Professional Development Center

EPC 520 Creative Literacy: Building Literacy Through the Arts

Course Number: EPC 520
Course Title: Creative Literacy: Building Literacy Through the Arts
Class #: 62419
Dates: August 18-22, 2014
Times: 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: University of Southern Maine, 43 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus
Faculty: John Holdridge, USM Adjunct Faculty
Credit: Three (3) Inservice Graduate Credits
Tuition/Fees: $1,319.00 (Maine Resident)
Registration Form: Click here or call 780-5055

Creative Literacy will be an exploration of the integration of literacy development and the arts. This class will engage you as active participants as we move through a series of workshops grounded in the Performance Cycle, a flexible framework for classroom literacy development that can be used at all levels of learning and across virtually all content areas. In addition to using various creative practices to deepen and demonstrate comprehension of a core text, participants will have time to reflect, engage in professional conversations with peers, and make plans to implement new learning strategies into current classroom practices. More information on this course can be found at

John Holdridge is an independent education consultant specializing in creative literacy development as well as a senior consultant with the ArtsLiteracy Project <> based at Brown University. John has been living and working in Maine for the past 6 years and has led writing and performance workshops for K-12 students and professional development workshops for teachers in districts across the state. John has worked with students and teachers from Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Lewiston, Waterville and Auburn and is currently working closely with teams of teachers in the South Portland School Department as they implement creative literacy strategies in their classrooms.