Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools, Springboard to Learning is excited to announce multiple, customizable “virtual” Wolf Trap residency delivery platforms for teachers/schools to choose for meeting their professional development needs.  

Option 1: A fully virtual residency for classrooms with both students (and parents) and teachers online. 

Option 2: A residency with the teacher and students at school, and the teaching artists accessing the classroom virtually. 

Option 3: A standard residency process with the teaching artists and teacher working with students in the classroom. 

Option 4: A virtual interactive, and job-embedded professional development program provided to the teacher outside the classroom setting. 

In this last format, the teacher (and assistant) can meet for five 45-minute sessions with a teaching artist to do a “deep dive” into multiple high-yield artsintegration strategies that best align with their learning needs and the literacy, STEM and/or SEL content of their choosing. The strategies will be modeled by the teaching artist and broken down into step-by-step processes, making them easy for teachers to replicate in the classroom. This will be followed by a collaborative creation of a new/adapted lesson(s) using the selected strategy, with support from the teaching artist. In preparation for the classroom, the teacher will demonstrate portions of the strategy for the teaching artists, receiving real-time coaching and feedback.  

At the end of the professional development residency, teachers will have observed, discussed, and designed new lessons with support and feedback. By observing and participating in the modeled arts-integrated lessons, the teacher gains the tools and skills necessary to integrate the arts into their specific curriculum and daily routine. This residency is an integrated approach to both teaching and learning, providing early-childhood educators with arts-integrated, hands-on strategies and techniques that enrich children’s learning experiences and foster children’s growth in all development domains.  

A typical Five-Session Teacher One-to-One PD would include: 

Planning – Set the goals for learning, select strategies and content standards to address. 

Session 1 – Teaching artist models strategies followed by a debrief and unwrapping of processes/skills 

Session 2 – Teaching artist models strategies followed by a debrief and unwrapping of processes/skills. Transitions between activities, student movement/management tools, and materials are shared, discussed, and unwrapped. 

Session 3 – Teacher and teaching artists collaboratively discuss options to use modeled/learned strategies in other content-specific subject areas.  With support, the teacher creates a lesson/learning event to demonstrate for feedback. 

Session 4 – Teacher makes first attempt demo lesson with feedback.  Revisions made. 

Session 5 – Teacher makes second attempt with feedback.  All documents and resources are shared with the teacher; if allowed and desired, the entire event will be recorded and sent to the teacher for later review.   

As always, Greater St. Louis Wolf Trap will provide trained professional teaching artists – musicians, dancers, actors, and storytellers – to bring innovative, high-quality arts-integrated learning strategies virtually to schools/programs serving children from three years old through Kindergarten.  One or multiple platforms can be customized and used for a teacher or school. 

The Greater St. Louis Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is offering both “virtual” five and sixteen-session Wolf Trap residencies and/or onetoone artsintegration professional development. 

To learn more about the Wolf Trap Institute and book a residency, please contact Brenda Butler at bbutler@springboardstl.org.