Share critical school policies and procedures with the Residency Artist and AIE Partner regarding: school entrance check-in and parking; safety and emergency practices; student behavior code/expectations; discipline guidelines; dress code; e-mail communication protocol with students.
Teachers benefit by learning about, connecting to and appreciating content students learn through the residency and will enhance and sustain the experience by modeling the lessons for them. The Professional Development Workshop can enhance classroom teaching by expanding creative capabilities and by modeling techniques and arts integrated lessons. This hands-on, 90-minute to 3-hour workshop is open to all teachers, administrators and other staff, not only those working directly with the artist. At some sites, cafeteria workers, janitors and nurses have been eager participants. In addition to learning and practicing new arts skills and concepts, the workshop is also a forum for exchanging ideas, asking questions, sharing resources, and advocating for future arts education efforts at the site and in the community.
The workshop typically takes place in a large classroom or school media center before or after school or during an in-service day. Site administrators should announce the date and time well in advance. (It can be scheduled at a time designated as a regular staff meeting or in-service training session.) Determine the workshop focus and discuss the goals, expectations and evaluation with the Residency Artist. Share any special interests or particular ideas that the teaching staff may wish to address during the workshop. The Professional Development Workshop provides the opportunity for the Residency Artist to collaborate with staff to acquire and build skills that can support sustainability of the residency. (For professional development resources, see Resources: Links)
NOTE: Sites assume the total cost of supplies for residencies. Some materials and equipment—a kiln, watercolor paper, sewing kits, spiral notebooks—may be items the site already has on hand or may be donated through PTA/PTO contacts and local merchants. The Residency Artist and On-Site Coordinator should communicate closely in advance, so that all needed supplies/materials and equipment are on hand at the start of the residency.
The school should provide classroom/studio space appropriate for needs the of the arts discipline selected. A visual arts residency may need access to water and large tables; a dance or theater residency may require use of the gymnasium or multi-purpose room; a music residency may need storage space for instruments; and some residencies may utilize various audio/sound/computer equipment.