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. Each month centers on a different topic. This year, Practitioner Exchanges are paired with workshop offerings as an opportunity to integrate and revisit information throughout the year. Practitioner Exchanges are soft facilitated by Summer Institute alumni and veteran dance teachers experienced in the topic addressed. 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 4.5-6.
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.
Cross-cultural Dance as Education & Entertainment
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 them. 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?
Getting Started in Dance: 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!
Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
Agency & Power in Early Childhood
Music & Dance
Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity
Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
Nurturing the Artist-Teacher
Held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm.
$15-40 sliding scale.
Free of charge for registered Professional Learning Users (those who have paid the annual $25 fee).