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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?

BTiC is an engaging, fun, five-day intensive summer workshop that will teach you ways to integrate theatre into your curriculum. During the hands-on workshops offered throughout the week, you’ll “try out” curriculum in a supportive environment with professional Teaching Artists, then receive a wealth of detailed, easy-to-follow lesson plans.

30 Clock Hours or 3 university credits are available.

This year’s BTIC has passed, stay tuned for more information about next year!
Tuition: $500 – Financial Aid Available!
For more information, contact: Hannah Kaye | 206.859.4015 | btic@sct.org
Or visit: http://www.sct.org/For-Educators/BTiC/

BTiC is presented by Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet

How it Works

Book-It Repertory Theatre's workshops teach methods to make literature fun, physical, and active for students. Teachers learn how to take literature from page to stage using the Book-It Style, which encourages an active relationship with a book through voice, body, and imagination.

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 workshops focus on creative movement, student-led choreography, and arts integration. Lessons invite teachers to imagine possibilities while giving concrete tools for teaching dance in the classroom. Creativity and collaboration are at the heart of each session, exploring new ways to imagine curriculum using movement.


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