CoTA’s Collaborations Program is a three-year partnership with elementary schools that provides robust training in using the arts to teach standards-aligned performance tasks in core subject areas and takes learning off the page in ways that are both dynamic and innovative.
All elementary schools in San Diego County, including charter schools, are invited to apply.
Each classroom teacher at the school site is strategically paired with one of CoTA’s highly-trained teaching artists who collaborate during weekly meetings on the creation of individualized lesson design featuring measurable performance tasks that demonstrate student learning. Teacher and teaching artist continue to work together in co-teaching their unique lessons in 60-minute sessions over ten weeks.
This individual work between teachers and teaching artists is complemented by whole-school workshops and lesson study involving the entire staff at key points during the school year. At the end of each year, CoTA curates unique Celebration of Learning exhibitions, which allow for the entire school to share their CoTA experiences with families and community members.
Built on a framework of gradual release, which incrementally shifts the classroom teacher into a leadership role in the arts integration process over the course of the three-year partnership, CoTA’s program design ensures the sustainability of key methodologies, creative inquiry, and arts-infused classroom instruction long after the partnership ends.
In 2014, CoTA partnered with the Centers for Research on Creativity UCLA for an in-depth study on the effectiveness of the Collaborations program. Following the progress of students over the course of their three years in the program, Dr. James Catterall examined the nexus of imagination, creativity, and innovation in a longitudinal study of CoTA’s interventions. Research measuring student improvement in communication skills found that CoTA programs:
• Nurtured varied modes of intelligence
• Sharpened critical thinking
• Developed students’ practice of good judgment
• Encouraged imaginative problem solving
• Intensified skills of observation
Students gained the most in critical thinking, creative self-efficacy (the ability to perceive themselves as creative individuals), collaboration and empathy.
Collaborations Program includes:
• Co-teaching instruction of standards-aligned lessons in every classroom
• Individualized one-on-one lesson design meetings with teaching artists
• Customized full faculty professional learning workshops
• Celebration of learning exhibitions of student work
• Quarterly facilitated share-and-learn events for teachers
• Sustainability through gradual release model
COST OF THE PROGRAM:
The cost of the program is based on a number of factors, we look forward to discussing with you at our meeting.
STEP ONE Fill out the APPLICATION.
STEP TWO Schedule a MEETING
A representative from CoTA will reach out to set up a meeting where we can address any questions you have about the Collaborations Program and we can learn more about your school.
STEP THREE Schedule a WORKSHOP
CoTA Teaching Artists will conduct an hour long workshop with your teachers where you can experience the Collaborations Program in action.
CoTA is seeking to bring Collaborations to five school sites beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
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