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© 2019 by Community Engagement Lab


             at the Center

    of Learning

Vermont Creative Schools Initiative

Teacher Institute

Join us at the 2020 Institute

June 22-26 in Montpelier

  • Design integrated curriculum using climate change and the U.N. SDGs as a springboard.

  • Work closely with national leaders  in the fields of creativity, inquiry-based learning, project-based learning and the teaching and assessing of transferable skills.

  • Partner with experienced teaching artists.

  • Receive a 7 day teaching artist residency for your school.

  • Earn 3 graduate credits.

The Earth is Speaking – How Do We Respond?

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


Teacher teams will use climate change and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a springboard for designing curriculum-integrated projects that feature best practices in inquiry- and project-based learning, backward design, authentic reflection, and scaffolding skills. 

TUITION: $1,990 for three graduate credits or $1,650 for non-credit (35 professional development hours). Includes snacks & lunches at the Institute, plus the seven-day teaching artist residency in your school.


Teacher/staff teams of three or more are required.

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

- Teacher, Class of 2016

“The experience we just had with our teaching artist goes beyond words. It was one of the greatest teaching moments in my memory.”

- Teacher, Class of 2017


“This is a game changer."

- Teacher, Class of 2016

Photo: Gowri Savoor

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.