Professional Development Resources & Presentations
The following list offers a brief description of four unique presentations and workshops specifically designed for teachers and professional development days and conferences.
In this session, you will discover how students work with a professional recording artist to write, record and perform an original song. We will actually be writing, recording and performing a song in this session. Songwriting teaches the value of taking creative risks and supporting those who are gifted differently and can involve every student in the school. Many schools use their song throughout the year to help focus and reinforce their core values as a community.
Slam Poetry is the combination of creative writing and creative performance. It’s not like acting because we don’t use props or costumes, and it’s not like rap or hip-hop because there is no music or beats. It’s just about words. In this session, you’ll discover why slam poetry is so effective at getting students excited about creative writing and transforming classrooms into encouraging, supportive creative environments. You’ll discover this by writing and (hopefully) performing yourself!
Multimedia Storytelling in Schools
The multimedia project is an exciting opportunity to work together in a highly creative environment that plays to the strengths of each individual, creating a win-win for everyone involved. In this session, participants work together to create a short multimedia video. Participants identify their talents and abilities and match them to what’s needed for the project. This includes storyboarding, operating cameras, writing, acting and editing as we produce a video together in session.
Rob Spade is an Anishinabe artist-educator from Northern Ontario (Fort Hope First Nation) with years of experience delivering cultural education, counseling, cultural sensitivity training, cultural-arts-based therapy and guidance to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth, and adults. He has worked in a variety of public arenas including the arts, education, justice, culture and heritage, health and mental health. Rob is a gifted and accomplished storyteller, dancer, drummer, singer, and visual artist influenced by the Ojibwe Woodlands Style.
Celeste Pedri is an Anishinabekwe from northwestern Ontario (Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation). She received her Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology at the University of Victoria and currently holds a tenure-track position in the School of Northern and Community Studies at Laurentian University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Indigenous art, Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous photography, Indigenous qualitative research, visual and material culture, and colonialism/decolonization. Celeste also teaches in the Masters of Indigenous Relations program at Laurentian.
Rik Leaf is a drummer/singer, producer, slam poet and published author whose family origin is the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. Identifying as a settler educated in a colonized system that broke his family’s connection to their traditional teachings, culture, and language, Rik has found indigenous teachings indispensable to his own journey of discovery.
These sessions start with a multicultural performance and then move into break out sessions where teachers have an opportunity to learn dance, drumming, and elements of multicultural and multidisciplinary storytelling from the artists. The sessions are very hands on and interactive, with lots of opportunities for Q&A.
L.E.A.F. Creative Productions
Head Office, Victoria, B.C., Canada