Workshops & Residencies for Schools
Mimi combines a deep knowledge of the arts and curriculum with a creative and intuitive teaching style.
Her workshops and residencies are based on state and national standards, and her arts-integrated approach is designed to reach all learners.
All educational programs are available as professional development workshops or weeklong writing residencies for students.
In science, we're always trying to understand things that are too small or too big to comprehend, from tiny cells to our entire universe. How do we explain these things? By comparing them to things we understand. Learn how to transform science into poetry, and discover a technique to make science concepts stick for a lifetime.
A Kennedy Center Workshop
Arrive at Ellis Island in 1901 with only a steamer trunk and your hopes, and discover how to live in a new country without leaving your own culture behind. As we immigrate, we will integrate, weaving writing and drama seamlessly with social studies to bring history to life and understand the complex process of becoming an American.
Got Intelligence? In this workshop, you’ll try on a variety of ways to be smart. We’ll start with a Bodily-Kinesthetic assessment to figure out how comfortable we are with Howard Gardner's theory, then build our brains from materials at hand and explore the Intelligences within us with a Multiple Intelligences Treasure Hunt.
From Homer to Keats, poets have always found inspiration in art, translating visual literacy into a verbal art form. Explore a variety of artworks and learn how to read deeply into the works of art you have chosen to discover their secrets, and translate those secrets into poems.
The natural world provides many opportunities for visual literacy, as we constantly make sense of all the things we see outdoors. While we enjoy a sunset or other natural event, we’ll figure out how much we can discern from what we see in nature, thinking in terms of science, art and personal appreciation.
Which standards do you hate to teach? In this workshop, we’ll yank out all those standards that your students just don’t understand, no matter how many times you try to teach them. Together, we’ll develop ways you can use every art form—creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts and visual art—to help your students understand and use those concepts for the rest of their lives.
“Over there, over there,” a war was going on. But over here, the war effort was an essential element of everyday life. Whether we were participating in scrap drives at school, saving cooking fat to make bombs, and working in factories on the home front of this historic war. Take on the role of an American citizen during World War II and share your understanding of this important time through poetry.
Use the highly flexible Word Bowl approach to poetry as a tool to deepen understanding of words and ideas, while creating delightful poems. You’ll start by creating your own poems, trade words like baseball cards and learn a fun approach to revision.
Can you smell your grandmother’s pies baking? Dive into a cool, blue swimming pool on a steamy August day? As you swim through memory and imagination, your writing will simmer with similes and effervesce with images. Everyone will fall in love with poetry—from lifelong writers to those who’d rather scrub a bathtub than write a poem.
Transform yourself into an endangered animal, to examine your life in your habitat, understand why you need your adaptations and invent new ones. Then share your newfound wisdom - and your requests for others to respect your habitat - by creating poetry and visual art.
Discover how landforms make poetry of the landscape through rich metaphors that deepen student understanding of science and social studies. Create a café featuring the landforms of your state in a collaborative poem and write from the point of view of your favorite landform to learn how landforms grow, change and inhabit the landscape.
Explore how animal, plants and climates interact to form miniature worlds in perfect balance. Your students will put the eco in ecosystem, the art in arts integration and the poet in poetry.
If you were a body of water, what would you notice? How does the water cycle really work? Explore the mysteries of water through poetry, dance, science, social studies and visual art.
Discover the backstory of literature by becoming characters from novels and stories. Imagery, simile, metaphor and line breaks: these all work together to create powerful poems to help develop a deeper understanding of literature.
This workshop is for everyone, from those who wake up with a poem on your lips to those who can't string two sentences together with a needle and thread. Become an expert in communicating anything and everything through writing. From Play-Doh to Plato, from Vick’s VapoRub to vectors, from soap bubbles to surface tension, you’ll integrate writing with your five senses throughout your life - and throughout the curriculum.