Practitioner Exchanges create time and space for educators to connect, build a peer community, and explore issues of practice through informal conversations facilitated by Summer Institute alumni.
Get inspired with new ideas or perspectives, ask for help with your challenges, and share your own expertise. Each month centers on a different topic and a Practitioner Exchange is 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. Take both Workshop and Practitioner Exchange for a full 5-6 hour learning experience.
Practitioner Exchanges are held on the second Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm.
Upcoming 2018-2019 Exchanges
Prompting Children’s Reflections
Join Summer Institute alumni and teaching artists Katrina Deans & Mandy Possel as they consider student reflections as assessment tools and another form of creative expression. In this casual but deep conversation, they’ll discuss questions like What does reflection look like and how do you make time for it? How do you inspire authentic reflection? Do you stay out of student reflection, or do you respond? What do you do with student reflections, if anything? How can we enliven our reflection time so that it is an essential part of class, rather than an afterthought? Bring your own questions to add to the mix!
Policing & Releasing the Body
What does it look and sound like to police students’ bodies in K-12 schools? What are the larger implications of this hidden curriculum of control and compliance, particularly when considering whose bodies are most rigidly policed and by whom? How do we work to liberate and empower students’ bodies through creative movement within institutions and systems that seek to regulate their bodies for them? How can carving out a space/time within a school where agency over one’s own body is central help shift the norms of the larger institution? Join NY-based dance educator & SI alum Emily Ban in a discussion questioning the impact of fear, implicit bias, and a culture of control on students’ agency, actualization, and growth. Together we’ll seek to better understand the potential for a creative movement curriculum to radically counter these forces.
Nature-Based Dance Curriculum
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 dance can provide opportunities for young children to learn boundaries, practice consent, build empathy, and exercise power in non-violent and non-oppressive ways. Bring your questions and expertise to this casual conversation. All welcome.
Writing & Dance-Making
Join classroom teacher Natalie Ashby & dance teaching artist Katrina Deans as they lead a casual conversation about the creative intersections between writing and dance. They’ll ask questions like: How can writing influence dance or dance spark writing for students? How are the thinking/learning/ creating processes of dance and writing similar? What is different? What have you seen in the classroom/studio when students engage in a creative process that integrates writing and dancing? How did this process affect student meaning-making? Bring your own questions and explore the exciting connection between physical & written expression with these 2 experts!
Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
Kristin Burke is a local Bay Area 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.
Authentic Performances/Performing Process
What does it mean to produce an authentic performance opportunity for middle and high school students? How do we prepare our young students to produce high quality work in the classroom and integrate meaningful lessons that are both creative and 21st century skill based and still find the time to teach technique? So often, dance teachers are pushed to produce a flawless show at the end of the semester to showcase their students’ technical skills and choreography. The question many dance educators are asking is: How do I make the performance process authentic and meaningful for my students? Join local dance educator Angela Wentworth as she explores these questions in a peer-to-peer conversation.
Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
Join Oakland-based dance teaching artist Sam Stone to discuss ways to move beyond compliance and into inclusion. Explore the value of creative dance and how it offers an opportunity for all bodies to find freedom and power, including those who are often excluded and marginalized. Bring your questions to this rich and casual conversation with your teaching peers!
Cultural Relevancy in Dance
What is cultural relevancy? How can I respectfully represent cultural diversity in dance, while recognizing the background of my students and myself? How do I consciously share cultural dance forms without appropriating? Join Luna dance educators and Summer Institute alumni Aiano Nakagawa & Cherie Hill as they dive into these questions and more. Bring your own questions & expertise to this peer-to-peer conversation.