Professional Development

Skills for 21st Century Educators.

MoPOP's Professional Development series offers insight into MoPOP's educational resources and programs as well as skill-based workshops designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of student (and teacher) learning styles.

JULY 24–28, 2017

Led by master teaching artists Kim Alessi and Nicole Appell, this 30-hour professional development week will focus on deepening best practices for the integration of arts into STEM education. Participants will engage in hands-on projects focused around media arts production and engineering/3D design and puppetry.

9am–4pm; MoPOP
$160; 30 WA State clock hours available

Full scholarships for Creative Advantage schools' teachers available for this training. For application and to receive your registration code contact


9:00am–12:00pm - A Teacher's Dream: The World of Media Arts on iPad
noon–1:00pm - Lunch 
1:00pm–4:00pm - Paper Engineering and 3D Design: Puppetry Art for the Classroom


A Teacher's Dream: The World of Media Arts on iPad

Explore the creative audio and video production and graphic design features of an iPad to create empowering podcasts, interviews, audio diaries, oral histories, graphic designs, short movies, movie trailers, and more.

Paper Engineering and 3D Design: Puppetry Art for the Classroom

Bring Jim Henson's imaginative world of puppetry into your classroom in this hands-on sculpture series. We will explore the intersection of Language Arts and Visual Arts through paper engineering and 3-D design. Each teacher-participant will design, construct, and develop original puppets throughout the course of the week using a variety of paper media.



Kim Alessi is a Seattle-based educator, curriculum writer, and teacher trainer specializing in arts integration and educational technology. She's a long-time classroom teacher, a mobile app reviewer with Common Sense Media, a media arts instructor, and a published curriculum writer for Apple Computer, Developments in Literacy, Smithsonian Global Sound, MoPOP, and Seattle International Children's Festival/Giant Magnet. Kim’s currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Villa Academy in Seattle and enjoys meaningful arts and technology integration, project-based learning, and making lessons relevant learners of all ages every day. When unplugged, Kim's romping in the Pacific Northwest's glorious wilderness, building all sorts of contraptions with her sons, helping out in their schools, instigating home-spun science experiments and arts projects, and cooking tasty dishes with family and friends. 


Nicole Appell is a Seattle artist who specializes in working with youth in community art projects. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Art, Nicole has taught art at many Northwest venues including the Kirkland Arts Center, the Frye Art Museum, University of Washington Summer Day Youth Programs, and Seattle and Lake Washington Public Schools. In addition to her work in the classroom, Nicole also works in her own art studio, painting and creating multi-layered mixed media artworks. Combining materials such as canvas, wood, papers, paints, fibers, and metal, Nicole’s work is about exploring layers. She regularly exhibits her work at galleries and venues around the Northwest. 


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