Upcoming Professional Development Events

When Students Fly: Reimagining Literacy
Moving Up SmART Institute

Date: June 12 – 19, 2014
Location: Everett, MA

The Cast: (Event Master Teaching Artists & Facilitators)
Kurt Wootton
Founder and Director of Habla: The Center for Culture and Language, and former director of the ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University

Robert Allwarden
K-12 Music Educator/Musician/Singer/Song Writer

Erminio Pinque
Founder and Artistic Director of BIG NAZO Puppets in Providence, RI

Eileen Mackin
SmART Schools Founder and Director, Professional Visual Artist

Robert Mackin
SmART Schools Director of Secondary Schools

Taylor Fletcher
SmART Schools Arts in Education Specialist, Professional Visual Artist & Graphic Designer



We know that one of the key factors in student success in schools and in life is reading. The Common Core asks students to "read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies." However, there is often a gap between the level of texts recommended in schools and the literacy level of many students. In particular when students have recently immigrated to the United States, and are just beginning to speak English, how can they be expected to comprehend challenging texts by writers such as Shakespeare? What are ways we can help every student access the difficult texts that are required in today's schools?

The Moving Up SmART Summer Institute will equip teachers with a variety of dynamic, non-traditional, multi-media tools and techniques for helping all students "fly" with difficult texts. Through a series of studio-based workshops facilitated by SmART Schools' nationally and internationally acclaimed master teaching artists, summer institute participants will explore meaningful connections between literacy and multiple art forms. "When Students Fly" participants will engage in a series of concrete activities for demystifying even the most complex text in the classroom.



Specifically SmART Schools' master teaching artists will lead participants through a variety of hands- on processes that marry texts that are commonly taught in the classroom with best practices in arts integration. These approaches will embrace every medium of art-making and allow teachers to create the following experiences in their classroom: puppetry, art installations, physical theater, the Brazilian cordel, musical composition, soundscape design, and storytelling through performance. Participants will learn how they can build "performances of understanding" in a variety of art forms that align with their current teaching and learning.



Throughout the institute we'll "pull back the curtain" to discover the theory and research supporting the various arts integrated experiences. Time will be allocated during each workshop for participants to reflect on how the various approaches experienced can be seamlessly transferred to the classroom environment. Working in interdisciplinary grade level teams, participants will engage in a "design lab," a space and time for them to develop new ideas for improving their own classroom practice.



The thematic focus of the workshops will be on how literacy gives us power in the world. Through an arts-integrated approach we'll focus on the Common Core texts recommended at the middle school level including: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, the short story "The People Could Fly" by Virginia Hamilton, and poetry by Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni.






Past Professional Development Events

Creating & Performing Poetry About Real Life

Date: April 2 & 3
Location: Everett, MA

Instructor:
Magdalena Gomez, SmART Schools' Master Teaching Artist

This workshop will provide tools for guiding even the most reluctant writer into discovering their inner poet as they learn to interpret the poems of others..

Participants will learn how to use a combination of theater games, poetry templates and inspiration from Walt Whitman to create original poetry relevant to their lives. We will also use texts from Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis, the first multicultural, intergenerational and multi-genre bullying anthology, written from the perspective of those who have experienced bullying and bully, bullied or bystander.

Authors range from the famous in U.S. curriculums like Judith Ortiz-Cofer and Albert Bermel, to emerging and new authors. We will spin poems and weave the magic of turning them into performance text. Workshop facilitator, Magdalena Gómez is the co-editor of the anthology.

These activities will help educators guide their students out of the fear of writing into the joy of being a performance poet and turning writing and interpretation of text into a creative, joyful expression of personal experiences and observations of the world around us.

Note: Please wear casual and comfortable loose clothing and soft-soled shoes or sneakers. Arrive prepared to have FUN and LEARN from EACH OTHER.

Magdalena Gomez BIO Sheet





SmART Schools Mini-Institute Duet!

Date: February 24 & 25 | 8:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Everett, MA

Facilitator:
Robert Allwarden

Session 1: Passing Notes In Class: The Music Of Math
Participants will be divided into small groups and experience the lesson as if they were a fifth or sixth grade student. Groups of "students" work cooperatively using the same basic building blocks (i.e., whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and corresponding rests) to arrange and compose original percussion pieces. The student groups will engage in the active trading--or passing--of notes to one another as they progress through cycles of developing, playing, and refining their original compositions. As participants work individually and cooperatively to balance their musical pieces, compositions will form and reform--changes may be applied after critically listening to and analyzing the music. Throughout students will explore and apply mathematical concepts (e.g., equivalent fractions and expressions) outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This hands-on workshop will challenge participants to think creatively and flexibly as they engage in on-going problem solving.

Session 2: "Jabberwocky": A No-Nonsense Approach to Music, Literature, and the "Slithy Toves" of Creativity
Using the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, one of the exemplars from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 6-8, participants will explore and play with words, phrases and sentences to set the poem to music rhythmically and melodically. As a way to respond to the text and dig deeper into the work, the participants will utilize musical techniques such as repetition, augmentation, diminution, and phrase to compose pieces from "Jabberwocky." Final performances will integrate each individual and/or small group composition into a culminating activity that will include a read-through and performance of the entire poem. The workshop will also explore ways to incorporate dance and drama into a class-wide or grade level showcase performance that could be shared with the entire school community.



From Mickey to Maus: Deconstructing & Reconstructing Comics for use in the Classroom: Moving Up SmART

Date: January 17 & 21, 2014 | 8am – 2:30pm
Location: Everett, MA

Facilitator:
Cathy Davis Hayes – Visual Artist - Certified Arts Educator - 2007 RI Teacher of the Year - RISD Young Artists Program Coordinator.

In this Moving Up SmART workshop, participants consider the use of sequential art, comics, and graphic novels as resources for range, quality, and complexity of text types in the classroom curriculum. They will also gain an understanding of the structures of sequential art as a means for students to demonstrate understanding of academic content across the curriculum by making short comics and sequential art panels all while meeting Common Core literacy and writing standards. A variety of activities will include reading, analyzing, and making simple comics as well as possible extension activities that could include comic to theater applications. A variety of comic genre's will be explored including wordless graphic novels, historical primary and secondary source materials as well as the ever popular Superheroes.

From Mickey to Maus




Collaborative Leadership Team Training: Moving Up SmART

Date: January 6,7,8, 2014 | 8am – 2:30pm
Location: Everett, MA

CLT Training Facilitators:
Gene Thompson Grove – Leadership and Professional Learning Communities Coach & Trainer – Former Director of Professional Development in Brookline – Former Professor at Brown University

Eileen Mackin – SmART Schools Founder & Director - Arts-In-Education Specialist – Professional Visual Artist – Theatre/Movement Instructor – Professional Learning Communities Training Specialist

Robert Mackin – SmART Schools Co-Director – Former Director of America's Choice High Schools – Founding Principal of Souhegan High School - Co-author Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School

Collaborative Leadership and Professional Learning Communities are common buzz words these days, but what does it really take for teacher leaders to facilitate adult dialogue around arts integration, and lead the design and implementation of the Moving Up SmART model in their schools?

In this highly interactive three-day seminar, we will explore the role and disposition of facilitative leaders, develop a shared understanding of how to shift a school's culture from congenial to collaborative, and take up the question of the relationship between adult collaboration, reflective discourse, and de-privatized practice in supporting effective, arts-integrated instruction.

During the Collaborative Leadership Seminar, participants will:

  • Explore and reflect on the theory and practices of arts integration, and the ways in which the arts support high levels of learning and social success for all students

  • Review the characteristics of learning communities, and explore their significance in improving student learning

  • Engage in reflective dialogue about how issues of cultural proficiency affect the way leaders lead, teachers teach, and students learn

  • Create effective Moving Up SmART Leadership Teams

  • Learn about and develop the practices, skills and dispositions of facilitative leaders, including: exploring a definition of facilitative leadership; considering the role of individual work styles; understanding when to focus on results, process and/or relationships when leading; using clear decision-making rules and processes; developing effective meeting agendas and group norms; and using protocols effectively

  • Practice using processes and protocols that lead to effective conversations in schools

  • Learn about school and organizational culture, and develop a clear sense of the role of the Leadership Team in creating and sustaining a school-wide culture focused on arts integration

  • Create an action plan that guides the implementation of the Moving Up SmART model in their schools
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Collaborative Leadership Team Training Handouts


SmART Schools Everett PowerPoint Presentation (120MB)




!GN!TE the M!C!

Date: December 10th, 2013
Location: Everett, MA

Instructor: Magdalena Gomez, SmART Schools' Master Teaching Artist

In this workshop participants will be gently guided to read aloud with confidence. We will journey inside of the text beyond just reading it. Using theater games and techniques we will discover intersections between our lives and the literature we read. It is more than identifying with the text, it is intentionally stepping inside of it in multiple ways using: movement, sound, acting, music, repetition, silence, reading games and improvisation.

Most importantly: We will learn how to get students to own the text and experience the pleasure of interacting with it with their whole selves-no fear, no shame. It will be about being in relationship with the text and making it part of yourself, rather than just another chore to check off a list. The question for students to answer for themselves: "Why does reading matter?"

We will use text exemplars from the common core suggested reading list. We will explore how we can excite our students about reading regardless of their literacy level finding imaginative ways to interpret and comprehend text.

Participants will work in pairs, small groups and/or as individuals. The workshop will culminate in a mini-performance by each group using a manageable body of text. We will designate a host for the performance and stage it like an open mic session. Participants, like their students, will experience multiple ways to bring the text to life, and understand multiple possibilities of interpretation. Together we will create a judgment free zone where everyone is encouraged to take creative risks in a loving and safe environment.

Note: Please wear casual and comfortable loose clothing and soft-soled shoes or sneakers. Arrive prepared to have FUN and LEARN from EACH OTHER.

Magdalena Gómez BIO Sheet





SmART Schools to conduct TWO Mini-Institutes in Providence, RI
in Early December!

A special thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation for supporting Year 2 of a new SmART Schools Secondary Initiative.

All materials, a continental breakfast, and full lunch will be provided. Certificates for Professional Development Credit hours will be available.

For more information or to register email Eileen Mackin, SmART Schools founder and director, eileenmackin@smartschoolsnetwork.org.

Session 1: STEM to STEAM: Learning at the Intersection of Art & Science
Date: December 1, 2012 | 8:15 am – 3:00pm
Location: Save the Bay, Providence, RI

STEM to STEAM has become a major initiative in Rhode Island and recognizes that the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can benefit enormously by infusing the arts to increase student academic understanding in these subject areas (STEAM).

This one day professional development workshop, featuring SmART Schools' master teaching artists, Dan Bisaccio and Kurt Van Dexter, is primarily for math, science, engineering, art, technology and SPED teachers (members of secondary interdisciplinary teams are also invited to attend). This workshop will model and teach innovative STEAM curriculum designed to help secondary teachers utilize the arts to engage students and foster a deeper level of knowledge and understanding in STEAM subject areas. Participants will engage in inquiry, field observations, nature journaling, and a final project and exhibition. The session will be co-designed and co-facilitated by Kurt (an artist, landscape architect, and teacher at RISD and the Green School) and Dan (a former award winning high school teacher who currently is Director of Science Education at Brown University). 

SmART STEM to STEAM Registration Form

SmART STEM to STEAM Info and Bio Sheet




Session 2: Bullying, Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis: 
A Theatre-based Workshop on Bullying Prevention
Date: December 6, 2012 | 8:15am – 3:00pm
Location: Providence, RI (TBA)

This one day mini-institute, featuring master teaching artist, Magdalena Gomez, is appropriate for all secondary school educators--newcomers as well as those who attended this summer's Bullying Workshop. Participants will learn how to utilize theater and interruption techniques for bullying prevention.
A primary teaching resource will be excerpts and role playing from the first intergenerational, multicultural and multi-genre book on bullying:  Bullying, Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions and Catharsis, co-edited by Magdalena Gomez and Maria Luisa Arroyo. As those of you know who participated in this summer's SmART Schools Summer Institute, Magdalena is an extraordinary teacher and facilitator. Free copies of Magdalena's new book on bullying will be provided to all first-time participants. Check it out!

Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis

SmART Bullying Workshop Registration Form

SmART Bullying Workshop Info and Bio Sheet





SmART Schools Summer Institute 2012
TWICE AS SmART! Meeting High Standards at the Secondary Level

Dates: August 14 -17, 2012

Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Registration Fee: $825 for individuals, or $750 per person for teams of at least three or more (preference will be given to interdisciplinary teams).

NEW THIS YEAR! In addition to its continued focus on improving student achievement in literacy and the humanities, this year's institute, TWICE AS SmART, will introduce a second and equally significant focus, SmART's STEM to STEAM strand.

STEM to STEAM has become a major initiative in Rhode Island and recognizes that the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can benefit enormously by infusing the arts to increase student academic understanding in these subject areas (STEAM).

Also new this summer, long time SmART Schools master teaching artist Magdalena Gomez will be returning in August. In addition to her extraordinary talents in theatre, poetry, etc., she has also recently co-authored a book on bullying that will be incorporated into her work and will be provided free to all institute participants - check it out here.

A special thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation for supporting Year 2 of a new SmART Schools Secondary Initiative. The RIF grant provides funding for up to 100 educators from qualifying Rhode Island urban secondary schools to attend the institute.

All materials and a continental breakfast and full lunch will be provided daily. Professional Development Credit will be available through the Rhode Island Department of Education.

For more information or to register contact SmART Schools Founder & Director Eileen Mackin: eileenmackin@smartschoolsnetwork.org.

What will participants learn?
Through a variety of hands-on studio workshops, middle and high school educators will learn to engage and inspire students by:

  • Infusing the arts into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM to STEAM)

  • Infusing the arts into the humanities (social studies, ELA, foreign languages, ELL) with a focus on improved literacy

  • Integrating music, theatre, and visual arts into all of their curriculum, instruction and assessment practices.

  • Building culturally responsive classrooms that take advantage of the artistic and cultural resources of their students.

  • Infusing arts to increase social awareness and change including a focus on bullying.

  • Creating classroom environments where students meet high academic standards—both the RI GLE's and CCSS.

  • Working collaboratively with their school colleagues in team planning sessions.

  • Forging new partnerships with artists, arts and cultural organizations and institutions of higher education.
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SmART Schools Summer Institute 2012 Faculty & Master Teaching Artists
Eileen Mackin - SmART Schools Founder & Director - Arts in Education - Professional Learning Communities

Robert Mackin - Director of SmART Secondary Schools - Former Director of America's Choice High Schools

Robert Allwarden - Music Educator - Singer/Songwriter - Arts Integration - Curriculum Mapping

Wendy Cohen - Curriculum & Assessment - Grade Level & Grade Span Expectations Expert - Prof. Learning Communities Trainer

Magdalena Gomez - Theatre Arts & Literacy - Co-Founder & Artistic Director Teatro V! DA - Renowned playwright, poet, author

Cathy Davis Hayes - Visual Artist - Certified Arts Educator - 2007 RI Teacher of the Year - Coordinator - RISD Young Artists Program

Amy Leidtke - Math & Science - Industrial Engineer & Designer - Professor RISD Industrial Engineering Program

Kurt Van Dexter - Visual Arts - Landscape Architect - Visual Artist - Certified Arts Educator - Math/Science Integration - Musician - Dancer

Kurt Wootton - Arts & Literacy - Founder & Director HABLA - Culturally Responsive Classroom Practice - Formerly ArtsLit Project at Brown

Why participate?
Given the dramatic data emerging from secondary schools across the country—high dropout rates, dismal performance in math and literacy, the lack of readiness for careers and college (see ACT report, 2010)—particularly for those poor and minority students living in urban areas, SmART Schools seeks to expand and intensify its work at the secondary level. The emergence of Common Core State Standards, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) along with new RI policy initiatives in both the academics and the arts all speak to the need for program support for schools and teachers that will assist them in meeting these new standards and expectations. Over the long term SmART Schools' TWICE AS SmART! project promises to provide a new and more engaging set of practices for Rhode Island's secondary educators—practices that support the social-emotional, aesthetic, as well as academic growth of Rhode Island's middle and high school students. We anticipate seeing a significant increase in student readiness for college and careers and an overall improvement in citizenship skills.

Who should attend?
Ideally interdisciplinary teams of at least three educators from each school. Each team should include a combination of teachers in math, science and the humanities; arts educators; special needs teachers; administrators; et al. (Individual educators are eligible for admission provided openings remain after school teams are registered).

What will the Institute look like?


Interdisciplinary teams will engage in daily studio-based, hands-on workshops utilizing a variety of arts disciplines (including music, theatre, and visual arts) facilitated by SmART Schools master teaching artists and key staff. Participants will also have the opportunity to build an understanding of how to meet the expectations of NECAP and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) during a daily common planning time. These sessions will be supported by SmART Schools senior associate Wendy Cohen (one of the original developers of NECAP) and Robert Mackin, SmART Schools Director of Secondary Schools (former Director of America's Choice High Schools). In addition, participants will learn how to recognize and improve their individual and group working styles, strengthen collaboration skills, and use this information to promote a culture of collegiality.

SmART Summer Institute 2012 Bio Sheet

SmART Summer Institute 2012 Flyer




SmART Schools To Conduct TWO STEM to STEAM
Mini-Institutes in Providence, Rhode Island!

Session 1: Nature-Inspired Design Challenge
Date: April 27, 2012 | 8:30am – 3:00pm

Location: RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab

Session 2: Seeing & Making Mathematical Paper Structures
Date: May 4, 2012 | 8:30am – 3:00pm

Location: Brown University's Institute for Computational & Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM)

These innovative professional development events are open to Rhode Island urban secondary science and math teachers. Funding for both events is provided through a grant by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).

STEM to STEAM has become a major initiative in Rhode Island and recognizes that the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can benefit enormously by infusing the arts to increase student academic understanding in these subject areas (STEAM).

These mini-institutes are the first in a series of professional development opportunities launching SmART Schools' new strand of work to support Rhode Island's STEM to STEAM efforts. All necessary resources will be provided. Space is limited to 25 participants per mini-institute (first come, first serve) and is filling quickly! Registration fee: ($150) is covered in full for RI urban secondary math and science teachers by a RISCA grant.

Both Mini-Institutes will be facilitated by SmART Schools faculty member, Amy Leidtke. Ms. Leidtke is a Rhode Island based industrial designer with a broad range of professional experiences including design consultant, artist, adjunct professor, designer-in residence, design educator, mentor, and volunteer. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the Department of Industrial Design, is Designer-in-Residence at RISD's Project Open Door, and has provided hands-on studio-based design experiences for urban high school students.

According to Leidtke, "the goal of the mini-institutes is to empower educators to develop effective tools for promoting and gauging creative problem solving, ideation and risk-taking in the studio/classroom setting. The sessions will illuminate how design can appropriately integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) subject areas, meeting Rhode Island Department of Education's Grade Expectation Standards for multiple grade levels. Activities will focus on bringing design thinking into the classroom and student assignments, with the objective of integrating arts with academics."

For more information or to register email Eileen Mackin, SmART Schools founder and director, eileenmackin@smartschoolsnetwork.org.

Session 1 Overview
Nature-Inspired Design Challenge (biomimicry) is a hands-on lab-based workshop that will explore innovative pedagogical ideas and practices for middle and high school science teachers. This session will illuminate how a nature-inspired design challenge can seamlessly integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) while meeting Rhode Island Department of Education's Grade Expectation Standards for multiple grade levels. Activities will focus on bringing design thinking into the science classroom.

The vehicle for these explorations will be RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab featuring a hands-on natural history collection and studio environment that offers the opportunity to examine and explore the patterns, structures and interactions of design in nature. Liedtke is excited to be able to use this renowned facility because it "supports hands-on creative investigation and research into the relationships inherent in the dynamic living world and aims to inspire participants to engage with our biological realm. The Nature Lab provides a forum, sustained by resources and guidance, for the exploration of connections among art, design, and nature."

Session 2 Overview
Seeing and Making Mathematical Paper Structures is a hands-on mini-institute that will explore innovative pedagogical ideas and practices for middle and high school math teachers. The session will illuminate how investigating modular paper structures can help teachers integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), while meeting Rhode Island Department of Education's Grade Expectation Standards for multiple grade levels.

Through play, three-dimensional modeling and two-dimensional diagramming, and discussion, teachers will investigate mathematical design principles, such as the isotropic vector matrix and poly-modular structures. "Even teachers who are not mathematicians will enjoy this workshop, "Leidtke says. "Visualizing polyhedra is actually fun and makes it possible for one to make sense of spatial and structural relationships in our world. No one will go away without making their own mathematical toy, plus renewed insights on how to ignite curiosity in the minds of their students."

Back By Popular Demand!
Shakespeare & Company's Kevin Coleman

SmART Schools Mini-Institute: Macbeth!

Date: March 29th, 2012 | 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Save The Bay, Providence, Rhode Island

On March 29th this nationally renowned SmART Schools partner for over 12 years will conduct the second in a series of SmART Schools' one day mini-institutes. Macbeth will be the focus of this workshop, however all of the exercises and strategies can easily be adapted to any Shakespeare play or text in your syllabus.

Kevin Coleman, Director of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program and founding member of Shakespeare & Company, is a highly experienced master teaching artist who teaches text analysis, acting, stage combat and clown. He has directed most of Shakespeare & Company's New England touring productions since 1978 (see attached bio sheet with more details on Kevin Coleman).

For over 30 years, Shakespeare & Company's Education program has been working on ways to present Shakespeare's plays that are dramatic, intellectually rigorous, imaginatively and emotionally engaging, and personally meaningful to students (go to www.shakespeare.org for more information about their programs).

WORKSHOP PREREQUISITE: BRING NO LESS THAN 10 LINES OF MACBETH THAT YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO MEMORY. This text should have meaning for you, or represent something you care deeply about – emotionally, not just intellectually. Handouts for the activities will be provided. Notes may be taken.

Registration is open to secondary teachers and teams. Registration fees for teachers from participating RI SmART Schools (includes schools that participated in SmART Schools 2011 Summer Institute) will be covered in full by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).

For more information or to register email Eileen Mackin, SmART Schools founder and director, eileenmackin@smartschoolsnetwork.org as soon as possible. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Kevin Coleman BIO




SmART Schools Mini-Institute:
Meeting Shakespeare on His Own Terms

Date: February 8th, 2012
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

SmART Schools is gearing up for another round of innovative literacy-focused, theatre-based professional development for Rhode Island Secondary School teachers! On February 8th Shakespeare & Company, a SmART Schools partner for over 12 years, will conduct the first of a series of five SmART Schools' one day mini-institutes. The first is an introductory performance workshop for secondary teachers who want more effective and dynamic strategies and tools for teaching Shakespeare in the classroom. The focus will be 4 tragedies: Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet. However these exercises and strategies can as easily be adapted to any Shakespeare play in your syllabus.

This workshop will be facilitated by Kevin Coleman, Director of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program and founding member of Shakespeare & Company. Kevin, a highly experienced master teaching artist, teaches text analysis, acting, stage combat and clown. He has directed most of Shakespeare & Company's New England touring productions since 1978 (see attached bio sheet with more details on Kevin Coleman).

For over 30 years, Shakespeare & Company's Education program has been working on ways to present Shakespeare's plays that are dramatic, intellectually rigorous, imaginatively and emotionally engaging, and personally meaningful to students (go to www.shakespeare.org for more information about their programs).

WORKSHOP PREREQUISITE: BRING NO LESS THAN 10 LINES OF TEXT THAT YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO MEMORY. This text should be from one of Shakespeare's plays and have meaning for you, or represent something you care deeply about -- emotionally, not just intellectually.  Handouts for the activities will be provided. Notes may be taken. The follow up to this workshop will be 4 separate mini-institutes, each dealing more specifically with one of the 4 tragedies.

Registration is open to secondary teachers and teams. Registration fees for teachers from participating RI SmART Schools (includes schools that participated in SmART Schools 2011 Summer Institute) will be covered in full by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

For more information or to register email Eileen Mackin, SmART Schools founder and director, eileenmackin@smartschoolsnetwork.org as soon as possible. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Kevin Coleman BIO




SmART Schools Summer Institute 2011
Moving Up SmART: Meeting High Standards at the Secondary Level

Dates: August 15 -19, 2011
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

SmART Schools Summer Institute Regular Application and Presenter Bios

SmART Schools Summer Institute Urban Application and Presenter Bios

SmART Schools Summer Institute 2011 Flyer

Rhode Island Foundation to Support the Start-up of a New SmART Schools Secondary Initiative: SmART Schools will launch an exciting new secondary initiative with a five day Summer Institute  ~  Moving Up SmART: Meeting High Standards at the Secondary Level, to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, the week of August 15-19.  The grant provides full support for up to 125 educators from qualifying urban secondary schools.

Note: There are a limited number of openings for secondary school educators not included in the grant on a registration fee basis. The regular institute registration fee is $975 for individuals, or $800 per person for teams of at least three or more (preference will be given to interdisciplinary teams). All materials and a continental breakfast and full lunch will be provided daily.

Professional Development Credit will be available through the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Why participate?
Given the dramatic data emerging from secondary schools across the country—high dropout rates, dismal performance in math and literacy, the lack of readiness for careers and college (see ACT report, 2010)—particularly for those poor and minority students living in urban areas, SmART Schools seeks to expand and intensify its work at the secondary level.  The emergence of Common Core State Standards, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) along with new RI policy initiatives in both the academics and the arts all speak to the need for program support for schools and teachers that will assist them in meeting these new standards and expectations.

Over the long term SmART Schools' Moving Up SmART project promises to provide a new and more engaging set of practices for Rhode Island's secondary educators—practices that support the social-emotional, aesthetic, as well as academic growth of Rhode Island's middle and high school students. We anticipate seeing a significant increase in student readiness for college and careers and an overall improvement in citizenship skills.

Who should attend?
Ideally interdisciplinary school teams of at least three educators from each school. Each team should include an arts educator, classroom core curriculum teachers, and a building administrator. (Individual educators are eligible for admission provided openings remain after school teams are registered.)

What will the Institute look like?
Interdisciplinary teams will engage in daily studio-based, hands-on workshops utilizing a variety of arts disciplines (including music, theatre, and visual arts) facilitated by SmART Schools master teaching artists and key staff. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to build an understanding of how to meet the expectations of NECAP and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) facilitated by SmART Schools senior associate Wendy Cohen (one of the original developers of NECAP) and Robert Mackin, SmART Schools new Director of Secondary Schools (former Director of America's Choice High Schools) during the institute's daily common planning time. Participants will also learn how to recognize and improve their individual and group working styles, strengthen collaboration skills, and use this information to promote a culture of collegiality.

What will participants learn?
Through a variety of hands-on workshops, middle and high school educators will learn to:

  • Engage students by infusing music, theatre, and visual arts into their curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on math and literacy.

  • Build a culturally responsive classroom which takes advantage of the artistic and cultural resources of their students.

  • Design and implement innovative, arts-infused curriculum, instruction and performance assessments.

  • Align and implement practices that will help their students improve their NECAP results.

  • Create a classroom environment where students are engaged and inspired to meet high standards.

  • Work collaboratively on SmART Schools objectives with their colleagues.

  • Forge new partnerships with artists, arts and cultural organizations and institutions of higher education.
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SmART Schools Summer Institute Regular Application and Presenter Bios

SmART Schools Summer Institute Urban Application and Presenter Bios

SmART Schools Summer Institute 2011 Flyer




SmART Schools West
California History: Poetry and Tagging Text

Dates: June 14, 16, 2010
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Lynn Robb, Master Teaching Artist Visual Art

Local history is the final social studies chapter for third graders in California. Lynn Robb and a team of teachers at Will Rogers Learning Community designed and presented an experience built on poems that express various locations and characteristics of California. We investigated the poetry by tagging texts: the students explored several texts and chose lines that had meaning for them. They took their lines and illuminated the letterforms and adorned them with illustrations. Their texts were shared with classmates and prompted rich classroom discussions. They were shared with the larger community, as well, at Third Grade Poetry night where they were read and displayed.



SmART Schools West
Decomposers Gallery and The Food Web

Dates: January, 2010
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Lynn Robb, Master Teaching Artist Visual Art

Fourth grade teachers at McKinley Elementary School collaborated with visual artist Lynn Robb to design science lessons integrating visual art with the food web. First, students created a “Gallery of Decomposers”. Presented with electron microscope images of fungi, mites, isopods and others the students rendered them in pencil and oil pastels on toned paper. Careful observation, scaling images to a larger size, as well as pastel shading and blending techniques combined with an exploration of the role decomposers play in the transfer of energy. The second goal was to use visual thinking to organize and represent the flow of energy in the food web along with description of each of the participants. Students focused on a specific biome and created two-sided diagrams containging text, symbols and images that illustrated the movement of energy throughout the web.



SmART Schools West
Collaborative Leadership Team Training

Dates: October 12 & 13, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Wendy Cohen

Teams from two sites, Will Rogers Learning Community and John Muir Elementary, came together for an intensive two-day session of Collaborative Team Leadership Training. Teams were made up of site administrators. The two participating teams explored their school culture through a powerful two-day workshop led by Wendy Cohen. They began the process of analyzing the culture of their own schools, defining and building leadership traits and skills and explored practices and ideas that form the basis of creating a professional learning community.

Essential Questions

  • What is School Culture?

  • What is OUR School Culture?

  • What do we WANT Our School Culture to be?

  • Who am I as a leader, and how can I have a positive impact on our school culture?

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Understand the aspects of school culture that exist in and affect schools.

  • Analyze the culture of our own schools, identifying which aspects of our school's culture can act as leverage points—and which could act as barriers—to improving student achievement.

  • Understand how the development of professional learning communities can support adult learning and increase student achievement.

  • Understand the leadership traits and characteristics that support the development of professional learning communities focused on increased student achievement.

Each site has continued to move forward with this work in advancing their specific goals.





SmART Schools West
Enhancing Science with Movement

Dates: September 3, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Ana Maria Alvarez, Master Teaching Artist Dance

The chosen focus for McKinley Elementary School this year is strengthening students experience and knowledge in science. SmART Schools West partnered with McKinley in a pre-service day focused on providing science resources for their entire staff. Throughout the day Dance Master Teaching Artist Ana Maria Alvarez conducted sessions with each grade level. She began by introducing teachers to call and response games to enliven and focus the classroom. Then she guided each set of teachers in creative ways to use our bodies to illuminate grade-level specific science content (such as choreographed movement sequences and ‘human machines’). At the end of the day the entire staff reflected on ways in which they would integrate this new work into their classrooms.



SmART Schools West
Rock Formations in Tableaus

Dates: September, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Vanessa Mizzone, Master Teaching Artist Theater

Giving teachers and students a means to bring stone to life was the goal for Vanessa Mizzone at Will Rogers Elementary. Together with Pam Dresher, Rogers’ science teacher, Vanessa designed an experience for students to explore and communicate the processes that form rocks and minerals. Students created small groups and designed tableaus to illustrate igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Classmates were challenged to read each tableau and identify the formation it depicted. Sharing their scientific knowledge with creativity gave students a deeper understanding of how change occurs in an element of nature that appears to be static.



SmART Schools Summer Institute 2009:
Teaching for Understanding In and Through the Arts

Dates: August 11-14, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Come join us in August for a 4-day SmART Schools summer institute facilitated by SmART Schools’ staff and notable international, national, and local professional/master teaching artists with expertise in all four arts disciplines (dance/movement; instrumental & vocal music; theatre; and visual arts). Participants will engage in hands-on studio workshops to develop new skills, techniques, and methodologies to:

  1. advance the academic and social success of every student

  2. teach for deep understanding in and through the arts

  3. design and implement standards-based curriculum, instruction, and performance assessments

  4. differentiate instructional strategies using a multiple intelligence approach

  5. increase student creativity and problem solving skills

  6. enhance teacher motivation, creativity, and effective collaboration.

Participants will have opportunities to design their own curriculum units utilizing the Wiggins/McTighe Understanding By Design backwards-planning approach. Daily common planning time sessions will be facilitated by SmART Schools professional teaching artists and SmART Schools staff (including curriculum design and assessment experts). Participants will learn how to recognize and improve their individual and group working styles and use this information to create a productive culture of collegiality. Participants will also begin to establish close ties with New England based arts and cultural organizations, institutions of higher education, and the SmART Schools network.




SmART Schools West
Cooperation and Community Through Movement

Dates: May, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Ana Maria Alvarez and members of CONTRATIEMPO

Ana Maria and a core group of company members presented a two hour performance and workshop for upper grades at three sites: McKinley, Rogers and John Muir. The salsa-inspired workshop by eight dancers s began with a 30 minute performance of a powerful piece entitled “I Dream America”. This piece is a look at the resistance and struggle for Latinos in the United States, and a joyous celebration of community. After the performance, individual dancers workded with small groups of students and their classroom teachers in an interactive session using a dance called the ‘Rueda’ to illustrate cooperation and resistance. The workshop ended with a discussion and reflection on the ideas and properties of cooperation, partnership, resistance and community as they were communicated in the performance and experienced in the ‘Rueda’.


SmART Schools: Creating Arts-Centered
Professional Learning Communities

Dates: April 23-24, 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Facilitator: Eileen Mackin (SmART Schools Founder & Director)

In this seminar, participants will learn how professional learning communities contribute to increased student achievement. In addition, participants will work together, creating a SmART Schools WEST network, and engage collaboratively in learning the concepts, habits, tools, and skills that lead to more reflective practice.  Together they will prepare to adapt, and translate, their own seminar experiences in order to create and lead groups back in their own schools.

The goals of this training are to:

  1. Help participants to understand the significance of, and to function as a professional learning community in improving student academic and social success.

  2. Train participants in the practice of using the Tuning, CAC, and Consultancy protocols to reflect on arts-embedded teacher and student work.

  3. Help participants to cultivate the habits of mind to analyze and discuss student work respectfully and with sensitivity.

  4. Help participants make connections between the practice of Teaching for Understanding in and through the ARTS (TFU) and social and academic outcomes.

  5. Provide a vehicle for participants to consider data thoughtfully.

  6. Facilitate participants in conversations about research and best practices.

  7. Help participants to establish action plans for organizing, and working with colleagues back in their own sites.

  8. Foster networking of participants across participating schools.


SmART Schools West
Winter Mini-Institute
Telling My Story: Literature, Music and Visual Arts

Date: February 28, 2009
Location: TBA

Facilitator: Co-presented by Lynn Robb and John Zeretzke

Elias Simé, an up and coming artist from Addis Ababa, uses yarn, plastics, tattered fabric, buttons, used plastic, and bottle tops, to create work that reflects the current state of his surroundings. Simé’s three-dimensional sculptures are made with traditional organic Ethiopian building materials such as mud and straw, as well as wood, metal, and other found objects, gathered in part by neighborhood children.

February’s Mini-Institute will begin with a tour of the exhibition and then proceed with hands-on explorations inspired by his work. Participants will practice autobiographical art-making, reflective prose and personal musical interpretations of their lives and surroundings. Initial expressions will focus on the individual’s ideas, then culminate in collaborative performances that meld the unique visual, oral and musical voices into communal works.



SmART Schools FALL Mini-Institute
Developing Culturally Relevant Arts Integration Practices:
SmART Schools/Habla Professional Development Training Series

November 2008
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Kurt Wootton, co-founder and co-director of HABLA: Center for Culture and Language, and faculty member of Brown University, will facilitate a new studio-based SmART Schools training as part of a series of ongoing, yet separate and distinct, professional development workshops designed to help participants cultivate Culturally Relevant Arts Integration Practices.

In this hands-on studio mini-institute participants will study the arts and culture of Mexico and South America and explore the ways in which students from all cultural backgrounds bring a vast set of cultural and artistic resources to the classroom. This culturally embedded professional development experience will challenge educators cultural assumptions and help them to reflect on their own cultures as well as the cultures they are experiencing.

Arts-integration in a Cultural Context participants will:

  1. Sharpen their own “cultural dispositions” necessary for teaching students from all cultural backgrounds.

  2. Experience, study, and reflect on art-forms in and from a different cultural context.

  3. Deepen their understanding of arts-integrative, best teaching practices.

  4. Learn about the complexities of culture.

Please note that this training is appropriate for both continuing and new participants. It is also a strong companion to Kurt Wootton’s recent SmART Schools professional development, conducted for our four-day summer institute in August, 2008 (see description below).

Handbook SM 1.pdf




SmART Schools WEST Summer Institute 2008:
Innovation & Imagination Across the Curriculum

August 2008
Santa Monica, CA

Research shows that music, art, dance and drama not only increases student creativity and critical thinking skills, but also increases student achievement in language arts, math, and science.

SmART Schools WEST intensive four-day studio-based professional development institute. Participants experience professional development by engaging in workshops centered around innovative SmART Schools prototype curriculum facilitated by international and local professional and master teaching artists in visual arts, music, theatre, and dance. Participants also collaborate in the design of their own arts-integration curriculum units.

SmART Schools master teaching artists help participants to cultivate arts-based methods, techniques, and skills to:

  1. Teaching for understanding in and through the arts: Using prototype curricula, participants engage in studio-based workshops that teach and model how to design and implement arts-infused curriculum to improve student academic performance in literacy, math, science, history/social science, and technology. Teachers learn how to help students acquire and express new knowledge and big ideas/understandings across academic subject area by engaging in all four arts disciplines.

  2. Establishing effective interdisciplinary grade level teams.

  3. lncreasing students’ creativity, appreciation of the arts

  4. Increasing students’ academic and social success.

  5. Strengthening partnerships across participating schools and cultural institutions.

SmART Schools WEST Master Teaching Artists:

Ana Maria Alvarez – Dance

Vanessa Mizzone – Theatre

Lynn Robb – Visual Arts

John Zeretzke - Music

In addition, SmART Schools Featured International Visiting Artist & Partner:

Kurt Wootton, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Habla: Center for Language and Language will conduct the following workshops for SmART Schools Summer Institute 2008:

Imagining Mexico: Integrating the Arts in Cross-Cultural Classrooms: Literacy is more than just a set of reading and writing strategies, it is a way of describing ourselves and the world we live in. This series of workshops will explore how the literature and photography of Mexican artists serves as inspiration for students to create their own, original work through various artistic mediums. Participants will learn a variety of innovative tools & techniques for integrating the arts into classrooms environments. This toolkit has been assembled by the team of artists and teachers based at Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The workshops utilize and model the best arts-integration practices from around the world including: The Cordel from Brazil, Images and Words from Mexico, and approaches for developing student literacy created by the Arts/Lit Project in the Education Department at Brown University.




SmART Schools Winter 2007 Mini-Institute
Visual Arts, Dance & Literacy

December 2007
Santa Monica, CA

Facilitators: Master Teaching Artists Lynn Robb and Jennifer Zakkai

Collaborate in cross-district grade level teams and engage in hands-on studio workshop to:

  1. Deepen your understanding of visual arts and dance

  2. Experience prototype curriculum integrating the arts to strengthen students’ comprehension
    and writing skills




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