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Teaching Artist Institute

Interested in taking your teaching practice to the next level? Join us for a series of workshops with teaching artist community leaders to explore topics ranging from classroom management to using the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for impactful lesson planning. Workshops are appropriate for any artistic discipline; participants will have the opportunity to tailor the content to meet their individual teaching practice. 

This program is made possible by the generous support of the GA Foster Legacy Foundation.



Workshops are $10 per session for any Teaching Artist in the San Diego County community. Workshops are limited to 20 participants.  

To register, please email Kimi, AECSD programs assistant:  

Questions? Email Keri Jhaveri, AECSD program manager:  

Workshops will be held at the Monarch School’s Chrysalis Center for the Arts, 1805 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113. 

Restorative & Transformative Justice in the Teaching Artist Classroom 

Catherine Hanna Schrock, Director of Programs, Imagine 

Saturday, February 4, 12:30-3:30 PM or Tuesday, March 7, 2:30-5:30 PM (Choose one)

Catherine Hanna Schrock, Imagine's Director of Programs will guide participants into an understanding of the purpose and principles of Restorative Justice (RJ) and Transformative Justice (TJ) and how they apply to schools and classrooms specifically. As TJ and RJ concepts surpass any one setting, Teaching Artists will learn about taking on a Transformative Mindset when engaging their students and the world at large. Participants will look at tools and processes to apply to their own classrooms and will also specifically look at how to apply TJ and RJ when various classroom management and conflict challenges arise. 

Social and Emotional Learning in the Teaching Artist Classroom 

Catherine Hanna Schrock, Director of Programs, Imagine 

Saturday, February 25, 12:30-3:30 PM or Wednesday, April 5, 2:30-5:30 PM (Choose one)

Catherine Hanna Schrock, Imagine's Director of Programs will guide participants through the tenets of social and emotional learning as they have been outlined in the CASEL National Standards. They will also workshop creative activities that can be integrated into various art forms toward supporting students in engaging both the art form and gaining skills in social and emotional fluency.  

Standards-Based Lesson Planning 

Deirdre F. Moore, Program Manager & Arts Integration Specialist, Arts Education Connection San Diego 

Tuesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 23, 2:00-5:00 PM

(Two-part workshop, register for both sessions)

Deirdre Moore, an experienced educator with a teaching background encompassing general education, arts education, teaching artistry and professional development, will be leading these sessions on Standards-Based Lesson Planning with the California Arts Standards. A master teaching artist can bring the magic of artmaking together with the intentionality of standards-based learning. Participants will become familiar with the arts standards and with creating lesson plans using those standards to empower their students to articulate their own learning and to better communicate the richness of student learning with classroom teachers and administrators. 

Creating a Culture of Community Care from the Inside Out

Rachelle Archer, Artful Leadership Coaching & Consulting 

Tuesday, April 11, 2:30-5:30 PM or Saturday, May 13, 12:30-3:30 PM (Choose one)

Participants will be introduced to healing-centered principles and practices that will help them create a transformative classroom community.  We'll begin by looking at healing from a trauma sensitive lens and then widen the scope through the principles of Healing Centered Engagement, Dr. Shawn Ginwright's nonclinical strength-based approach that addresses collective trauma and marginalization by transforming individual practices and interpersonal relationships and improves institutional culture to create healthy outcomes for youth, their communities, and the adults who serve them. Arts-based applications will be explored as well as self-care practices that set the practitioner up for success and prevent burnout.  

Developing Classroom Management Skills for Teaching Artists 

Bridget Cavaiola Stone, Director of Learning, La Jolla Playhouse

Tuesday, April 18th, 2:30-5:30 PM, or Saturday, June 17th, 12:30-3:30 PM (Choose one)

Teaching artists will learn how to support student engagement through the successful implementation of classroom management strategies grounded in their own art form.  This training is geared towards new or mid-career teaching artists, or any teaching artists looking to polish their classroom management in collaboration with students and teachers.   


Participants will learn how to: 

  • incorporate classroom management into lesson plans and curriculum,

  • make classroom management a holistic part of successful lesson implementation, 

  • use creative movement opportunities as a management technique,

  • use formal and informal assessment to examine teaching practices, 

  • adjust and effectively build on the next lesson.

Accessible Arts: Engage, Inspire, and Cultivate Creativity in Diverse Learners Using Complementary Modalities 

Jess Baron, Executive Director, Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom

Tuesday, May 2, 3:30-5:00 PM or Friday, May 12, 3:30-5:00 PM (Choose one)


Bringing the arts to life for diverse learners can be most impactful when we take a learning-styles-informed, multi-modal approach. Planning teaching strategies for visual-spatial, grapho-motoric, kinesthetic, and auditory-verbal learners will allow them to access the arts "their way" using their natural intelligences. This workshop will provide essential information and direct experiences in these learning styles, helping you better understand your strengths and teaching proclivities, with an aim to identify teaching strategies outside of your comfort zone that bear further exploration. We'll journal and discuss emerging discoveries throughout the workshop.



Artist-centered Assessment and Conscious Community Creation

Dani Bedau, Associate Professor, Head of Youth Theater, San Diego State University

Monday, May 8, 2:30-5:30 PM or Saturday, June 3, 12:30-3:30 PM (Choose one)


Dani will guide participants through an experiential process of creating conscious community in classrooms and art making spaces. Participants will also engage in Liz Lerman's Critical Response process as a model of artist-centered assessment. Artists from a range of disciplines will gain skills and techniques they can immediately apply to the teaching artist work they are doing in classrooms and communities.

Arts Integration Intensive 

Deirdre F. Moore, Program Manager & Arts Integration Specialist, Arts Education Connection San Diego 

Monday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 7, 2:30-5:30 PM  

(Two-part workshop, register for both sessions)


Participants will be deeply immersed in the theory and practice of arts integration in preparation for the 2023-2024 school year. This training is geared towards mid-career teaching artists who have some experience working with students and collaborating with classroom teachers. Participants will learn about:  

• The new California Visual and Performing Arts Standards,

• Developing high-quality, standards-aligned lesson plans,

• Designing and implementing strong Arts Integration units with classroom teachers,

• The difference between Arts Integration, STEAM, Arts Enhancement, and the discrete  


• Effectively using assessment in the classroom to heighten impact for students. ​

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