Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Thank you all for a fantastic retreat. It was inspiring to see all of you in one room making some revolutionary art and curriculum.
We'll send a recap of the retreat soon via email, and will also schedule follow up sessions for those that missed all or part of the retreat.

And don't forget to turn in your curriculum by Nov 9th!

Also, here's a fun place to see what other projects are out in the feild by discipline, population, or social context. It's called Community Arts Network and it's great.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

By TAs for TAs

This tip came to us from Michael Wiggins' blog:


The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable presents

By Teaching Artists for Teaching Artists A chance to examine best practices & work one-on-one with fellow TAs to share & strengthen your lesson plans.

Join us for a professional development presented BY Teaching Artists FOR Teaching Artists

Workshop 4:30 – 7:00pm
Wednesday November 18th
Brooklyn Arts Council
55 Washington Street Suite 218
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Click Here to Register!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Promise of Arts Education

After our panel on The Promise of Arts Education, we received a tremendous response from teaching artists.
We've decided to widen the circle of conversation, and throughout this year you'll be meeting in your cohorts as researchers.

What do we want to achieve in our profession?
Where do we see the field in ten years?
How do we continue to influence education by doing much with little?
What do you want to share that's really cool in your practice, what do you want to learn from your peers?

We'll be talking more, but can't do much without you. Let us know what you think, where you'd like to have this conversation, and how often.

20UNDER40 online salon

Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog

Are the voices of emerging leaders in the arts too loud or not loud enough? The grumblings of both young arts practitioners and discerning seasoned veterans raise a number of important questions: Are we squelching the voices of emerging professionals in the arts field? And are we causing an exodus of committed young talent to leave the field for work in other domains?For the first time in history there are four generational cohorts in the workplace. The residual clash of generational perspectives has surfaced a number of undeniable challenges—and opportunities—for arts professionals and organizations. Unlike other industries, the arts sector seems to be struggling particularly hard with the inevitable generational shift in leadership.

Join the Arts Education and Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts and the 20UNDER40 anthology for the Emerging Leaders Salon on ARTSblog the week of October 19-23. Fifteen diverse arts professionals from across the country will discuss the question of generational leadership in the arts and it isthrough your comments and questions that this dialogue can grow.

Are you a young arts leader? Does the field value your creativity, innovation, and professional experience?

Are you a veteran arts practitioner? Does this view of the field as an entity unable to let loose the reigns of leadership resonate with you?Is the arts field successful in its attempt to foster young leaders? Is something out of synch with our planning for succession—or is it an unwarranted overdose of arrogance being exercised by those new to the field?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Teaching Artist Survey

From The Association of Teaching Artists*

In response to concerns, discussions with Teaching Artists, and with input from beginning, mid-career, and experienced Teaching Artists, The Association of Teaching Artists announces a new ATA survey accessed on or

Teaching Artists and Their Work
An ATA Survey: What are Meaningful, Supportive, and Sustainable Employment Environments for the Work of a Teaching Artist?
ATA's focus in this survey is Teaching Artists' experiential knowledge. We ask you to share your knowledge, your stories, and what your experience has taught you.

We would appreciate it if you could help us distribute the survey on as widely as possible, to as many Teaching Artists as possible. ATA's focus in this survey is Teaching Artists' experiential knowledge. We ask Teaching Artists to share their knowledge, their stories, and what their experience has taught them.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Preemptive Education: Language, Identity, and Power

Reccomended by illustrious TA Fabian:

Urban Word NYC,
NYU Center for Multicultural Education,
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, & the Hip-Hop Theater Festival present:

PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION: Language, Identity & Power Urban Word NYC's Annual Mentor, Teacher, Educator & Community Activist Training [Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East]

Preemptive Education aims to examine the issues that affect today’s youth, while providing creative and practical resources to address them. Using the power of spoken word poetry and hip-hop as the lens to explore language and privilege, participants will learn best practices in student-centered pedagogy from professionals in the fields of education, youth development, and spoken word & hip-hop. Combining performance, panel discussions, and professional development workshops, Preemptive Education will provide comprehensive
opportunities for educators of all levels.

Opening Panel and Youth Performance: FREE to the PUBLIC FRIDAY October 2nd, 7-9PM Room 703, Silver Center WORD LIFE:
A Performance and Conversation on Language, Identity & Power
Poets: Jamilla Lyiscott, Carvens Lissaint, Ceez, Thiahera Nurse
Respondents: David Kirkland, Ph.D., Regie Cabico, Black Artemis

This dynamic performance and panel series will start at the word. Three poems with three panels will interact and converge in a conversation that uses spoken word poetry to reclaim identities and challenge inequities around language, privilege and power. Using each poem as a starting point, panelists will address and illuminate issues around language privilege, youth voice, and social justice. Young poets from Urban Word NYC will provide the platform from which respondents and panelists will vision a new dialogue around the transformative power of spoken word poetry and the pedagogies that champion the voices of the next generation.

Weekend Training Series for Mentors, Teachers, Educators and Community Activists SATURDAY & SUNDAY October 3rd 9AM-5PM, October 4th 9AM-2:00PM

This training series will provide educators with cutting edge best practices in social justice, spoken word and hip-hop education. This weekend participants will work with professors, activists, educators, emcees and spoken word artists to engage in the critical literacy work that Urban Word NYC is known for. The workshops are geared towards building foundational frameworks, that are then followed up by specific sessions for: writing mentors, NYU community members, and NYC public school teachers. The range of perspectives provided will bridge both theory and practical application, as well as inform your personal pedagogy to enable you to work and grow as an educator dedicated to liberatory education. Also included will be a lunchtime panel with the Hip-Hop Association, as well as presentations by NYCoRE, EARS, DNA works, and leaders from our sponsoring orgs. For a full conference schedule visit

Suggested donation for weekend training is $100. Includes breakfast & lunch.
Please be sure to pre-register by emailing Program Director, Parker Pracjek at Training is free for UW mentors, NYU students and staff, and the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival staff.
For additional information, please call 212-352-3495. Scholarships available.

For more information on agenda, check out:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Advice for New High School Teachers

Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:40 am (PDT)
From Teacher MagazinePublished: September 16, 2009
Advice for New High School TeachersBy Kenneth J. Bernstein

Congratulations. And commiserations. Whether the task upon which you now embark will be a great exploration or a Mission Impossible is not entirely within your control. Because teaching, especially of the adolescents you will encounter within the high school classroom, is a series of overlapping relationships in which you are only one of the players.Perhaps it is arrogant of me to offer advice. After all, my perspective is shaped by my personal experience. I am probably a very different person than are you. How then can I presume to offer advice to someone I have never met, whose school may have very different characteristics than mine, and, most of all, who brings to her classroom a different life experience than that which I bring to mine? That question contains the seeds of its own answer, and is key to the advice I offer.High school students are often very much in search of identity. That includes how they relate to other people. They need points of reference. They need situations they can trust, particularly as they are challenged to grow, emotionally as well as intellectually.I hope you are passionate about your subject. Yes, you may have been given classes that focus on something that would not be your first choice. Yet if you cannot find something exciting about it, how will you engage your students? Why should they exert themselves?To continue reading: