BECOMING A C.I.T.A. classroom teacher

Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) is seeking interested teacher participants for its C.I.T.A. (Co-teaching In and Through the Arts) program.  C.I.T.A. engages School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) PK-5 teachers in arts integration practices by collaborating with professional artists to deliver parts of their grade level curriculum during the 2017-18 school year. A 3-day summer academy on arts integration and co-teaching is required and will occur August 8-10, 2017.  Each teaching artist residency will last approximately 6-8 weeks each semester.

For their participation over a 10-month commitment beginning with professional development in August, 2017, participating teachers will receive a paid stipend of $1500.  Beyond that amount, 2 hours per residency week (at $25/hr.) of external planning time will allow for collaboration with partnered teaching artists.  Events such as Arts Night and teacher cadre meetings will allow for additional stipends as well.  Lastly, $200 per semester will be allotted for purchasing of classroom arts materials pertaining to the arts integration lessons. 

C.I.T.A. participation will be open to approximately 15 teacher participants, with priority going to 1) early career teachers in their first 5 years of teaching, 2) teaching “teams” (ie. the fifth grade teachers at Oaklawn), and 3) PK-3 classroom teachers. The A.I.M. Executive Board, with support from the SDMA, will select teacher participants from the list of applicants.

The biggest surprise I've had since implementing arts integration is how genuine and authentic the connections my students are making between music and the content areas truly are... It's been incredible to observe their critical and creative thinking skills progress as we've been stretching their brains to think about reading, math, or science in a different way.
                          -Rachel Kelm, 2nd Grade CITA Teacher

A.I.M. PROMOTES

  • SDMA leadership to advocate for and increase the capacity to deepen arts teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students.
  • SDMA leadership to advocate for lifelong learning of teachers, particularly through induction and on-going professional development.
  • SDMA to advocate for innovative practices of collaborative teaching and networking among teachers.
  • SDMA to develop the practical structures necessary for working with pre-service teachers from UW-Stout.
  • SDMA to promote a deeper relationship with the UW-Stout, clarifying expectations, definitions, and goals, and working towards collaborative ways of supporting professional growth.

OVERVIEW

  • Lesson plans required of teachers (for each unit co-taught. Minimum 3 lesson plans per 6-week residency, 4 lesson plans per 8-week residency).
  • Teacher cadre meetings - held after school at each school site monthly, led by CITA return participants (if applicable) or CITA Coordinator.
  • 3-4 professional development half days for CITA teachers during teacher inservice, as supported by SDMA.
  • CITA teachers/teams from 2017-18 are welcome to reapply (SDMA).
  • One teaching artist per school building.
  • Teaching artists change placements mid-year.
  • 6-week residencies per individual teacher, 8-week residencies for teaching teams (per semester).  Weeks do not have to be consecutive within the semester. 
  • Blogging required of teaching artists; optional for teachers at a paid stipend. 

BENEFITS

  • Arts integration schools are outperforming conventional arts or traditional “academic” schools as supporting evidence of the impact of arts integration on academic achievement.
  • Students in arts integration environments experience artistic development, self-expression, creativity, imagination, problem solving, self-confidence, and motivation, providing them with the skills and habits of mind that will be needed in future careers.
  • Using an arts integration approach fosters engagement and interest in learning by students, increasing attendance and reducing behavioral problems in the classroom, thus making the teaching and learning experience more positive, as supported in current PBIS practices.

 

  • Teachers who engage in arts integration will have more tools to use to deliver their curriculum and engage students actively in learning, thus making teachers more confident in their teaching abilities.
  • Pre-service teachers who have access to more opportunities to practice teaching, to observe others teaching, to reflect on their experiences, and to receive feedback on their teaching will have a smoother induction to the teaching profession.
  • Teachers who work collaboratively and have regular supportive communication with colleagues and administrators are more likely to stay in the profession.
  • Teachers will stay in the profession for longer periods of time.

Expectations

  • Teach collaboratively with a teaching artist to deliver curricular lessons/units through arts-based instruction, as directed by the classroom teacher. Approximately 5-9 total hours of teacher and teaching artist collaboration per residency week will be needed, including face-to-face instruction for 6-8 weeks per semester.  Weeks do not have to be consecutive.
  • Participate in professional development via the 3-Day Summer Academy in August; in-service professional development; and teacher cadre meetings throughout the school year.  Professional development will focus on arts integration, co-teaching, and mindfulness training.
  • Willingness to mentor a practicum student or student teacher in his/her classroom from the Art Education or Early Childhood Education program (matching your licensed area) when requested by the UW-Stout Placement Coordinator for the School of Education.  (Early career teachers in their first 3 years of teaching may participate in CITA but may not mentor a student teacher due to district policy.)
  • Plan lessons with teaching artists (appx. 2 hours per residency week) to develop arts-integrated lessons.
  • Provide documented feedback and reflection via occasional surveys, photographs/video, and interviews.
  • Participate in an “Arts Night” celebration at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts each semester, showcasing arts integration projects by students of C.I.T.A. teachers.