Professional Development for Teachers

The Z offers professional development workshops that provide educators with performing arts-based skills and techniques to teach core curriculum. These high-quality, in-depth workshops help teachers learn how to successfully integrate the arts into the classroom.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, February 27th
9am-12pm
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $35

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Kevin Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion

Professional Development for Educators

Great for Special Education Teachers and Therapists working in a school setting!
In this workshop, magician Kevin Spencer demonstrates how magic and Phenomenon-Based learning encourages students to be curious, participate in the productive exchange of ideas, create, experiment and design. By the end of this 3 hour workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of Phenomenon-Based Learning
  • Explain the connections between Phenomenon-Based Learning and the MA Frameworks/Common Core
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of magic tricks for engagement
  • Design Units of study that include the appropriate ‘sense-making’ activities that help students process and “own” information in ways that work best for them
  • Analyze activities that illustrate outcomes in cognition, motor skills, communication, flexible thinking and social skills.

Tuesday, February 28th
9am-12pm
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $35

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Kevin Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion

Professional Development for Therapists

Join Kevin Spencer, a AOTA approved provider and internationally recognized magician, for a professional development designed specifically for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists and Recreation Therapists. By the end of this 3 hour workshop, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic benefits of magic tricks in client treatment
  • Distinguish which clients are appropriate for this type of treatment modality
  • Evaluate and identify which magic trick(s) can be most beneficial to achieve a specific client goal
  • Create an individualized client-centered treatment program by analyzing and assessing the movements required to perform particular magic tricks
  • Verify how to appropriately document this technique for insurance reimbursement.
  • Receive CEU’s

Kevin Spencer is a Teaching Artist, Researcher, Speaker, Consultant, and Film Producer. He is also a world-renowned Illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit. He and his wife, Cindy, were the recipients of the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year (2009) and six-time recipients of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. Most recently, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation honored them as Illusionists of the Year (2015).

Historically, artists have been at the forefront of social change. Spencer is a thought leader who believes strongly in the power of the arts to impact the realities in which we live, learn, work, and heal. From childhood to adolescence and continuing through emerging adulthood and senior living, the arts play an important role in our development and the quality of our lives. Spencer is an advocate of art across the lifespan, empowering people of all ages and abilities. He believes in creating inclusive communities where everyone experiences an authentic sense of belonging and no one – for any reason – is relegated to the margins.

Spencer is the founder of the HEALING OF MAGIC and HOCUS FOCUS programs and is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in special education and rehabilitation. When he is not touring the world with his illusion production, he is engaged in research and continuing education.


Wednesday, March 1
3:30-5:00pm
Location: Zeiterion Theatre

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Literacy and the Performing Arts
Professional Development for Educators

This workshop highlights the unique ability of drama-in-education techniques to catalyze literacy building across the curriculum. Educators will learn how to develop students’ critical thinking and engagement with reading, writing, listening and speaking through active exploration of and personal connections to literature. Educators walk away with a set of learning activities and strategies including tableaux, role-on-the-wall, teacher-in-role, and other kinetic and dramatic activities that foster whole-literacy. These foundational techniques can be applied across the curriculum to explore fiction, poetry, personal narrative, character education, historic events, primary documents, and other classroom content. Familiarity with the book* is encouraged, but not required. Resource guides will be provided.

*This workshop teaches these techniques using the novel The Giver, by Lois Lowry. A stage adaptation of the novel will be presented on March 2nd and 3rd as part of our Schooltime Series. Tickets still available*

For more information or to register, please contact Ashley Owen-Cubellis, Director of Education and Community Engagement at acubellis@Zeiterion.org or 508-997-5665 x129.