We are no longer accepting applications for this summer teaching institute.
Institute hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 1–2, and lunch will be provided each day.
In his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works author Jonah Lehrer writes, “Once we know how creativity works, we can make it work for us.” During this two-day institute, educators will trace the roots of creativity and outline creative processes to reveal how creativity can work in their classrooms. Using artworks from American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and Their Circle, 1927–1942 and paintings and sculpture from the Amon Carter’s collection, educators will observe and practice leading inquiry-based teaching models; discover practical classroom activities that promote critical thinking and problem solving; and collaborate with other teachers to create lessons that encourage visual literacy, dialogue, and reflection. Museum educators will uncover the artists’ sources of inspiration, provide historical and cultural contexts in which to view the art, and explain how this small group of artists worked together to transform and redefine American modernism.
Who should apply?
This interdisciplinary program is geared toward administrators, homeschool educators, librarians, PreK–12 teachers at public and private schools, and preservice teachers. Teachers of English/language arts, ESL, gifted and talented, science, social studies, and visual arts, as well as teacher teams from the same school, are encouraged to apply!
Lunch will be provided each day. All participants will receive classroom resources, including books; posters; postcards; and a CD with digital images of related artworks, image guide, mediagraphy of related websites and resources, and classroom activities.
This institute is provided at no charge, and a limited number of teachers will be selected. To apply, send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A written or photo essay, blog entry, or video (under 10 MB) that demonstrates how you successfully used creativity in your classroom or school. This might include an assigned student project, a problem you solved, or collaboration with other teachers. Please include any challenges or obstacles you encountered during the project.
- An updated resume or CV (include your home and school mailing addresses, preferred summer email address and phone number, and grade levels and disciplines you teach).
- Application materials must be received by June 13, and selected participants will be notified by email by June 18.