ACGC has received another grant to work with the Perpich Center for the Arts. The new team is Samantha Nelson, Shane Hagstrom, Brad Nelson, Katy Snider, and Amy Ripperger. This team attended a workshop on November 8th, some of the things that the team has been working on so far has an emphasis in MOVEMENT (rather than dance because it is such a scary idea) in the classroom…
- Dance and movement to represent mixtures
- Cultural dances in World Geography and Cultures
- Dancing to the planets
- Kind of dances (circle, line, scattered, partner, etc.)
- Energy system representations through movement
- Brain dance
- Flash mobs
Perpich Arts Courses for Educators~Dance provides professional development in dance education for teams of teachers from Minnesota public schools. Teachers in the Perpich ACE Dance program practice using standards-based, student-centered dance lessons and tools in their classroom as well as learn strategies for integrating dance with other content areas. During each year of the program, the school teams attend four days of workshops at the Perpich Center, and receive eight to ten days of hands-on coaching and consulting services at the school sites by Instructors and Perpich staff.
Six teams were selected through a competitive review process to participate in the 2013-2015 program. The teams are: Academia César Chávez of St. Paul, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City District, Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School of Brooklyn Center, Moreland Arts & Health Science Magnet of West St. Paul, Southside Family Charter School of Minneapolis, and the Twin Cities German Immersion School of St. Paul
During the two-year program, it is anticipated that:
- 28 teachers from six different school districts will attend multiple workshops at the Perpich Center;
- Instructors and Perpich staff will help school teams identify, develop and implement local dance curriculum at local school and district levels;
- Perpich Course for Educators: K-12 Dance Teams will contribute to the big picture of K-12 dance education in Minnesota by documenting and sharing exemplary lessons, tools and practices. As in past Perpich Course for Educators: K-12 Dance programs, we will continue to uses educational technology such as wiki sites, video conferencing, digital documentation, and Google Apps, and will expand our use of Web 2.0 tools such as Moodle and VoiceThread to assist with documentation, communication and dissemination;
- Over 1900 students will participate in multiple dance lessons jointly taught by their teachers and the Perpich Instructors.