Professional Development

school residencyProfessional Development Program Options

The Art Effect’s Arts in Education Programs support the school’s arts education through specialized media arts intensives that produce significant positive impacts on academic and social learning. We can also tailor residencies, PDs, and trainings to meet your needs! 

Contact us at 845. 471. 7477 or for more information.

Arts for Literacy
How can the arts improve reading and writing skills? In this workshop, teachers will learn strategies for bringing the arts into any subject in ways that assist students with vocabulary acquisition, close reading, summarizing, and more literacy skills. Teachers will lead you through a fun and exciting media art exercise that helps reinforce literacy skills to experience implementation and plan out how to bring it back to their own classrooms. 

Literacy Level-Ups: How to Gamify Your Reading Instruction
In this workshop session, teachers and librarians will learn about “Gamifying” as a fun and engaging way to help children and youth patrons achieve reading goals and work on reading skills. Participants will learn about the basics of game theory, strategize their goals for improving/increasing their reading programs, and develop media-based gamified program structures to be put to immediate use. Finally, they will practice a “gamified” experiential reading list activity and gain hands-on practice using media production and game design for a fun way to keep kids reading all year long.

Making the Most of Your Computer Lab
In this workshop, educators will learn to use the available programs and technology in their computer labs so that they can offer their own exciting media literacy/production programs. We will explore how their computers can be used to help people create all different kinds of arts and media: posters, brochures, videos, flyers, slideshows, memes, screenplays, digital paintings, music, and much more. Finally, participants will complete a mock-assignment (of the kind they’d be leading others through) using free online digital platforms to gain competency with the technology and the process students will undertake.

Media Education 101 in Your Classroom
How can educators incentivize reading, writing, and higher-order thinking by adding a media education component into curriculum? In this workshop, teachers will explore the various ways their classrooms can feature 21st-century cutting-edge media education programming, even in the absence of expensive technology. Teachers gain media curriculum development tools and write drafts of possible first-run media programs with guidance and support by veteran media educators/producers and teaching artists. This PD session also looks at trends, dominant themes in teen Internet usage (and how to harness their power for learning), and helps teachers work through the challenges such digital demand imposes.

Social-Emotional Learning and The Arts
How can the arts improve social-emotional learning? In this workshop, teachers will learn strategies for using arts activities to help students develop and build skills for emotional self-regulation, impulse control, willingness to experiment, and other skills covered under the “I am, I can, I care, I will” framework for socio-emotional wellness as set forth by Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators by Joseph E. Zins, Maurice J. Elias, and Roger P. Weissberg. Teachers will engage experiential learning activities to understand how to implement the activities in their own classrooms. 

Using Arts and Media To Teach Literacy Skills
In this workshop, teachers will gain the knowledge base and confidence to engage children and youth in media-making activities that build literacy skills. Participants will acquire methods of integrating media arts principles into literacy activities, even when media-making technology itself may be unavailable. Educators will also undertake a storyboarding/video poem project, experiencing first hand the engagement of multiple intelligences to reinforce literacy skills that they will eventually lead youth through.

Using Video to Promote Your School/Classroom
In the digital age, maintaining an online digital presence and “brand” plays a vital role in connecting with the public. For schools and teachers, it keeps parents engaged and in the loop and can serve as an attention-grabbing information source. In this professional development session, participants will learn how to plan, script, storyboard, film and edit an effective promotional video that helps increase awareness about their school/classroom (can be tailored to meet any individual’s needs). With training in the basics of camerawork and cinematography as well as interviewing and public speaking, participants will learn to create video PSAs to be used for promotional purposes. Skills practiced will include strategizing the message you want your video to send, developing a visual aesthetic for your video, scripting/storyboarding/planning, and creating a plan for the digital life of your video.

Visual Composition: Deconstructing the Elements
This training focuses on the 72 elements of composition that control and shape the viewers’ responses, experience, and understanding of the work they are looking at. Digging into the differentiation between each element, teachers discuss and explore the roles they play in helping students elevate their work to a higher standard. This workshop focuses on successful structures of implementation, ways to guarantee that these principles end up incorporated into your students’ work, as well as expand their artistic vocabulary.

For questions or more information on any of our programs please contact us at 845. 471. 7477 or for more information.

Update 9/1/2020