Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

Announcing UT Austin's Drama for Schools' 11th Annual Summer Institute: Activating In-Person and Online Learning Through the Arts

Join us for 16 hours of professional learning that will prepare you to use arts integration strategies online or in person with PreK-12 students. This training will be fun, quickly paced and immediately applicable in a broad range of classrooms and contexts. Held online from June 29 - July 2, 2020 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST). Registration is FREE for our first online pilot. 

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Limited spots are available. 
Drama for Schools (DFS) is hosting a 15 year celebration symposium on June 3-5, 2021 in Austin, Texas. This symposium gathers DFS partners from across the globe to consider how drama-based pedagogy and its related practices are used to create a more equitable and just learning environment across educational contexts.

General registration will open in winter 2020. We welcome individuals with all levels of experience with drama-based pedagogy and Drama for Schools at the Symposium.


The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to host the Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts. Pre-service and in-service teachers, and arts educators interested in using drama-based pedagogical strategies across the curriculum are encouraged to apply for the 2019 program.

Austin, Texas

Dates for the 2020 Summer Institute will be announced in Spring 2020.

Program Overview

The Summer Institute is a research-based comprehensive pedagogical exploration and immersion training experience in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum. This three to four-day intensive arts integration training program is co-facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education. The Institute provides an opportunity for educators and working professional from across the country to gather and explore the power of learning in and through the arts.

notes and drawings on a pageDuring the Institute, participants:

  • Work in professional learning communities;
  • Explore drama-based pedagogical strategies;
  • Reflect on readings;
  • Develop and redefine new arts-integrated curricula and/or peer training modules, and;
  • Have the opportunity to observe and facilitate lesson plans.

The Institute concludes with the sharing of multiple drama-based lesson plans for peer review. Ongoing support for participants is provided after the class through the DBI Network website (which also serves as a virtual professional development community). In-service participants are also eligible to receive follow-up and support from University of Texas at Austin faculty through the Drama for Schools program model.

"I left with so many ideas that I can immediately implement with my students. I loved that we were all engaged and had opportunities to try out the strategies and talk about additional applications. Breaking into early elementary and upper elementary learning communities really helped, too! Thank you!" - 2019 Summer Institute Participant

2020 Tuition and Fees

Contact Lara Dossett at for workshop fee information. Fees include course texts used in the Institute.


For non-Austin area attendees, housing is available through The University of Texas at Austin and can be coordinated through Drama for Schools.

"Excellent modeling of instruction and reflection. Our institute leaders were AMAZING! Such an invigorating 4 days! One of the best PD's I've attended in my 36 years of education." - 2019 Summer Institute Participant
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