Providing training in the arts for classroom teachers, school administrators, teaching artists and community partners.

Recognizing the urgent need for students to be engaged in their education and to find relevancy in their classroom experiences, the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute provides training for all educators.

A 5 day course designed for k-12 classroom teachers and teaching artists.

A Partnership with UCLA TEP

Teachers Institute

A two-year course study providing arts training for new teachers committed to working in high-poverty schools.

How to bridge arts instruction with other core content areas through social-emotional learning.

In The Professional Development Institute, educators and administrators, particularly those in high-poverty schools, learn how to build bridges between the arts and academic subjects. Program participants learn how to engage students in their own learning, enhancing each student's ability to achieve academic and personal success.

Upcoming Dates for Professional Development

Creativity in the Classroom Spring 2018

  • March 10
  • March 17
  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5

For more information about the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute, including registration information and other opportunities, please contact the department by email:

Mike Halverson
Professional Development Manager
213.627.9621 x 113

In our work at Inner-City Arts, we draw upon and learn from the work that is being done in the fields of education, the arts, arts education and neuro-education. Available here are resources that we have found helpful, provocative or informative or that we draw upon in our work with educators, children and youth.

These lists are available here as downloadable PDF files so that we can update them regularly. Our goal is to share our learning and to learn from the experiences of other educators, so if you have resources to share with us or updated information regarding the resources on our lists, please email us at

Available lists of resources

Books (Download PDF)

  • Creativity
  • Arts Education
  • Education (General, Classroom Management and Diversity, Content Integration and Self-Esteem)
  • Brain Research & Child Development
  • Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles
  • Visual and Performing Arts (by Art Form) and
  • Thematic Approaches


Materials for the Classroom (Download PDF)

  • DVDs/Videos and CDs
  • Visual and Performing Arts (by Art Form)
  • Vendors we’ve worked with


Online Resources (Download PDF)

  • Activities, Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources
  • Associations
  • Institutions and Organization
  • Web Resources

Grants for Teachers (Download PDF)


  • Caution – Praise Can Be Dangerous
    Carol S. Dweck

    This article describes an argument against “praise”. Dweck illustrates several studies examining how young people respond to praise. She describes the 'self-esteem movement and how the praise approach is flawed. (5 pages (Download PDF)
  • The Effects of Praise on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation: A Review and Synthesis
    Jennifer Henderlong and Mark R. Lepper

    This article discusses the types of praise, the arguments defending it, how young children react to it and how it is even damaging to their self-esteem. The authors also write about more productive ways of reassuring children without the use of praise. (51 pages) (Download PDF)
  • In Defense of Failure
    Jessica Hoffman Davis, Harvard University Arts in Education Program

    This article describes the importance of the arts in the classroom, not only because it gives some students who do not do well in classwork an opportunity to succeed, but it also teaches the other students how to deal with challenges and sometimes even failure. (5 pages) (Download PDF)
  • Insider Music List: Eric’s Favorite Music Choices for Learning
    Eric Jensen
    A sample from The Brain Store’s publication Top Tunes for Teachers by Eric Jensen. Criterion of State, Age of Listener and Type of Music are used to create lists of samples music for learning in different environments. (4 pages) (Download PDF)
  • Position Statement on Media Literacy
    National Council for the Social Studies

    This statement discusses how the youth of today are saturated in technology and presents the point of view that educators should bring these experiences into the classroom in order to prepare them for the world they now live in. (4 pages) (Download PDF)
  • Reports Engaging Students in the Arts – Creating, Performing and Responding
    Perpich Center for Arts Education for Minnesota Department of Education, 2004
    (~300 pages) (Download PDF)
  • Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education
    Dana Foundation Report (Jane L. Polin and Barbara Rich, Ed.D.), 2007
    (87 pages) (Download PDF)
  • Learning, Arts and the Brain – The Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition
    Organized by Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D.

    (137 pages) (Download PDF)

“I had let time restrictions and mandates close my thinking. I now feel much stronger about the need for the arts. I can see new connections between subjects. I’m getting more of a sense of hope.”

– Laura D., 2nd grade teacher, Professional Development participant