Interactive Storytelling_Puppetry PD


NEXT Thursday, MAY 7th, 2020, 9am-1pm EDT
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Attendees can also participate in an optional/free “Study Hall” with a CAT project director/facilitator following the workshop from 1:30-2:30pm. Post-session attendees will receive 1-to-1 coaching and guidance to further practice and apply skills from the PD session.



This is a Zoom/online event. Please see the post-registration confirmation emailed to you at the address you provide during registration for details.

Questions? Discount Inquiries? Contact:

Courtney McClellan
Creative Arts Team - The City University of New York
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Interactive Drama Strategies for Social & Emotional Learning

Exploring how drama strategies can support social and emotional learning for High School, Middle School and Elementary students.

4-Hour Professional Development Session:
Earn a CUNY Certificate of Completion and CTLE Credit for Professional and Le
vel III Teaching Assistant certificate holders. 

There is a natural connection between interactive drama strategies and their ability to build students’ key social and emotional skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Theatre can be a mask (to practice new strategies/techniques/modes of interacting) and a mirror (to allow them to see themselves, their choices, decisions and consequences)*. This workshop will provide a practical, hands-on introduction to a number of interactive drama strategies.

*Structuring Drama Work, Neelands & Goode, (c) Cambridge 2015

In this session, participants will:
  • Explore how specific drama strategies, games and activities can support Social and Emotional learning
  • Focus on maximizing student engagement and centering what students already know to build on their practical knowledge
  • Practice facilitating the strategies, with a particular focus on step-by-step directions, personal facilitation style, and how they might be adapted for different populations and physical environments

Who should attend?
Educators of elementary students and upper grades, interested in exploring new tools for student engagement and creativity.

Led by Mícheál Curtin, Project Director, Literacy through Drama. Light refreshments provided.


What our participants are saying about 2018 Professional Development sessions at CAT:

““I particularly enjoyed the role playing regarding the connection of SEL [Social Emotional Learning] and the character introduced later. I also enjoyed the model of asking open-ended questions specific to students who are exhibiting difficulties and issues in the hope of resolving them.” (2018 Participant)



CAT (CUNY - Creative Arts Team) uses the power of drama to inspire lives. Learn more.