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

September 27, 2016: Creative Learning Lab October 18, 2016: Creative Learning Lab

Click the tabs to learn about each type of Professional Development we offer.

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

September 27, 2016
Location: Think 360 Arts for Learning,
135 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205

Session 1 – 9am-11:30am,
Introduction to Arts Integration.
Instructor: Dr. Donna Goodwin 

We will develop an understanding of arts integration as exploring academic knowledge alongside intentional art experiences. Teachers and students use arts learning to access content from multiple points of entry and explore expressive outcomes of understanding in ways that increase student engagement and deepen understanding. Join us for an engaging workshop about teaching and learning through the arts.

Session 2 – 12:30pm-3:00pm,
Engaged and Engaging: On-going Empowerment for your Teaching Artistry.
Instructors: Allison Watrous and Patrick Zeglarski:

This active workshop will give you arts-based activities and strategies for crafting the most out of your teaching artistry. Classroom management, community-building, simple assessment, and easy-to-apply exercises adaptable to any arts content will all be covered with plentiful room for questions, insights, and reflection on best-practices.

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

Walk in or Late Registration will increase by $10.

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Registration closes on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Refund Policy
If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels prior to August 27, 2016, Think 360 Arts will issue a 50% refund. There will be no refunds given after August 27, 2016.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

October 18, 2016 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Think 360 Arts for Learning,
135 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  2. Listen nonjudgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s

Pricing Full Day: $40; Think 360 Artist Pricing: $20

Walk in or Late Registration will increase by $10.

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

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Refund Policy If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels prior to September 18, 2016, Think 360 Arts will issue a 50% refund. There will be no refunds given after September 18, 2016.

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 Michelle Shedro 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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