Professional Development

Professional Development for Artists and Educators

Flutist Donna Wissinger has been a leader in professional development for artists and teachers in Florida as well as nationwide through organizations which include:  Florida County School Boards as well as several School Boards in PA, NY and NJ;  Florida’s Arts for a Complete Education; VSA Arts of Florida, ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development);  ICARE and Young Audiences of Cleveland; and the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts.  Ms. Wissinger’s expertise in disciplines not related to music is evidenced by her credentials as a United States Tennis Teaching Professional (USPTA); in her work in Neuromuscular Massage and Alexander Technique therapies; as a published poet;  and as an accredited provider of the Reina model: Building Trust in the Workplace and Parker Palmer’s  The Courage to Teach. Such diverse accomplishments enable her to effectively work with artists and teachers of various specialties.

Read What Teachers Are Saying About Donna’s Professional Development for Educators

Professional Development for Teachers

Donna is among a select few who lives the common threads of excellence in multiple disciplines and who applies them to education. A renowed concert flutist, professional athlete, and published writer, Donna’s expertise is in the field of learning. Fundamental to all learning is the desire to know more and to apply that to one’s life, no matter the age or degree of intellectual skill. Dynamic, practical, and engaging, Donna provides teachers an experience that immediately transfers into practice. Included in all of the seminars are handbooks which outline all of the excercises experienced by the participants, the foundations for use in the classrooms, and guidelines for expansion of the learnings.

Donna’s List of Programs for Teachers

“The best workshop I have ever attended.”

“My head is racing with ideas and will continue to do so.”

“The time spent in your workshop was thoroughly enjoyed and inspiring!”

“I cannot wait to try some of the strategies you used today in my classroom.”

“…you have a life changing effect on people….” 

“I knew that having you visit our classroom would be special – but, I had no idea how special! ‘

Read more thank you comments from St. Petersburg College Preservice Teachers in the College of Education Compiled by Dr. Cher Gauweiler September 6, 2012

Professional Development For Teaching Artists

Donna is regarded as among the top teaching artists in the US. In 2002 she was unanimously selected as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Donna has presented workshops across the US and abroad for both emerging and experienced artists seeking to broaden their skills in the presentation of their artform to the public. Complementing her renown as an international flutist, Donna offers seminars to artists of all genres in the art of the informance (performances incorportating commentary that engage audiences in the magical process of the arts and the lives of artists) arts education, and the development of residencies in communities that have long lasting effects.

Donna’s List of Programs for Teaching Artists

Arts Integration Professional Development for Teaching Artists Project 2012

Donna is a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Touring Artist and has been called a “Teaching Artist Extraordinaire” by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Donna was invited to be a guest speaker as part of the Arts Integration Professional Development for Teaching Artists Project 2012 presented by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in partnership with the Florida Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC. Donna participates as a special guest in a Project webinar lead by Dr. Mary Palmer on February 23, 2012. For more information about the program series, to register for an upcoming webinar, or to view past webinars, visit the Florida Alliance for Arts Education at 

View the Florida Alliance for Arts Education’s Arts Integration Webinar II from Februrary 23, 2012 below: