Teaching Artist Community at Teachers College

Now enrolling for Spring 2019

Dates: March 1-June 15; September 21-December 7, 2019
Format: On-campus workshop at Teachers College (March 1-3, 2019)

Eight online synchronous sessions: March, April, May, June; September, October, November, December

Register for a webinar to learn more!

Friday, 2/15 12pm-1pm EST

Sunday, 2/17 - 8:00-9:00 pm EST

Overview


Teachers College's Teaching Artist Community Certificate Program comprises an interdisciplinary professional learning community and a stimulating space where teaching artists can share, analyze and discuss their teaching experiences and challenges. Together, we consider the possibilities afforded by artistic knowing, and examine issues related to presentation and sequencing in response to students with whom we engage. Acknowledging and embracing the artistry and content expertise of participants, the program generates inquiry-based reflection on immediate and past teaching practices.

The program is designed specifically for artist educators—professional dancers, actors, musicians, visual and media artists – providing pedagogical tools and strategies for collaboration in schools and community settings. We recognize the important role that teaching artists can provide in furthering arts education, and the need for a targeted approach to learning based on artistry.

We begin with an extended weekend on campus in New York City, where face-to-face interactions will provide opportunities for exploring our artistry and its relatedness to what and how we teach. Following this, we move to an online format, where instruction involves both synchronous meetings in community dialogue with peers and guest speakers, and asynchronous activity involving related projects. Doing this work over the period of an academic year gives participants the necessary time to reflect and purposefully integrate the resulting changes into their pedagogical encounters.

Learn more about the Teaching Artist Commuity @ Teachers College (TC@TAC) Certificate in this story about its pilot program.

*Alumni and group discounts*
*Funding support available*

Program Components


Three overarching questions inspire the curriculum:

  1. Who do we teach? How can we connect meaningfully with students of different ages, different abilities, and different cultural backgrounds?
  2. What are the contexts of teaching? How can the environments where we teach and the people with whom we collaborate become meaningful resources in our teaching?
  3. How does our artistry inform our practice as educators? Conversely, how do our interactions with learners influence our art making?

 

We address these issues through:

  • Guided discussion and feedback
  • Small group work on a specific topic
  • Related reading
  • Specially prepared videos of experts
  • Short “research” projects that involve artistry, for example, writing poetry or creating posters depicting partnerships.
  • Mentoring opportunities

 

Guest Speakers & Topics Include:

  • Lori Custodero, Associate Professor of Music Education,Flow Experience / Developmental Responsiveness
  • Olga Hubard, Associate Professor of Art Education, Artistic Engagement
  • Sarah Perry, Adjunct Asst. Professor of Music Education, Responding to Individual Differences
  • Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education,The Art of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Lalitha Vasudevan, Professor of Technology & Education, Imagining Learning Environments

Program Timeline


Spring 2019 Cohort (March 1 - December 7)

March 1-3, 2019: Weekend workshop in New York at Teachers College Columbia University

March 30, 2019: 1st online synchronous session

September 21 or 28, 2019: 5th online synchronous session

April 27, 2019: 2nd online synchronous session

October 2019(TBD): Self-study on Teaching: Teachers College staff visiting teaching artists at their regional location

May 11, 2019: 3rd online synchronous session

November 16, 2019: 6th online synchronous session

June 15, 2019: 4th online synchronous session

December 7, 2019: last culminating synchronous session (TCTAC Team)

Testimonials


Frequently Asked Questions


The Certificate Program is designed for teaching artists of all disciplines with three or more years of teaching experience. Part participants have included classical, folk, and contemporary dancers, photographers, graphic designers, dramaturgists, classical musicians, puppeteers, percussionists, choral conductors, printmakers, storytellers, jazz musicians, theatrical artists, and a parody songwriter.

No. The program takes place online, so participants with a computer, tablet, or phone with internet connection can join from anywhere in the world. We begin with an extended 3-day weekend on campus in New York City. From there, we move to an online format.

The curriculum is inspired by three overarching questions:

 

  • Who do we teach? How can we connect meaningfully with students of different ages, different abilities, and different cultural backgrounds?
  • What are the contexts of teaching? How can the environments where we teach and the people with whom we collaborate become meaningful resources in our teaching?
  • How does our artistry inform our practice as educators? Conversely, how do our interactions with learners influence our art making?

 

 

Participants work with renowned Teachers College faculty -- experts in their fields -- in order to share, analyze, and discuss the experiences and challenges of today’s professional teaching artists.  We [un]cover the power of artistry to create flow and engagement; inform thinking about developmental, individual, and cultural responsiveness; invite changes in perception around the design of artistic experiences and environments, and collaborations with classroom teachers, administrators, schools, and other community settings.

 

Each module utilizes a variety of modalities to explore these topics, including: guided discussion and feedback, small group work on a specific topic, related readings, specially prepared videos of experts, short “research” projects that involve artistry (for example, writing poetry or creating posters depicting partnerships), and mentoring opportunities.

 

Acknowledging and embracing the artistic expertise of participants, the program encourages reflection on current and past teaching experiences. . Together, we consider the possibilities afforded by artistic knowing, and examine issues related to presentation and sequencing in response to the students with whom we engage.  

 

You will receive a Certificate in Responsive Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University.

No. This program is designed as professional development for the individual teaching artist, but is not equivalent to or part of what is commonly called  “teaching certification” from the State of New York.

You will need a computer (recommended), tablet, or smartphone with a stable internet connection to participate in the online sessions.

The timeline with the dates for the upcoming cohort is located here, under the “timeline” tab.

Each class (also referred to as an “online synchronous session”, meaning all participants are online at the same time) meets approximately once a month, with a pause in the summer months of July and August. Each online synchronous session is 2 hours long, and typically meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EST. Specific dates can be found here.

The typical module requires the participant to complete a creative activity on their own time prior to the online synchronous session, and a short reading or participation  in an online discussion thread. Participants usually have 2-3 weeks to complete the assignment prior to the online synchronous session. Following the online synchronous session, participants are asked to complete a reflective assignment in response.

Participants must complete the assigned work for each topic and attend each session in order to earn the certificate.

If you have a professional conflict or cannot make a session due to an emergency, you must contact the Program Director to discuss options for making up the work.

The registration fee for the course is $3,331. We offer alumni and group discounts, and funding support and payment plans are available. Please contact cc3292@tc.columbia.edu for more information.

Discounts

Alumni: 30% discount will specifically be offered to all Teachers College/Columbia University alumni. Registration fee: $2,332.
Groups/Teams: Organizations/institutions that have more than one participant will receive a discount as follows: 

  • Two or more students: Registration fee of $3,500 ($1,750 per registrant) 
  • Three students for the cost of one: Registration fee of $3,331 ($1,110 per registrant)

Discounts cannot be combined and registrants will receive the best discounted price.

For the opening and closing weekends, transportation to New York City and housing is at the expense of the participant. Most meals for the opening weekend at Teachers College are provided. TAC@TC can assist with suggesting reasonably priced lodgings. Please contact us for more information.

Join our Community


Participants are required to have three or more years of experience as teaching artists. 

Class size is limited to enable individual attention and personal development. To apply, complete the inquiry form below.

Registration Fee: $3,331

Alumni/Group Discounts (Please contact cc3292@tc.columbia.edu for more information.)

  • Alumni: 30% discount will specifically be offered to all Teachers College/Columbia University alumni. Registration fee: $2,332.
  • Groups/Teams: Organizations/institutions that have more than one participant will receive a discount as follows: 
    -Two or more students: Registration fee of $3,500 ($1,750 per registrant) 
    -Three students for the cost of one: Registration fee of $3,331 ($1,110 per registrant)

Discounts cannot be combined and registrants will receive the best discounted price.

Funding support and payment plans available. Contact cc3292@tc.columbia.edu for more information.

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