Oct. 19 (4:00-6:00pm ET): Celebrating and Thinking Forward: What’s next for GIVE? What’s next for YOU?

As Teaching Artists and education professionals, we know that reflection and celebration play an important role in meaningful learning. In this workshop, we’ll reflect on and celebrate the launch of GIVE: Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement—and we’ll look ahead to the ways each of us will carry the knowledge, strategies, and tools out into the world.

We’ll kick off the celebration by hearing from arts education leaders about how GIVE will help foster the liberated learning environments now and in the future. Then in collaboration with other Teaching Artists, we’ll each have the chance to try some of the ideas and practices in The GIVE Lab—a place to play, to experiment, to imagine. We’ll close with reflection and celebration strategies contributed to GIVE by Teaching Artists as we lift up those who helped create these resources and celebrate our journey toward more inclusive, vibrant arts education.

Oct. 12 (4:00-6:00pm ET): Toward Liberated Learning Environments: An Intersectional Approach

Imagining—and building!—an even more inclusive, more vibrant future for arts education asks us to integrate understandings of identity, positionality, and intersectionality in our classrooms. In doing so, can we reshape how we perceive and respond to classroom behavior? How do we build pathways for students with and without disabilities to feel seen and heard as their whole selves? How do we foster meaningful connection and community in our classrooms?

In this workshop, we’ll hear from artists with disabilities about their own educational experiences. Reflecting on these artists’ stories as well as our own, we’ll look at ways to build liberating classroom practices while rethinking and eliminating harmful ones. We’ll also share GIVE resources to support ongoing racial justice efforts in the classroom and beyond, including additions and adaptations made by Teaching Artists in 2020. By exploring resources that address identity and stigma in the classroom, as well as others that share practical tips and tools , we’ll build our capacity to cultivate liberated learning environments.

Oct. 5 (4:00-6:00pm ET): Can You GIVE Me a Hand? Collaborating with Classroom Professionals

When you count Teaching Artists, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and more, there may be quite a few adults present in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms and other inclusion settings. What kind of inclusive, vibrant arts learning is possible when those adults collaborate in creative and meaningful ways? Let’s find out!

This 2-hour workshop invites the voices and perspectives of classroom teachers and paraprofessionals into the room as we explore the GIVE: Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement website. By sharing experiences of successful–and challenging–classroom collaborations, we’ll start from a place of empathy, shared understanding, and excitement for what’s possible. Then, we’ll explore resources created by and for Teaching Artists that are designed to support you in understanding the various roles within an ICT classroom, building relationships and co-creating goals with your classroom partners, and utilizing a range of co-teaching models.

Sept. 28 (4:00-6:00pm ET): Teach with GIVE: Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement in YOUR Classroom

What could the future of arts education look like? More inclusive? More vibrant? We think so! Teach with GIVE: Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement, a collection of free online resources created by Teaching Artists for Teaching Artists. GIVE shares strategies, tools, printable resources, and more to help meet the needs of all students and create liberated learning environments in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) Classrooms and other inclusion settings.

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll hear from leaders in arts education as we celebrate the public launch of GIVE. Then, join some of the Teaching Artists and administrators who developed the GIVE website to collectively imagine a more inclusive, more vibrant future for arts education. We’ll explore what GIVE has to offer— including the Checklist for Planning and Facilitating an Inclusive Lesson. This specific resource opens the door to others on the site, created by and for Teaching Artists on topics like integrating strategies to support students with and without disabilities, creating stigma-free classrooms, partnering with Classroom Professionals, and more.