The Summer Arts Institute is led by an experienced collaborative team of K-12 arts educators, classroom teachers, and teacher educators who are also practicing artists.
The Summer Arts Institute brings together K-12 classroom teachers, teaching artists, school and district administrators, and community arts organizations to promote academic achievement, equity and access through in-depth learning in the arts.
Please contact us to find out how to make this powerful professional development opportunity happen for your school or district.
Please join us!
2021 Virtual Arts Integration Institute
Monday June 7 through Wednesday June 10, 2020
9:00am - 1:00pm
Join us for an in-depth learning experience in the arts to promote equity, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement. Connect and explore at this 4-day virtual gathering of TK- 12 teachers, pre-service teachers, teaching artists, and administrators. The ARTS are for ALL!
Whatever your grade level, content area, or arts discipline, we will work with you on integrating the Arts into your curriculum. Art Gift Bags will be provided with all the materials you need for the workshops. You're also invited to engage in a year-long Arts Integration Community of Practice.
Details and registration using this link: BIT.LY/SAII21
CEU credits are available.
Early registration is recommended.
Registration closes June 1, 2021
For further information contact Audrey Sirota: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honoring the history of the Summer Arts Institute: Learning by Doing - The 2015 Institute
“I have had so much fun. It was one of the most rejuvenating, professional learning experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with my students and staff.” (Kelly Marquez, First Grade, PVUSD)
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, produced an inspiring Summer Arts Institute (SAI) for twenty-eight elementary and middle school teachers and SPECTRA teaching artists the week of June 22-26. During the last five years the SAI has provided instruction for teachers in the arts. Instruction includes projects and activities in visual arts, music, and performing arts designed to reinforce the California Common Core standards in a fun and rich environment. The instructors are both artists and educators who understand the challenges of classroom teaching. This year’s Institute theme was: “Visual and Performing Arts Fusion: The Power of Arts Integration.”
The week’s activities focused on the collaborative arts process, hands-on arts content and techniques for encouraging collaborative classroom environments. All of the attending teachers and teaching artists participated in two different arts disciplines so that they could experience different perspectives on teaching the arts. In the first session the participants and SAI instructors worked together to create a mobile, which became the guiding metaphor for this year’s SAI. The mobile visually demonstrated the balance between the binary attitudes and behaviors essential to successful arts integration: Separation/Connection, Movement-Adjustment/Structure, and Unexpected/Predictable. The mobile provided a means for everyone to see and understand the relationships between different subject matter such as math or language arts and the arts. As Diana Ganz, an Ohlone Elementary School second grade teacher, said: By the end of the week participants were “more aware of the multiple opportunities for integrating the VAPA standards with the Common Core Standards” and ready to bring stronger and deeper levels of art and music to their classrooms.
This summer the SAI introduced Art Camp, inspired by Edcamp.com to encourage participants to generate their own agenda for small discussion groups. Participants discussed their own issues such as “art and fear”, “art and classroom management”, and “art on a budget”---“They really gave us an opportunity to go more in depth (small groups) with a subject that was meaningful and relative to us.” (Rebekah Freels, Grades 8-12, PVUSD) and supported each other---“The ‘teacher’ talks were very helpful. Talking with other teachers about components of teaching arts helped me realize that we all are facing similar challenges and rewards.” (Doug Boyd, Grades K-5, PVUSD)
By the end of the SAI, participants felt empowered, energized, and renewed, ready and prepared to thoughtfully integrate the arts into their classrooms. “I arrived on Monday without an understanding of the application of the arts to fulfill academic and creative learning needs of students. I leave on Friday with that understanding.” (Ismael Cruz, PVUSD)