Professional Development for Teachers
Arts Impact is a two-year program that trains elementary classroom teachers to independently teach visual and performing arts. Each year, teachers participate in:
- One-Week Summer Institute: Intensive, hands-on, 30-hour training in foundational arts concepts and skills in visual art, dance and theater.
- Mentorship: Teachers are paired with an artist-mentor for a 9-10 hour mentorship during the school year. The artist mentor assists the teacher in planning, writing, teaching and assessing arts lessons.
- Free Cultural Study Trip for Teachers and Students: A classroom trip to the Tacoma Art Museum, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Art Museum or a Seattle theater for an exhibit or a live performance allows teachers and their students to observe firsthand the concepts and skills being taught.
- Supplemental Workshops: Many workshops are offered throughout the year to deepen learning of arts concepts and skills. Teachers choose a minimum of two workshops. Additional clock hours are available for each workshop.
To learn more about Arts Impact, contact Sibyl Barnum at 1.800.664.4549 Ext. 943 at the Puget Sound Education Service District or visit www.arts-impact.org.
- On and off site arts integration workshops for classroom teachers
- On-going professional development for teaching artists
- Customizable or “turn-key” professional development based on the needs of particular districts or schools
- Common Core-aligned arts content
- A diverse roster of teaching artists and teacher educators, with expertise in dance, theatre, music, literary arts, folkloric/cultural arts and visual media, as well as arts-integrated topics, from dance-infused literacy activities to theatre and STEM, to music-integrated social studies.
- 25 year affiliation with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in Washington D.C., in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, the Puyallup School District and the Bethel School District.
- On-going partnership with Arts Impact, a two year arts integration program for elementary classroom teachers