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Vermont Creative Schools Initiative

Teacher Institute

Fall 2020  /  Montpelier


"This has been the best professional development in my 27-year teaching career. The faculty was amazing."

The Earth is Speaking – How Do We Respond?

That essential question will guide our work at the 2020 Teacher Institute.

At the Institute you will work with a team of your colleagues to create an arts-integrated curriculum project alongside teaching artists and national leaders in project-based learning and creativity.

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Your school team* receives:

  • Seven-day in-school teaching artist residency to help implement your project next year. Choose from visual art, dance, theater, photography/digital media, puppetry, multi-media, or poetry teaching artists.

  • Staff support to develop community partners for your project—bringing the community into the school and the school into the community.

  • PR/media and production support for your project's culminating event.

*Teams must consist of three or more teachers/staff.


“This is a game changer."

What to Expect

The Creative Schools Initiative Teacher Institute is an experience in collaborative and creative planning and learning.

Creative Collaboration

  • Collaborate with an experienced teaching artist who will work with your team throughout the week to co-design your project.

Foundations of Creative Learning

  • Develop authentic ways to model creative learning in your classroom through hands-on creative engagement throughout the week.


Teaching & Assessing Transferable Skills

  • Strengthen your understanding of the skills inside the creative process and techniques for teaching and assessing your students’ creative capacities.  

Climate Change 

  • Feature climate change as a key focus of your project.

UbD - Understanding by Design

  • Leverage the project’s essential question – The Earth is speaking, how do we respond? – to map your projects’s enduring and desired understandings. 

Backward Design – Authentic Reflection – Scaffolding Skills

  • Expand your best practices with national leaders in the fields of project- and inquiry-based learning. ​


Early bird registration before May 1st: $1,990 for three graduate credits or $1,690 for non-credit (35 professional development hours), includes snacks & lunches at the Institute.


After May 1st there is a $100 per participant late registration fee. 


Email Community Engagement Lab Partnerships Manager Theresa Murray-Clasen. 


Or visit the FAQ page for answers to questions about fees, choosing your teaching artist and planning your project's culminating event.


Reserve your team's spot at the Teacher Institute

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Photo: Gordon Miller

Eric Booth

Eric Booth is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator ( the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts.


In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education project in America), and held one of six chairs on The College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years.


He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and is the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference.

Judith Bose, Ph.D.

Judith Bose is an independent arts education consultant, specializing in the area of teaching artist development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists.


She previously served as the Director of Teacher Education and Educational Initiatives at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she developed an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music degree program, and led Longy’s Teaching Artist Program. In New York, she was a master teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic for ten years, and she has worked with numerous schools and cultural organizations both nationally and internationally.


Currently, Judith is working with Longy and the WolfBrown arts research firm on a multi-site national evaluation study of El Sistema-inspired programs in the US. 



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