Skills For 21st Century Educators

Integrating the Arts for High Impact Teaching

Saturday, October 21, 2017


This fall MoPOP will offer four hands-on, arts-based workshops that will transform the way you teach. Designed to address a broad spectrum of student and teacher learning styles, these workshops will provide tools to address middle and high school learning targets and infuse your curriculum with new ideas that can easily be applied to arts-up teaching!


Choose one of the following six-hour class sessions:


with Andrew McMasters of Jet City Improv

Bring play into the classroom through Improv while practicing problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication. These basics will give you the confidence to create improvisational games and exercises to adapt to any curriculum. Stretch out of your comfort zone and bring more fun into your teaching!

Andrew McMasters is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Jet City Improv (, one of the largest Improvisational theater companies in the country. 

Conflict Resolution through Creative Movement with Debbie Gilbert and Joanne Petroff of Whistlestop

Explore how to respectfully use physical movement to understand and resolve conflict in your classroom. Create a mirror exploration with emotions, an anger management dance, a conversation in movement, and a kinesthetic performance of conflict resolution!

Joanne Petroff and Debbie Gilbert are co-founders and co-artistic directors of Whistlestop, a Seattle-based performance and educational modern dance company, critically acclaimed for its work with adults, children, and special needs populations throughout the United States and abroad.

World Puppets Performance and Creation

with Puppetry Center Northwest’s Dmitri Carter

Learn about global puppetry traditions and develop ideas to incorporate simple puppet projects into your classroom.  For classroom application, puppetry intersects with nearly any subject area, including language arts, social studies, and STEM.  Whether following the route of The Silk Road or looking at atrocities of WWII, puppets were there.  In this workshop, educators will create shadow puppets with moveable parts and explore various methods for staging puppet performance with students.

Dmitri Carter was born in Seattle and has traveled the globe performing, researching, and teaching puppetry.  He is a founding member of Carter Family Marionettes and Northwest Puppet Center.  He has performed at venues including The Kennedy Center in DC, The People’s Theatre in Xi’an, The Sansoucci Royal Theatre in Potsdam, and The Uzbek National Puppet Theatre in Tashkent. 

Paper Engineering:  Math Unites Powerfully with Art to Create Wearable Architecture

with Darwin Nordin

This workshop supports the teaching of math and engineering in creative ways that will appeal to all learners, especially those who have difficulty seeing themselves as mathematicians.  Learn how to guide students through all phases of inquiry and problem solving (thinking, making, and reflecting on both process and product) as well as instructional techniques to imagine, visualize, plan, make, and communicate ideas in ways that fuse the knowledge of STEM disciplines with the energizing, emotional, and aesthetic power of the arts.

Darwin Nordin is an accomplished visual artist, whose work includes drawings, paintings, and sculpture that reflect his fascination with nature. He is a master teaching artist for MoPOP, leading professional development and residencies with our partner school programs.  He is an arts integration and curriculum consultant, and provides professional development to teachers and teaching artists.

Steel Pan Ensemble: Unite Right/Left Brain through History, Cultural learning, and Hands-on Experience

with Steel Magic Northwest’s Gary Gibson 

Learn the history and cultural significance of the steel pan instrument in its native Trinidad.  Explore how the music is taught and learned and experience playing in a band with a supportive and expert director. Discover why the Modern Steel Orchestra is thriving in music education. 

Gary Gibson is the founder and Executive + Artistic Director of Steel Magic Northwest, an Edmonds-based non-profit organization providing youth and adult steel band. As concert artist and clinician, he has visited more than 200 steel band organizations throughout the United States, many of them in colleges and secondary public schools. Locally, he has also directed the Sunrise Elementary 6th Grade Steel Bands (Kent) and University of Washington Steel Band.


Date and Time

October 21, 2017



325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info

$50 per person, per workshop including seven clock hours 

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Full scholarships available for 
Creative Advantage and Title One schools' teachers. 

To apply for a scholarship to this workshop please complete our online application form..