Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

Announcing UT Austin's Drama for Schools' 12th Annual Summer Institute: Activating In-Person and Online Learning Through the Arts

Join us for 20 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. The 2021 Summer Institute will be held online.

Foundational Session 1: June 14-16 and 18, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
Foundational Session 2: June 21-24, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
Advanced Session: June 14-16, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (must have attended a foundational session in previous years to attend)
(Each session will break for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Limited spots are available.  
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 2021 program.

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.

"Everyone was incredibly supportive and collegial. In a very short amount of time we built the type of learning community I wish I had at school with my team who I have been working with for years." - 2020 DFS Summer Institute participant

2021 Tuition and Fees

Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts tuition: $300
Contact Lara Dossett at with any questions. Fees include course texts used in the Institute.

"I loved this experience so much! I felt a little intimidated by the abundance of knowledge, but just hearing all of the other thoughts, perspectives, and feedback given from teachers was so helpful, and I am so excited to apply what I learned. I am so grateful!" - 2020 DFS Summer Institute participant
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