Professional Development

Clash of the Titans in Your Classroom: Let Ancient and Modern Worlds Collide!

It’s hard enough to keep up with technology these days, and even harder with limited resources to command your media-distracted students’ attention. So, how can you make what most consider a boring subject — ancient history — come to life in your libraries and classrooms? I tackle that question in both my conference presentations and professional development seminars, giving you tools to bring every era — from Ancient Greece and Rome to the French Revolution — to life for this savvy new generation.

Prof Dev Kate and Mask

Bring the Greeks to Life at Your School

A visit from an author is an exciting event, and I work hard to make it memorable. My typical day-long program includes two morning assemblies and three afternoon workshops, but I am happy to tailor my visit to suit your school’s specific needs.

Ancient Voices: Conference Presentation for Educators

Explore poetry, myth and the 20,000 year-old art of the mask with the author during this hour-long, interactive, multi-media presentation. Learn how Readers’ Theater, a Greek chorus, Google and the world’s great art can be used to bring the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece to life, and a new generation of students to the classics.

Past appearances include:

  • California Reading Association
  • Ventura County Reading Association
  • California School Library Association
  • Los Angeles School Library Association
  • American Classical League National Convention
  • J. Paul Getty Villa Summer Institute

Ancient Voices: Professional Development for Educators

During this daylong workshop teachers make poster board replicas of the large copper and leather masks used by the author in her performances. Participants are guided step-by-step through the design and construction process and shown simple techniques for adding depth and detail to their creations. Complete instructions are provided for making the masks with students and strategies developed for using their finished creations in a wide range of classroom projects.

Voices of the Past: Mask-making Workshop for Language Teachers

This full day of hands-on professional development was introduced at Chicago’s National Louis University, renowned for its teacher education programs. Participants learn to create and use large, hand-held masks representing mythical, historical, literary and cultural characters central to the teaching of world languages and develop lesson plans incorporating mask-making in a variety of classroom activities. Participants are guided step-by-step through the design and construction process and shown simple techniques for adding depth and detail to their poster board creations. Projects explored include Readers’ Theater dramatizations and the writing and performing of dramatic monologues, dialogues, multi-voiced conversation poems and persona poems.

Prof Dev California English Magazine cover

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Kate was honored by California English magazine as a featured artist

Prof Dev CalEng In this issue

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