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The Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts

Where content & creativity connect • University of Richmond • Summer 2020

The Joan Oates Institute (JOI) for Partners in the Arts prepares PreK-12 teachers of all subject areas to use differentiation, creative and experiential pedagogies, and collaboration to develop interdisciplinary lessons and unit plans. The driving question, “how do we learn?” guides the curriculum and informs the Partners in the Arts (PIA) model of using creative practices to engage and empower all students.


Joan Oates Institute: Foundations of Arts Integration

July 27-31, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The focus of the course is on how we teach, not what we teach, and participants will build on the creative practices of seeing, listening, and moving to align content standards to arts-based performance tasks.

This week-long institute is designed for teams of teachers, administrators, or individuals, of all subjects and grade levels. So bring a mixed-content area group to develop interdisciplinary lessons/units that will improve your students’ comprehension and retention of content, build a dynamic learning community, and transform learning in your classroom.

Join us this summer to experience what it feels like to be engaged in multiple ways of learning, discover how to communicate learning outcomes in authentic and innovative ways, and be excited about being a teacher.

Image Credit

Photo by Richmond Artist Keith Ramsey

Partners in the Arts
Phone: (804) 955-4012

Robert S. McAdams, MFA

Stacy Hull

UR Downtown
626 E. Broad St., Ste. 100
Richmond, VA 23219

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