Program Description

The Sitar Professional Development Institute will be held February 1st – 3rd at Sitar Arts Center at 1700 Kalorama Road NW and is open to the Sitar community – staff, Board, volunteers, parents, and partner organizations. The Institute is structured to provide experiential activities, interactive exercises and observation of a sample classroom in addition to informative presentations of up to date research that will help educators and parents better understand how to nurture creativity and growth in children.

Standing in a Character’s Shoes: Deeper Meaning Through Monologues
Mary Hall Surface
This interactive workshop presents a dynamic process for deepening understanding of characters’ emotions and motivations. Inspired by a poem and its accompanying illustration, participants will imagine, improvise and share monologues.

Early Childhood Music Class
Sylvia Zwi
An intergenerational music experience where both children and adults discover the joys of sharing the creative arts with others in their community, while engaged in singing, moving, story telling and play.

Brain Development and Music
Jessica Silver, PhD
The mission of Growing Brains is to empower families and institutions by integrating evidence from brain science with core values from the arts, medicine and advocacy for social justice.

Exploring the children's book, Swimmy through Music & Movement
Marcia Daft
The philosophy of Dalcroze Eurhythmics views our body as our first musical instrument. In this workshop, observe how young children explore and interpret the children's book, Swimmy by Leo Leonni as they move creatively in response to music.

“Where the Wild Things Are,” Sensorial Guided Dramatic Arts
Sarah Pleydell
Not only are the characters and plot ready-made, but most children's stories cover themes pertinent to early childhood learning and are integrated regularly into preschool-kindergarten curricula.

You Don’t Want to Cover a Subject, You Want to Uncover It
Eleanor Duckworth, PhD
Getting people to think about what they think, and asking them questions about it, is the best way I know how to teach.

Inclusion Best Practices in Arts Education Settings
Diane Nutting
This workshop designed for teaching artists will help improve confidence and increase skill sets in facilitating arts education experiences for early learners to teen students of all abilities in an inclusive setting.

Strengths Based Teaching
Susan Fleischmann, LICSW
With real-life stories, practical advice backed by Gallup data, and access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder and Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer assessments, Strengths Based Teaching builds the foundation for positive teaching.