Springboard to Learning has expanded to online programming! With the Springboard to Virtual Learning catalog, schools in the St. Louis area and beyond have access to essential, interactive, arts-integrated educational programming online. Take a look at our offerings below, and check back for updates as more virtual programs become available!

Character Education Programs

 

Smiling at Diversity
Jenna Bauer
Art Form: Visual
Residency or Workshop, Grades 2-8
This residency uses the artist’s color wheel to encourage children to contemplate their similarities and differences as human beings.

Standing By/Standing Up
Tim Collins
Art Form: Theater
Performance, Grades 4-12
Standing By/Standing Up is a timely one-man show that depicts four students challenged by various forms of bullying.

Mindful Movement
Margaret Hassenstab
Art Form: Dance, Movement
Residency, Grades PK-2
Mindful Movement introduces students to awareness of self, space and community using creative movement and dance.

Words from the Drum
Kunama Mtendaji
Art Form: Dance, Music, Storytelling
Performance, Grades K-12
Kunama drums, sings, dances and tells stories rich in African-American folklore with a vibrant energy, bringing together all ages.

Back to the Books
Bobby Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Performance, Grades K-8
Using high energy animation and dynamic sound effects, Bobby Norfolk brings to life myths, folktales and legends!
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The Moral of the Story
Sherry Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Performance, Grades PK-K
These fun-filled stories help young children learn how develop empathy and understanding without preaching! 

 

English/Language Arts Programs

 

Voice and Verse
Pacia Anderson
Art Form: Writing
Residency, Grades 4-8
Through spoken word poetry, students will engage in self-exploration, vocabulary expansion, and public speaking.

Juggling to Read
Jeff Koziatek
Art Form: Theater
Performance, Grades K-5
Everything you see in the show can be learned in a book!  What will you do with the special super power of reading? 

The Three Little What-zits and the
Big Bad Who-zit

Sherry Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling, Theater
Residency, Grades PK-5
Sherry will explore the pattern of fracturing stories with students.
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Young Voices
Sherry Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Residency, Grades 2-12
Students experiment with visualization, drama skills and storytelling to act and “tell” their way through the process of writing a story.
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The Language of Creative Movement
Sarah Anne Patz
Art Form: Dance
Residency, Grades K-2
Bring the concepts of your curriculum to life through the kinesthetic intelligence with a veteran dancer and educator.

Messages in the Media
Ed Reggi

Art Form: Theater, Visual
Workshop or Residency, Grades 3-12
Students analyze the effects of media messages and sharpen their own media literacy skills.

Mission Improvable
Ed Reggi
Art Form: Storytelling, Theater
Residency, Grades K-12
Students construct a play based on a classroom theme and experience pantomime, storytelling and spontaneous character.

MusicMaker
Signature Program
Art Form: Music
Residency, Grades 2-8
Students develop a variety of literacy skills through music creation and song-writing in this hands-on residency.

Read! Write! Act!
Signature Program
Art Form: Storytelling, Theater
Residency, Grades 3-8
Students become master screenwriters & enhance essential literacy skills as they work through the process of developing a movie.

Songs Can Change the World
Linda Wheatland Smith
Art Form: Music
Residency, Grades PK-2
During this sing-along, young children build community and experience joy as they keep the tradition of American folk music alive.

Dramatic Play Through Puppetry
Paul Vandivort
Art Form: Storytelling, Theater
Residency, Grades PK-K
Guided by puppeteer Paul Vandivort, students in this program learn to use puppets to enter imaginary worlds and to act out stories.

The Wright Rhythms for Small Hands
Glen “Papa” Wright
Art Form: Music
Workshop, Grades K-4
While scraping, shaking and striking a wide variety of instruments, “Papa” leads students through a creative musical adventure.

 

Math Programs

 

Virtual Mathemagic
Abra-Kid-Abra
Art Form: Theater
Residency, Grades 1-6
Discover the magic of math, the wonders of numbers, and the courage to stand in front of strangers and perform, with sessions tailored to your grade level!

Moving Through Math
Diana Barrios
Art Form: Dance
Residency, Workshop or Performance, Grades K-4
This interactive demonstration is a fun and lively program using music and dance to bring elementary math and geometry to life.

Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors
Laughing Matters
Art Form: Theater
Performance, Grades PK-K
Jay and Leslie use mime, juggling, sign language, and a big bag of tricks to teach little ones basic concepts they need for kindergarten. 

The Art of Baseball
Signature Program
Art Form: Visual
Residency, Grades 3-8
Students explore all aspects of baseball & develop essential math skills related to analyzing data and creating infographics. 

 

 

 

Professional Development

 

Actor’s Tools for the Classroom
Khaleshia Thorpe-Price
Art Form: Theater
Professional Development Workshop,
Elementary & Middle School Educators
Participants will actively explore the elements of drama while learning performance strategies that align with classroom content.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Various Artists
Professional Development Residency,
Early Childhood Educators
This internationally respected program provides innovative arts-integrated teaching strategies in an embedded residency with early childhood educators through drama, music, and dance.

 

Science/Health Programs

 

All That Dance!
Alicia Gbaho
Art Form: Dance
Residency, Grades 2-8
Students spend three weeks exploring Jazz, Modern, West African, and Hip Hop dance and learning about their history and music.

Hip-Hop Dance
Alicia Gbaho
Art Form: Dance
Residency, Grades 2-12
Students explore Hip hop dance, music, and history, and work in small groups to to choreograph and perform original dances.

Leapin’ Lizards
Sherry Nofolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Performance, Grades PK-K
Geckos, chameleons, horned lizards, gators and crocodiles slither and slide through these multicultural tales!
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Learning Through Movement
Signature Program
Art Form: Dance
Residency, Grades PK-8
Explore the music and history associated with dance in America. Students learn hip-hop, disco and other dance moves.

 

 

 

Social Studies/Culture Programs

 

St. Louis and the Great Fire of 1849
Barnes Bradshaw
Art Form: Storytelling, Theater
Workshop, Grades 3-8
Through a first-hand theatrical account, students will learn how the fire of 1849 changed the history of St. Louis forever.

Dancing Through the Decades
Fanfare
Art Form: Music
Performance, Grades K-12
What would you hear if you turned on the radio 20, 40 or 60 years ago? Find out with one of STL’s top ten musical groups.

How Freedom Works
Laughing Matters
Art Form: Theater
Performance or Workshop, Grades 3-6
Students gain a deeper understanding of American government with this lighthearted and engaging program.

Living History Programs
Bobby Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Performance, Grades K-12
Through first-person narrative, Bobby Norfolk will bring to life a historical character into your classroom. 
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Rhythms, Rhymes & Raps
Bobby Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Performance, Grades K-12
Kids discover the music of poetry through a rollicking multi-cultural tour of raps and finger-snapping, toe-tapping traditional verse.
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Becoming Visible Through our Stories
Sherry Norfolk
Art Form: Storytelling
Residency, Grades 4-12
Students will research their cultural heritage, then identify a folktale from that culture by analyzing and evaluating online sources.
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Heroes are Everywhere
Seth Reichgott
Art Form: Theater, Storytelling
Residency, Grades 3-8
Students follow a series of writing prompts to climb the “story mountain” and create their own journey myths.

Medea, Thor & More
Seth Reichgott
Art Form: Theater
Performance, Grades K-8
This performance explores the meanings and functions of world mythology by bringing to life myths from different areas of the world.

Harmonica and the Blues
Sandy Weltman
Art Form: Music
Residency, Grades 3-12
From the Civil War to the Great Depression to the present day, participants explore the history of the harmonica and the blues.