Professional Development Workshops

We offer two introductory workshops for groups, scheduled with us based on mutually preferred dates.  Reach out to schedule an introductory workshop or email Abby Crawford to discuss a longer term professional development partnership.  All of our workshops are ideal for educators across disciplines, subject-matter, settings, and grade levels.

Defining Arts Integration

As a Kennedy Center Partner in Education, we are positioned to share and teach about arts integration utilizing their resources.  This session requires 90 to 120 minutes (depending on group size).  During the workshop, participants see robust examples of arts integration in action, hear from our team, and develop a common language and understanding of arts integration.  We can come to you or, depending on availability, host you at COCA.

Abby Crawford
Director of Education

Studio Habits of Mind

COCA has been committed to the Studio Habits for nearly 10 years.  In that time, we’ve learned a lot about how connected The Habits are with all content areas.  In this workshop, we break down the big ideas across content areas and map them onto the Studio Habits, laying the ground work for arts integrated planning.  This session requires 90 to 120 minutes (depending on group size).  During the workshop, participants will begin to see connections between all content areas, so we find this workshop is particularly helpful for grade level teams, curriculum teams, etc.  We can come to you or, depending on availability, host you at COCA.

COCAedu Cohort

The COCAedu Cohort is a professional development opportunity designed to engage a community of like-minded, arts-centered classroom educators. This initiative strives to develop arts integration strategies, influence teaching practice, and undertake capacity building efforts through coaching, building expertise and infrastructure in schools.

Cohort Participants

COCAedu Cohort participants are interested in increasing and strengthening their arts integration practice, committed to ongoing engagement with group learning experiences and individual coaching, and receive administrative support to test arts integration through action research. Cohort participants work the entire year and receive support through: email newsletters, quarterly one-on-one coaching cycles, and quarterly small-group learning experiences.

Meet the Cohort

Whitney Adams | 5th Grade Teacher | Lee Expressive Arts Elementary
Whitney was born and raised in Columbia and also attended the University of Missouri. After college, she was a Teaching Fellow through the University of Missouri and earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. This experience prepared her for conducting action research in the classroom, which she’s excited to do with the COCAedu Cohort. Whitney has been teaching at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary in Columbia, MO, for seven years.
Donna Harmon | Performing Arts Instructor | Brittany Woods Middle School

Donna Harmon is a theatre educator, artist, and motivational speaker, originally from Ferguson, Missouri. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University, in 2004 with her Bachelors in Speech Communication, and , she received a Master of Arts in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix. Donna worked as a theatre teacher at Troy Buchanan High School (from 2007-2016), where she taught Introduction to Theatre, Stagecraft, Acting, Public Speaking, and Debate. She has served as Director and Creative Director for more than 25 shows. She currently teaches Theater, Stagecraft and Advanced Acting at Brittany Woods Middle School. This is Donna’s first year as an educator cohort for COCA.
Sarah Mathews | Performing Arts Instructor | Grand Center Arts Academy
Sarah teaches theater at Grand Center Arts Academy. She has her BA in Theater from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame Indiana and her M.A in Teaching from Lindenwood University. She has been teaching in various capacities for over 12 years, 9 of those years have been in Missouri Public Schools. Sarah has experience in Acting, Directing, Music, Art, and Technical Theater. She is excited to be a part of the COCAedu cohort and hopes to inspire and collaborate with other teachers while integrating the arts in all disciplines.
Gloria Pasley Gloria Pasley | Arts Specialist | Wedgwood School
Gloria is an elementary general/vocal music teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. She has a B.M.E. in Vocal Music (K–12) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; a M.M. in Vocal Music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Educational Administration (emphasis Policy Analysis) from Columbia University, New York. Her dissertation for the doctorate degree was conducted on observing arts integrated programs that were infused into schools on the East Coast. She’d like to see more of this here in the Midwest, and that’s why she’s excited about the COCAedu Cohort.

Interested in learning more?
Contact Abby Crawford, Director of Education and School Partnerships, at or 314.561.4888.