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Practitioner Exchanges

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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.

Topics include:

Creating Space for Dance
September 12

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
October 10

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.

Cross-cultural Dance from a Creative Dance Lens
November 14

Getting Started in Dance: Classroom Teacher Perspectives
December 12

Dance in Special Education & Inclusion
January 9

Agency & Power in Early Childhood
February 13

Music & Dance
March 13

Cross-cultural Dance: Access, Privilege & Equity
April 10

Early Childhood Curriculum Exchange
May 8

Nurturing the Artist-Teacher
June 12


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).


Professional Learning

If this is your first time registering for classes this year, please include an annual $25 registration fee.