 2500 S State St, Northwest Entrance (5 story building)
  • Workshop Leader: Penelope Caywood
  • For Classroom Teachers K-6
  • Free! Includes food and all materials
  • 3-9 hours re-licensure credit available
  • Click to register
  • Questions? Email robin.wilks-dunn@utah.edu

Friday: Instruction + kindergarten model demonstrated for all
Saturday: Choose one or more to attend.
9:00am – 10:00am: 1st grade
10:00am – 11:00am: 2nd grade
11:00am – 12:00pm: 3rd grade
12:30pm – 1:30pm: 4th grade
1:30pm – 2:30pm: 5th grade
2:30pm – 3:30pm: 6th grade

Specific materials for each grade will be presented and distributed. Must attend to get the grade-specific materials.

ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST

Penelope Marantz Caywood is the Artistic Director of University of Utah Youth Theatre. She has worked at numerous community, university, and professional theatres and has directed, choreographed, and musically directed over 30 productions across in Utah. Penelope teaches creative drama, tap, and musical theatre to young people and to educators across the Wasatch front. Through her Partners in Education collaboration (Salt Lake City School District and UtahPresents), she has created a unique theatre-arts program at elementary schools (SLCSD) in which she demonstrates drama strategies in the classroom, presents scaffolded workshops to teachers, and assists in the implementation of drama as a teaching method. Because of her unique position at the University of Utah, she also teaches two university courses for pre-service education majors; Drama in the Classroom and Integrating the Arts into Academic Learning. Her biggest accomplishment is her 9-year-old daughter.