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

    c.i.t.a. OVERVIEW  

    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 for 5-10 sessions (40-60 min.s each) for a curricular unit. 
    Classroom teachers who try out a mini-residency with a teaching artist will earn a $100 stipend to practice arts integration in a subject area unit with students.  Teachers can earn an additional $200 if they integrate the learned art form into another curricular unit- this time independently (without the teaching artist). 


    A C.I.T.A. MINI RESIDENCY IS:

    • An opportunity for teachers to explore arts integration with one of AIM's teaching artists for 5-10 classroom sessions as part of a unit of study.
    • 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. Avery with Teaching Artist, Mr. Beau, and students at Arts Night.

    1st Grade Teacher, Ms. Avery 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.