Professional Development

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Think 360 Arts offers training and professional development in arts integration for classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, and cultural organizations. We assist leaders in exploring ways to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st century skills.


Upcoming Events at a Glance

June 20-23, 2017: Institute for Creative Teaching


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Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics relevant to educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. We assist leaders in exploring ways to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st century skills.


Upcoming Creative Learning Lab Events

April 18th, 2017

Location: Think 360 Arts Training Room – 135 Park Avenue West, Denver CO. 80205

Session 1: 9:00am – 11:30 am 

Teaching With the Brain in Mind

This hands on workshop will provide easy to implement, neuro-considered strategies that compliment how the brain functions and mindful techniques to best engage student learning. 

Presented by Amanda Brantley

Amanda Brantley is a trainer for Wellness Training Specialist and the Health and Wellness Coordinator for Poudre School District in Fort Collins.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Amanda is passionate about building a connection, the integration, and the collaboration between health and education.  As part of the Poudre School District Wellness Team, Amanda integrates student and staff wellness programming to promote a positive, healthy, and safe climate that increases academic achievement, reduces stress, and improves positive outlook on wellness.

Wellness Training Specialist / The Colorado Physical Education Cadre provides state of the art, standards-based in-service training and technical assistance for physical education teachers, classroom teachers and school staff. All workshops are based on academic standards, best practices and tailored to meet the unique needs of each audience.

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Session 2: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

The Art of The Real: Showing up Authentically in Creative and Inclusive Spaces 

Attendees will “Check Your Head” utilizing engaging activities and exercises designed to invigorate instruction styles and classroom environments

Presented by Bianca Mikahn and Check Your Head. 

As the Program Coordinator of Check Your Head, a program offered through Mental Health Colorado that utilizes the arts to encourage self-awareness and expression, Bianca Mikahn has plenty of experience connecting to a variety of audiences around the essential topic of wellness. Mikahn’s innovative approach to community outreach and creative articulation of internal experience have garnered her audiences at such venues as Regis College, the University of Wyoming, Denver University, Metropolitan State University, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the legendary Fylkiengen in Stockholm, Sweden – among various others.

With a history as a presenter and facilitator with various performance and non-profit groups, Mikahn has delivered her unique and relatable style of community building to the student populations of Manual, West, and Smoky Hill High Schools, as well as Highline Academy and intensive groups at Excelsior Youth Center, the Family Crisis Center, and Mile High Youth Corps. A self-described “Artivist,” she enjoys hosting Mental Health First Aid trainings and continually advancing the conversation around real-time stigma reduction and increased mental wellness throughout Colorado communities.

Check Your Head is a school-based program that encourages young people to explore issues such as self-identity, conflict resolution, depression, tolerance, and more. The program helps young people identify their mental health needs, communicate their needs to others and find constructive resolutions to the problems they face.

 

Pricing: Half day $60; Full day $80
Think 360 Artist Pricing: Half Day $30; Full Day $40

*Think 360 Artist Full Day Special – Bring a teacher at full day price ($80) and artist is free!

Register Now Please contact Jason Diminich for details.

Refund Policy If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels there will be no refunds given.

Collaboration and sharing is one of the founding principles of great educational practice. Think 360 Arts reserves the right to publish photographic testimonies and representations of the experiences within the structure of the Creative Learning Labs on our social media platforms, and in our marketing materials.

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The Institute for Creative Teaching is an in-depth week-long summer institute, in collaboration with the University of Denver’s Morgridge School of Education, offering the theory and practice of arts integration.

2017 Institute for Creative Teaching

Dates: June 20-23, 2017
Location: Graland Country Day School

55 Clermont Street, Denver

Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm each day

Tuition Cost:

Full price = $425
*DPS Scholarship = $200
Think 360 Artists = $200

*Denver Public Schools Scholarships Thanks to our partnership with Denver Arts & Venues, we are pleased to offer 10 special scholarships to Denver Public Schools teachers. These scholarships come with a FREE artist residency in your school during the fall of 2017. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than April 15th, 2017. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible.

Refund Policy: If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels after June 1st, 2017  there will be no refunds given.

Register Now for 2017 ICT

 If you have any questions, please contact Jason Diminich, Education Director at jason@think360arts.org.


What is the Institute for Creative Teaching?

It is a nationally recognized professional development institute, offered in June, for educators, artists, and administrators to:

  • Reignite passion for teaching and find renewed joy in the classroom.
  • Discover ways to equip students with 21st century skills such as innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
  • Institute for Creative Teaching for Classroom and Arts Teachers: Arts Integrated Approaches to Education
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with 5 master teaching artists to discover how to integrate arts-based practices into everyday teaching.
  • Collaborate with arts integration specialists to connect and apply artistic experiences to the standards-based curriculum.
  • Participants receive contact hours toward CDE license renewal.

 

Testimonials from past Institute participants:

“This was one of the best trainings I have been to, and one of the most applicable to who I want to be as a teacher.”

“The personal growth is as important as the ideas for the classroom.”

“The most memorable thing was collaboration with other participants and instructors and the quality of the artists and their approachability and flexibility.”

“Every teacher should take this training. It will enable you to reach children in a completely different way.”


2017 Institute Faculty

Shannon Burgert, Ph.D., Boulder Valley Public Schools

Erin B. Lea-Dougherty, Denver Public Schools

Jennifer Ghormley, Visual Artist

Michael Medina, Cherry Creek Public Schools

David Reuille, Dancer/ Choreographer

Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D., Program Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, DU Morgridge College of Education

Lisa Zimmerman, Literary Artist

With Special Guests:

Bob Hall, Musician, Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble

Adrian Molina aka Molina Speaks, Poet and Performing Artist

Alison Waltrous, Theatre Artist, Education Director for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts


 

Learn more about the Institute for Creative Teaching by watching these videos:

 

Custom Professional Development

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Think 360 Arts offers custom-designed programs for school faculty that support teachers’ efforts to reach every student through imaginative and alternative ways of teaching. We encourage schools’ commitment to the arts as a key component of the teaching and learning environment. Think 360 Arts will customize a program that is the right length and focus for your faculty. Sessions may include:

  • Connecting arts-integration to new Colorado Academic Standards, and 21st Century Skills
  • Hands-on workshops with professional teaching artists
  • Curriculum connections to specific content areas
  • Demonstration lessons, unit and lesson planning, and discussion
  • Aesthetic education theory and practice

Art Education Consultants:

Is your school looking to make a deeper impact through the arts? Develop an arts strategic plan? Create an art academy? Design a visiting artist program? Contact Jason Diminich at jason@think360arts.org for suggestions or more information. In addition, you may choose to deepen the impact of a Think 360 Arts performance, workshop, or residency at your school by adding professional development sessions for the faculty. Prices vary depending on the program you select. All participants receive contact hours toward CDE license renewal and graduate credits will be available.

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