“This is a game changer."
“It ignited a spark in my
“A fantastic school
CREATIVE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
"This is what education is supposed to be like."
- Teacher comment, Class of 2016
The Creative Schools Initiative invites preK-12 teachers to participate in a unique project where they will work closely with national leaders in the field of curriculum integration, partner with experienced teaching artists, and develop innovative curriculum.
During a one-week planning and learning intensive in Montpelier, teachers link curriculum integration with best practices in personalized learning, backward design, authentic reflection, and scaffolding skills.
Participating teacher teams are awarded a $5,500 teaching artist residency by the Community Engagement Lab. Teaching artists are chosen from the CEL teaching artist roster, in consultation with CEL staff, and include disciplines in visual art, music, theater, and puppetry.
““The experience we just had with our teaching
- Teacher comment, Class of 2017
The Creative Schools Initiative (CSI) seeks to develop the creative and critical thinking skills that all students need to succeed.
Teams of at least three classroom teachers from different content areas may apply for a partnership with a teaching artist to integrate a creative project into their curriculum. Experience in the arts or identification as an artist is not necessary.
Teacher/teaching artist teams will build a unit of lesson plans that demonstrate an emphasis on the skills of creative process.
We are looking for those who have curiosity and passion to enrich teaching with and through the creative process.
1) Develop cross-curricular learning models that deepen students' intrinsic motivation and engagement with learning.
2) Strengthen and assess students’ transferable skills.
3) Strengthen student portfolios with creative work.
4) Support personalized learning.
RESPONSIBILITIES & TIME LINE
1) June 25-29, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm daily: Planning and learning intensive at Montpelier High School, where you explore and design your project plans with your teaching artist and Institute faculty.
2) 2018/19 school year: Seven-day teaching artist residency and culminating event. You schedule the residency with your teaching artist to best fit your project's goals.
APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA
1) Likelihood of the project to build sustainable learning models that integrate curriculum with a focus on teaching creative and critical thinking skills.
2) A balance of high ambition and achievability.
FEES & EXPENSES
$1,900 per person for three graduate credits. $1,600 per person for Certificate of Participation.
$100 per person deposit, or school district purchase order, due by February15, 2018.
All fees (less deposit) due July 15, 2018.
HOW TO APPLY
Judith Bose, Ph.D.
“My daughter’s attitude was awesome about this project
“Students were able to
“My son was much more
“The project puts these
“Every evening at dinner,
“The project reached some students that have low engagement otherwise.”