Professional Development

Teaching Artist Training

Teaching Artist
Training Course

A 4-Part Series with Focus 5, Inc.

Modules 2-4 contain a mix of self-paced online course work and live class sessions.

Wed., Sep. 27, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Session

with LBC staff

Fri., Oct. 6, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Session
Designing Residencies for Students

To be a responsible and respected member of the school community, a teaching artist must have a residency plan that identifies the objectives, scope, and sequence of their residency. Residency plans demonstrate to school partners the professionalism, instructional quality, and credibility of teaching artists. Plans establish a common vocabulary and planning approach between teaching artists and the sponsoring organization and also serve as an excellent marketing tool. In this seminar, participants consider a residency’s purpose, examine options for design, and select and organize residency components. The seminar guides participants to draft their own residency plan which includes an arts-integrated topic, rationale, a residency description, expected results, responsibilities of the teachers, and an overview of each class or session.

Oct. 6 – 20, 2023
Self-paced online course work
Fri. Oct. 20, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Session
Thu., Nov. 2, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Session
Designing Lessons for Classroom Instruction

How can both emerging and experienced teaching artists build better lessons? This seminar offers methods for improving lesson design, in turn, improving student learning. Through this seminar, teaching artists will learn the components of effective lessons, see them reflected in a lesson template, and apply their new understanding to their own teaching. Through participation in a sample lesson, lively discussions, activities, and presentations, teaching artists improve their lessons to better facilitate student learning.

Nov. 2 – 30, 2023
Self-paced online course work
Thu., Nov. 30, 2023
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Session
Wed., Jan. 10, 2024
4:00 – 7:00 pm
In-Person at LBC Education Studio
Classroom Management for Teaching Artists

What is the current thinking in the field of classroom management and how does it apply to the unique set of circumstances a teaching artist faces in the classroom? This seminar explores classroom management from a teaching artist’s perspective. Participants explore strategies that help students focus and participate meaningfully while preventing many unwanted behaviors as they engage in a creative process.
This session is also a stand-alone workshop for those who may not be participating in the course.


offered in partnership with Creative Sonoma

Those who complete the Teaching Artist Training Course may opt into the Teaching Artist Practicum, which pairs participants with LBC’s expert teaching artists for a hands on, in-school experience. Participants will shadow LBC teaching artists through a residency process, receive mentorship and guidance from LBC staff, and ultimately be given the opportunity to take the role of lead teaching artist in a structured classroom environment.

Participants are eligible for payment for completion of the Practicum through Creative Sonoma, funded by the Hewlett Foundation. The Teaching Artist Training Course is a required prerequisite for participation.


email Tracy Sawyer, Community Partnerships Supervisor, or call 707.800.7529.

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