Professional Development

Speak Up for The Arts

Speak Up! For the Arts is an Arts Advocacy Toolkit for parents and teachers that helps demonstrate why the arts are important in the education process and how to develop your voice for the arts. We have collaborated with Ohio Citizens for the Arts and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to provide the most current and effective advocacy materials to help you work to keep the arts in your school.

Mechanical Universe and Beyond

This series helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks like.

Democracy in America

Democracy in America , a video course in civics, covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The 15 half-hour video programs, hosted by national television correspondent Renée Poussaint, and related print and Web site materials provide inservice and preservice teachers with both cognitive and experiential learning in civics education.

American Passages: A Literary Survey

American Passages: A Literary Survey is a 16-part American literature course. The video programs, print guides, and Web site place literary movements and authors within the context of history and culture. The course takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The materials, which are coordinated with the Norton Anthology of American Literature, can be used as the basis of a one or two-semester college-level course or for teacher professional development.

Primary Sources: Workshops in American History

Twelve high school teachers explore the use of primary source documents in the research and interpretation of American history. The programs feature informal lectures by prominent historians on pivotal events from the settlement of Jamestown to the Korean conflict and the Cold War. The teachers are led in discussions, debates, interviews, and role-playing as they investigate the original documents that “transmit the voices of America’s past.” Teachers will find the activities in this workshop can be adapted and used in their own classrooms.

Case of the Missing Human Potential

While women make up 46% of the work force, women hold only 8% of engineering jobs, and only 9% of our country’s physicists are women. Sound surprising? This program uses research and examples to appeal to
parents, caregivers, and the community regarding what they can and need to do to get their girls involved in science and math.

Language of Trauma and Loss

This series is designed to allow students to have a forum for expressing feelings of loss or trauma that have occurred in their life. The first three programs are tied to the language arts standards and focus on the needs of students. Each video gives an open-ended story or dramatization for students to bring in his or her experience. The fourth program is a professional development video that illustrates the important role brain processes play in the development of a child, what makes a "safe" classroom and what role teachers should play when dealing with kids who have problems.

Culture Collage

This project from CET uses a variety of technologies to introduce teachers and students to the exciting world of arts and technology integration. The video is a brief overview of arts integration.

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