Oct 1, 2009

Arts for All 2010 Teaching Artist Training Program Application Now Open

Arts for All
Teaching Artist Training Program

2010 Application
Due Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Presented by Arts for All, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Armory Center for the Arts, the Music Center, and Culver City Unified School District

The Arts for All Teaching Artist Training Program is a comprehensive professional development program in Los Angeles County that prepares teaching artists to provide standards-based curriculum to schools and gives arts administrators the tools to assess the quality of their teaching artists. This hands-on, interactive program provides artists and arts administrators the opportunity to learn, practice and deepen their knowledge of arts education in a laboratory setting in Culver City Unified School District. Currently in its 8th year, the program has trained over 300 teaching artists and arts administrators.

Arts for All's Teaching Artist Training Program annually accepts 16 professional artists, 4 per discipline in music, dance, theater, and visual arts, and up to 6 arts education administrators to participate in a 21-week course culminating in the presentation of sequential lessons in Culver City Unified School District K-8 classrooms. Participants receive a Professional Designation in Arts Education certificate upon the successful completion of this training program.

This course occurs on Thursday afternoons from January 7 through June 3, 2009.

Please click here to download 2010 application announcement.
Please click here to download 2010 application.

Application deadline is Wednesday, November 4, 2009 (emailed, postmarked or faxed).
Registration fee is $175.00* (includes fingerprinting fees, resource notebook, and refreshments).
Actual per person cost of $3,600 is generously subsidized by the Dana Foundation.
*due upon acceptance into the program

Participants will:
* Acquire in-depth knowledge of the California Content Standards, including Visual and Performing Arts Standards;
* Acquire knowledge of child development;
* Explore various teaching strategies and models;
* Acquire classroom management techniques;
* Explore interdisciplinary models;
* Develop an understanding of different assessment and evaluation methods

Eligibility Requirements:
* Prior experience teaching youth in the arts or working as an arts administrator;
* A commitment to improving oneself as a teaching artist or arts administrator;
* An interest in the artistic process, critical thinking and school relationships;
* A desire to work in groups and to give and receive critical peer feedback;
* Availability to participate in all program activities throughout the course of 6 months.


PART I: LAYING THE FOUNDATION Thursdays, January 7 - February 11, 2010
In this 6 week (18 hours) workshop series, participants will receive in-depth training emphasizing the California Content Standards including Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards; acquire knowledge of child development issues; explore various teaching strategies and models; acquire classroom management techniques; integrate interdisciplinary models; and develop an understanding of different assessment methods. The coursework lays the foundation for teaching artist to craft their own six sequential lesson plans, which they will deliver to K-8 students in Part III and it prepares arts administrators to support teaching artists through observation, assessment and coaching.

PART II: OBSERVATION & PEER PRESENTATIONS Thursdays, February 18 - April 8, 2010
During this 8 week series (23 hours), teaching artists will be mentored by a master teaching artist from the Music Center and arts administrators will be mentored by program partners. In four arts discipline-based groups, participants will observe a master teaching artist teach a six-week residency in classrooms in the Culver City Unified School District. Participants will join in the classroom teacher/teaching artist planning meeting and observe the master teaching artist's sequential lessons. After each classroom lesson, participants will spend an hour with their mentor to break-down and discuss the lesson they observed. In addition, teaching artists will receive guidance from their mentor on the six sequential lessons that they are preparing on their own time while administrators will focus on observing and assessing high quality lesson planning and implementation. In preparation for Part III, teaching artists will conduct a teacher planning meeting and participate in two days of peer presentations to rehearse lessons and receive feedback from their mentors and peers, during which time administrators will observe strategies for peer review and techniques for eliciting constructive criticism.

PART III: PRACTICAL APPLICATION Thursdays April 15 - May 27, 2010
This 6 week series (12 hours), opens the classrooms of Culver City Unified School District to participants as their laboratory. Using the knowledge and skills learned over the past fifteen sessions, teaching artists will deliver six sequential lessons to a K-8 classroom and arts administrators put into practice observation, assessment and coaching skills. Each week, a mentor will observe the class and meet with participants following to reflect on the session and offer feedback.

CLOSING CLASS - Sharing and evaluation Thursday, June 3, 2010
This final session brings participants together with their fellow course participants, the mentor artists, program partners and the classroom teachers to share your experiences and to reflect on next steps. Future opportunities for training, employment, and inclusion on www.LAArtsEd.org will be presented.

PART I is taught by Lorraine Cleary Dale, Director of Professional Development at the Armory Center for the Arts. Since her position was created in 1996, Lorraine has trained artists, students, and pre- and in-service classroom teachers. She is an accomplished educator, national presenter, exhibiting artist, and arts education consultant. Lorraine served as a curriculum evaluator for the primary adoption of the Visual and Performing Arts instructional material for the California Department of Education. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Otis College of Art and Design in the Liberal Arts department.

PART II & III are coordinated by the Music Center's Director of Curriculum and Teaching Artist Training, Susan Cambigue-Tracey and Sandy Seufert, Music Center's Manager of Curriculum and Teaching Artist Development. Susan has been a nationally recognized dance educator as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in Schools Dance Program, performer, dance writer, and arts education consultant for 44 years. During this time she has also served as a teaching artist for The California Arts Project (TCAP) Open and Leadership Institutes, part-time dance faculty for LMU, and a dance education consultant/writer/workshop leader for Performing Tree and the Galef Institute. Sandy is a professional cellist and folk fiddler. She has played cello in the Bakersfield Symphony and the West Hollywood Orchestra and currently performs with the Culver City Symphony, where she is starting her 12th season. Most recently, Sandy was the Curriculum and Education Manager at LA Opera and prior to that was the Music Education Manager for The Da Camera Society, which presents the popular "Chamber Music in Historic Sites." Sandy also worked for over ten years in special education for Los Angeles Unified School District.

Now entering its fifth year as host district, Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD), is a vanguard Arts for All district. Inez S. Bush, MAEx, CCUSD Arts Consultant and Co-Chair of the CCUSD Arts for All Community Arts Team, implements and oversees district arts programs and initiatives; provides professional development to teachers; as well as guides teams of teaching professionals through the development of integrated arts curricula. In addition, she is a trained facilitator and co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of Gramercy Partners, Inc, a marketing communications and design firm.

This program is a key strategy of the Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, the County's strategic plan providing a series of policy changes and educational initiatives to restore K-12 education in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts, based on the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards, in each of the County's 81 school districts. To learn more about Arts for All please visit www.lacountyarts.org.

Primary Funding provided by The Dana Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact Elisha Wilson Beach, Implementation Coordinator, Arts for All: LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education at artsforall@arts.lacounty.gov or 213-202-5936.

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