TAI: Honoring the Art Form

Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts

TAI: Honoring the Art Form

Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts

Course Details

Applications are now closed for the 2018 course. 

Our essential question:

How can artists transform classroom culture through the arts?

We know that classroom culture is the secret sauce for students’ growth socially, academically, and holistically. And we know that arts naturally contribute to building community and elevating student voice. The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) is based on a collaborative teaching approach between teachers and artists that impacts the students, the artists, the teachers, and often the school communities as well.

In Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts, artists will develop and pilot a fine arts residency built on and aligned with:

  • The CASEL framework / Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This course is based on and connects explicitly to these educational domains, giving artists the tools and language to market their work to those responsible for implementing social emotional and or fine arts programs. 

Our essential question:

How can artists transform classroom culture through the arts?

We know that classroom culture is the secret sauce for students’ growth socially, academically, and holistically. And we know that arts naturally contribute to building community and elevating student voice. The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) is based on a collaborative teaching approach between teachers and artists that impacts the students, the artists, the teachers, and often the school communities as well.

In Transforming Classroom Culture through the Arts, artists will develop and pilot a fine arts residency built on and aligned with:

  • The CASEL framework / Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This course is based on and connects explicitly to these educational domains, giving artists the tools and language to market their work to those responsible for implementing social emotional and or fine arts programs. 

What artists gain

Artists will come away from this program with a highly marketable, fine arts residency built on a foundation of social and emotional learning AND the skills to confidently teach their art form in a classroom setting. Artists may also receive:

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consideration for a 5-week paid teaching position at Young Audiences’ Summer Arts and Learning Academy (SALA) 2019

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consideration for the Maryland State Arts Council Artist in Residence Roster, as well as the Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Teaching Artist Roster

Training includes:

The CASEL/SEL framework and ESSA

An overview of the CASEL framework of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) which allocates federal dollars to address school climate/culture and educating the whole child.

Strategies for creating trauma-sensitive classrooms

Emphasizing social and emotional learning and trauma-informed practices is a path to improving students’ academic outcomes.

In this workshop, we’ll dive into trauma sensitivity and how to create safe and engaging spaces for all children through mindfulness, restorative practice, and asset-based classroom management strategies.

Get An Inside Look at Trauma-Informed Practices  |  Watch the Video

Fine arts residency modeling

Models of effective fine arts residencies aligned with SEL and delivered by master teaching artists.

Instruction in developing a standards-based fine arts residency

Instruction by master teaching artists in designing, writing, and teaching artist-in-residence programs aligned with the MSDE Fine Arts Standards.

Training in educational trends and best practices

Background on the essential elements of education: classroom management, knowledge and skills objectives, scaffolding, assessments, and more.

1:1 mentorship

1:1 mentorship from a designated teacher partner and a master teaching artist in your art form who is your TAI staff mentor.

Field testing

Opportunities to field test your lessons and receive feedback from your TAI staff mentor, teachers, and colleagues.

What artists gain

Artists will come away from this program with a highly marketable, fine arts residency built on a foundation of social and emotional learning AND the skills to confidently teach their art form in a classroom setting. Artists may also receive:

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consideration for a 5-week paid teaching position at Young Audiences’ Summer Arts and Learning Academy (SALA) 2019

^

consideration for the Maryland State Arts Council Artist in Residence Roster, as well as the Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Teaching Artist Roster

Training includes:

The CASEL/SEL framework and ESSA

An overview of the CASEL framework of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) which allocates federal dollars to address school climate/culture and educating the whole child.

Strategies for creating trauma-sensitive classrooms

A dive into trauma sensitivity and how to create safe and engaging spaces for all children through mindfulness, restorative practice, and asset-based classroom management strategies.

Fine arts residency modeling

Models of effective fine arts residencies aligned with SEL and delivered by master teaching artists.

Instruction in developing a standards-based fine arts residency

Instruction by master teaching artists in designing, writing, and teaching artist-in-residence programs aligned with the MSDE Fine Arts Standards.

Training in educational trends and best practices

Background on the essential elements of education: classroom management, knowledge and skills objectives, scaffolding, assessments, and more.

1:1 mentorship

1:1 mentorship from a designated teacher partner and a master teaching artist in your art form who is your TAI staff mentor.

Field testing

Opportunities to field test your lessons and receive feedback from your TAI staff mentor, teachers, and colleagues.

What teachers gain

TAI provides an opportunity for teachers to pair up with a professional artist to design and pilot a brand new artist-in-residence program! Teacher partners in TAI are expected to be mentors and guides who assist their artist partner in the creation of their new residency.

Teachers of all subject areas (preK-12) are welcome to apply! Participating teachers will receive a stipend and a discounted residency at the teacher’s home school.

Through this program, teachers will receive:

  • A new residency program piloted in your school at a drastically reduced price to your school (only $600!)
  • Experience designing, writing, and co-teaching an artist-in-residence program
  • Inclusion in high quality workshops with master teaching artists
  • The opportunity to build your community and network of artists and teachers passionate about arts education
  • A $300 stipend for your time and contributions

Required Dates for Teachers

Orientation Meeting
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Retreat Day
Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Writing Day
Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Presentation Day
Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Reflection Day
Saturday, April 6, 2019
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Dates to be determined: Residency field testing in teacher’s home school with artist partner

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Demand for SEL:
There’s a growing demand for social and emotional learning. It’s what principal’s want: A national survey of school principals indicates widespread support for SEL among school districts across the country.

What is ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is 2016 legislation that calls for a well-rounded education and a shifting away from the narrow focus on academics to a focus on the whole child and the greater school climate/ culture.

Demand for ESSA-aligned programming:
Federal funding for schools is now tied into programs that address school climate/culture and educating the whole child. School districts are hungry for programs that are aligned with the priorities of this legislation.

Who should apply?

  • Artists who are new to the field of teaching artistry and working in schools.
  • Artists who have completed a TAI course and want to adapt their residencies to have a more explicit focus on social and emotional learning (SEL).
  • Artists who have completed Young Audiences’ Summer Arts Corps training and are ready to develop an artist-in-residence program.
  • Teachers of all subject areas (preK-12) are welcome to apply! Participating teachers will receive a stipend and a discounted residency at the teacher’s home school.

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Demand for SEL:
There’s a growing demand for social and emotional learning. It’s what principal’s want: A national survey of school principals indicates widespread support for SEL among school districts across the country.

What is ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is 2016 legislation that calls for a well-rounded education and a shifting away from the narrow focus on academics to a focus on the whole child and the greater school climate/ culture.

Demand for ESSA-aligned programming:
Federal funding for schools is now tied into programs that address school climate/culture and educating the whole child. School districts are hungry for programs that are aligned with the priorities of this legislation.

Who Should Apply?

  • Artists who are new to the field of teaching artistry and working in schools.
  • Artists who have completed a TAI course and want to adapt their residencies to have a more explicit focus on social and emotional learning (SEL).
  • Artists who have completed Young Audiences’ Summer Arts Corps training and are ready to develop an artist-in-residence program.
  • Teachers of all subject areas (preK-12) are welcome to apply! Participating teachers will receive a stipend and a discounted residency at the teacher’s home school.

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Course Timeline

SUMMER 2018

June 28, 2018
Artist Info Session #1
5:30 – 7:00 pm

July 2, 2018
Artist Info Session #2
12:00 – 1:30 pm

September 5, 2018
Orientation meeting, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Artists and Teacher Partners

FALL 2018

October 18-20, 2018
TAI RETREAT at Pearlstone Center

October 18 & 19 – Artists only
October 20 – Artists and Teacher Partners

October/November 2018
Classroom visit (Exact date to be determined)

November 10, 2018
Writing Workshop, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Artists and Teacher Partners

December 8, 2018
Presentation Day, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Artists and Teacher Partners

WINTER / SPRING 2019

December 2018 – March 2019
Residency Field Testing
(Exact dates to be determined by TAI team)

April 6, 2019
Reflection Day, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Artists and Teacher Partners

May 2019
Artist Graduation Day
(Exact date to be determined)

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