Professional Development

Kids showing Haitian Masks

COOL builds the arts integration capacity of educators through professional development.  COOL teaching artists present full-faculty workshops to introduce the entire school to the transformative power of the arts in instructional practice and inclusive school culture.  Introductory workshops are also offered twice a year and are open to all educators.

Embodying Literacy


Tailored to your needs as an arts educator . . .

• Learn effective inclusive strategies using the arts.
• Collaborate with peer arts educators.
• Examine literacy through drama and dance.

The Embodying Literacy professional development program will enable 10 BPS Arts Teachers to explore arts integration strategies to support literacy and inclusion of students with and without disabilities.  Through discussions with fellow participants and coaching from the instructors, participants will develop inclusive, arts-integrated literacy curricula based on Dance, Drama and English Language Arts Common Core standards.  The program is open to arts teachers in any discipline, but will focus on drama and dance techniques and processes.  It will be led by two VSA Massachusetts master teaching artists; dance instructor Priscilla Harmel, M.Ed, BC-DMT and drama instructor Marianne Adams, M.Ed.; both faculty members at Lesley University.  Each participant will receive a $400 stipend and up to 23 PDPs after completing the program between November 2015 - May 2016.

First Meeting: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street #101, Boston, MA 02111
*Five additional meeting dates and locations will be decided by the group.  A classroom visit by one of the instructors will also be scheduled in February.

Registration deadline: Friday, October 23, 2015 on BPS My Learning Plan

For more information: email or call 617-350-7713.