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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. 

Social and Emotional Learning in the Teaching Artist Classroom 

Catherine Hanna Schrock, Director of Programs, Imagine 

Tuesday, January 31, 2:30-5:30 PM (RESCHEDULED DATE TO COME) or Saturday, February 25, 12:30-3:30 PM  (Choose one)


During this Professional Development Workshop, 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.  

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)

During this Professional Development Workshop, 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. 


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)

In this workshop, 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.  



Standards Based Lesson Planning 

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

Tuesday, March 21, and 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. 


Developing Classroom Management Skills for Teaching Artists 

Bridget Cavaiola Stone, Director of Learning, La Jolla Playhouse

Tuesday, April 18th, 2:30-5:30 PM, and Saturday, June 17th, 12:30-3:30 PM (Two-part workshop, register for both sessions)

In this interactive workshop, 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 about: 

  • How to incorporate classroom management into lesson plans and curriculum. 

  • Making classroom management a holistic part of successful lesson implementation. 

  • Using creative movement opportunities as a management technique. 

  • Using formal and informal assessment to examine teaching practices. 

  • Effectively understand how to adjust to build on the next lesson. 


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)


In this six-hour arts integration workshop, 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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