Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Porgram has been selected for the Illinois Art Education Association’s 2009 Distinguished Service in the Profession of Art Education! We are thrilled to have won this award. A special thank you goes out to everyone who has helped us toward this goal!
Through our award-winning Teacher Fellowship Program, each year, we provide professional development for 20 teachers from 10 Chicago Public Schools. The program consists of four monthly Saturday training sessions in the Fall, which are designed to inspire ideas for innovative curricular development based on the characteristics of self-taught art. The training sessions include: lectures, workshops with artists, tours of outsider art collections, and teacher field trips to museums. In addition, we offer 2 Lane Credits and $1000 in classroom supplies, and access to our Robert A. Roth Study Center – which is full of rare and interesting books to help generate lesson ideas.
The lesson plans are implemented in the classroom during the Spring, with support and resources from Intuit staffmembers. The program ends with an exhibition of selectedstudent artworks at Gallery 37. Family members and friends are all invited to attend.
Teachers apply in teams of two from the same school. Educators who specialize in subjects other than art are welcome to participate. However, if you are not an art teacher, we do ask that the teacher you partner with is. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, we recommend a deadline of May 1, 2011 for the academic year 2011-12. Apply early in order to ensure a spot for your school!
Read about teachers’ experiences with the Teacher Fellowship.
Download free lesson plans from Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program.
View our exhibitions and educational events on our flickr page.
“Teaching in relative isolation, with few supplies and getting by, by hook or by crook, is very common in a low-income neighborhood high school. That was pretty much how teaching art at Wells Community Academy was before we became part of the Intuit Fellowship Program. The program owes a great deal of its success to how accommodating, gracious and invested the staff are with teachers. The fellowship rejuvenated my love of art and passion for teaching through viewing art collections, collaborating with other teachers, and meeting and making art along side of artists…”
— Susan Mullen, Wells Community Academy