The Arts Integration Network Summer Institute, a unique professional development opportunity, helps you step outside your comfort zone and embrace new teaching tools to enhance your practice. This nurturing experience gives you valuable breathing space and support to learn how to integrate arts into your curriculum without feeling like you are adding entirely new content to your already packed schedule. By observing and planning with our Master Teaching Artists, you'll leave with ready-to-use units that infuse a core subject with laughter, imagination, and deeper engagement. This is a hands-on experience where you actually practice what you are learning directly with groups of children. This active learning technique boosts vocabulary retention, addresses psycho-social learning, and exposes students to content in a whole new way!
"I find that my students retain the information much better and are able to apply what they have learned."
–4-year alum of the Arts Integration Network
What Happens at the AIN Summer Institute?
Each summer, TheatreWorks offers intensive arts-integration professional development in tandem with our summer camp program. To get the most out of the experience, teachers are encouraged to attend for two weeks, though exceptions are made for teachers with scheduling limitations.
A typical day involves observing and participating as professional teaching artists work with elementary-aged theatre campers. We then debrief about the games, lessons, strategies, and arts processes you observed and find ways to integrate them into academic content areas. Throughout each day a Master Teaching Artist and former elementary school teachers will model lessons that have proven successful in classrooms. Stay for the second week to plan a complete and shareable arts integrated unit of study and practice your ideas with campers at your grade level.
Fees are negotiated through each district.
For more information on how to get involved, please contact Amy Cole-Farrell, Director of Education, at 650.463.7134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.