SETC 9th Annual Teachers Institute - Mobile, AL
Wednesday,March 5, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
A pre-convention seminar designed to engage, challenge and invigorate those who teach the arts as well as those who teach through the arts. The day-long program is open to the public, as well as convention attendees. Continuing Education Units and/or Professional development documentation offered.
We the Griot: Putting Student Voices & Experiences
at the Center of Learning
Presenters: DANIEL BANKS, internationally acclaimed theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator and ADAM MCKINNEY, educator, activist, and former member of the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater.
In traditional African societies, the griot or djeli is the community storyteller, historian, and archive for communal knowledge. In this workshop, participants will explore techniques for productively and carefully engaging students’ life experiences as a catalyst for learning across disciplines.
Daniel Banks (far left) and Adam McKinney (red shirt) Lead The Griot Workshop in South Africa
Daniel and Adam guide participants through the progression they use in their work to think about the role and function of the griot in contemporary society, and share how to engage students in this leadership role. Using movement, storytelling, improvisation, writing, group dialogue, song, and games, participants explore the power of their own experiences and stories as they relate to important issues in their communities. They will then consider how these stories interrelate and, finally, begin to think about composition and staging their communities’ voices.
Discuss how to facilitate this type of work safely and confidentially, as well as practical applications of this process in different disciplines. Participants will leave with 1) a wider range of interactive, arts-based exercises to use in the classroom; 2) a template lesson plan for their individual disciplines; and 3) a support network of colleagues with whom to continue exploring how to implement this work in the classroom.
Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. Daniel has served on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and the M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. He is Co-Director of Theatre Without Borders, founder of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, and is currently on the faculty of the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. He is editor of the critical anthology Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater (University of Michigan Press) and, along with his partner, Adam McKinney is co-director of DNAWORKS.
Adam McKinney is a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Adam has taught and choreographed in the U.S., Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Palestine, and Israel. Adam holds an M.A. from the Gallatin School at New York University in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories. Adam is co-director of DNAWORKS and chairs the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe.
|*Cost of seminar: $85||March 5, 8:30 AM - 4 PM|
Schedule for the day:
8:30 AM: Sign in, network and coffee
9:00 AM: Warming up: How do we begin to create community in the classroom?
What are the attributes of a student-centered learning environment?
10:30 AM: Generating material: Creating something from something.
NOON: Working Lunch: Topic Tables
1:00 PM: Compositions: Group work and “Letting Go”
2:30 PM: “Clinic”: Community brain-trust sharing strategies for addressing challenges.
4:00 PM: Wrap-up and action steps.
More About Teachers Institute
Teachers Institute is filled with information designed for:
- Teachers and directors of theatre arts
- Teachers who use or integrate theatre techniques into their curriculum
- Those studying to be teachers
Discover and practice individual and group theatre education tools you can take back to the classroom that will enhance students' critical thinking, observation skills, creativity and learning across the curriculum.
Participants in the SETC Teachers Institute are invited to stay as guests for Wednesday evening programs, which kick off 3 1/2 days of theatre workshops, shows, exhibits, auditions and design/technical events. Teachers Institute is a separate program from the SETC Convention.