Bridges is excited to announce that as of January 2015, the following Early Bridges Trainings will be listed in the Think Small catalog!
Workshop #1 – STUDENT STORIES/STUDENT ACTING
Participants will be invited into a nationally (and internationally) growing practice: collecting stories from students and then turning those stories into mini-plays for the classroom. This whole-class method not only encourages expressive language development (particularly vocabulary and semantics), but works to build a positive classroom community. The history and far-reaching current practice of this innovative approach to celebrating kids voices will be explored, as participants learn how and why to launch this in their own classrooms.
Workshop #2 – INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
Take class read-aloud time one step further by learning how to TELL stories and then give students an active role in the storytelling, by making it interactive. The theories behind this approach to teaching and learning, as well as research supporting its effectiveness will be explored. We will focus on how to ask effective questions and encourage children's reflection, which deepens the learning for both teacher and student.
Workshop #3 - ACTING OUT STORIES FROM FAMILIAR BOOKS (11:30am-2:30pm)
Participants will learn specific strategies to turn a familiar book into a classroom play, staring all of the children in the class. Together, participants will explore how children benefit from this practice. Specific steps, question-asking strategies, and extension activities will be explored as the connections between this practice and common core standards are made clear.
Workshop #4 - IMPROVISED STORYTELLING AND STORYTELLING GAMES
Participants will learn how and why to tell a story without using a book as reference, as improvised storytelling strategies are unpacked and explored. Games that encourage storytelling, on the part of teacher and student, will be shared and practiced. These techniques promote high-quality language use and practice.
In this and each subsequent session, time will be built into each workshop for classroom teachers to address specific concerns and challenges that arise in their classroom.
The Bridges program is designed to train teachers in the implementation of the Neighborhood Bridges pedagogy and techniques in their local communities and classrooms, helping them to enrich their teaching by using arts-based strategies to accomplish their learning goals. Trainings can be design to suit the needs of each school community, and some examples are listed below.
Animating Your Classroom through Critical Literacy:
- Animating your storytelling
- Understanding functional beats
Creative Writing Strategies:
- Exploring multiple perspectives of text through theatre-based strategies
- Story Starters – getting your students writing
- Tools to enrich student writing skills through a variety of narrative writing strategies by the exploration of multiple literary genres (i.e. Tall Tales, Myths, Fairy Tales)
- Using theatre strategies to grow self-expression and public speaking skills (i.e. projection, characterization, self-confidence, etc.)
- How to build a cohesive and collaborative classroom
REGIONAL AND NATIONAL TRAININGS
Professional Development opportunities are available to anyone, anywhere. For more information about what we offer, please see our Early Leaners and School Age tabs.
National sites that have received Bridges training so far include:
- Department of Elementary Education, San Francisco State University
- Mòolelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts
- Center for Integrated Arts Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
- Honolulu Theatre for Youth
- Pomailka’i School, Kahului
- Children’s Music Workshop
- Fergus Falls A Center for Arts
- New York City Department of Education, Office of the Arts and Special Projects
- Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase
- Fulton Opera House, Lancaster
- Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Harrisburg
- Yokum Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing
- Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
- Department of Curriculum & Instruction – Reading & Storytelling, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
- Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Texas, Austin
- Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
- School of Technology and Arts, La Crosse
The following are courses available through the University of Minnesota that explore the unique pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings of the Neighborhood Bridges program and its curriculum. You do not have to be a registered student to enroll in these courses.
TH 5183/CI 5410 Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (3 credits)
Summer, Two Week Intensive
(Usually scheduled for the second and third week of July from 9am-1pm)
FALL SEMESTERS: TH 5117 PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Mondays 3:35-6:30pm Experimental Theater Co-instructors Sonja Kuftinec and Maria Asp
For more information on how to register for these courses, please go to http://onestop.umn.edu/non-degree/registration/graduate/nondegree_grad_faq.html