Professional Development for Teachers and Teaching Artists

The legacy of arts education programming founded by GCAC has a new home at the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. For more information about this important transition please see GCAC Announces New Structure for Community Arts Education Programs in Partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

For Teachers

The Professional Development In Arts Integration program, a Columbus City Schools project conducted in partnership with OAAE, BalletMet Columbus, Opera Columbus and the Jazz Arts Group, is a national model for professional development for educators and teaching artists.

Funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and based on a model developed by these collaborators as the "Summer Teacher Arts Institute," the program gives arts and classroom teachers the opportunity learn and utilize methods of integrating performing and visual arts throughout the curriculum, while adhering to district and state academic content standards.

Over the course of the school year, teams of CCS teachers from selected schools will participate in four professional development days, each led by one of the partnering arts organizations. During each workshop, teachers will receive hands-on instruction in the organization's arts discipline, and will develop their own arts-integrated lesson plans. Teachers then implement these lesson plans with their students, with support and feedback from project staff. The year culminates in a four-day summer institute with all participants.

Program evaluations show that teachers have found the professional development sessions useful and effective. "Fabulous opportunity! I wish all teachers could experience this style of teaching and learning." "To bring...(arts organizations)...CCS and teachers together to plan and integrate co-curricular lessons and activities- this day was inspiring and I am proud to be a part of these best practice lessons and cutting edge planning!"

For Teaching Artists

Teaching artists may participate in the Professional Development in Arts Integration program via two day-long seminars designed to familiarize artists with Ohio academic content standards and current jargon of professional educators, help make lesson planning more relevant to what teachers need and expect of teaching artists, and generally serve teaching artists hoping to market their programs to schools more successfully.