Professional Development

Professional Development

AIEA offers many types of professional development opportunities and programs in integrated arts to schools throughout the state. AIEA has the ability to design professional development programs to meet the specific needs of your school and your project.
We have an extensive list of discipline experts and master teachers from around the southeast who are trained to help you.

SuperSaturday Workshops

Dana Foundation Artists

Art Smart: Using the Arts to Extend Classroom Learning

Action Research/School-Wide Creative Conversations in Arts Learning Communities

Arts in the Classroom

BEYOND THE INSTITUTE, Summer Institute in Comprehensive Arts Education (June 15-19, 2015),

some of the other work we have done includes:

SUPERSATURDAYS, 3-4 one day, discipline-specific or cross-curricular workshops, open and FREE to any participant in other AIEA training.

Last year, we had

  • Literacy and the Arts with Allison Upshaw in Tuscaloosa (Oct.),
  • Dance with Margo Greenlee in Birmingham (Jan.),
  • The Great Clay Adventure with Frank Fleming at MMFA (Feb.) and
  • Realize Your Rhythm with John Scalici in Montgomery (Apr.).


Long-Range Planning at the District or School Level:

AIEA staff and consultants work with district and local school leaders to evaluate the place of the arts in the schools. The current place of the arts is determined; goals—short and long term—are set; and a work plan is set in place. Schools decide on the in-school professional development the faculty needs and AIEA helps find/provide the intensive, sequential training.


Start With the Arts:

AIEA offers a three hour introduction to SWTA in a hands-on, participatory workshop setting. Teachers explore all of the art areas through thematic units built around pre-school themes. SWTA is an arts-infused curriculum developed for Pre-K -2nd and special needs populations. Lessons promote school readiness and literacy, as well as inclusion, and offer engaging arts activities that teachers can apply in all curricular areas. The curriculum features

  • Developmentally appropriate standards-based activities from the visual arts, drama, dance and movement and music that promote cognitive and social skills development.
  • Adaptations described for each lesson ensure that every child will participate fully, regardless of his or her particular abilities or learning style.
  • Suggested literacy selections reflect people with all types of disabilities as well as a broad representation of ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Family Letters that bridge the children’s school and home lives by emphasizing more activities that the child can do with his or her family.


Arts in the Classroom:

AIEA works with schools to design school-specific training and/or model lesson teaching in the classrooms. These sessions can focus on one art form, one concept, or one grade level. An example: With a focus on third grade math, specifically fractions and decimals, a teaching specialist in each of the art forms can spend a day in the school doing model teaching with the staff, leaving extension and support lessons for the teachers to use to enhance the learning, and meeting with the teachers to discuss the lesson design.

Or :

A school chooses to focus on theatre skills to enhance literacy. AIEA develops a series of lessons and workshops for the faculty introducing Course of Study standards in theatre and how to teach/use theatre skills to enhance literacy. This can include full staff workshops, model teaching, or teacher-support as they work to develop the techniques and lessons for their classes.


Action Research/ School-Wide Creative Conversations in Arts Learning Communities

AIEA will work with faculties to design Action Research projects around arts education topics. Staff can facilitate school-wide study groups focused on current literature relating to arts education topics and offer suggestions for this study.

ArtSmarts: Using the Arts to Extend Classroom Learning

AIEA has developed an arts manual for the 21st Century Learning Centers. Art lessons that support content learning in the classroom are included across the 4×4 and all arts areas. All lessons are standards based with extensions for lower or higher grades. This manual is available for purchase.

 Other Possibilities:

AIEA has the ability to design training to meet the needs of your particular school and project. We have an extensive list of discipline experts and master teachers from around the southeast who can meet your needs. Please contact us!


Randy Foster designed an eighteen day, grade-level specific training for Wilcox County Elementary teachers. This PD consisted of one FULL DAY workshop with a teaching artist, followed by a model lesson in each teacher’s classroom. The benefits of this model include specifically targeted grade level arts and curricular connections, as well as the opportunity to see the strategies in action with the students in your classroom. Camden School of Arts and Technology teachers have completed two Half Day arts training workshops. Additionally, the High School teachers, by department, completed a FULL DAY workshop with an artist, presenting lesson strategies targeted to content standards in each curricular area. At the end of this PD project each teacher in Wilcox County had participated in intensive, job-embedded training.

Call Randy P Foster @ 334.396.2432

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