The educator assigned to direct an arts program in an elementary or secondary school is the number one factor in determining the impact and success of that program. Teachers who feel connected, inspired, and supported are best prepared to meet the demands of a job in public education and serve the individual needs of their students. Support your arts educators by:
- providing opportunities for professional development
- guiding them to resources and networking opportunities
- facilitating mentoring at the school and district level
- introducing them to partnership opportunities that support student enrichment
The following is a list of local, state, and national online services and other opportunities offered by professional organizations to support teachers of the arts in elementary and secondary public schools.
Supporting Elementary and Secondary Art Educators
Highly qualified arts educators and elementary arts specialists need inspiration and networking time with other highly qualified artists, educators, and professionals. This list will take you to the art form specific pages describing the type of professional development opportunities available at the local, state, and national level from professional arts education organizations and POPS organizations.
- Supporting a Dance Educator or Dance Specialist
- Supporting a Music Educator or Elementary Music Specialists
- Supporting a Theater Educator or Elementary Drama Specialist
- Supporting a Visual Arts Educator or Elementary Visual Arts Specialists
- Arts on a cart
Supporting Elementary Classroom Teachers
Elementary classroom teachers can also receive professional development in the arts as they too need inspiration and networking time with highly qualified artists, educators, and professionals. While elementary classroom teachers would be welcome at any of the art form specific professional development functions, this list provides information on opportunities tailored specifically for general elementary classroom teachers looking to improve their classroom and school culture through the inclusion of the arts.
POPS: PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS
FREE ARTS EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS
POPS groups are professional arts organizations in Utah that receive funding from the Utah State Legislature to provide per formances, workshops, demonstrations, and arts experiences for students in the K–12 schools. (Read details on services offered by POPS in each of the following art form specific sections or at popsutah.org.) POPS organizations also provide free and subsidized opportunities for teacher development in arts skills and pedagogy. Performance matinees, museum tours, and field trips are often free as well, however, busing costs may need to be covered by the school. Additionally, inclusive arts programing for students with disabilities is offered by Art Access (accessart.org) and the Inclusive Arts Festival.
UTAH DIVISION OF ARTS AND MUSEUMS
(Visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov/grants for more details.)
UDAM encourages partnerships in the classroom between teachers and professional artists to increase active student engagement in the creative process by offering Arts Learning Grants up to $7,000. Teachers are encouraged to partner with artists as a tool for professional development as well. UDAM also offers a Teacher-Initiated Project grant that gives teachers the opportunity to study one-on-one with a professional artist. TIPs provide teachers a chance to develop their skill and passion in the art form of their choice.
UDAM provides a limited number of site-specific professional development workshops in the arts. School faculty determine the discipline and instructional plan and UDAM funds the presenter. UDAM further partners with multiple arts organizations to offer professional development workshops in dance, music, theater, and visual arts throughout the state.
UDAM maintains a roster of approved teaching artists in dance, music, theater, visual arts, media arts, folk arts and creative writing. Artists are selected for both artistic and educational excellence. UDAM additionally offers technical assistance in writing grants, developing long-term arts education goals and access to prevailing research in arts education. Advocacy tools produced by UDAM such as the Ten Lessons the Arts Teach, the arts/science brochure, and a parent arts education advocacy booklet can be shipped to schools upon request.
Arts Learning Grant
Teacher-Initiated Project Grant
BYU ARTS Partnership Professional Development
- Arts Express: two-day summer conference for elementary educators with instruction in five art forms and arts integration
- Arts Leadership Academy: ten-day series of workshops in the arts for selected teachers
- Arts Bridge: year two of the arts leadership series where teachers are paired with BYU student art scholars
- Arts Integration Endorsement: USBE endorsement that attaches to an elementary teaching license
- Professional Development Workshops: workshops for school faculties that can be customized for school/district priorities
Other resources for Elementary and Secondary Teachers
Online Arts Resources for Teachers
- Utah Division of Arts and Museums
- BYU Museum of Art
- Americans for the Arts
- Kennedy Center
- Arts Education Partnership
- Arts 4 Learning
- Young Audiences
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
- Mr. Picasso Head
- Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory—search "fine arts"
- Children's Music Workshop
Conferences with an Arts Education Focus
Arts and Arts Integration
- Mountain West Arts Conference
- Arts Express
- Utah Inclusive Arts Festival
- Arts Engage Saturday Workshops
- Arts Fusion
- Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
- Orff Schulwerk in the Mountains Workshop
- UMTA State Conference
- NAfME National Conference
- UMEA Midwinter Conference
- MTNA Annual National Conference
- InterMuse Academy
Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS)
A consortium of professional arts organizations that receive funding from the Utah State Legislature to provide performances, workshops, demonstrations, and arts experiences for students in Utah's schools