Performing Arts - Developing your Practice (Secondary)

Generative and collaborative Peer Learning Community for Performing ArtsΒ 

Join our community of educators dedicated to the growth and development of students in grades 6 to 12 in the Performing Arts! Our sessions will be designed to help you strengthen your teaching strategies, create engaging learning experiences, develop effective assessment structures, implement student journaling practices or any other areas of joint interest. But our community is not just about learning from experts. We believe that the strength of the group is reliant on the strengths of the individuals, so we encourage active participation and the sharing of best practices.
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Together, we can build a vibrant community of educators who are committed to supporting each other and improving our craft. In addition, the ultimate goal would be to enrich student’s experiences and growth through developing our practices.Β 

Live Session Dates/Times

All live sessions take place at 17:00 – 18:30 (China Time) on Tuesdays.Β 

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

October 14, 2024
Tuesday
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (China Time)

Live Session 1

Tuesday 18 February 2025, 17:00-18:30 (China Time)

Live Session 2

Tuesday 4 March 2025, 17:00-18:30 (China Time)

Live Session 3

Tuesday 18 March 2025, 17:00-18:30 (China Time)

Live Session 4

Tuesday 15 April 2025, 17:00-18:30 (China Time)

Ernald Boyd

Ernie Boyd is an experienced educator from Cape Town, South Africa. He was the head of Performing Arts at the American International School of Cape Town, overseeing six yearly productions. After six years, he moved to Shenzhen, China, to take up a position at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen, where he initially taught music to grades 6-9. Currently, he serves as the MYP Coordinator, Grade 9 Music Teacher, Community Project Coordinator, and Regional MYP Chair for Southern China. With a wealth of experience and a dedication to his craft, Ernie Boyd is a prominent member of the education community, committed to student growth and the performing arts.

Thom Ferlisi

Thom Ferlisi is an experienced theatre educator dedicated to fostering connections and building a supportive community for theatre and performing arts teachers. With a Master’s in Educational Theatre from New York University and a background in special education, Thom brings unique expertise to his role. Over the past four years, he has served as a full-time theatre teacher, guiding students in acting, directing, producing, and technical theatre, with a special love for musical theatre. He also holds graduate certificates in Blended Learning and School Administration, enhancing his ability to create innovative learning experiences. Thom aims to address the isolation theatre teachers often face, promoting a strong community for professional growth and student-centered learning.

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