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The Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts

Where content & creativity connect • University of Richmond • Summer 2018

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 for the week and informs the PIA model of using creative practices to engage all students. Participants will experience what it feels like to be engaged in multiple ways of learning, and discover how to communicate their learning outcomes in authentic and innovative ways.

JOI is designed for teams of teachers, or individuals, of all subjects and grade levels. The focus is on how we teach, not what, so bring a mixed-content area group to develop an interdisciplinary unit that:

  • Engages and empowers your students
  • Improves students’ retention of content
  • Transforms learning in your classroom
  • Builds a dynamic learning community 

Engaging Creative Thinkers model

The week follows the structure of the PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers framework with guided practice in using creativity in the classroom, with visiting experts, and on field trips with community partners. Monday through Thursday the Modlin Center for the Arts will serve as the classroom, where educators will be immersed in rich inquiry alongside experts from social justice in art, educational psychology, hip-hop, theater, design thinking, sound art, and STEM. Friday will model working on site with a community partner, connecting the classroom activities to learning through programs and exhibits at the Science Museum of Virginia.

More Information

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

Robert S. McAdams, MFA

Katie Fauth
Program Coordinator

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

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