Leadership Training in a Dramatic Context
Use the effective “Drama at the Core” method in your classroom to instill teacher and student leadership.
Get all of your students engaged! Students excel when you include drama techniques in your curriculum.
Increase student achievement in:
- English-language acquisition
- Core subject-area proficiency
- Public speaking
- Self leadership
- Emotional balance
“Drama at the Core” Curriculum
Implementing a Dramatic Approach to Education
Currently available workshops
Promoting a positive and focused classroom environment
For the 21st century learner, successful teaching practices rely on teachers making authentic connections with all learners in their charge. We teachers have reached a critical time in education where we must be fearless and take greater risks.
We must take action to ensure that our approaches to teaching align with the expectations we have of our students’ approaches to learning. With an exchange of authentic connections both teacher and student experience positive and focused classroom success.
Objectives and outcomes of
- to create a positive and focused learning environment with brain-break activities to refocus and reconnect to the academic learning
- to support cultural changes within the school. Every teacher supports not only the academic development of students but also the social-emotional wellbeing
- to achieve sensory integration for learners to gain a sense of belonging and safety in the classroom
Drama strategies for social-emotional wellbeing
In this is experiential workshop for adolescents, we will explore the meaning of self-leadership and self-care through drama strategies.
Preparing today’s youth for an even more demanding technological way of life for tomorrow calls on educators to remain open-minded and vigilant in leading our learners with love in our hearts.
Objectives and outcomes of
- to provide opportunity for teens to explore their methods of social engagement among peers of different cultures
- to provide opportunity to develop self-leadership for personal success
- to instill an understanding of global advocacy and community building
- to create a safe space to unpack universal challenges common among youth
Integrating global advocacy in classroom teaching
This workshop examines ways to design interdisciplinary units across grade levels for a more diverse and collaborative approach to student learning where we explore the concepts of global advocacy through best teaching practices to ensure a student-led advocacy for global concerns.
Objectives and outcomes of
- to evaluate and analyze a range of best teaching practices for global advocacy
- to be confident in planning, delivering, and organizing related activities
- to integrate technological and artistic applications into units
- to design interdisciplinary thematic units across grade levels
- to design a showcase of outcomes for the school-wide community
About the instructor
Naima is a global advocate for social justice and change through action and uses her international teaching as a vehicle for her life’s work.
Naima believes that through making personal connections, you can empower others to find their own voice and strength. Naima’s educational philosophy holds that an innovative path to education is paved with creativity, knowledge, courage and the awareness of developing minds.
The onus is on the educator to un-apologetically possess, express and facilitate these qualities in every learning environment.
What My Students Say
I have known Naima Thompson since 2012, where she was my 7th grade drama teacher. I was very fond of the subject, and Ms. Thompson caught on to that quickly.
Over the years, I worked with her on 7 plays, 1 of which we co-wrote and directed
I was also thoroughly involved in her non profit organization as well, where we helped educate children in Africa through providing acting classes in Dubai. I continued to work with Ms. Thompson throughout my years in high school. She is a teacher I have talked to, and worked with the most in my life.
The one thing I will never forget, is hearing her say, “We are aiming for perfection, period,” once during a rehearsal for a play. And she won’t stop till what she is working on is truly, perfect.
And her magnetic charisma infects you with this crave for perfection that will never go away.
The definition of leaders are made not born really is applied when the name Naima Thompson from Trinidad & Tobago is mentioned. “Naima The Leader” was once one of my teachers but forever one of my mentors.
The older I grow the more I realize how powerful your surroundings every single day are. If we don’t have powerful leaders to have the “right” impact on our lives, individuals can miss key parts to one’s life of successes.
Naima believed in me not as just an athlete but a human being. This has really helped me to keep pushing to be the best human I can be and still today the leadership quality she embedded in me keeps my trail-blazing mentality going.
I have known Ms. Naima Thompson since 2016, where she was my 6th grade drama teacher, and since then, she has continued to be an inspiration to me.
I have always loved drama, and Ms. Thompson realized that quickly. She gave me opportunities to push myself, to grow, and to experience things I had never done before. Ms. Thompson believed in me like no one had ever done before.
I was involved with her non-profit organization as well, where we helped educate underprivileged children in Africa through the dramatic arts.
This outreach program was funded by the drama classes Ms. Thompson taught.
In these classes, I was exposed to real world issues, and was able to understand them through writing and performing my own pieces.
Ms. Thompson opened my eyes up to the real world, and gave me opportunities to grow as a performer and as a person, and for that, I am forever grateful.
Ms. Naima Thompson is an inspiration to the youth and elderly. She was like a mother to me and all her other students. She taught me in a way that learning was fun and easy.
Ms. Thompson has a way of making you competitive, but not with others, always with yourself. This provides you with a means of improving and self confidence.
Everyone goes through tough times, as much as I did, and we all have our own problems. I can guarantee you that having Ms. Thompson in your life will help you overcome problems and fears.
I had a phase in which I was lost, I was going down a path that was leading me nowhere. Through all her truthfulness and sharing Ms. brought me back on a track I can be proud of.
She helped me to find the little light in my life and make it brighter. She helped shaped me into the person I am today.
Leaving Ms. Thompson broke my heart, but I still miss her with all the broken pieces.
Naima has the ability to have a lifelong impact on young people. She was first my high school drama teacher (2003 -2006), but more importantly, became a mentor and life long friend.
Even though we moved continents away from each other, Naima continued to coach and guide me. She mentored me through a University degree in Theatre Production and Design, and as I later worked in the Theatre industry in Toronto.
Even as I recently completed my Masters degree and became a teacher myself, Naima continues to invest time and care into a former student.
One of the most impactful lessons that I learned from Naima is: It doesn’t matter what your background is, how much money you have, which school you go to. We all have the same ability to tell a story and transform ourselves into someone else for a short time.
This transformation allows us to build empathy towards others, or to gain courage and skills to change our own story.
Ms. Thompson is a great teacher.
I always saw her as my mentor. She has helped me use theatre as a way to express myself. When I first walked into her class I was very shy and I had trouble with public speaking.
She helped me overcome that struggle and gave me my passion for theatre. She pushed me to use my full potential and help make me a better person.
She always gives the best advice and life lessons, she has truly helped me grow throughout the past years and I could never be more thankful to have such a teacher in my life.