Professional Development Workshops | Wolf Trap

Professional Development Workshops

A professional development workshop

Hands-on teaching strategies for early educators

Wolf Trap Institute offers professional development workshops for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten teachers who want to integrate the performing arts into early childhood learning. Workshops provide early educators with hands-on teaching strategies and active learning techniques that support:

  • Literacy and language development
  • Science
  • Math
  • Problem-solving
  • Social and emotional development
  • Classroom management

Workshops at a glance

  • Held in one day, in approximately three hours (multi-day customized trainings can also be arranged)
  • Led by Wolf Trap’s expert Teaching Artists
  • Based on research and proven methods
  • Connect early childhood curriculum goals with developmentally-appropriate performing arts skills
  • Train teachers in active learning techniques using puppets, songs, voices, and movement
  • Promote collaboration between early childhood educators with common challenges and goals 
  • Customizable

If you would like to coordinate a workshop in a location other than the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, please contact us.

Upcoming Workshops at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Institute workshops are open to the public. We encourage early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers to join us 

All workshops cost $25/participant - Registration Here
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm
Presenter: Bobbi Lucas, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
The Earth Spins and So Can I: The Dance of Living Communities
Learn how to foster children’s movement vocabulary to observe and interpret the actions and movements of living things and their environments. From the backyard to the schoolyard, park, forest, and beyond, learn how to create habitats found in stories, non-fiction texts, and science curriculum by using dance and imagination. Creating movement sequences as a class ensemble allows children to embody and experience the interdependence within an environment. Simple props, music, and sounds will bring the earth’s many dances to life in the preschool through first grade classrooms.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm
Presenter (1.5 hours): Valerie Branch, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Community of Movers: Encouraging and Managing Thoughtful Movement in the Classroom
In this workshop, participants will explore the elements of dance and specific movement strategies that will empower educators to use and facilitate movement-led teaching and learning. Participants will learn how dance fosters classroom community development and engagement by setting classroom expectations and creating a fun learning environment while connecting to core curriculum. This workshop will inspire child-led learning and participation and help educators nurture their children’s self-discovery by encouraging them to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings through movement.

Presenter (1.5 hours): Jennifer Ridgway, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Stir Up Drama with Emotion
Children experience a range of emotions as they interact with their peers, caretakers, and environment. These emotions stem from everyday experiences and affect children’s ability to empathize and build healthy relationships, as well as learn and recall core academic learning goals. This participatory workshop explores how adults can use role play and drama in the classroom to help young children recognize, label, understand, and regulate emotions in order to develop and practice emotional intelligence. By learning how to facilitate dramatic play, participants will discover ways to relate a child’s past, present, and future emotional experience, build their observation skills, engage their senses, and allow for a rehearsal of life. 

Date: April 13, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm
Presenter: Kimberli Boyd, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Moving from Concept to Choreography: Harnessing the Movement Potential of Any Lesson
In this workshop, developed for kindergarten and first grade teachers, participants will experience the power of using movement to engage student learning and creativity across the curriculum. Discover how movement makes abstract concepts concrete and deepens children’s learning, and ability to acquire new vocabulary. Choreography creates non-verbal opportunities for children to demonstrate what they know through dance. Using movement and choreography, participants will learn how to identify, organize, and facilitate the potential for authentic child engagement and assessment. 

Kennedy Center Workshop held at Wolf Trap

Co-sponsored with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presenter: Deborah Sunya Moore, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
Music for Diverse Learners: Singing, Drumming, & Stories for All
Music is a powerful strategy for creating an inclusive classroom culture that celebrates all learners. In this workshop, explore basic learning activities with singing and drumming, focusing on the integration of English Language Arts and music for diverse learners in self-contained and inclusive classroom settings. Learn new teaching strategies that encourage collaboration and creativity for all children. This workshop is designed for classroom, music, and special education teachers of Pre-K through second grade—no previous musical experience required!

Available workshops

Workshops can be organized at schools anywhere in the world. Call 703.255.1933 or email for additional information or to schedule a workshop.