Providing training in the arts for classroom teachers, school administrators, teaching artists and community partners.
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.
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Creativity in the Classroom Spring 2016
SATURDAYS | 8:30AM - 5:30PM
February 25 • March 11 • March 25 • April 22 • May 6
REGISTER SOON! Space limited to 30 participants. Registration due by February 9th.
Upcoming Dates for Professional Development
Creativity in the Classroom
- February 25
- March 11
- March 25
- April 22
- May 6
For more information about the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute, including registration information and other opportunities, please contact the department by email:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available lists of resources
Books (Download PDF)
- 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
- 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
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