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CalArts Residency for Teaching Artists

CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)

May 18 – June 19, 2015

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 at CalArts early in the summer in an intensive format. 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 (Dates TBD). 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

**Courses taking place on-campus: May 18-June 19

The Artist’s Perspective on Foundations of Learning Theories

  • Time TBD
  • 3 units

This course will explore multicultural learning theories and philosophies, specifically those that focus on teaching the arts to children and teenagers. Students will become familiar with Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Howard Gardner, among others, and learn how to apply these theories to their own teaching practices. 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 discover the most successful approaches to teaching and learning to incorporate into their own individual teaching practices.

Creative Curriculum Design/Development and the Language of Standards

  • Time TBD
  • 3 units

This course will attempt to de-mystify curriculum design and development, allowing students to learn how to design and develop their own curriculum. Students will research various methods of curriculum design and explore the many approaches to developing curriculum. Teaching within K-12 environments can be a confusing mix of acronyms and annual shifts in direction and focus. Learning the language of public education and what everything means can greatly assist the artist who wants to succeed in teaching the arts in school. Standards-based lesson planning, understanding how to apply the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core State Standards, understanding 21st Century Learning Skills, and learning how to develop lessons that utilize arts integration, are fundamental skills necessary to teach in a school environment. This class will place an emphasis on creative curriculum design and development, developing culturally responsive curricula, and how creativity is an asset to developing approaches to innovative teaching. Students in this course will develop and design their own curriculum

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

  • Time TBD
  • 3 units

Understanding human behavior and in particular, child and adolescent development and behavior, is essential to becoming a great teacher. While all students need to be challenged, it is critical to challenge them appropriate to their ages and experiences. This course will cover basic psychology, development by age groups, human behavior, neurobiology, and brain development. Much research is currently being conducted on the connections between creativity, imagination, and brain development, and students will study and analyze some of the latest research. 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, and what special education, special needs, ESL populations, ELL, bilingual education, and more, mean for teachers. Students in this class will learn how to recognize various issues and act in an appropriate triage capacity when they are teaching students whose diagnoses are confidential and not revealed. Classroom management, group management, and discipline, are all skills to be discussed and developed in this class. Students in this course will develop their own classroom management techniques and their own charts to be able to recognize the developmental stages and needs of K-12 students in various age groups

**Mid-Summer off-campus program: Dates TBD

Teaching Practicum in the CAP Summer Arts Program

  • Dates TBD

CalArts students who are enrolled in and complete the above three courses in the Summer Institute for Artist Educators may apply separately for a teaching residency in the three-week, intensive CAP Summer Arts Program which immediately follows the Summer Institute for Artist Educators in June. If selected for this opportunity, the CalArts students will be teaching high school students Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in downtown Los Angeles. Student instructors will be placed according to their interests and expertise in either Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Digital Filmmaking, Music, Photography, Theater, or Visual Arts, and teach on a team facilitated by a CalArts faculty member. Lunch is provided each day, as is a stipend for teaching. The student instructors 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 Practicum: Critical Reflection and Assessment

  • Dates TBD

This session brings together all of the Teaching Fellows from the Summer Institute for Artist Educators who are teaching in the CAP Summer Arts Program on the three Friday mornings following each week of the CAP Summer Arts Program. Critical reflection of the teaching is essential to creating a successful teaching practice. This class 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 the group, 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? This will be discussed in these sessions and tools developed in CAP and elsewhere will be shared. CAP will provide the instructors with student surveys to be filled out along with other methods of assessment. Instructors will contribute to the development of assessment and evaluation tools and learn how to use them in their classes.

Teaching Practicum: Professional Practices for Artist Educators

  • Dates TBD

This session brings together all of the Teaching Fellows from the Summer Institute for Artist Educators who are teaching in the CAP Summer Arts Program on the three Friday afternoons following each week of the CAP Summer Arts Program. This class will prepare artist educators to develop professional practices, whether they are working 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 and learning objectives, life-long learning, professional development, and learning to apply assessment tools in their work, will be covered in this class. Discussions of how to develop successful partnerships, working collaboratively, and defining the roles of administrators, teachers and artists to work together successfully, will also be discussed.

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 CAP Awards for CalArts students are available by application.

Last edited by rsdavid on Jan 16, 2015
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