In collaboration with community partners such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah school districts, Art Works for Kids, and many other partners, Tanner Dance’s Professional Development Program offers a variety of training and mentoring opportunities, as well as resources, to help educators develop new ways to stimulate learning in the arts and make connections between the various art forms and other curriculum areas. The Professional Development Program provides a framework for educators to engage in teaching and learning activities that support the needs of their students while implementing the Utah State Fine Arts Core Curriculum and prevailing state and federal mandates.
Integrating Fine Arts into the Curriculum Workshop Series
In partnership with the Salt Lake City School District and art works for kids!, the Tanner Dance Program is offering a series of six interactive professional development workshops designed to address arts integration and provide hands-on activities that educators can take back to the classroom to enliven and strengthen lesson plans. Workshops teach participants to incorporate dance, drama, visual arts, music, and literature into the elementary teaching curricula. All workshops require participants to design curricula specific to their own teaching situations. All materials created in the workshop setting are appropriate for use in the classroom.
Participants will explore interdisciplinary models and create an individual lesson plan to implement in their classrooms with guidance and assistance from the workshop faculty. All lesson plans will be based on Utah State Core Curriculum. At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will have a total of four lesson plans and corresponding teaching materials. Participants will be required to submit a portfolio which includes lesson plans, written reflections, examples of student work, and photographs. The workshop will be accompanied by mentoring and side-by-side in-school training delivered by key Tanner Dance faculty or other workshop faculty. Mentoring involves a one hour phone or e-mail consultation with the classroom teacher prior to the mentor visiting the classroom. The mentor will then spend one hour observing the participant delivering his/her lesson plan. The final hour will be utilized by the mentor to write a reflection and provide feedback to the educator.
2017-2018 School Year:
North Star Elementary
1545 Morton Dr, Salt Lake City
Tuesdays: October 3, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, and March 6
1145 S 1900 E, Salt Lake City
Wednesdays: October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14
Infinity Model Professional Development Workshop
Along with the Utah State Board of Education, the Tanner Dance Program offers the Infinity Model Workshop, which is an event to prepare teachers and their students to attend the Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) spring concert, a fully-produced annual performance at the Capitol Theatre. Workshop participants will be prepared to use lesson plans provided by Tanner Dance faculty based on the CDT performance work. Participants will explore movement lesson plans and ideas as they work together to integrate dance and other art forms into the classroom setting. The first workshop will allow participants to explore lesson plans and ideas as they work together to integrate dance and visual art into the classroom setting. In the second workshop, teachers come together for colleague collaboration to discuss in-class implementation and learn about different elements of the performance, including costume design, musical composition, and choreography.
Two Saturdays: January 27 and February 24, 2018
1721 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City
Educators who register for this conference may have the opportunity to bring your class to the 2018 CDT Capitol Theatre School Matinee performances of The Healing Lake, a Peruvian children’s story, scheduled for the week of March 19, 2018. School matinee performances will be held on March 22 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Please be advised that seating for the school matinee performances are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Tatiana to reserve your school’s seats in the spring matinee: 801-587-3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanner Dance Summer Week-long Professional Development Workshop
Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex (1721 Campus Center Drive, SLC)
Come explore the excitement of dance, visual arts, drama and music as well as the integration of the arts into academic curriculum. Workshop Includes:
- Instruction on teaching dance, visual art, music, and drama in a K-6 setting.
- Lesson plans that integrate the arts into math, science, language arts, and social studies curriculum.
- Opportunities to observe Tanner Dance teachers working with students through classes and summer camps.
- Children’s literature is used as springboards for instruction and lesson plans.
- Workshop faculty includes seasoned Tanner Dance faculty members who have extensive experience working in the schools.
- The workshop includes a one-day retreat to a beautiful cabin in Weber Canyon. Transportation and meals are provided on this day.
- Relicensure points, USOE credit and University of Utah credit are available.
- Participants may attend an optional Children’s Dance Theatre performance at Sandy Amphitheater on Tuesday, June 20 at 8:00 pm.
Tuition scholarships are provided for the first 25 registrants thanks to the Arts Works for Kids Foundation. Once all scholarships are reserved, tuition is $250.
Materials Fee for All Participants: $75.00
Registration coming soon.
Specific information about the types of credit available to Utah educators for professional development workshops may be found at: