Professional Development

Let us show you techniques and strategies for teaching through the arts.

NJPAC Professional Development engages classroom teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists as integrated teams that combine arts pedagogy, content, classroom management and social behavioral strategies to ignite and inspire arts-rich classrooms.

Working as a team empowers teachers to share practice and strategy. Our goal is to inspire artistic and intellectual capacities in students, building competence and confidence in both students and teachers.

For more information, please contact NJPAC's Arts Education Department at or (973) 353-7058.



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Arts Integration: Creative Approaches for Student Engagement and Learning presented by Lara Gonzalez

Arts teachers will engage in the fun and enriching process of creating rhythm, movement, and song based on other academic subject matter including language arts, history, and visual arts.  Using this process we will explore elements of music, movement, and visual art and discuss the reasons why an arts-infused classroom can inspire both teacher and student, and support our collective goals.  We will relate our artistic studies to skills for the 21st Century as outlined in the Common Core Standards, as well as discuss and model effective arts integration teaching strategies.


Creative Intersections presented by Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Creative Intersections is a dance and movement experience that simultaneously explores both the unique and common voices of our distinct art forms as well as how our individual passions and roots shape us as artists, educators and human beings. We will move, create, laugh, talk and exchange.  In doing so, we come to better understand each other and ourselves. The Arts become a powerful metaphor for life and community.  (No dance experience needed.)


Cultural Connections Through Hip-Hop: Infusing the Arts in Every Classroom presented by Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris

In this workshop, participants will learn how hip hop culture and its various elements can be implemented in the classroom to deepen student understanding of social justice issues. Teachers will participate and reflect on performance-based strategies that address topics such as identity, conflict resolution, and cultural awareness.


Extend the Story Through Movement in Musical Theater presented by Daryl Stewart

Musical Theater dance can challenge students to use movement to interpret music and express emotion. Musical Theater dance tells a story through every step taken. The choreography is an extended expression of the story of the musical. It helps define characters and moves the plot of the musical along. Learn how to help students express themselves fully through the key elements of movement in musical theater.


Finding Math in Every Space and Every Place: Linking the Arts and Mathematics in the Early Childhood Classroom presented by Wincey Terry

During this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn how to tap young children’s love of music and movement to spark meaningful explorations of math by using the art forms as a teaching tool. Teachers will walk away with simple strategies for creating songs and facilitating movement in the early childhood classroom. Workshop participants will also learn how to link these lessons to literacy and empower children to actively apply critical thinking skills and evaluate their learning.


Hip Hop Poppin’ Art presented by Derick “D-Cross” Cross

Through this workshop participants are provided with a multi-disciplinary tool kit to engage students in and through the visual arts, while linking the lessons to other subject areas, like social studies, language arts, and theater. Along with visual arts techniques, participants will be encouraged to tell the stories behind the artwork through interactive exercises. Participants will gain an understanding of principles in hip hop culture that go beyond typical images seen in media.


Introduction of Orff and Jazz Philosophy presented by Victor Burks

The Orff approach, created by composer Carl Orff (Carmina Burana) and his colleague Gunild Keetman, uses music, movement, storytelling and play to tap into young learners’ natural musical abilities. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to new activities to help students to develop basic music concepts and expression through improvisation, creativity, and learning by doing.  Through an integrative and imaginative teaching approach, participants will sing, dance, and play percussion instruments in a fun, nurturing and active environment. 


Music Education for the Modern Ear presented by Marcus Miller

Many of us believe that there is a long term decline in the quality of popular music and nothing is more heartbreaking to a well listened musician or educator than to see such vapidity win the hearts, minds, and ears of our students. But what does popular music have to teach us about music and culture? How can we understand what students are listening to as a way to unlock their potential? How can we shape the next generation of ears to have a broader listening palette? The use of modern music in music education can engage students, advance techniques, alter or expand practice, and influence the educational setting. 


Playing Pictures: Intersection of Art, Music, Dance and Imagination presented by Lara Gonzalez

Create visual artwork through the rhythmic play of the West African Shekere. Through an exploration of art materials and creative song building techniques, participants exercise imagination and depict their experiences in two-dimensional art forms and simple music phrases. The activities presented in this workshop can be used to build both visual arts and music vocabulary.


Song Interpretation and Emotional Connection in Musical Theater presented by Janeece Freeman Clark

The key to “selling a song” in musical theater is not hitting every note perfectly.  Some of the most memorable performances are from artists who can captivate you with a story and a character. In this workshop, we explore how to help students find authenticity and be in the moment while singing. Learn how to help students connect with the emotion of the song and go beyond the “perfect performance”.


Words That Move and Lessons That Groove: Integrating Music and Movement into Early Childhood Literacy presented by Lara Gonzalez

Come explore how to extend children’s literature using proven arts techniques from the National Wolf Trap Institute’s Early Learning Through the Arts Program. Uncover artistic treasures in stories from the classics to contemporary! During this workshop, participants will practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in books, like the classic Dr. Seuss tale, Cat in the Hat or Three Little Birds by Cedella Marley. Participants will also discover how to facilitate movement to enhance learning in creative child-centered experiences that will keep the kinesthetic learner on their toes.