Designing Engaged Learning

Artist: Molly Gaston Johnson

Type: Professional Learning

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual

  • Designing Engaging Virtual Learning
  • Designing Engaging Virtual Learning
  • Designing Engaging Virtual Learning
  • Designing Engaging Virtual Learning


In this virtual professional learning program teachers will learn how to use basic elements and principles of design as a means of communicating ideas. Through designing their own artworks in a series of exercises that build from simple and quick, to more intentionally social-emotionally driven, and then curriculum-driven, teachers will be able to share a design language with their students. These experiences invite students to express their understanding of curriculum concepts and/or social-emotional concepts by employing the elements and principles of design. Teachers will learn to create abstracted visual representations of ideas and use those visual creations as a starting point for verbal and/or written explanation of concepts represented.


In-Person or Virtual

Recommended Participants

  • Teachers
  • Visual Arts Specialists

Learning Intentions

Participants will:

  • engage first-hand in the excitement of learning the language of design.
  • analyze the meaning of a concept and appraise options for how to create an abstracted visual design that represents that concept.
  • assess their work in comparison with responses on the same topic.
  • differentiate the nuance of meaning created in small design choices.
  • engage in guided reflection.
  • analyze the visual work of others and draw clues from these creations that connect to meaning.
  • state how personal reflections connect visual facts in the work they are analyzing to the meaning they have understood.
  • examine nuance through comparing one design to another.

YA Connections

  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating; Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Responding; Anchor Standard 7:
  • Perceiving and Analyzing Products
  • Social Emotional Learning 

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

  • Standard 4: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment


Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $375 (90 minute session) $600 (3 hour session) $1200 (6 hour session)

Travel Fee: $75 per day (virtual and on-demand programs are not charged for travel)


Program Length: up to 6 hours

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1-3

Appropriate For Grade(s): Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, All Grades



Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections