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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 and informs the Partners in the Arts (PIA) model of using creative practices to engage and empower all students.

New for 2018! Joan Oates Institute: Focused Course

June 26-28, 2018

In addition to our full week Joan Oates Institute (see below), PIA is introducing a new platform for workshops and graduate courses that help educators to design units connecting specific programs, arts and cultural events, or projects to their curricular content area.

Our first Joan Oates Institute: Focused Course is “Community Inquiry and Digital Storytelling,” June 26-28 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Using the Out of Eden Walk project as a model, participants will define, explore and tell the stories of their communities through close observation, sketchbooks, video and writing. Visit the PIA Resources page for registration links and details.

Joan Oates Institute: Foundations of Arts Integration

August 20-24, 2018

JOI is designed for teams of teachers, or individuals, of all subjects and grade levels. The focus is on how we teach, not what we teach, so bring a mixed-content area group to develop an interdisciplinary unit that will improve your students’ retention of content, build a dynamic learning community and transform learning in your classroom.

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.

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

Why the Joan Oates Institute?