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Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm

February 3 - March 28, 2022

Arts Integration Professional Development with Imani Gonzalez

Presented by Des Moines Performing Arts & Des Moines Public Schools

 

For teachers of Grades K-8

Explore new paths to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. This session guides participants through a process to help students create a Soundscape – a way to retell the story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, setting, and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students create sensory images, use questioning strategies, develop inference skills, and determine importance.

Course Instructor:
Imani Gonzalez is a professional world/jazz vocalist, National Kennedy Center teaching artist, and children’s author. Imani has taught in the DC public school system and in private schools as a traditional world music teacher. She has had the honor of performing, touring, and recording with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and is passionate about helping students engage with story through music.

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COMPONENTS AND DATES

This course is a mix of asynchronous modules completed on your own time and in-person class meetings.

Component 1:
Asynchronous modules, approx. 2.5 hours, open January 31, 2022

Component 2:
In-Person Class, 4:30-7:30pm on February 7, 2022
Kurtz Opportunity Center, 1000 Porter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

Component 3:
Asynchronous modules, approx. 2.5 hours, open March 21, 2022

Component 4:
In-Person Class, 4:30-7:30pm on March 28, 2022
Kurtz Opportunity Center, 1000 Porter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

Component 5:
In-Person Class, 4:00-6:00pm on April 18th, 2022
Kurtz Opportunity Center, 1000 Porter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

CREDIT, FEES AND PRE-REQUISITES

Heartland AEA credit available for registered class participants.

FREE for Des Moines Public Schools employees

$100 for those out of DMPS district.

No previous musical knowledge required! The strategies are intended for general classroom implementation.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022

Please register by Thursday, February 3 to ensure enough time to complete the asynchronous modules prior to the first in-person class session the following week.

QUESTIONS:

Please contact Sara Perez at 515-246-2378 with questions regarding this course.

Event Details

THIS COURSE IS A MIX OF ASYNCHRONOUS MODULES AND IN-PERSON CLASS TIME.
See "Components and Dates" for full details.

Intended for educators who teach students in Grades K-8.