News Expert Profile

Jim Ansaldo

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community IU Bloomington

Phone:
(812) 855-3702
Email:
jansaldo@indiana.edu
1905 N. Range Road
Bloomington, IN
47403

Areas of Expertise

Applied improvisation, culturally responsive practice, curriculum design, education, problem solving, teacher professional development, reflective communication.

Expert Bio

Jim Ansaldo conducts research, supports school change efforts and facilitates teacher professional learning around applied improvisation, culturally responsive practice, curriculum design, problem solving and reflective communication. Ansaldo, who has a Ph.D. in education, is a founder and co-director of Camp Yes And, an improv summer camp for teens on the autism spectrum and educators. He also leads improv-based science communication workshops, works with faculty at the IU School of Medicine to integrate improv into cognitive behavioral therapy and collaborates with the Alzheimer's Resource Service of IU Health Bloomington Community Health to offer improv workshops for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

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Additional Information

Camp Yes And: https://yesand.indiana.edu/

"Using improv to help kids with autism show and read emotion": https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/13/508978540/using-improv-to-help-kids-with-autism-show-and-read-emotion

"Build collaborative teaching and learning through improv": https://blog.asha.org/2018/04/25/improv/