“Very powerful … a framework for
transformative teaching and learning”

—Providence Supervisor of Advanced Academics, Earnest Cox

FirstWorks’ Teacher Professional Development Initiative aims to create systemic change in Providence and Central Falls school districts through accredited workshops in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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Jamil Jorge PD

UPCOMING PD WORKSHOP: Developing Diverse and Equitable Education

Taught by Jamil Jorge, FirstWorks Education Director
Educators can use the broad concept of intersecting identities to think critically about representative and equitable educational programming. Discussion topics include American music, visual art, in-class guest artists, mutual connections over differences.
One PLU credit
FREE to Educators- Register Here
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Thea Hopkins PD

UPCOMING PD WORKSHOP: Giving Voice to the Music…

…Narrativizing Cultural and Social Histories Through Music – Taught by Thea Hopkins, Indigenous Performer-Songwriter
In this professional development workshop for K-12 teachers, musician Thea Hopkins will introduce attendees to the narratives found in traditional and contemporary Indigenous music.
Earns one PLU credit
FREE to Educators – Register Here
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DBR Becky Bass PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Teaching now…What is the same and what has changed?

Team taught by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Becky Bass
What has the pandemic taught us about teaching? How can educators shift to embrace hybrid practice and collaborative teaching? What new responsibilities for teachers has COVID-19 exposed in terms of student life and wellness?
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Maud Arnold PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Tap Dance For Emotional and Stress Release

with Maud Arnold of Syncopated Ladies
Held FREE for over 60 educators, this workshop shared ways teachers can use tap dancing as a vehicle for students to express thoughts and beliefs they may have difficulty verbalizing. A history of tap was discussed along with Maud’s and the Syncopated Ladies’ own way of finding their joy and voice through the artistry and concentration of tap dancing.
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BOX OFFICE: DBR PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Hope and Healing Social Inequities, with DBR

with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Dr. Roumain led a discussion for educators about how he turned blind rage at the killing of George Floyd into a collaborative masterwork that highlights how people of color navigate the world on a daily basis and deal with unimaginable loss.
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PD Highlights DBR

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

In April 2020, FirstWorks hosted a live Professional Development Workshop via Zoom with composer, violinist, educator, and activist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain for 40 local K-12 educators and artists titled “Teaching Tolerance with Music.” DBR was joined by esteemed artist-educators Liz Lerman and Michael Rohd.

BOX OFFICE: Mixashawn PD

PAST WORKSHOP: History Explored Through Music

History Explored Through Music with Lee Mixashawn Rozie

This teacher professional development online workshop focused on Indigenous, traditional, and contemporary music to teach history of world peoples and inspire creativity and natural expression.