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, email@example.com, with any questions.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This week, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Lenore Blank Kelner visited Indianapolis to provide professional development to teachers and teaching artists. On Tuesday, January 16, Kelner provided two workshops on Character Interviews; the morning session was held at Eliza Blaker Elementary School, and the afternoon session was held at Edison School of the Arts. The workshops focused on connecting reading comprehension with drama. Kelner took participants through three lessons, which included tips on how to keeps students engaged during read-alouds, teaching vocabulary words by using theatre/drama tools and concepts, and using a talk-show setting to interview students as characters from books to test comprehension and encourage inferences.
On Wednesday, January 17, Kelner demonstrated her lessons with a fourth grade class at Edison School of the Arts. Teachers were able to observe and have a debrief discussion afterwards. Between the two days of professional development, over 60 teachers were able to participate.
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