The Teaching Artist Community @ Teachers College (TAC@TC) is an innovative, ten-month certificate program that offers teaching artists from all disciplines—music, theater, dance, visual and media arts—the opportunity to be part of a stimulating professional learning community committed to growing its teaching practice.
Together, participants consider the possibilities afforded by artistic knowing, and examine issues related to presentation and sequencing in response to students with different needs and backgrounds. Embracing participants’ artistry and content expertise, the program provides pedagogical tools and strategies for collaboration in schools and community settings, and fosters inquiry-based reflection on immediate and past teaching practices.
The blended on-campus and online program format provides flexibility for artist educators in the New York Metro area, nationally and internationally.
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 includes eight synchronous meetings in community dialogue with peers and guest speakers, and asynchronous projects and activities.
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.
The experience at Teachers College is immensely rewarding, informative and fun. It gives me so many ideas on how to advance my practice in a digital age.
The after-session assignments have exposed me to a lot of different perspectives on approaching problems that can arise in class. I have been very inspired as a person, an artist and a teaching artist.
… the class has given me more angles from which to observe the children's reactions, and to perceive how artistic material may strike different kids differently, based on their own experiences, and backgrounds.