We create curricular frameworks and learning experiences rooted in a creative inquiry drawing upon neuroscience and cultural and contemporary art practice. Our work navigates pathways from patterns of harm toward reconciliation, inviting the artist within us all to lead for love and liberation.We utilize an in-depth understanding of how the brain and body work, applying the ways that arts support the brain to encode information for long-term memory, for example, as well as how the brain processes information in short bursts, through consistent protocols and cultural portals (the arts) for optimal retention.
A few samples of our curriculum development work include U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Othering & Belonging Curriculum; World Trust and W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Healing Curriculum; and Super Awesome: Giant Robot Interdisciplinary Unit for Oakland Museum of California.
Consulting & Strategic Planning/ Organizational Development
Studio Pathways serves as pedagogical advisors for professional arts organizations, educational & research partners, non-profits, universities, LLCs and individual educators at large. This work incorporates our efforts towards collectivism - an understanding of the collective nature of how learners learn and how teachers teach and the belief that ideas that shape the world are best crafted by the hands of many.
Some of our work in this area includes work with Art Corp’s Arts Integration Summer Institute; Turnaround Arts California in partnership with The Kennedy Center for K-8 educators; workshop and lesson design consulting for Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain; and Mia Birdsong, TED Speaker and family narrative change advocate.
Training & Professional Development
We maintain a menu of powerful professional development workshops that can be adapted to meet the unique needs of your learning environment. Our most popular signature training workshops address culturally responsive pedagogy in the arts and have been successfully presented to groups of educators throughout the state, including teams at Stanford University.
Other professional development workshops and learning themes include schoolwide implementation of integrated learning pedagogy and strategies for administrators to increase regional and county impact through the arts.
Rise Up! An American Curriculum Featured Project
Rise Up! An American Curriculum uses creative inquiry to explore Hamilton: An American Musical. Lessons help students to understand and critically examine Hamilton themes and artistry, and to express their own personal narrative through writing and performance. The Rise Up! curriculum includes standards-aligned modules for high school students in Theatre Arts and English Language Arts. Check out the work here.