Teaching with Improvisation Fellowship

Rejuvenate your practice.
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The Teaching with Improvisation Fellowship is an invigorating, yearlong learning experience grounded in the art of improvisation and the 5 Core Elements that lead to an engagement-rich classroom. The Fellowship kicks off with the Summer Institute in Washington, DC June 25-27 (9 AM – 3 PM). This year we will connect all our learning in the Summer Institute to the brand new OSSE SEL Standards. Fellows learn to listen attentively; hone their observation skills; and engage their curiosity and empathy to deepen their understanding of their students’ needs and how they learn. Following this three-day session, Fellows receive in-classroom support throughout the school year. They are empowered and expected to lead transformative professional development within their own school communities and this year they will be among the first educators in the District to learn how to implement and share the new SEL Standards. 

What do 2023-2024 Teaching with Improvisation Fellows have to say about the program?

  • 100% of participants rated the learning as useful or very useful for their work and as engaging or very engaging
  • 100% of participants reported that the session was relevant to someone teaching their content area and grade level
  • Participants learned how to build more meaningful relationships with students – a key to Social Emotional Learning

In their own words, here are some of the things teachers had to say after the Summer Institute:

“Your workshops inspire me to connect deeply with my students, and as an administrator, to connect more deeply with our instructors.”

“Thank you for all these life-affirming ideas!”

“This was a reminder that there is still joy in teaching no matter how challenging it has become.”

A square, spiral-bound notebook with a colorful cover that reads "Hooray for 2023" Inspiration for the Year Ahead

Standards Addressed

Teaching with Improvisation Fellows learn through professional development strategies that align with the below OSSE SEL standard categories and will be equipped with Inspired Teaching resources and activities that address these standards in their classrooms.

OSSE SEL Standards

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize, understand and express one’s emotions and how they impact one’s actions. Self-awareness includes the ability to identify one’s personal strengths, interests, values and challenges, develop positive self-identity, recognize oneself as a lifelong learner and know when one needs to seek help.

Self-management is the ability to manage and express one’s emotions, set and achieve personal and academic goals and persevere through challenges.

Social and cultural awareness is the ability to empathize with and respect others, including those with different and diverse perspectives, abilities, backgrounds and cultures. Social and cultural awareness includes the ability to understand and use positive social and communication skills.

Relationship Skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership and seek or offer help when needed.

Decision-Making and Agency: The ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacity to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social and collective wellbeing.



We are grateful to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for its support of this program.