Professional Development

pd-pictures-05Think 360 Arts offers training and professional development in arts integration for classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, and cultural organizations. We help leaders explore how to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st century skills.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

November 10, 2016: Creative Learning Lab

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Creative Learning LabsInstitute for Creative TeachingCustom PD

Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to the needs of educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers.

Upcoming Creative Learning Lab Events


Gifted and Talented Workshop: Engaging GT Learners Through the Arts

November 10th, 2016 – 9:00AM-11:30AM

Location: Think 360 Arts for Learning,
135 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205

Instructor: Amy Turino, PhD

Come explore the field of gifted and talented in this crash course workshop that will aim to break down some of the myths of gifted learners and gifted education. This workshop will introduce you to the six types of gifted learner as established by Betts and Neihart (2008). Through the lens of the arts, engage in hands on activities and games that will help to engage and motivate the variety of learners that you may interact with in a teaching setting.

Intentionally Inclusive Practices

November 10th, 2016 – 12:30PM-3:00PM

Location: Think 360 Arts for Learning,
135 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205

Instructor: Carla Mestas, MA

This session will focus on new ideas and confirming current concepts.  We will look at creating a classroom culture which supports a learning environment of respect and inclusivity. We will be utilizing experiential learning and creative solutions towards enhancing culturally relevant practices in Arts Education.

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

*Registration for this event is now closed. For late registration, there will be an additional charge of $10.

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 prior to October 10, 2016, Think 360 Arts will issue a 50% refund. There will be no refunds given after October 10, 2016.

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.

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.


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Denver Public Schools ScholarshipsThanks 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 2016.  Refund Policy If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels prior to May 1, 2016, Think 360 Arts will issue a full refund less a $50 processing fee. If a participant cancels between May 1-20, 2016, Think 360 Arts will issue a 50% refund. There will be no refunds given after May 20, 2016.

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.

The personal growth is as important as the ideas for the classroom. The potential for networking is amazing. 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. Participants receive 35 contact hours toward CDE license renewal.

2016 Institute for Creative Teaching

Dates: June 20-24, 2016
Location: Graland Country Day School, 55 Clermont Street, Denver Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm each day
Teaching Artists for 2016:
Marie Gibbons, clay/3d visual arts
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, creative writing
Katherine Dines, music
Jennifer Johnson-Lowe, dance
With special guest appearances by:
Gwylym Cano, digital arts
Betsy Tobin, theatre

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

Custom Professional Development


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? Click here to download a list of excellent local arts education consultants, and check out their areas of expertise. Contact information for each consultant is provided, or contact Jason Diminich at 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 10 contact hours toward CDE license renewal and graduate credits will be available.

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