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CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists

CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)

May 19 – June 20, 2014

The CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists during the CalArts Summer Institute is a new initiative of California Institute of the Arts and its award-winning youth arts education program, the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) to provide teaching artists a deeper experience in understanding learning theories, creative curriculum design and development, assessment, professional practices for artist educators, and the cognitive and social development of children and adolescents, among other topics.

Three 3-unit courses will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in morning, afternoon, and evening blocks of time. The CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists allows students to build upon the teaching skills they have already developed and positions them for new teaching opportunities and larger roles in CAP and in the broader arts education field.

The five-week CalArts Teaching Artist Residency will be followed by a three-week Teaching Practicum in the CAP Summer Arts Program in downtown Los Angeles, for a select group of CalArts students and alumni. These students will be required to take the two 1-unit classes for 6 hours on 3 Fridays (June 27, July 11 and 18). CalArts students and alumni enrolled in the residency will apply for the Teaching Practicum and all students will have the full eight weeks to complete all work required for the 9-11 units. The prerequisite for participation is completing Arts Pedagogy: Preparing Artists to Teach in Communities or Special Topics in Arts Pedagogy, or the equivalent.

The CalArts Teaching Artist Residency will provide an environment conducive to individual growth and development and is purposefully designed to help students prepare to pursue teaching opportunities in after-school and community settings, as well as in K-12 schools.

List of Courses

The Artist’s Perspective on Foundations of Learning Theories

  • 1:30-5 pm (Tu, We, Th)
  • 3 units

In this course, students will explore multicultural learning theories and philosophies, specifically those that focus on teaching the arts to children and teenagers. Student-centered learning, project-based learning, design-based thinking and learning, inquiry-based learning, the Socratic method of teaching, blended learning, linked learning, distance learning, and collaborative learning practices will all be explored. Students will become familiar with Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Howard Gardner, among others.

Creative Curriculum Design/Development and the Language of Standards

  • 9 am-12:30 pm (Tu, We, Th)
  • 3 units

Students in this course will develop and design their own curriculum based on in-depth research of curriculum design and development. Students will learn standards-based lesson planning, will understand how to apply the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core State Standards, understand 21st Century Learning Skills, and learn how to develop lesson plans that utilize arts integration—all fundamental skills necessary to teach in a K-12 school environment.

Child and Adolescent Cognitive and Social Development, Imagination, and Creativity

  • 6-9:30 pm (Tu, We, Th)
  • 3 units

Current research on the connections between creativity, imagination, and brain development will be the basis for how students in this course will learn basic psychology, human behavior, neurobiology, and brain development in children and adolescents. Because K-12 students come to school with a multiplicity of social, emotional, and intellectual ranges, this course will unpack what it means to have dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, the Autism spectrum, ELL challenges, and special learning needs. Students in this course will develop their own classroom management techniques and tools that will help them recognize and confidentially triage student needs and challenges.

Teaching Practicum in the CAP Summer Arts Program

  • June 23-July 12, 2014

CalArts students who are enrolled in and complete the above three courses in the CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists may apply separately for the Teaching Practicum in the three-week, intensive CAP Summer Arts Program which immediately follows the CalArts Teaching Artist Residency in June. The CalArts students selected for this opportunity will teach high school students in either Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Digital Filmmaking, Music, Photography, Theater, or Visual Arts (depending on expertise), and these classes will be facilitated by a CalArts faculty member. The residency fellows will be responsible for lesson planning and implementation; one-on-one mentorship of the high school students; planning and leading an interdisciplinary workshop; planning and implementing culminating exhibitions, screenings, readings, and performances; and collaborating with their team members. Teaching will take place Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in downtown Los Angeles. Lunch is provided each day, as is a stipend for teaching.

Teaching Practicum: Critical Reflection and Assessment

  • 3 hours each day on 3 Fridays during the CAP Summer Arts Program (1 unit)
  • June 27, July 11 and 18, 2014

Critical reflection of one’s teaching is essential to creating a successful teaching practice. This course creates a safe place to discuss the successes and failures of the week, analyze what worked and what didn’t work, bring up issues to problem solve with all of the teaching fellows, and share best practices. How do we assess the artwork of our students? What are some evaluation and assessment tools we can use to document the artwork being created? The teaching fellows will contribute to the development of assessment and evaluation tools and learn how to use them in their classes. This session brings together all of the teaching fellows from the CalArts Teaching Artist Residency who are teaching in the CAP Summer Arts Program on the three Friday mornings following each week of the CAP Summer Arts Program.

Teaching Practicum: Professional Practices for Artist Educators

  • 3 hours each day on 3 Fridays during the CAP Summer Arts Program (1 unit)
  • June 27, July 11 and 18, 2014

In this course, students develop professional practices for working successfully in schools or in out-of-school environments. Crafting a resume, lesson plans and syllabi, developing rules of engagement for their class, creating strategies for group management, how to hold successful planning meetings, writing clear goals, articulating measurable outcomes, and learning objectives, life-long learning, professional development, and learning to apply assessment tools in their work, will be covered in this class. The teaching fellows will discuss the roles of administrators, classroom teachers, and artists in developing productive collaborations. This session brings together all of the teaching fellows from the CalArts Teaching Artist Residency who are teaching in the CAP Summer Arts Program on the three Friday afternoons following each week of the CAP Summer Arts Program.

For information about the CalArts Summer Institute: CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists at California Institute of the Arts, please contact Glenna Avila, Artistic Director of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) at glenna@calarts.edu or by calling (661) 222-2709. A limited number of full CAP Awards for CalArts students are available by application.

Last edited by lewisgodowski on Apr 17, 2014
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