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The 2015 Joan Oates Institute for Arts Integration, offered by Partners in the Arts at the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, Richmond, VA.

The 2015 Joan Oates Institute will be the 21st annual teachers’ institute offered by Partners in the Arts, the region’s leading arts integration program. The overall goal of the institute is to create a core group of preK-12 teachers of all grades and subjects who understand how to apply the arts to teach the whole curriculum. Art teachers take the lead, working in teams with non-art teachers, in developing arts integration unit plans that can be implemented in the classroom. Teachers who attend on their own are matched on the first day with teachers compatible with their content areas and teaching grade level.

Description of Curriculum
The specific learning objectives of the Joan Oates Institute are:
•  To understand the basic pedagogical philosophy behind an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the curriculum;
•  To gain an appreciation and understanding of aesthetic education and how it influences the curriculum;
•  To learn how to view the arts in all forms in a way that instills confidence in application and assessment;
•  To increase skills in applying arts integration techniques to new media tools;
•  To identify the arts resources available to educators in the Richmond region and beyond, including artists, arts organizations and museums.

The institute enrolls 60-65 teachers and emphasizes the importance of the arts and of art teachers at all levels of education. It increases art teachers’ capacity to work with other teachers to create innovative curricula that demonstrate the importance of the arts in young people’s acquisition of knowledge in all forms. Further, the institute shows how the skills of creativity, collaboration, innovation and technological proficiency are cultivated in students by on-going engagement with the arts.

Each day of the Institute combines presentations on current research in creativity and innovation with hands-on workshops that allow participants to focus on art forms, methods, and integration goals relevant to their teaching, such as STEAM and using the arts to reach diverse kinds of learners.

Those taking the course for undergraduate credit must complete a team arts integration unit plan in electronic portfolio format within three weeks of the end of the institute. Those taking the institute for graduate credit must also write individual 15-page research papers on a topic relevant to arts integration and submit it three weeks after the Institute.

The special guest instructor at the 2015 Joan Oates Institute who will be providing writing and comics workshops and presenting the keynote talk is Lynda Barry. Barry is currently Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she teaches writing and picture making and runs the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Her research centers on what the biological function of the arts may be.

The Joan Oates Institute takes place every year in the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts as well as other nearby locations on the UR campus, including visual art studios and computer labs. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in the cost of tuition.

The institute does not offer hotel accommodations for participants but provides information about local hotels that have discounted rates for those affiliated with the University of Richmond.  

The 2015 Joan Oates Institute will take place on Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26.

Program Duration
The Joan Oates Institute is five days’ long, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is followed by three weeks during which the undergraduate and graduate faculty members work with the participants to develop effective and innovative unit plans. Teachers taking the course for graduate credit also write a 15-page paper on a topic related to arts integration and teaching.

Credit and Non-Credit Stipulations
The Joan Oates Institute is a 3-credit course that can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. All attendees must take the course for credit; there is no non-credit option.

Estimated Total Cost to Participants
Tuition for educators for the 2015 Joan Oates Institute is $888 for the undergraduate course and $1,140 for the graduate course. Both tuitions are a significant discount from the full 3-credit cost, which would be $1,350 and $1,680, respectively. The lowered tuition is the result of a steep discount provided to all attendees by the UR School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Educators who are members of PIA’s regional consortium also receive a PIA scholarship. This double discount for consortium further lowers the undergraduate tuition to $615 and the graduate tuition to $725.
NAEA Member Discounts
The Joan Oates Institute offers NAEA members who are not in PIA’s regional consortium an additional $100 discount off the educator-discounted undergraduate tuition of $888, bringing the cost to $788 for the 3 credits to NAEA members. The graduate cost is also lowered $100 from the standard discount of $1,140, bringing the graduate tuition for NAEA members to $1,040.

NAEA members who are not part of PIA’s regional consortium are not eligible for the additional PIA scholarship. NAEA members who are part of the consortium receive the educator tuition discount, not including the extra $100 discount, as well as the PIA scholarship.

Full tuition $1,350 $1,680
Discounted tuition for educators (all educators eligible for) $888 $1,140
NAEA members not in PIA regional consortium ($100 additional tuition discount)    $788 $1,040
Tuition after PIA scholarship
(NAEA members in PIA regional consortium)    
$615 $725

Justification of Graduate School Credits
To earn graduate credits for the Joan Oates Institute, teachers must complete a 15-page research paper on a topic related to arts integration and their teaching. Papers must meet the standards of graduate work, including a review of the theoretical literature pertinent to the topic and discussion of the theories and methods addressed at the Joan Oates Institute in particular. The paper is worth 50% of the Joan Oates Institute course grade, with the other 50% based on the unit plan graduate students must also complete working with a team.

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NAEA Co-Sponsored Academies and Institutes are member-driven programs identified by NAEA as substantive professional development opportunities for members, based on the NAEA Goals for Quality Art Education. NAEA does not make cash grants for co-sponsorship. NAEA reserves first rights to publish and distribute proposed print and non-print materials resulting from the program.

Organizations holding NAEA Institutional Memberships, excluding state art education associations, are eligible to apply. The Program Director must be a current NAEA member.

 Proposed programs must adhere to the NAEA Goals for Quality Art Education.
Proposals should include a description of the facilities, accommodations, dates, program duration, faculty resumes, credit and non-credit stipulations, estimated total cost to participants and any applicable NAEA member discounts.
Within 3 months of the program's conclusion, a report including participant evaluations must be submitted to NAEA. 

Submissions must be postmarked on or before January 10 of each year. View the Co-Sponsored Academies Application Checklist.

Submit proposals and inquiries to:

Kathy Duse
NAEA Co-Sponsored Academies & Institutes
901 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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