Co-teaching In and Through the Arts (C.I.T.A.) ProgRAM

Teachers collaborate with teaching Artists in Mini Residencies to practice arts integration

ABOUT C.I.T.A.:

The C.I.T.A. “Co-teaching In and Through the Arts” program invites elementary teachers in the Menomonie School District to partner with AIM's teaching artists to explore and practice integrating the arts into their classrooms.

OBJECTIVE:

The C.I.T.A. program offers teachers arts experiences through collaborations with a teaching artist in order to enhance their competence, confidence, and happiness in teaching.

GOALS:

    • Infused creativity into curriculum and instruction
    • Strengthened classroom practice and student engagement
    • Collaborative professional relationships
    • Increased confidence and joy in teaching

    VIEW EXAMPLES OF OUR C.I.T.A. PROGRAM IN ACTION:

    Students in Ms. Kelm's 2nd grade class learn the continents with Teaching Artist, Dr. E, as part of Arts Integration Menomonie's CITA program.  Check out the amazing things that Ms. Kelm and her students did in CITA by following her blog:  http://musicalmagic2nd.blogspot.com/

    Teaching Artist Beau Janke worked with Ms. Avery Weber's First Grade Class at River Heights Elementary School. Featuring "The Big Song", "The Peace Corner", and "The Singing Tree Project".


    c.i.t.a. mini residency

    SDMA elementary teachers can explore arts integration with any of A.I.M.'s teaching artists by participating in a C.I.T.A. (Co-teaching In and Through the Arts) mini-residency!  The mini-residency opportunity allows SDMA PK-5 teachers to integrate the arts into a lesson or unit that they already teach.  For each "mini residency," a teacher works with the artist throughout a curricular unit.

    A MINI RESIDENCY IS:

    • An opportunity for teachers to explore arts integration with one of AIM's teaching artists for a curricular unit.
    • A creative and fun approach to teaching language arts, science, social studies, math, etc. by delivering instruction through an art form. 
    • A "no commitment" and "no pressure" way for teachers to try a new way of teaching.

    Arts integration helps students make connections, synthesize information, and experience learning in a new way, all while putting smiles on their faces.
    — -Erika Svanoe, Teaching Artist
     1st Grade Teacher Ms. Weber with Teaching Artist Mr. Beau and students at Arts Night.

    1st Grade Teacher Ms. Weber with Teaching Artist Mr. Beau and students at Arts Night.

     Teaching Artist, Kris Winter, facilitates a storytelling unit, featuring the 1-year-olds led by Preschool Teacher, Ms. Wolf, and UW-Stout pre-service teachers.

    Teaching Artist, Kris Winter, facilitates a storytelling unit, featuring the 1-year-olds led by Preschool Teacher, Ms. Wolf, and UW-Stout pre-service teachers.

     Teaching Artist Kobi Shaw and Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Gorecki integrate circus arts with math at an Arts Night performance. 

    Teaching Artist Kobi Shaw and Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Gorecki integrate circus arts with math at an Arts Night performance.