Classroom Connections Teacher Workshops

Take some time to professionally develop as you delve deep into arts integration! With classes ranging from PreK-12th grade and topics including dance, language arts, music, literacy, history, visual arts, reading comprehension and more, there is sure to be a workshop that will inspire and rejuvenate you.

These workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Assessing, Reflecting: Getting Your Students to WOW!

Workshop leader: Karen Erickson
Suggested for teachers of all grades
Date and Time: Thursday, September 28, 4-8 p.m.
Fee:* $40 or $35/AASD Staff

It’s time to capture and reflect student success through well timed evaluations.  After discussing the “why,“ participants will experience an arts activity, discuss trends in assessment and explore the types and forms of assessment available for use with arts lessons and integrated arts units.  Transform your classroom and promote student growth with assessments that are valid, reliable and fair.  Arts assessment is easy once you know the right instrument to use and the right questions to ask. 

WORKSHOP FULL. No longer accepting reservations.

Going Global: Uncovering Complexity and Expanding Perspective Through Drama

Workshop leader: Mary Hall Surface
Suggested for teachers of grades 7-12
Date and Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

The ability to recognize multiple perspectives around issues of global significance is an essential skill in our ever-increasingly interconnected world. How can we encourage students to explore the perspectives of people whose beliefs, values and experiences are likely very different from their own? This workshop invites participants to recognize multiple perspectives through a process that integrates social studies, journalism and drama. 


Teamwork Through Dance: Building An Inclusive Classroom

Workshop leader: Eric Johnson
Suggested for teachers of grades K-2
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

Collaboration is one of the most important skills teachers emphasize to build community, include students with a diverse range of abilities and needs and prepare them for the world of work. In this workshop, explore how to build teamwork by learning to lead classroom-tested, playful, creative movement activities that teach students to take turns, listen carefully, read non-verbal cues and speak in response. Learn tips on creating a calm, cooperative environment for learning as you gain skills for implementing positive behavior in your classroom. This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.


Shadow Box Portraits: Creating 3-D Visual Displays

Workshop leader: Kim McCormack
Suggested for teachers of grades 3-8
Date and Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

Although shadow boxes have long been used to display a collection of related objects, they can also be used to tell a story. Explore ways to help students create three-dimensional shadow boxes that can be used to exhibit a range of information including family heritage, immigration suitcases, cultural reflections, self-portrait memories and more. 


Steady Beat Books: A Joyful Doorway to Story Comprehension

Workshop leader: Deborah Sunya Moore
Suggested for teachers of grades PreK-1
Date and Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

One of the simplest aspects of music – steady beat – is the driving force behind what makes literature for young children so engaging. In this workshop, learn ways to get your whole class engaged in the musicality of reading by finding the steady beat and locating opportunities to engage in chant. You’ll enjoy seeing how these musical read-alouds help students to develop their oral fluency and reading comprehension. No previous musical experience required.


Registration and Payment


  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • Class sizes are limited to maximize participants’ learning experience, so please enroll early.
  • Participants are expected to remain for the entire workshop.
  • Registration fee includes resource packet and a boxed dinner.
All sales are final. Refunds will only be honored if a workshop is canceled by the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the Appleton Area School District. Educators who are unable to make their registered workshop may transfer their registration to another educator. Please notify the Center, within 24 hours of the workshop, of any changes. Events, prices, artists, dates and times are subject to change.


Contact Cassie Schwandt, education coordinator, at cschwandt@foxcitiespac.com or (920) 730-3764
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