Classes & Workshops
Educators understand that learning is life-long. Arts Every Day seeks to provide information about opportunities for educators to pursue professional development through community resources to supplement that provided by City Schools.
Several of Baltimore’s arts and cultural organizations offer classes and workshops to help educators improve their practice, often for no charge. Some workshops offer insight into the offerings of the institution (an exhibit, a performance), provide training in technique or in teaching methods such as arts integration.
All classes and workshops are listed in the Educators’ Calendar when the event is date-specific. Ongoing professional development is found in the Providers Directory by checking on “Professional Development” in the search.
Note: Programs listed in this section may or may not provide continuing education credits. Individual organizations make those arrangements with the Maryland State Department of Education. We recommend that you address this with the organization.
There are several opportunities to continuing education in arts integration in the region. They range from professional development that provides Continuing Education Credits through a post-baccalaureate certificate program from a consortium of universities.
Maryland Artist Teacher InstituteMaryland artists, art teachers, classroom teachers, principals and school administrators will converge at the Inn and Conference Center on the University of Maryland College Park campus in July to choreograph dance, perform music, compose poetry, assemble puppets, design mixed media collage and plan strategies for integrating the arts into their school’s curriculum in the coming year. The Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI) is a professional development program for teachers and school administrators established to explore and demystify the arts as a force in a child’s development and enable teachers to become more knowledgeable, creative and skillful in using the arts to engage children in active learning.
MATI was established in 1994 as a program of the Maryland State Arts Council in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Participants enroll as school teams and attend performances, lecture/demonstrations and participate in hands-on workshops to explore each art form in relationship to the State of Maryland’s content and achievement standards. Dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing are examined as separate content areas, as interrelated art disciplines and as arts integration with other academic subjects. Most artist educators for MATI are selected from the MSAC’s Arts in Education Roster of Artists. Registration information will be posted as soon as it becomes available for Summer 2009.
Arts Integration Institute Post-Baccalaureate CertificateTowson University’s Arts Integration Institute offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration (PBC-AI) in partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC and Johns Hopkins University. This program works cooperatively with Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) to provide opportunities for teaching and learning in and through the arts at all Maryland schools.
The Arts Integration Certificate program is an interdisciplinary approach to arts education incorporating a variety of art forms (art, theatre, dance, music) as they apply to teaching across the curriculum in Maryland’s schools, K-12. This certificate supports Towson University’s mission to provide programs that enhance the teaching skills and professional development of educators and teaching-artists.
Students apply to the program through Towson University. A minimum of 9 of the 18 units for the certificate must be taken through the Arts Integration Institute. The program is designed for flexible delivery to teachers, with courses often taught on-site in local school districts.
Our partnering institutions provide additional experiences in arts integration methodology to complete the certificate program:
- Course work through UMBC is focused on incorporating the arts with non-arts disciplines and evaluating student progress through the creation of electronic portfolios.
- Course work through Johns Hopkins University focuses on how themes in the neurological and cognitive sciences intersect with research-based instruction and meaningful integration of the arts.
- For more information, please contact Susan Rotkovitz, Program Director at (410) 704-3658 or email@example.com.
Conferences & Forums
Each year conferences are held in all aspects of arts, cultural and education. As Arts Every Day becomes aware of conferences and forums that may be of interest to educators, that information will be posted in a variety of places including the Educators’ Calendar, eAlerts to Educators and on this page.
The following represent organizations that present annual conferences and forums related to the arts and culture that may be of benefit to educators. Please help us by sending notice of conference or forums that should be shared with other educators to firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your help.
Cultural Arts for Education Conference (CAFÉ)
AEMS Alliance sponsors an annual Cultural Arts for Education (CAFE) conference in the spring. Co-hosted by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, CAFE offers networking opportunities among members of the arts and education communities to encourage partnerships that support the implementation of the Maryland Essential Learner Outcomes for the Fine Arts. CAFE conferences highlight:
- Research findings supporting the inclusion of arts in the curriculum;
- Implementation of Maryland State Board of Education Arts Education Policy;
- Information for the field about the Maryland Essential Learner Outcomes for the Fine Arts and the Voluntary State Curriculum in the Fine Arts;
- Model programs and best practices;
- Successful development and implementation of fine arts strategic plans;
- Development of community collaborations to support the implementation of Fine Arts Strategic Plans by school systems;
- Ways to build the capacity of the arts teaching community including teaching artists, higher education, arts organizations, arts specialists and classroom teachers;
- Effective teacher preparation for integration of the arts in all content areas;
- Implementation of the Maryland Professional Development Standards;
- Design and use of assessment instruments that will measure the effectiveness of arts education programs;
- Information on solicitation and retention of public and private support; and
- National developments affecting the field.