Classroom Connections Teacher Workshops

This season, explore the different ways to tell stories in the classroom through rhythm and drama integration. Strengthen your students’ sense of self and build their communication skills through their creativity.

These workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Cneter for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm


Workshop leader: Imani Gonzalez
Suggested for teachers of grades 1-5
Date and Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

Location: Kaleidoscope Academy Commons

Enhance student learning by using sound and rhythm to explore ways to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. Teachers are guided through a process to help students create a Soundscape, a way to retell the story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, setting and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference and determine importance which helps students develop a better understanding of the text. Students will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation and oral presentation skills through communication and improve reading fluency through creativity. See how music can make full use of these skills through students’ aural, visual, analytical, creative and social intelligences. Your students will attain a new level of comprehension when they experience seeing, hearing and feeling through their reading!


Getting Started with Drama Integration: Part 1, The Basics

Workshop leader: Karen Erickson
Suggested for teachers of grades 1-8
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

When learning to integrate drama with other subject areas, teachers often ask, “How do I begin?” This workshop provides an answer for teachers new to integrating drama or experienced teachers who are looking for alternative ways to integrate drama. Through simple movement activities and enacted story, participants learn to effectively set introductory management structures, build collaborative classroom communities, and introduce the tools of drama: body, mind, and voice. Story elements and the skills of self-management, imagination, and concentration are also explored. Drama is a powerful tool for learning and experiencing literature, history, science, and human interaction. The right beginning ensures success. 


Getting Started with Drama Integration: Part 2, Managing and Creating the Lesson

Workshop leader: Karen Erickson
Suggested for teachers of grades 1-8
Date and Time: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4-7 p.m.
Fee:* $30 or $25/AASD Staff

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

This workshop demonstrates how the drama process can be transferred to students by introducing a model for independent planning and practicing. Participants also learn to use a variety of techniques for designing lessons around stories. More management techniques are introduced, including teaching in role, viewing student work and evaluating group cohesiveness. Participants move step by step through the lesson planning process and leave with the tools to plan their own integrated drama lessons with confidence.


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 Sammi Stelzl sstelzl@foxcitiespac.com or (920) 730-3764.
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