• Teaching Our World Through the Arts introduces K through Grade 12 teachers to arts-integration teaching techniques that foster students’ critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and civic literacy skills. Participants learn and practice strategies that use the arts to enhance core content and make curriculum more meaningful—engaging students in social activism and strengthening classroom communities.

    The series is divided into three strands; teachers are welcome to sign up for one or more strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. No prior experience in the arts is required. Teachers can earn up to two salary points per strand. Details available upon registration.

  • Teachers

    Art and Community

    Fall 2020
    Find authentic and inclusive ways to activate your students’ creativity in the classroom. Collaborate with fellow educators as you explore the Skirball’s exhibitions and programs. Learn how various art mediums can be used for reflection, critique, and community activism.  

  • Teacher tableau

    Music and Movement

    Winter 2021  
    Gain confidence in incorporating music- and movement-based teaching strategies that encourage kinesthetic learning, deepen connections to content, and inspire strong communities. Educators participate in conversations and activities that stimulate critical thinking and a sense of wonder. Come away with new strategies and techniques for empowered and embodied learning.  

  • Teachers Practice Puppetry

    Theater and Puppetry

    Spring 2021  
    Expand your educator toolbox by incorporating theater and puppetry into your classroom. Creativity, process, and design all come together in this socially-minded arts workshop. Encourage your students to find their unique voices and teach them how to use the power of storytelling to take action.  

  • Teaching Through Storytelling

    Summer Institute

    Teaching Through Storytelling will be rescheduled to a later date in light of public-health concerns related to COVID-19. The new date will be announced as soon as possible; please check back here for updates. Registrants will be contacted by the Skirball regarding a ticket refund. Thank you for your understanding.​

    For K–Grade 8 teachers
    Tuesday, June 23–Friday, June 26, 2020, 8:30 am–4:00 pm
    Fee: $100
    LAUSD salary points available, pending district approval.

    Storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring students to express themselves and collaborate with one another.

    The award-winning installation Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and the Skirball’s temporary exhibitions Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli will serve as platforms for discovering the art of storytelling.

    In this four-day workshop:

    • Practice different components of storytelling, including visual and theater arts.
    • Design interdisciplinary lesson plans that support language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts curricula.
    • Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
    • Gain access to priority registration for the Skirball 2020–2021 school tours and performance programs.