The Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is a professional development initiative focused on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. This training is appropriate for professional teaching artists looking to enhance or refresh their work, particularly in the areas of assessment strategies and well-articulated learning plans, as well as newer teaching artists seeking foundational knowledge.
TAT Lab is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences. The guiding question for the program is: “How can we help teaching artists provide quality educational experiences for all students?”
The TAT Lab cohort includes up to 36 teaching artists from various artistic disciplines and regions of Washington State. During the 8-month experience, teaching artists will:
- Attend three in-person training sessions lasting 1-3 days and held in Seattle
- Participate in six 90-minute teleconferences facilitated by a teaching artist mentor
- Complete reading assignments
- Develop a written learning plan to be implemented in a K-12 classroom
- Receive ongoing, individualized support from a teaching artist mentor
Attendance at all in-person sessions and teleconferences is mandatory. Travel and lodging reimbursements, as well as tuition scholarships, are available (see Tuition & Travel).
“The depth of planning and hours to make this a purposeful and quality training was amazing. I cannot say enough about how this will change my arts education practice.” –TAT Lab graduate, 2013
- Thursday, September 19, 4-7 p.m.
- Friday, September 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Friday, November 22, 1-5 p.m.
- Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday, April 10, 3-7 p.m.
- Friday, April 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Light evening meals will be provided at Thursday evening training sessions, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided at all of the full-day training sessions.
Please contact Scott Koh (email; 206-443-2210) with any questions about the TAT Lab program or application process.