Arts workshops offered for educators

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County, in conjunction with Findlay City Schools, Hancock County Schools and the University of Findlay, will present four arts integration workshops during the 2014-2015 school year.
Barb Matheny will present YogaEd Tools for Teachers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 at Bigelow Hill School. The workshop will provide teachers with simple, yoga-based practices designed for the classroom and requires no previous yoga knowledge, extra equipment or space. Attendance is required at both workshops and there is a $30 fee for the accompanying manual. The program is geared for educators of grades kindergarten through eight. Registration is limited to the first 20 people and should be made by Sept. 12 by contacting Craig VanRenterghem, education director, at 419-422-3412, ext. 3 or at education@artspartnership.com.
Jeanette and Christopher Canyon will present Creating Books and Art through Academics from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at Glenwood Middle School. Jeanette Canyon will share her polymer clay expertise for illustrating a book and participants will create their own artwork from clay. The workshop is geared to teachers of grades kindergarten through five. Registration is due by Nov. 4.
Mike Anderson will present Storytelling for Literacy from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The workshop teaches the importance of storytelling and its impact on literacy and how it helps children learn and develop reading comprehension skills. It is recommended for day care, preschool and early elementary teachers. Registration is due by Jan. 27.
Vicki McClurkin will present Teaching the Curriculum through Creative Dramatics from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 19 at First Presbyterian Church. The workshop addresses ways in which the classroom teacher can incorporate creative dramatics within a course of study by teaching basic acting and language skills to the classroom teacher. It is recommended for teachers of grades three through eight. Registration is due by March 17.
The professional development workshops are free and open to all area educators and pre-service educators, even those geared to a specific age group. Attendees earn contact hours and the University of Findlay offers one semester hour of graduate credit for attending all workshops. For graduate credit information contact Dave Rossman at rossman@findlay.edu.

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