Professional Development and Trainings


Both regionally and nationally, Neighborhood Bridges training is available to educators and school districts. The Bridges program is designed to train teachers and teaching artists, so they can implement the Neighborhood Bridges pedagogy and techniques in their local communities. Bridges is currently partnering with 12 national sites, from Pennsylvania to Hawaii.


Join professional teaching artists, child development specialists, and fellow early childhood educators to explore interactive storytelling and Developmentally Appropriate Practice! Participants will spend the day unpacking the many ways that NAEYC-approved Developmentally Appropriate Practice intersects with specific theatre-arts based techniques – you will enliven your teaching and ignite the imagination of children in your class.

To learn more about our storytelling workshops click here.


The Neighborhood Bridges national conference is held every other year during the summer. Check back for more details regarding the 2014 conference.

  • Training for Early Childhood Educators
  • Training for School-Age Educators
  • Regional and National Workshops and Trainings
  • Continuing Education & University Courses
  • Internships
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Professional Development opportunities are available to anyone, anywhere. For more information about what we offer, please see our Early Leaners and School Age tabs.

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The following are courses available through the University of Minnesota that explore the unique pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings of the Neighborhood Bridges program and its curriculum. You do not have to be a registered student to enroll in these courses.

TH 5183/ CI 5410 Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (3 credits)
Two Week Intensive: July 9-20th 9am-1pm

Mondays 3:35-6:30pm Experimental Theater Co-instructors Sonja Kuftinec and Maria Asp

For more information on how to register for these courses, please go to
Neighborhood Bridges (academic year only)

Neighborhood Bridges Internship:
As part of the Center for Innovation in Theatre Education, the Neighborhood Bridges program internships are designed for students who are interested in how storytelling, theatre and creative writing are used to empower students to become animators of their own lives.

Learning projects/events may include: monthly meetings with teaching artists and bi-annual meetings with classroom teachers, Bridges Day, scenic artist sessions, the Crossing Bridges Festival, Bridges conference and assessments and evaluation projects with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota. For further information regarding the program, please click here.

Interns will observe and assist the Community Engagement team (Neighborhood Bridges Program Director, Director of Community Engagement, Community Engagement Manager, and East Metro/Early Bridges Manager) as well as the Bridges teaching artist staff.

Bachelor's degree or current enrollment in theatre, education, or arts degree program; enthusiastic and self motivated individual with strong ability to build relationships with diverse communities; working knowledge of theatre education and public schools are plus; excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail; strong oral and written communications; able to work collaboratively on project teams. Neighborhood Bridge Interns must be able to travel to off-site meetings and programs.

Internship applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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