Participants in small group discussions at a Propay class.

Participants in small group discussions in The Art of Instruction 2016 Propay class. Photo by Matt Guidry.

Calling all Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) educators! If you are looking for professional development opportunities to make your teaching practice even more creative and accessible, sign up today for The Art of Instruction. Upstream Arts is honored to partner with MPS Special Education for the third consecutive year to offer a ProPay course focusing on Arts Based Strategies and UDL. Dates have been moved to begin in October, and the class is currently is open for registration!

Through a collaborative classroom structure, The Art of Instruction creates an interactive learning environment to explore interdisciplinary artful instruction strategies for differentiation, classroom engagement, management, and learning. Upstream Arts and MPS Special Education will guide you through best practices in the field of the Teaching Artist, the tenets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and the world of Assistive Technology. Because artistic practices inherently offer multiple ways to express ideas, Upstream Arts has found that pairing teaching artist practices with UDL principles creates a rich community of learners in the classroom and promotes a dynamic, truly accessible learning environment. The Art of Instruction offers an academic, experiential, and practical immersion into the art of engaging students of all abilities, including students with disabilities, and an exploration of infusing interdisciplinary arts-based concepts to enhance your classroom and individual student instruction.

This training course is designed for MPS Regular Education and Special Education teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and other educational support staff that work directly with students. The approaches and methodologies that will be explored apply to a wide range of ages and abilities; and they are useful for teaching students in all ECSE, preK-12, and Transition programs. 

Julie Guidry, Upstream Arts Executive Director
Matt Guidry, Upstream Arts Artistic Director
Rochelle Cox, MPS Executive Director of Special Education
Joelle Bender, MPS Speech Language Pathologist

Time and Location (UPDATED):
Participation in each of the following –
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Thursday, October 11, 2018 •5-8pm • Davis Center L3-319
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Thursday, November 15, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Thursday, December 13, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Wednesday, January 16, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Thursday, January 17, 2018 • 5-8pm • Davis Center N1-052
Thursday, February 21, 2018 • 5-7pm • Upstream Arts
Thursday, March 21, 2018 • 5-7pm • Upstream Arts
Thursday, April 18, 2018 • 5-7pm • Upstream Arts

For more information and instructions on how to register through eCompass, click here to download the Summer and Fall 2018 ProPay Course Catalog.