Social and Emotional Learning
This learning pathway features professional learning opportunities focused on integrating social and emotional learning in the theatre classroom.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 11/12/2020
PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz shares the newly published social and emotional learning toolkit specific to theatre education.
Join PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz as he shares strategies and ideas specific to teaching social and emotional learning in a theatre classroom. Theatre education is a natural fit for social and emotional learning, however it must be intentional and planned. The PA SEL & Theatre toolkit offers everything needed to bring intentional SEL instruction into the theatre classroom.
Time: 60 minutes
O. David Deitz
PA Fine Arts Education Consultant, PA Department of Education
O David Deitz serves as a Fine Arts Education Consultant for the PA Department of Education. This position includes supervision/implementation of arts curriculum, assessment, and professional development initiatives. A retired music educator, Mr. Deitz taught for 40 years at the secondary and collegiate levels and recently served PDE as a member of the Educator Effectiveness team and co-writer of the assessment literacy training materials. He continues to be active as a guest conductor, choral music clinician/adjudicator, and teacher evaluation consultant.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 04/13/2021
Transform your classroom using theatre improvisation, performance and storytelling to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect.
Learn about Social and Emotional skills in the theatre classroom through the lens of empathy. Transform your classroom using theatre improvisation, performance and storytelling to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect.
Length: 60 minutes
Laura Gallagher Byrne
Artistic Director, Director of Theatre and Education; The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation
Laura Gallagher Byrne is the Artistic Director of Dreamland Stage Company and Director of Theatre and Education with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation. Byrne is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater, holds a masters degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and is completing the MFA in Applied Theatre in April, 2021. Further training includes Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. In 2017, Byrne founded The Dreamland Stage Company (DSC), serving as its Artistic Director. As an arts educator, Byrne created the theatre arts curriculum for Nantucket Public Schools. Byrne recently served on the panel to rewrite The Massachusetts Frameworks for Theatre Arts, and is a recipient of The 2011 Advocacy for Children Award. Byrne is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the American Alliance for Theatre in Education, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and TYA USA.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/05/2021
Gain ideas and strategies for how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom.
Join Megan Kemple, Drama Therapist, to learn how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom. Come away with a toolkit of ideas and strategies.
Megan Kemple is a spoken-word poet, teaching artist, and drama therapist graduating NYU Steinhardt in September 2021. She was trained in Project REAL (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning) through Barter Theatre, and currently teaches at The Door: A Center for Alternatives in NYC. She earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Niagara University in 2013. She is a decorated slam poet coming in 3rd place at the Rookie Slam at the National Poetry Slam in 2017, and 3rd place in the NUPIC Slam at the 2018 National Poetry Slam, where her team, Pure Ink, also placed in the top ten teams nationally. She has been published in The Drama Therapy Review, Buffalo Spree, and multiple anthologies. Her first chapbook, American Blasphemies, was released through Ghost City Press (2017), and was subsequently staged as an immersive dance piece. Her plays have been professionally produced by Buffalo United Artists, ART of WNY, and her alma mater. She is passionate about using poetry, movement, and drama therapy to holistically process trauma, and looks forward to becoming a Licensed Certified Art Therapist.