THROUGHLINES programs help teachers and learners build and demonstrate their understanding about process and content through active exploration, inquiry and problem solving. Teachers are asked to consider what they want their students to understand about particular ideas, process, topics or themes. These curricular understanding goals, the big ideas of the curriculum, inform the practical application of dance and theatre based tools and processes in the classroom. Asking good questions is fundamental to the process of creating and reflecting and helps students to be energetic thinkers. Throughlines programs enable learners to use approaches and techniques from the disciplines of theatre and dance to build and ‘perform’ their understandings and make learning meaningful. Those understanding performances (ongoing assessment) inform teachers, teaching artists, and learners about what the students currently understand and about how to proceed with subsequent teaching and learning.
THROUGHLINES professional development programming includes experiential workshops, classroom residency sessions, and shared curriculum planning with an emphasis on developing and applying arts based knowledge immediately in classroom learning endeavors.
Participants in our professional development programs learn to use the disciplines of dance and theatre within their own curriculum and teaching practice through approaches that are simultaneously conceptual and practical. The THROUGHLINES professional development programs provide site based workshops, individual mentoring which includes classroom modeling, co-planning, and co-teaching opportunities, and artist residencies. Teachers are aided in applying arts based experiences and resources to the delivery of classroom curriculum in order to develop student skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, synthesis, and analysis.