Bringing Theater into the Classroom (BTiC)

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Teachers participate in a BTiC Workshop at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Pacific Northwest Ballet is part of Bringing Theatre into the Classroom (BTiC) – a professional development opportunity for classroom teachers. BTiC is a week-long conference developed by three area theatres: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre.

What is BTiC?

Think of it as summer camp—only with WAY better activities. Get all the tools you need to integrate art into your classroom on a daily basis. Seattle Children's Theatre partners with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet to bring you the best summer workshop you'll ever take.

Our next Bringing Theatre into the Classroom workshop will take place July 18-22, 2016

TUITION for Bringing Theatre into the Classroom is $500.
Register by May 6 for the early bird tuition of $450
Scholarships and Discounted Tuition rates are available.

For more info and to register, visit http://www.sct.org/For-Educators/BTiC/, or contact Andrea Ichikawa at btic@sct.org or 206-859-4015

How it Works

Sessions with Seattle Children's Theatre bring stories alive using the creative techniques that story drama provides. Teachers take a ride through popular folktales and children's literature to explore ways to create their own drama-based lesson plans. Story drama curriculum helps students expand their imaginations, improve listening and communication, and enhance problem solving and cooperative learning skills.

Workshops from Seattle Repertory Theatre offer teachers opportunities to learn a variety of acting exercises and playwriting activities. Each exercise is designed to integrate easily with teachers' existing curriculum. Teachers choose between entry-level courses focusing on rudimentary drama skills or more sophisticated classroom techniques designed to facilitate the creation and performance of student-generated, original theatre pieces.

Pacific Northwest Ballet classes guide teachers to use dance in the classroom. Participants explore movement concepts and choreographic tools and a walk away with a variety of techniques for integrating dance into other subject areas.


Follow-up Consultation

In addition to the week-long summer intensive, there may be a possibility to sign up for a follow-up consultation during the school year. If possible, a member of the BTiC faculty will travel to your school and work as collaborator, coach, or co-teacher as you integrate lessons learned during the summer workshop into practical lesson plans in your classroom. Over the past 10 years, we have provided over 200 consultations for teachers across the state. The consultation component has been beneficial in helping BTiC participants provide quality arts-infused education in their classroom. There is no additional charge for consultation. Priority for follow-up consultations is given to first time BTiC participants. BTiC alumni will be offered follow-up consultations on a space available basis

Arts Impact

Arts Impact provides comprehensive professional development in the arts to elementary and middle school classroom teachers in Pierce and King Counties. It is a two-year program that trains classroom teachers to independently teach visual and performing arts and integrate the arts into the core curriculum. The program began in Pierce County in 1999. It has now trained and mentored more than 470 teachers reaching over 47,000 students during that time. As a partner with Arts Impact, Pacific Northwest Ballet offers opportunities for teachers to create dance-infused lesson plans, and to attend ballet performances and fieldtrips with their classrooms. For more details about Arts Impact, visit www.arts-impact.org

Teaching Artist Training Lab 2016-2017

Applications Due July 11

The Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is an eight-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. Participants benefit from ongoing learning, individualized coaching from master teaching artists, connections to state and national organizations, and peer learning and reflection. TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences – and a key building block for partnering with schools and classroom teachers. Further program details are below and at www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab

The 2016-17 TAT Lab cohort will include up to 32 teaching artists, working in all artistic disciplines and all regions of Washington State. The program runs September 2016 - April 2017. Participants will:

  • Attend three in-person training sessions (lasting 2-3 days) in Seattle; exact dates here
  • Participate in five 90-minute teleconferences facilitated by a teaching artist mentor
  • Learn about best practices in arts education and how to partner with schools
  • Develop a written learning plan to be implemented in a K-12 classroom
  • Explore ways to assess student learning in the arts
  • Receive ongoing, individualized support from teaching artist mentors and peers

Attendance at all in-person sessions and teleconferences is mandatory. For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab/

PNB partners with the following organizations for TAT:
ArtsWA
The Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI)
Seattle Children’s Theatre

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Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab

Photo courtesy TAT Lab