Workshops & Professional Development

Embracing Our Differences provides a variety of teacher workshops throughout the school year. While open to all teachers, Sarasota and Manatee County teachers attending are eligible to receive in-service credit. Here's what past workshop participants have to say:

"Thank you for making us feel so special and loved."
"I feel inspired again as an artist and as a teacher."
"An inspiring affirmation that gives wings to the dream of social justice through the visual universal voice of EOD."

Education Ambassador Program 2020/2021

Intended Audience: Pre-K through 12th Grade Teachers, All Subject Areas

Registration Details

Dates

Oct. to Dec.  3 Virtual Mtgs. Total (60-90 min. each - held in the evening)
Jan. to April  3 Virtual Mtgs. TOtal (45-60 min. each - held in the evening)

Location
Online/Virtual

Application
Space is limited, and past participants must re-apply if they would like to be considered for the 2020/2021 cohort. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 25.

Online Application Form

Workshop Information

Program Goals
Educators will participate in a year-long program designed to empower teachers to carry messages of diversity, inclusion, respect and integrity into their classrooms and schools in innovative ways.

Through this program, participants become the EOD "experts" at their schools and work toward creating more inclusive and respectful school cultures by designing and facilitating their own EOD-inspired project.

Fall virtual meetings will be focused on exploring and brainstorming different topics while Spring virtual meetings will be focused on project check-ins.

Who Should Participate
This program is open to Pre-K through 12th Grade public/private/charter educators from Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties in all subject areas.

Professional Development Credits & Stipend
Participants will receive PD Credit for all virtual meetings in addition to a $500.00 PD Stipend in May 2021 upon successful program completion.

Contact

For more information, please contact:
Ben Jewell-Plocher, Education Director
941-404-5710
EMAIL

Reading Art Online PD Course

Intended Audience: Pre-K through 12th Grade Teachers, All Subject Areas

Registration Details

Manatee County
1. Register for Course #12833 via the MyPGS online learning platform
2. Watch online course (2 to 3 hours - complete at your own pace)
3. Complete the assignment sheet while watching
4. Save your assignment sheet as a PDF and email to [email protected]

Sarasota County
1. Watch online course (2 to 3 hours - complete at your own pace)
2. Complete the assignment sheet while watching
3. Save your assignment sheet as a PDF and email to [email protected] 
4. Course registration is not required (for reference, the course number is 8050)

All Other Counties & School Districts
1. Watch online course (2 to 3 hours - complete at your own pace)
2. Complete the assignment sheet while watching
3. Save your assignment sheet as a PDF and email to [email protected] 
4. Embracing Our Differences is happy to provide you with a certificate of completion.

Workshop Information

Earn 3 Professional Development credits via an online course that prepares you to utilize the Reading Art lesson with your students!

Created by Jessica DiLorenzo (Arts Integration Specialist, Sarasota County Schools / Any Given Child Sarasota) and Inspired by Melanie Rick's Reading Art Across the Curriculum and Visual Thinking Strategies, the EOD Reading Art lesson provides the framework and tools to explore EOD artwork using evidence-based, critical thinking strategies.

All assignment sheets must be received before April 1, 2021 to receive credit. 

Contact

For more information, please contact:
Ben Jewell-Plocher, Education Director
941-404-5710
EMAIL