Educator Professional Development 2021 Workshop Series

Lane Arts Council is offering a series of professional development workshops for teachers and educators focusing on creative instructional, student support, and student development strategies. This is the newest programmatic element of our Creative Link arts integration program, focused on providing teachers the essential tools to bring creative engagement strategies into their classrooms and learning environments. Check out the opportunities below!


Engaging Learning through Student Choice

with Amy Albrecht

March 9th, 3:30-4:30pm

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In this workshop, we will discuss what is and is not student choice. After a brief review of education theory combined with anecdotal real-world experiences in the classroom, we will unpack successful strategies for implementing effective academic choices into your core curriculums or even your daily lesson plans. Not only will we examine the theory and practice behind student choice, but actively turn this knowledge into praxis by using some participant lesson plans as a foundation to build upon. Using these lesson plans, we will workshop multiple ways to incorporate effective student choice into your classroom. The goal is to provide you with examples of choice as well as personal feedback so that you might walk away with more dynamic and creative engagement strategies, assessments, and checks for understanding that serve you as well as all of your diverse learners.

Amy Albrecht (she/her) is a painter and mixed media artist as well as an arts educator living and working in Eugene, Oregon. While she is deeply interested in the human condition her artwork often focuses on the connection between people, society, and the natural world. In recent years Amy has concentrated her imagery on Pacific Northwest scenes as she is inspired by her own experience and adventures out in the mountains around Oregon. Both as a student and teacher who has always struggled with perfection, Amy focuses her teachings and instructions on the importance of process over product. While working in a classroom of students, her main goal is to empower children through art and emphasize practice and exploration over perfection.


Cultivating Creativity for our Students and Ourselves through the Studio Habits of Mind

with Betsy Wolfston & Lauren Suveges

March 31st, 3-5pm

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Creativity is a 21st century skill, an educational buzzword and a requirement for countless professions and future innovations, but just HOW do we teach creativity to our students? HOW do we cultivate creativity in ourselves and our teaching practice? Join Betsy and Lauren as they share their experiences with the Studio Habits of Mind.

Rooted in decades of research and classroom practices, the Studio Habits of Mind (SHoM) provide a framework for tackling ideas, building social/emotional and artistic skills, developing questions, and cultivating creative solutions beyond the tools and strategies of traditional arts integration. It is a shift of mind.

Explore your current teaching practice through the lens of the SHoM. Engage in simple yet effective exercises that can be done both online and in person. Connect with other educators to find creative processes that empower students to engage in their own learning.

Bring a variety of art materials of your choice and a sketchbook/notebook or loose paper. A pencil will also do just fine!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to identify the Studio Habits of Mind and/or deepen their understanding of the Stud