Equity & Inclusion

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  • Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar: Democratizing Research Literature – Fall 2023

    Arts, education, and social justice practitioners can use research literature to support their advocacy efforts, however, there is limited access to such literature outside of academic institutions. Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar: Democratizing Research Literature explores how to access and critically examine the body of literature in popular education databases and create pathways to one’s own inquiries. This course is designed for the practitioner who engages in Action Research, advocacy, or extended study, as well as the university graduate student who seeks alternative ways to approach Lit Review. Offered as a six-session (every other Saturday), synchronistic online course, practitioners will use literature to create individualized claims for an advocacy or research project of their choice.
    Continued education credits available through Loyola Marymount University.
    Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org with any questions, or to inquire about tuition assistance.

    September 9-November 18
    Alternating Saturday mornings for 3 hrs
    9:30am-12:30pm Pacific
    via Zoom

    Class dates: September 9 + 23
    October 7 + 21
    November 4 + 18

  • Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood – Winter 2024


    Explore the essential nature of dance and movement for young children in this newly extended six-week course. Investigate early childhood development and neurocellular patterns in an embodied way, and explore how the elements of dance can be used to support young children’s need to move. Learn to extend spontaneous dance experiences, facilitate parent-child interactions using dance, integrate dance into emergent curriculum, activate circle time and create stand-alone dance lessons with student choice and voice at the center. Develop your skills of observation. Learn how to provide access to dance for all students. Step into this whole-self art form to increase joy in your classroom. This course is for all who work with young children. No prerequisite. Designed as a virtual course and taught via Zoom.

    Facilitated by Nancy Ng and Jochelle Pereña, with dance in Special Ed and Inclusion guest teacher Alisa Rasera.

    Limited tuition assistance available for independent dance teaching artists or educators whose administrators do not cover PD. Please contact Jochelle jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org for more information.

    20 January-9 March, 2024
    9:30am-12pm Pacific
    via Zoom

    6 Saturdays:
    20 January
    27 January
    3 February
    24 February
    2 March
    9 March


  • Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar: Action Research – winter 2023 postponed

    An advanced-level online course addressing the pedagogical underpinnings that support creative and conscious teaching – reflective practice, motivation, observation, documentation, assessment, advocacy, cognition, cultural-responsiveness/anti-bias work, and more. Use action research to investigate and align your teaching practice with your values. Through a seminar platform, collaborate and connect with your creative peers. Discover ways to rekindle the curiosity and artistry at the heart of your teaching. Coursework includes designing a semester-long inquiry project and investigating and making presentations on your specific areas of interest. Prerequisite DIDC-A or Summer Institute, or equivalent pedagogy course.  
    Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org with any questions, or to inquire about tuition assistance.

    January 21-April 1
    10 Saturdays, 9am-12pm Pacific
    via Zoom

    no class February 18
    March 11 class at 1-4pm Pacific
    Class presentations April 22, 9am-12pm Pacific

    This class is postponed until the 2023-24 school year. Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to express your interest or with any questions.

  • Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar – Creativity – spring 2022

    This advanced-level online course in the Teacher as Creative Practitioner Scholar series explores Creativity: theories, research, practice. Discover the theoretical underpinnings of creativity and examine evidence-based research, including some of the difficulties in creativity investigation. Through the seminar format, facilitate one 30-minute session to take a deeper dive into a particular aspect of creativity. Reflect through writing and connective conversation with your teaching peers. Launch a personal inquiry project exploring creativity in your own teaching. Revitalize a sense of curiosity at the core of your artistic and teaching practice. Artist Educators from all disciplines welcome.
    There is no prerequisite for this course, however, those who took the first TaCPS course will apply Action Research methods to their inquiry. An optional intro to Action Research methods/review workshop is available to those who would like to use Action Research in their inquiry but have not taken TaCPS 1, or for TaCPS alumni who would like a review. Those interested in this optional workshop must first contact Jochelle, jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.
    This is the 2nd course in a series that is being developed, and eventually there will be prerequisite Action Research course.
    CEUs available through Loyola Marymount University
    Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org with any questions, or to inquire about tuition assistance.

    Spring 2022
    Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm Pacific
    via Zoom

  • Teacher as Creative Practitioner-Scholar – Action Research methods & review – spring 2022

    An introductory/review workshop to Action Research methods for those already registered in Teaching Artist as Creative Practitioner-Scholar – Creativity.
    Please email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to express interest before registering for this workshop.

    January 22
    1:30-3pm Pacific
    plus 1.5 hours midsemester, date & time tba
    via Zoom

  • Practitioner Exchanges – monthly

    From: $15.00

    Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for peer educators to explore issues of practice. Get inspired! Try out new ideas or perspectives! Ask for help with your challenges, and collectively generate new ideas and solution. Each Exchange centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are held online via Zoom, and will investigate different questions in regards to teaching dance from a distance. Practitioner Exchanges are facilitated by Summer Institute alumni. Come to ONE, come to ALL. No prerequisite.

    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 4.5-7. Explore descriptions here.

    Topics (more to be posted as new inquiry emerges)

    Restarting & Reimagining
    September 28


    Luna Dance Institute

    $15-40 sliding scale each.
    OR pay $28 (the Professional Learning fee) and come to as many as you like for a year.
    Paid the $28? Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to let Jochelle know which ones you’ll attend.

    No one turned away for lack of funds – reach out to jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org.