The Madison Campus Arts program provides an ideal opportunity for
teacher training, including professional development and the creation
of teaching resources. Santa Monica College has committed to a collaborative
effort with the Santa Monica & Malibu Schools to design this
training, and is in discussion with other public school systems
and private schools about similar efforts.
The Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, DC, offers the kind
of program that is ideal to support this work. Grant applications
are underway to secure assistance.
Professional development programs can be designed to build teachers
knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Workshops can provide hands-on
experience in learning to teach an art form and in using the arts
to teach in other subject areas. Workshops can target teachers of
all grades levels, pre-kindergarten through high school, who serve
students with a broad range of backgrounds and needs. Teachers may
earn in service-credit by attending workshops.
Each of the performances at the Madison Campus provides an opportunity
to develop teacher training components, allowing teachers to deepen
the experience back in the classroom. Additionally, through collaboration
with arts-based organizations, resources can be made available that
provide standards-based curricula to put the arts into all the disciplines.
These collaborations can also make available libraries of planning,
research, and contact information for teachers, as well as numerous
online and distance education resources.