"Do Your Lessons Love Your Students?"

Culturally and Socio-Emotionally Responsive Teaching and Learning Through the Arts. 

The Course: Six episodes and a guidebook to support ongoing learning and implementation for professional learning communities or individual practice. 

The Content: Introductions and practice with the SPIRAL Framework, introduction and practice with throughlines, creative inquiries, artistic research, reflective practices, visual and performing arts. 

The Concepts: Individual and Collective Patterns, Culture, Cognition and the Arts, Implicit Bias, Explicit Belonging, Identity-safe Curriculum, Lineage, Narrative, Power Analysis, and Embodiment. 

This professional development guides you along a path of transformative teaching and learning, building capacities for liberatory education in and through the arts. 

CEUs Available


Benefit 1

Advance equity by increasing the cognitive capacity of learners through  contextual learning, creativity, and relationships. 

Benefit 2

Develop social-emotional learning practices through systems power analysis. 

Gain healthier connections across staff, students and families with attention on:  

Cognition—attention, creativity, analysis, problem-solving

Mindset—conscientiousness, perseverance, motivation, self-regulation

Empathy—listening, communication, teamwork, connection

Benefit 3

Develop cultural responsiveness and create life-affirming learning environments for belonging through the visual and performing arts. 

“ Jessa and Mariah have the most humble approach. What they don't highlight, but you can start to learn the more you get to talk with them, is their extensive extensive wealth of knowledge, practice, and research with some of the most respected educational institutions and organizations of higher education... yet they are centered in community and very humble in their professional approach.”

Amy Robinson
Program Manager, Solano County Office of Education