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All the World's a Stage: The Creative Arts as a Tool for Character Development and Transformation
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When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Where: Lick-Wilmerding High School
755 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, California  94112
United States

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Includes coffee and lunch

Member Schools

$125 for first registrant from a school / $100 for additional attendees 


$200 for first registrant from a school / $175 for additional attendees


Target Audience

Formal and informal creative arts teachers interested in character development.



Join Dr. Nicole Kavner Miller as she explores the power of creative arts education in effectively teaching social-emotional learning skills to students. Whether through theater, fine arts, movement, writing, or music, the creative arts enable us to look deeply into the artistic mirror, and shine a light on aspects of who we are, and who we want to be. Creative Arts teachers have seen this transformation unfold time and time again. 

This workshop will offer discussion, journaling, experiential activities, ideas, and strategies you can bring back to your own classrooms, to foster your students' character development, explore their inner worlds, strengthen their interpersonal dynamics, and build self-confidence.


Tentative Agenda

9am-3:30pm, Lunch 12-1pm
  • Introduction: The Power of the Creative Arts in Character Development - An overview and discussion
  • We will then split the day into separate areas of the arts. Each topic will focus on specific social-emotional learning concepts, such as self-confidence, compassion, good communication skills, active listening, team-building, conflict resolution, and more, and associated experiential activities participants can bring back to their schools:
    -  Writing
    -  Art
    -  Movement and music
    -  Drama/theatre/public speaking
  • Closing discussion and individual/group strategy sessions


About the presenter

Nicole K. Miller, PhD joined the faculty of East Woods School in 2016 as an Upper School Humanities Teacher, and this past year, took on the additional role of Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator. A teacher for over 17 years, Dr. Miller has taught K-8 classes, mostly in the humanities and the performing arts, as well as led community service programs, created meaningful peer mediation programs, and consulted on, and wrote, curriculum for peace studies and advisory programs. 

Her creative arts teaching experiences have included directing all-school musicals, and teaching and directing programs in improvisation, scene study, creative writing, skit writing, and comedy to groups of children and adults in New York, California, Hawaii, and London. She has performed in several shows in Hawaii with Waimea Community Theater, as well as directed community theater shows, such as It's a Wonderful Life and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After studying Stand-Up Comedy with Sandi Shore (daughter of The Comedy Store's Mitzi Shore), and Greg Dean in Los Angeles, Nicole briefly braved the open mic scene in LA. While realizing that a stand-up career was not in her future, she noted the power inherent in the art form in teaching confidence, timing, and public speaking skills.

As an adjunct college professor in Classics and Humanities, Dr. Miller has taught courses in Classical and World Mythology at Montclair State University and Suffolk County Community College, and presented papers on Mythology, Depth Psychology, Unstorying, and the Arts at numerous conferences nationally, and internationally. Her outside work includes experience as a life coach, and is the founder of The Unstoried Self, which teaches the process of Unstorying to individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Miller is currently working on a book and curriculum for using Unstorying, a tool for breaking out of our patterning, and cultivating more meaningful and authentic interpersonal relationships, in school and organizational settings.


Meals Provided

Coffee will be served in the morning and lunch from 12-1pm.



Lick-Wilmerding High School is located at 755 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, across the street from City College of San Francisco. The school is within walking distance of the Balboa Park BART public transit station and various bus routes. For more information on getting there, please visit Lick-Wilmerding's webpage.


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