C.i.T.A. Application for STUDENT TEACHERS

For UW-Stout Early Childhood Education or Art Education students who are completing student teaching during the 2017-18 school year

DEADLINE for fall, 2017 student teachers: april 5th, 2017


Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) is seeking interested student teachers for its C.I.T.A. (Co-teaching In and Through the Arts) program during the 2017-18 school year.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted each semester to those student teachers whose priority is a student teaching placement in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA).

A.I.M.'s Executive Board of Directors, UW-Stout's Art Education and Early Childhood Education faculty, and C.I.T.A. Principal Coordinators from the School District of Menomonie, will select student teacher C.I.T.A. participants from the list of applicants.

C.I.T.A. engages UW-Stout pre-service teachers in Art Education or Early Childhood Education programs with Cooperating Teachers from the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) in using arts integration, collaborative teaching practices, and mindfulness training as part of the student teaching experience.  The Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher will work together to teach parts of their curricula through an art form by collaborating with a professional artist in the classroom.

For UW-Stout's pre-service teachers (student teachers), the C.I.T.A. “Co-teaching In and Through the Arts” program focuses on arts integration through collaborative teaching in order to:

  • Offer a deeper practicum experience for pre-service teachers,
  • Support the development and well-being of the pre-service teacher
  • Increase the capacity of pre-service teachers to reach their students, and
  • Retain early career teachers in the teaching profession


  • Deepened arts teaching and learning opportunities for UW-Stout pre-service teachers and SDMA teachers, and their students.
  • The university and district to demonstrate value in arts integration by teachers through induction and on-going professional development.
  • The university and district to demonstrate support for innovative practices of collaborative teaching and networking among its pre-service teacher and career teachers, and within the professional field.
  • The administration and school leadership to develop a deeper partnership with the university, clarifying expectations, definitions, and goals, and working towards collaborative ways of supporting professional growth. 


    Each student teacher C.I.T.A. participant will agree to:

    • Attend a 3-day Summer Academy (meals included) at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, WI, whereby the student teacher will work with his/her partner Cooperating Teacher and Teaching Artist, as they learn about arts integration, collaborative teaching, and mindfulness practices. The Summer Academy will take place during the in mid-August. 
    • Plan lessons with the Cooperating Teacher and Teaching Artist (appx. 2 hours/week expected to be outside of Cooperating Teachers’ normal contracted obligations with the SDMA) to develop arts-integrated standards-based curricular lessons together.  A.I.M.'s lesson plan template may be utilized.  $10/hr. for 2 hrs/wk x # of residency weeks only.
    • Teach collaboratively with the Cooperating Teaching and Teaching Artist to deliver curricular components through arts-based instruction, as directed by the classroom teacher. Approximately 4-5 hours of Teaching Artist collaboration will be allotted for shared classroom instruction per week.
    • Provide documented feedback and reflection through various means of data collection, including weekly blogging.
    • Participate in an “Arts Night” celebration, preparing and showcasing arts integration projects by students of C.I.T.A. teachers and student teachers, held at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. 
    • Participate in C.I.T.A. teacher cadre monthly meetings throughout the duration of the Menomonie SDMA placement. ($25 per cadre meeting).


    Accepted student teachers will be monetarily compensated for their extra time and effort in participating in the C.I.T.A. program during student teaching.  Stipends are not earned for partial completion of the C.I.T.A. program or Summer Academy. 

    • $200 stipend for Fall and Spring Student Teachers who participate in the C.I.T.A. program residency for at least 4 weeks of their placement with their Cooperating Teacher. Fewer than 4 weeks earn $50/week.
    • $150 for attending the Summer Academy for the entire 3-day experience
    • $50 for participating in "Arts Night" preparation and performance
    • $10/hr x 2 hours for planning in residency weeks
    • $15/week for required blogging
    • $15 for each cadre meeting during the residency



    It is A.I.M.'s policy to recruit and hire on an equal opportunity basis without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

    A limited number of applications will be accepted.


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