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ENGAGING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Studying and integrating improvisational theatre offers a wide range of benefits for educators.  From  supporting positive interpersonal connections, to encouraging in-depth thinking and risk-taking, to building professional community, applying improv to the school setting can enrich and enliven the learning environment for students and teachers alike.

Benefits for Students
Academic Connections--Explore narrative, character, systems thinking, patterns...
Social/Emotional--Build an ensemble learning environment, focusing on listening and building on each others' ideas.
Cognitive--Consider multiple perspectives; build synapses through cross-lateral stimulation.
Motivational--Teaching using games increases student engagement and enjoyment at school.  Encourage risk-taking through applying and reflecting upon the principles of improv.
Differentiation--Provide successful, appropriate opportunities for verbal and kinesthetic learners. Activities and concepts offer multiple points of entry: they are accessible for academically challenged students, yet engaging and offer depth for gifted students.  English learners have a variety of opportunities for listening and speaking in a low-stress setting.

Benefits for Teachers
Increased student engagement
Classroom management and community-building strategies
Positive classroom environment
Professional collegiality 



Professional Development Opportunities for Schools
I offer a variety of workshop options, and I'm thrilled to tailor a session to fit the needs of your staff.  Each one of these sessions provides a great way to revitalize and enrich staff connections...enjoying your time together and taking away some activities you can use in the classroom the next day.
  • The Staff Meeting: a 90-minute session, introducing the key principles of improv through exploring games and two models of integrating improvisational theatre into the classroom
  • The Half-Day: a 3-hour session, exploring the key principles of improv through games, activities to integrate across the curriculum, and discussion in which the participants brainstorm how/when/why to apply these ideas and strategies into their work with students.
  • The Full-Day: a 6-hour session, exploring the principles of improv and their application to classroom management, character education, English/Language Arts, cross-curricular connections, and social justice.  We embed time to discuss and plan how/when/why to integrate this work into your teaching practices.
  • Multi-Day Intensives: in-depth experience with the principles of improv, games, activities, concepts, performance...the possibilities are endless.  Dig deeply into the theory, guiding principles, and practical activities that fit your group.
  • Post-workshop Applied Coaching: I come into your classroom(s) and teach an improv workshop to your students and/or support you in designing/coaching your own workshop.  We'll develop the length and focus of on-site coaching to meet your needs.
AREAS OF FOCUS
I'll tailor your session to meet your site's specific needs.  Here are some of the areas on which we can focus in your workshop:
  • Improvisational Theatre Overview
  • Curricular Integration--a variety of content areas
  • Curricular Integration--focus on narrative
  • Community, Collaboration and Communication 
  • Social Justice / Critical Literacy--character status exploration (appropriate for a full-day, intensive or follow-up workshop)
  • English Language Development
  • GATE Extensions and Supports
  
I can develop a workshop for any grade level: K-3, 4-6, K-8, 9-12.  Have an idea that's not listed here?  Email me and we'll design it together!
carrieyucaudle@gmail.com