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Child Development in the Teaching Artist's Classroom

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

During this special presentation by licensed clinical social worker Shipra Parikh, teaching artists will learn to incorporate core principles of child development into a holistic approach to creative pedagogical work with young people.

Focusing on K-8 students, this workshop will encourage educators to deeply consider their role in the classroom and will guide them toward a more developmentally-attuned teaching practice rooted in the life experiences of teacher and student alike. Through a combination of lecture, interactive feedback, and small group consultation, teaching artists will develop their awareness of how to connect with students who have experienced trauma, be mindful of power dynamics within the classroom, and harness the potential of creative activities to engage widely differing worldviews.

This workshop is presented by Chicago Artists Coalition in partnership with Hyde Park Arts Center.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore the needs of students of different ages, what they can tolerate and process, and how to connect with students throughout their developmental lifespan.
  • Best practices for fostering an inclusive space of creative expression and dialogue within the classroom.
  • Assess and evaluate the expectations and biases one brings into pedagogical exchanges and how they inform your approach to teaching students.
  • Develop an understanding of how we (young people and the adults who work with them) define and process traumatic experiences, and how/why we find expression for these experiences in the classroom.
  • Craft age-appropriate responses to young people that support their developmental needs in the classroom based on a relational trauma lens.

Shipra Parikh, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical social worker, social justice advocate, and scholar. Her work includes therapeutic services to children and families impacted by micro and macro level trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, community violence, and developmental traumas experienced intergenerationally, or through the immigration/acculturation process. She also works as a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service administration, teaching in the areas of trauma treatment, participatory action research movements, and developmentally driven justice work, informed by how human beings evolve across the lifespan and within societies. She is inspired by self-expression in any form and participatory work, especially work involving questions of identity (race, class, ethnicity, educational access, ability) and the creation of opportunities to engage in community driven dialogue. Her work outside her home also mirrors her work inside her home - she is schooled in daily expressions of social justice and equity by her three primary co-collaborators - her partner and their two children.


$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members + HPAC Members | FREE for BOLT, FIELD/WORK, HATCH, and LAUNCH residents and HPAC Teaching Artists

Online registration for this program is now closed. Registration is available at the door prior to the event!

Please note: This workshop will include a potluck lunch. All participants are encouraged to bring a beverage or dish to share.