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.


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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.


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November 7, 2019

Session 1 – 9:00am – 11:30am

The Case for Creative Aging

Presented by: Damon McLeese, Executive Director Access Gallery 

Session Details
As the Boomer generation is set to retire, the floodgates of older Americans is poised to become a tidal wave. People are living longer and are expecting to continue to be engaged and active. In the past few years, there has been considerable interest in, and activity around, the intersections of art and aging, and arts and healing. Study after study has shown that regular participation in the arts by older adults helps to minimize age- related cognitive and physical decline and contributes to maintaining physical, intellectual and emotional health.

Join us for an exploration of different approaches to engage people in meaningful creative expression throughout their lives. We will discuss how to make our programming age and dementia friendly from how we set up our physical space to how we engage with people normal age related experiences and those with dementia.


Session 2 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

How to Approach Creative Programming for Older Adults

Presented by: Grace Trautman, Intergenerational Program Coordinator Kavod Senior Life

Session Details

We understand the value of art making for the aging population, but now what? As teaching artists, art administrators, and older adult service providers, how do we structure a program to actually illicit these benefits we’ve heard so much about? During this workshop we will talk practically about how to organize an art class to promote respect, autonomy/creativity, and relationship. We will also engage in hands-on art making to experience these practices firsthand.


November 7, 2019

$40.00$80.00

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

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February 7, 2020

Session 1 – 9:00am – 11:30am

Teaching Social Justice Through Music

Presented by: Andrea Asali, Teaching Artist and Katrina Hendrick, Denver Public Schools

Session Details
Many people have a strong sense of when something isn’t fair…but how do we define fairness, and how do we create social justice? What can educators, artists, and administrators do to foster a culture of social justice within the groups they lead? Join us in this interactive workshop as we explore how creating, listening to, and analyzing music allows us to experience privilege and opportunity from different angles. Together we’ll brainstorm ways you can use music in your practice/classroom to spark discussion of social justice.

Session 2 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

The Power of Story for Change

Presented by: donnie l. betts, Teaching Artist

Session Details
The artist has a social responsibility to not only entertain but to educate. This session will focus on the power of sharing one’s own story with others to inspire change. To encourage inclusive, intentional behavior in teaching, in conversation and in our interaction with others. We will use storytelling, radio (podcast) and visual art of Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and others to walk with us through this. The voice of playwright August Wilson will also play a role. This is an interactive experience.

February 7, 2020

$40.00$80.00

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

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April 10, 2020

Session 1 – 9:00am – 11:30am

Home Stretch Heros: Supporting the re-invigoration of productive social emotional engagement through summer transitions

Presented by: Bianca Mikahn, Teaching Artist

Session Details
Participants will engage in activities designed to increase compassion and identify roadblocks in classroom culture. With an emphasis on somatic processing, this workshop will encourage cultural responsiveness and strategies for increased student wellness.

Session 2 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

The Wellness Workshop

Presented by: Andrea Moore, Teaching Artist

Session Details
Feeling burned out, overwhelmed, and caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to sticking to standards while differentiating for every student? It might be time to pump the brakes and take care of your own needs for a moment. The Wellness Workshop asks educators to examine how they’re doing… how they’re really doing. After a short, guided process to help educators assess their wellness according to seven main areas, you’ll be asked to create a “self portrait of wellness.” Self-portraits may take any creative form, including text, image, video, sculpture, or multimedia. This workshop promotes creativity, self-awareness, and acceptance with the goal of re-energizing you inside — and outside— the classroom.

April 10, 2020

$40.00$80.00

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

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Think 360 Artist Pricing: FREE

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.

 


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.

2019 Institute for Creative Teaching

Dates: June 17-21, 2019

Location: Graland Country Day School

55 Clermont Street, Denver

Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Tuition Cost:

Full price = $375

Group Discount (3 or more) = $350

*DPS Scholarship = $175 (plus 3 session residency in the fall)

**Rural Educator Scholarship = FREE (plus free 3 session residency in the fall)

Think 360 artists = FREE

Refund Policy: If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels after June 1st, 2019  there will be no refunds given.

*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 2019. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than May 7th,  2019. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible.

**Rural Educator Scholarships Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetii, we are pleased to offer 2-3 special scholarships to educators from Colorado’s rural Creative Districts. In addition to free admission, these scholarships come with a FREE artist residency in your school during the fall of 2019. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than May 7th,  2019. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible. Limited travel stipends are also available.

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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.
  • Explore strategies to equip students with 21st century skills such as innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with 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 30+ contact hours toward CDE license renewal.
  • Discover ways to implement the NEW 2020 Colorado Academic Standards in Visual and Performing Arts!

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.”


2019 Institute Faculty

Pam Faro, Storytelling

Tony Ortega,Visual Arts

David Reuille, Dance

Bob Hall, African Drumming

Chelsea Gilmore, Nature Art

Curious Theatre Company, Theatre

Shannon Burgert, Ph.D, Boulder Valley Public Schools

Erin B. Lea-Dougherty, Denver Public Schools

Michael Medina, Cherry Creek Public Schools

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

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.