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Curriculum & Instruction Saturday Summit

On Saturday, April 7, Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting a Curriculum & Instruction Summit at Forest Manor Professional Development Center, open to any teacher in the Indianapolis area. The day is broken into three sessions: one keynote session and two sessions with multiple breakout topics to choose from. Each session is 70 minutes, with a 10-15 minute break between each session. Participants may choose to attend one to three sessions throughout the day. The Keynote Speaker, Nancy Steineke, specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles and student engagement. Topics for the remaining two sessions include Poetry in the Classroom lead by local poet Bonnie Maurer; Orchestrating Discussions; Reading Foundations Throughout the Day; Modeling and Mindset with Mathematics; and more. Registration is free for IPS teachers and costs $20 for non-IPS teachers. Click here to register, and contact Allyson Peterkin,, with any questions.

Marian University Traveling Children’s Theatre

May 7-18, 2018

How Zebras Got Their Stripes

And Other African Folktales

by K.D. Steege

The Marian University Theatre Program will be touring central Indiana schools this spring with a wonderful play based on tales from Africa. The play is geared particularly for preschool – grade 2 students and focuses on the themes of: Diversity, Discrimination, Loss, and Acceptance. Don’t miss your chance to bring the theatre to YOU!

Indiana Academic Standards:

English/Language Arts: RL.3; RL.4; SL.1; SL.3;

Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10

Cost: $275/performance for up to 150 students. If you have more than 150 children, you may schedule multiple performances at a discounted rate.

Performance Length: 35 minutes

For more information email 




Teachers at the Museum Event

Join Teachers Lounge Indy and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for a free afternoon exploring one of our state’s most unique museums, the opening of The Reel West exhibit, and educational programs and opportunities for schools!

Teachers receive free admission to the Eiteljorg, and on this day will receive tours of museum galleries with fun, interactive activities simulating the experience of students on a field trip! Following the tours will be a presentation by Cathy Smith, Emmy-winning costume designer for Dances with Wolves. The 1:00 talk is a special presentation as part of opening day festivities for the exhibition.

Teachers are welcome to come as early as 10:00 to experience the opening of the Eiteljorg’s new special exhibition, The Reel West, prior to the start of the program. For more information click here

School Spotlight: Eliza A. Blaker School #55

Written by: Heather Boelke, Eliza A. Blaker School #55 Arts Liaison,

First and second grade students at Eliza A. Blaker School #55 are practicing parts in preparation to go see “Tall Tales and Long Tails,” presented by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at Shortridge High School. On March 8th, the ICO will perform classical favorites of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for IPS schoolsThis musical piece utilizes instrumental melodies to represent characters, both human and animal.

Under the instruction of music teacher Joseph Pockrass, students at Eliza A. Blaker have been working in teams studying instrument sounds and character representations. Students had opportunities to see and draw instruments, identify which characters they represent, and express the characters’ actions and emotions. Another lesson enabled students to create stories of their own. Teams were able to decide what was happening with their characters, acting out their scenes when the respective musical parts were played.

School Spotlight: Edison School of the Arts 47

Written by: Amber Price, Edison School of the Arts #47 Arts Liaison,

Lenore Blank Kelner, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, works with 4th grade students at Edison.

“Tableau is better than worksheets,” a common phrase you will hear from students at Edison School of the Arts.   Edison School of the Arts is a kindergarten through eighth grade IPS Innovation school for the arts. This year, as one of the nine Any Given Child Indy pilot schools, Edison School of the Arts chose to integrate drama in all core academic and arts classes through the strategy of tableau. A tableau is a “frozen picture.”

This year Edison established a partnership with the Clowes Memorial Hall Education department on the campus of Butler University. With the help of Donna Rund, Education Manager at Butler Arts Center, Clowes Memorial Hall, the Edison staff receives monthly arts integration professional development workshops learning about tableaus and how to integrate them with other subjects. With our focus on tableaus teachers have learned to incorporate what we call the “actor’s toolbox” in their daily lessons.   The “actor’s toolbox” is a term coined by Kennedy Center arts integration specialist, Sean Layne. With the use of their “actor’s toolbox,” students have learned to use their body, voice, imagination, concentration and collaborate with others.

6th grade students’ tableau

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