Virtual Arts Integration Professional Development Network

George Street Playhouse invites elementary and middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teachers to participate in a tuition free virtual arts integration professional development network.  Using grade level anchor texts as a foundation, educators will learn how to use green screen technology, sound design, and theatre arts strategies to strengthen student engagement for virtual and blended instructional models.  Led by experts in theatre arts integration, literacy, social emotional learning, and culturally responsive teaching practices, this professional development experience will prepare teachers with the creative skills and technical knowledge to support dynamic project-based learning.  

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Presenters include:

George Street Playhouse Teaching Artists:
Dustin Ballard, Catherine Del Castillo, Christa Cillaroto, Annie Lutz, Angela Peletier, Lucas Pinner, and David Seamon
Expertise: Adapting theatre arts integration for virtual and blended ELA and Social Studies instruction.
Jim Jack, Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming for George Street Playhouse, MFA Classical Theatre
Expertise: Theatre arts integration and project-based learning
Mary McGriff, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Literacy Education Department, New Jersey City University
Expertise: Adolescent literacy and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Muriel K. Rand, Ed.D, Professor, Early Childhood Education and Academic Director, New Pathways to Teaching in NJ, New Jersey City University
Expertise: Early childhood literacy and Social Emotional Learning
Dr. Scott Taylor
Superintendent- Highland Park Schools, Adjunct- Rutgers University and Montclair University, 
Facilitator/Co-Creator- Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools
Expertise:  District Leadership and Social-Emotional Learning

DATES:  Tuesday to Thursday, August 11-13, 2020  
TIME:  10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
WHERE:  on-line

Each participant will receive:

  • A free instructional crate including a ring light, green screen, and curriculum materials worth over $100 to support virtual teaching
  • 15 hours of integrated arts-based professional development led by skilled GSP Teaching Artists and experts in the field of literacy, SEL, and Culturally Responsive Teaching. 
  • Creative strategies to develop ELA and Social Studies project-based learning through use of green screens, digital assessment tools, and virtual theatre-arts integration
  • Access to ELA and Social Studies modules aligned with NJ Student Learning and Performing Arts Standards

Participating teachers will have the opportunity to receive ongoing professional development with GSP teaching artists to support virtual instruction through December 2020.  

*Teachers are expected to attend and actively participate in each day of professional development.

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George Street Playhouse's Virtual Arts Integration Professional Development Network has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.