Practitioner Exchanges

Practitioner Exchanges create time & space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges. Each month centers on a different topic and exchanges are often paired with workshop offerings as an opportunity to integrate and revisit information throughout the year. Practitioner Exchanges are included in the cost of workshops as follow-up discussions.

When taken in conjunction with a half-day workshop, PD hours total 4.5-6.

Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm.
No prerequisite.
$15-40 sliding scale. Free of charge for registered Professional Learning Users (those who have paid the annual $25 fee).


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SEPTEMBER 12 Creating Space for Dance
Join Oakland public school teacher Christine Atkins as she addresses these common concerns: I want to dance with my students, but how can I find time in the busy school day? And where would I even do it? She’ll share how she’s brought dance to her school by integrating movement into all her classes, creating a physical space for dance, advocating to administration, and investigating how dance can support her goals for her students. Bring your own questions, ideas, curiosity and expertise to this community-building conversation.
OCTOBER 10 Cross-cultural Dance as Education & Entertainment
Maura Whelehan is a local dance teaching artist and performer with Duniya Dance and Drum Company. Join her as she explores questions around this topic such as: How does cross-cultural dance differ from cultural dance? When and where does cross-cultural dance serve as simply entertainment or education? How does cross-cultural dance educate through performance?  How can artists and educators advocate/create agency for education in the process of entertaining? Please bring your experience, perspectives, ideas, and wisdom as we delve into this deep and rich conversation.
NOVEMBER 14 Cross-cultural Dance from a Creative Dance Lens
Dance teaching artists Maura Whelehan & Sam Stone ponder how a creative dance practice can be used to access set dance forms and pull out the essence within. Join them in exploring questions like:  How can we reinvestigate forms of dance that have histories and etiquette bolstering them? Can creative dance offer open doors into dance forms that might not otherwise be available to everyone? How do we decide what the essence of a dance is? Whose input is imperative to this process? 
DECEMBER 12 Getting Started: Classroom Teacher Perspectives
2nd Grade Teacher and Summer Institute alum CJ Logel leads this conversation on taking the first steps to share dance in the classroom. He’ll explore such questions as: I’m a schoolteacher who wants to get my kids moving, but have to really prepare to lead a dance activity. What can I do when time is minimal? How do I begin creating a culture of dance in an already busy classroom? How & where can dance happen in schools? What can authentic dance integration look like? Bring your own questions, stories, curriculum & experience to share in discussion. This is the perfect, low-commitment event for those brand-new to Luna – bring your fellow teachers!
JANUARY 9 Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
Join dance teaching artist and 2016 Summer Institute alum, Sam Stone, for a conversation about teaching children with special needs. Discuss ways to move beyond compliance and into inclusion, and strategies that support learning for all. Sam will ask questions like How can creative dance offer opportunities for all bodies to find freedom and power? How can it provide expressive possibilities for those who are often excluded and marginalized? If you weren’t able to make it to our Dance & Disability Panel Discussion, this is the perfect time to jump into the conversation. Bring your own questions, stories, curriculum & experience to share.
FEBRUARY 13 Agency & Power in Early Childhood
How do we as educators introduce ideas of consent, power, and agency? How can introducing these ideas in Early Childhood benefit not only the child, but the community at large? Join dance educator & early childhood specialist Aiano Nakagawa as she discusses how young children can learn boundaries, practice consent, build empathy, and create opportunities to exercise power in non-violent and non-oppressive ways through dance. Bring your questions and expertise to this casual conversation. All welcome.
MARCH 13 Music & Dance
As an Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement practitioner, Greacian Goeke works with the unity of language, movement and music. Join her for an exciting conversation as she asks questions like How can music, dance and language literacy be developed as a unified, interdisciplinary understanding? What are the elements of music shared by spoken language and movement? How are the Laban Efforts related to music? How can we work with music so that it is not just an add-on or afterthought? How can music/sound for movement be generated by the students, in the same way they develop their own movements for choreography? What cultures give examples of the unity of music and dance? 
APRIL 10 Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity

Join dance teaching artist Maura Whelehan as she unpacks questions she’s been grappling with around equity: What is access in dance? How can we identify injustice regarding access to dance? What is privilege in dance and how is its role addressed or ignored? What is the relationship between access and equity in dance/dance education? How can artists and educators inspire awareness of these issues with a focus on creating positive change? Bring your own questions to this informal discussion.
Carry on the conversations started at our Dance & Disability Panel and the Dance Ed Forum: Focus on Equity. New to this topic? No problem! Jump in now as teachers talk together about how they’re addressing equity in the classroom & studio.
MAY 8 Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
Kristin Burke is a local kindergarten teacher at Urban Montessori. Join her as she leads this Early Childhood idea exchange and asks questions like How do I capture opportunities to integrate dance into other subject areas I teach during the day? How do transitions within the early childhood classroom provide opportunities for dance and dance study? How do young students and the teacher collaborate to make dances? Bring your own questions & curriculum to this conversation.
JUNE 12 Nurturing the Artist-Teacher
Join choreographers and dance teaching artists Heather Stockton & Aiano Nakagawa as they investigate the intersection of artist and teacher. They’ll consider questions like: Who are we as artists? Who are we as educators? What supports and/or hinders the integration of the artist-teacher self? What are some practices we use to unite our teaching-artist selves? How can we find the symbiotic relationship between the two?