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

Teachers collaborate with teaching Artists to explore ARTS INTEGRATION in their classrooms

ABOUT C.I.T.A

The C.I.T.A. “Co-teaching In and Through the Arts” program is a component of A.I.M. that focuses on early career teachers in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA).

The C.I.T.A. 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:

Enhance teacher competence, confidence, and happiness through collaborative teaching artist residencies that integrate the arts into their curriculum.

GOALS:

  • Infused creativity into curriculum and instruction

  • Strengthened instruction and student engagement

  • Collaborative professional relationships

  • Increased confidence and joy in teaching


TEACHING ARTISTS 

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  • An accomplished artist in his/her field (Music, Theater, Dance, Visual arts, Media Arts, Circus Arts, Storytelling, and other arts-related fields).

  • Experienced in teaching practices that include planning, communicating, instructing, collaborating, and engaging young people in learning.

  • A collaborative instructor, proficient at engaging teachers and young people in learning in and through his/her art form.

    CLICK HERE TO MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS


c.i.t.a. mini residencies

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 residency, a teacher works with the teaching artist throughout a curricular unit.

A MINI RESIDENCY IS:

  • An opportunity for teachers to explore arts integration with a teaching artist 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 explore a creative way of teaching through an art form.

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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.