Equity & Inclusion

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

    $75.00
    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

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

    $525.00
    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.

    January 22-March 26 date change!
    Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm Pacific
    via Zoom

  • Love, Move, Play: Dance in Early Childhood – Fall 2021

    $250.00

    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 October 21.

    18 September-30 October, 2021
    Saturdays, 9:30am-12pm Pacific
    no class 9 October
    via Zoom

    Free for OUSD teachers. Email jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org to register.
  • 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)

    Re-Launching In-person Teaching
    September 23 

    Dance in Special Ed & Inclusion
    October 12

    Family Dance & Engaging Families
    November 16 4-5:30pm Pacific

    Dance & Music
    December 7

    Family Dance & Engaging Families 2.0
    April 12 4-5:30pm Pacific

    4:30-6pm
    Luna Dance Institute

    $15-40 sliding scale each.
    OR pay $25 (the Professional Learning fee) and come to as many as you like for a year.
    Paid the $25? 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.