Professional Development for Art Teachers

NOTE: All adult classes have been suspended until further notice. 

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Art Teachers Alliance

Good teaching depends on skilled, well-supported faculty.

Our Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to all art teachers from the Eliot School, Boston Public Schools, other schools and community partners, as well as independent teaching artists (no membership required). It improves skills, shares resources and builds collegiality among peers.

Professional Development workshops

We offer a workshop series open to teachers, parents and other interested adults. Ask us about PD Points.

Past Summer Session:

*All four parts of this series were at full capacity, please stay tuned for more information about a Fall Session.**

The Eliot School for Fine and Applied ArtsOpen Door Arts, and Wheelock Family Theatre are partnering to support teaching artists through a summer intensive professional development series called Supporting the Processing of Experiences through the Arts during COVID (SPEAC) that specifically caters to the current needs of K-12 students and teachers.  

SPEAC is 4-week summer intensive designed to prepare teaching artists to guide students through online and in person arts education that effectively supports students to process and express their lived experiences due to the current health crisis, ongoing racial injustice, and the racial awakening and opposition in society, therefore working toward personal and community transformation. 

Part 1: Susan Naimark will explore the history of education in Boston through the lens of race, disability, and trauma. 
Part 2: Dr. Keneisha Sinclair-McBride and Dr. Rose Ashraf and will explore Trauma-informed approaches to better understand and meet the social and emotional needs of our students in person and online. 
Part 3: Tanya Nixon-Silberg and Zahirah Nur Truth will cover how to specifically use the arts to process the experiences of prolonged isolation, loss, fear, and racial injustice  
Part 4: Zahirah Nur Truth and Corey DePina will demonstrate how the different art modalities can put the prior teachings into practice by guiding us through inclusive and accessible abbreviated lessons in visual and performing arts 

For additional information please visit the google site or eventbrite page


SPEAC is generously supported by of BPS Arts Expansion Fund* and C.F. Adams Charitable Trust. 

*Funded in part by the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focused on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is generously supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation and other individuals. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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