Over the course of three years, teachers receive approximately 60 hours of one-to-one training with highly qualified teaching artists at their school sites. By the end of the third year, teachers are skillful and purposeful in enlisting the visual and performing arts as a mode of meaning making and communication.
- Collaborations include:
- One-on-one curriculum planning time with artists
(approximately five hours per year)
- Co-teaching of lessons in the classroom
(ten 60-minute sessions per year)
- Exploratory workshops
(four to six hours per year)
- Opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in exhibitions and performances
- Opportunities for teachers to share their work with colleagues
Participants are introduced to a specific art form, see projects that demonstrate how it has been used in the classroom successfully, and create their own projects. Together with round-table discussions and curriculum planning time, teachers leave CoTA Exploratory Workshops confident in the skills and knowledge needed to lead a similar activity on their own in the classroom.
opportunity to experience arts-infused learning first hand.
Teachers participate in a variety of sessions during which CoTA artist-educators model arts-based strategies that engage students in learning, sharpen critical thinking skills, and nurture varied modes of intelligence. Teachers discuss and reflect on how the visual and performing arts can be used to support specific learning goals for their students. Participants who incorporate arts-infused instruction in their classrooms post-Institute will have access to educational resources and online mentoring from CoTA artist-educators and staff as well as an online platform to share their projects and lessons with other educators.