Instructional Design

Background: As the Senior Student Associate for Campus and Community Engagement, I create lesson materials for students grades 6-12 that relate to specially-geared Texas Performing Arts performance opportunities. The Performing Arts Academic Connection (PAAC) partnership invites students from area schools to experience the power of performing arts at a discounted rate. In collaboration with teachers and district leadership, I work to design standards-aligned lesson materials to accompany PAAC performances, usually taught for one week surrounding the performance experience. 

My role: In my role as an instructional designer, my work involves:

  • Collaborating with local teachers, administrators, and visiting artists to ensure high-quality instructional materials that align with state and local goals for student achievement 
  • Researching and implementing accessible, adaptable curriculum to meet the needs of all students
  • Creating lesson materials that align with Texas Language Arts standards as well as standards for theatre, dance, music, and other disciplines
  • Engaging students through the tools of technology, including a special emphasis on integrating tablets and smartphones
  • Working with the Texas Performing Arts Marketing Department to weave lessons into the performance information presentation platform, Issuu. 

In the 2017 — 2018 academic year, I designed lesson materials for: 

  • Fifth House Ensemble's Journey: LIVE, a multimedia performance experience that combines live video game play, music performance, and visual art
  • Ezralow Dance's OPEN, a dynamic contemporary dance performance by the world-renowned company led by acclaimed choreographer Daniel Ezralow
  • Hum A Cappella, an ensemble comprised of UT students performing traditional South Asian music with a contemporary a cappella twist
  • The UT Chamber singers, an ensemble comprised of UT students performing world choral music with a special performance emphasis on the traditional American songbook

In the 2018 — 2019 academic year, our team will deliver lessons focusing on four ensembles, including traditional Indian classical dance ensemble Ragamala Dance and gospel ensemble Trey McLaughlin's Sounds of Zamar. 

 

Work Samples

Journey LIVE Issuu Cover

Journey LIVE Lesson Materials

Designed for students in grades 6 — 12, the lesson materials, plans, and assessments in this packet are designed to engage students' understanding of the literary structure of the hero's journey, the narrative power of video gaming, and the transformative energy of design thinking. 

This guide, created by the Texas Performing Arts Marketing Department, was distributed to all teachers cooperating in the performance experience. Inside, find links to all of my lesson materials and assessments. 

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Instructional Templates

When I arrived at Texas Performing Arts, our lesson materials, including lesson plans and supplemental slides presentations, were inconsistent with TPA's visual identity.

In partnership with the design team at the Texas Performing Arts Marketing department, I created these templates for use in all of our instructional deliverables. Both adhere to our brand standards while organizing instruction and context in an easy-to-read, engaging format. These new templates include materials for teachers, printable materials for students, and materials for our presentations to schools and administrators. 

Ezralow Dance Open Lesson Cover

Ezralow Dance: OPEN Lesson Materials

 

Designed for students in grades 6 — 12, the lesson materials, plans, and assessments in this packet are designed to engage students' appreciation of dance from an interdisciplinary perspective, bring forth opportunities for creative play and independent multimedia research and presentation, and expose students to examples of creativity for social change all around the world. 

This guide, created by the Texas Performing Arts Marketing Department, was distributed to all teachers cooperating in the performance experience. Inside, find links to all of my lesson materials and assessments.