For Teachers

Recently, we had a wonderful group of 16 Educators and Teaching Artists participate in a hands-on professional development workshop "Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder". We drummed, we painted, we collaged and, in the process, we learned different strategies on how to engage students with autism using art.

One in-school educator participant said, "The workshop was very eye-opening and informative- it is hands down the best look into the nature of ASD andstudents with ASD that I've had."

In case you missed our recent Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop, here is another offered by fellow Art in Education Partner Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art...

May 9, 2014
8:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto

Contact: Jess Campbell, SAMA Education & Healthcare Partnership Coordinator
814-472-3922 or jcampbell(at)sama-art(dot)org

Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum
Workshops implement standards-based professional development training for educators and/or teaching artists to improve skills in teaching the arts to students with ASD pre-K through grade 12. 
The workshop will be a full day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and include the following topics:

An overview of characteristics of Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive Developmental Disabilities;
Strategies for using Universal Design for Learning to allow greater access to the curriculum for children with ASD;
Strategies for behavior management; and
Best practices in assessment. 

Arts educators with a background in teaching students with ASD as well as ASD specialists from Pennsylvania and Washington, DC will lead the workshops.  Techniques include lecture, discussion, collaborative group activities and art exercises.

Workshops are open to arts educators, teaching artists, administrators and special education professionals.  A workshop fee of $25 covers the cost of breakfast and lunch for participants.  Act 48 credits are available.

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities to people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.  VSA Pennsylvania is a member of the Affiliate Network of VSA, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. 

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency established in 1966. The mission of the PCA is to foster the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. The PCA formed the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Partnership to enhance ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence through participation in the creative process through residencies, projects and partnerships between schools, artists and arts organizations. The PCA and its partners work with Pennsylvania schools to support curriculum, enrich the important work of arts educators, and provide opportunities for students to explore and develop their creative abilities.