Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Partner Type
Organization
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
PNB Community Education programming values:
  • a creative process and classroom culture which empowers students as creative agents
  • building connection & collaboration within classroom communities
  • student-centered, inclusive, & culturally responsive curriculum
  • movement and the arts as fundamental parts of basic education and the human experience
PNB recognizes that access to arts education is a social justice issue and is proud to work in partnership with Seattle Public Schools to increase access to dance education in schools through workshops, residencies, and professional development for teachers. PNB has been teaching in Seattle Public Schools for over 20 years. Teaching artists have experience in dance, performance, and education; they are required to complete annual professional development.

Contact Information

First Name
Shannon
Last Name
Barnes
Address
301 Mercer Street
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98109
Phone
206.441.2432

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Creative Movement Choreography
Discipline
Dance

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
  • Arbor Heights Elementary
  • Broadview Thomson K-8
  • Daniel Bagley Elementary
  • Graham Hill Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Leschi Elementary
  • Licton Springs K-8
  • Montlake Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary
  • South Shore K-8
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary
  • Viewlands Elementary
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
PNB arts integration residencies blend creative movement, dance and choreography concepts, and concepts from other curriculum areas. Through the residency experience, teaching artists lead students through a creative process that includes generating, organizing, rehearsing/practicing, refining, and sharing choreographic ideas. Residencies are co-planned with classroom teachers to ensure alignment with classroom learning. Learning objectives for PNB Residencies include:
  1. Students communicate ideas through movement 2. Students improvise and create dances using movement concepts and skills 3. Students collaborate with their peers 4. Students understand an apply a creative process for creating choreography
For the 2021-22 school year, PNB is offering flexible programming including:
  • in-person residencies and workshops at schools following school district and state health & safety guidelines
  • virtual residencies and workshops
  • focus on Social Emotional Learning competency areas and activities authentic to the arts that support student mental and emotional health
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development
PNB provides customizable workshops for school staff and faculty through experiential, accessible activities designed to to explore strategies and tools to bring movement into the classroom. Professional development workshops typically include:
  • an introduction to movement concepts, such as space, level, size, speed, direction
  • sample arts integration activities (exploring connections between movement and another content area like science, social studies, math, or English language arts)
  • connections between arts learning and social emotional learning, 21st Century Skills, and/or Habits of Mind
  • community building through peer reflection and collaboration
 

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Yes
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
dancing_geography-_8-8-14_with_checklists.pdf
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
PNB Community Education programming values:
  • a creative process and classroom culture which empowers students as creative agents
  • building connection & collaboration within classroom communities
  • student-centered, inclusive, & culturally responsive curriculum
  • movement and the arts as fundamental parts of basic education and the human experience
About our approach:
  • Collaborative planning: residencies begin with a planning meeting with PNB staff, teaching artist(s), classroom teachers, and school leadership. This meeting serves as the opportunity to hear individual goals and develop shared goals for working together. This is also the time when curriculum integration ideas are shared and solidified.
  • Communication: Teaching artists communicate with classroom teachers to develop a residency outline and seek feedback. Once the curriculum outline is approved, dance classes start!
  • Experiential sessions: We want students to move! We invite students to be physically and mentally active. Classroom teachers provide support, participate, and/or co-facilitate parts of the lessons.
  • Recognition/Celebration: We build in opportunities to recognize and celebrate student growth, effort, and creative work. Residencies culminate in an informal sharing/demonstration of student work, either within a class, school-wide, and/or with families.
  • Evaluation/Reflection: Following the last class, classroom teachers, teaching artists, and leadership are asked to submit feedback in order to improve and inform future programming.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Past examples of successful integrated residencies include:
  • Literacy/ELA (dancing stories, folktales, creating personal narratives, etc.): grades K-12
  • Math (Counting and Multiplication): K-2nd grade
  • Math (Symmetry & Rotation): 3rd-4th grade
  • Music: K-5th grade
  • Science (Balance & Weight): 2nd grade
  • Science (Organisms/New Plants): 1st, 2nd and 4th grade
  • Science (Rainforest): 2nd grade
  • Social Studies (Geography): 4th grade
  • Social Studies (Immigration): 3rd grade
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
PNB provides integrated residencies for self-contained special education classrooms. Modifications and accommodations are made for individual students in order to facilitate effective learning. PNB provides professional development in the following ways:
  • Customizable workshops for school staff and faculty
  • Serving on faculty for Seattle University’s Masters in Teaching program, Arts Integration Course
  • Serving on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Teaching Methodology Course
  • Providing training for Seattle and Highline PE specialists in a PNB developed Dance in PE curriculum unit for grades K-2
  • Partnering with OSPI, ArtsWA, and teaching artist faculty to produce the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab)
Testimonials from Schools
“[PNB] is hands down the most effective and empowering arts program at [our school].”–classroom teacher “Our class has never felt more like a community.”-student
  • Shari Howard-Powell, 2nd grade, Thurgood Marshall Elementary (sdhowardpowell@seattleschools.org)
  • Jenny Nave, 3rd grade, Highland Park Elementary (jtnave@seattleschools.org)
  • Stephanie Stevens, 3rd grade, Graham Hill Elementary (srwhitney@seattleschools.org)
  • Katie May, Principal, Thurgood Marshall Elementary (kjmay1@seattleschools.org)

Fees

Fees
Fees are charged at $125 per class session. This comprehensive fee includes teaching artist instruction and planning time, administrative time, and any supplies/materials needed. Sliding-scale rates are available for schools with more than 50% free/reduced lunch. Discounts for multiple sessions may also be available.

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3rd grade students participate in a PNB integrated arts residency (Photo by Jacob Lambert)
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8th grade students participate in a PNB integrated arts residency (Photo by Jacob Lambert)
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2nd grade students participating in a PNB integrated arts residency (Photo by Bill Mohn)
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2nd grade students participate in a PNB integrated arts residency (photo by Lionel Flynn)
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4th grade students participate in a PNB integrated arts residency (Photo by Alan Alabastro)

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