Oct 8, 2009 1:35 PM by sleonard

AcA Arts In Education Offers Adventures For Educators

October Professional Development Workshop

LAFAYETTE, LA - The AcA's Arts In Education Program is hosting Professional Development Workshops to help expand teachers' understanding of the visual and performing arts and help to reinforce classroom curricula. This month's workshops will feature Judy Thibault Klevins talking about the Kennedy Center's approach to arts integration in addition to a discussion with author William Cobb.

Through these Professional Development Workshops teachers and parents learn practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, teaching about the arts and teaching a variety of subjects through the arts.

For a complete listing of the upcoming workshops, as well as performances visit to download the Arts and Education 2009-2010 Catalogue.

Anyone interested in registering for the workshops is encouraged to email Bree Sargent at

See below for the October Professional Development Workshops:

A Discussion With An Author
Presented by William Cobb
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
4:30 - 5:30 PM at the AcA
Admission is free
Most appropriate for teachers of grades 5-12

William Cobb, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, attended Livingston StateCollege and earned an MA from Vanderbilt University in 1963. He has written six critically acclaimed novels: Coming of Age at the Y, The Hermit King, Harry Reunited, A Spring of Souls, Wings of Morning, and A Walk Through Fire, a novel set during the racial turmoil of the 1960s, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also had three plays produced off Broadway in New York. His early short story, "The Stone Soldier," was named best story of the year by Story Magazine, and his collection of short stories, Somewhere In All This Green, was the Alabama Library Association Fiction Book of the Year for 1999. For thirteen years the writer-in-residence at the University of Montevallo, Cobb was named the 2007 winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writer of the Year.

Arts Integration - The Kennedy Center's Approach
Presented by Judy Thibault Klevins
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
4:30 - 7:30 PM at the AcA
$10 registration fee; $5 for LPSS employees;
Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-12

Many of the Kennedy Center's professional development offerings are based on a philosophy and practice of teaching called arts integration. So what is arts integration? This session unpacks the Kennedy Center's definition and gives you the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integrated lesson and examines how arts- integrated instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice.

Exploring Points of View Through Drama: Walking In Another's Shoes
Presented by Judy Thibault Klevins
Thursday, October 15, 2009
4:30 - 7:30 PM at the AcA
$10 registration fee; $5 for LPSS employees
Most appropriate for teachers of grades 5-12

History and literature are stories told from a particular point of view. Helping students recognize the variety of perspectives when analyzing events and literature allows them to understand the complexity of issues and develop critical thinking skills. In this workshop, teachers learn creative drama strategies that enable students to better analyze characters and situations. By enacting texts, sketching, and journaling, students can explore different points of view on the same event, expand their empathy for others, and improve literacy. This workshop will use the book To Kill a Mockingbird.

Judy Thibault Klevins
Judy Thibault Klevins is a drama educator who has directed hundreds of plays and projects with people who range in age from seven to ninety-two. A theater and language arts teacher in Arlington, Virginia, Ms. Klevins' high school booster club named her "Coach of the Year," and she continues to serve as a coach/mentor to teachers as they introduce drama strategies in their classroom. Ms. Klevins also served as Arlington's Arts Education Specialist. A presenter at international and national conventions, she has created, directed, and performed readings at the U.S. Senate Office Building, the National Institutes of Health, and other venues, and created Swapping Stories©, a unique intergenerational/intercultural drama project.




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