NEAL professional development is an all-in, full body experience in which we take risks together. Facilitators, museum educators, artist partners, district coordinators and teacher participants all move, laugh, learn, teach and reflect. Facilitators model what they are looking for teachers to learn to do, and listen during reflection to check for understanding and to in turn learn from the teachers about the model.
Each Summer Institute, hosted by one of our museum partners, introduces a cohort of 40 teachers across all content areas to The Performance Cycle framework through active learning. Professional facilitators lead participants by example through each step of the process, culminating in a final performance.
- Teachers have multiple vivid artistic experiences during the week, including exploring the museum collections with museum educators as they enter text.
- Each day begins with time to reflect and these reflections become another artistic installation.
- Teachers have time to work in teams to begin to plan their own unit of study and get feedback from the professional facilitators and from each other.
Recent Summer Institutes
- 2015 | Myths, Monsters & Heroes, The Addison Gallery of American Art
- 2016 | Miracle Machines: The Power of Imagination, Peabody Essex Museum
- 2017 | A Week On Mulberry Street, Springfield Museums
NEAL Summer Institutes are currently only open to teachers from participating districts.
- Participants attend teacher work sessions in preparation for presenting work at the Symposium.
- Topics covered at teacher work sessions have included Google sites training, documentation, and revision and reflection.
- Time is also given for teams to work on their units of study, collaboratively examining student work and teacher practice.
- Teachers are also informed about and invited to attend educator nights at our participating museums, to join professional learning communities of their peers.
The Symposium is a chance to teach each other the lessons learned along the way, to share documentation of units of study that show student and teacher learning—arts joining with and in support of literacy—and to share a final community-wide performance of understanding. The Symposium celebrates how far we’ve come and to begin to map out where we want to go next.
The 2017 Symposium was held on March 22 at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA).
The Kennedy Center's Arts Integration Conference
June 27–29, 2016
The Conference explores the "how" of arts integration, rooted in the Kennedy Center's 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, and provides many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher's approach to teaching. This conference is appropriate for teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists.
The Habla Teacher Institute
July 30–August 5, 2016
A professional development experience in Merida, Mexico for all educators interested in activating their own creativity and finding new ways to explore the intersection of literacies, languages, and the arts. No Spanish language background is necessary. At the institute you will work with international leaders in the fields of education and the arts. Habla documents and shares best practices for using the arts to transform schools and communities. At this institute you will experience these best practices, share your own, and learn ways to fuse the arts with literacy in your educational setting. The Habla Teacher Institute will be led in English and Spanish.