ABC Teacher Institute

Landscape book created during the 2012 ABC Institute; Credit: Daniel Schwartz

NMWA educators, book artists, and art and literacy specialists present this free, intensive professional development opportunity.

Empower and inspire your students though art! This July 14–18, 2014, join the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ education staff, professional book artist Carol Barton, and curriculum and literacy specialists for a week centered on NMWA’s Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) curriculum and related online education resources. Developed for 4th and 5th grade classrooms, ABC can be differentiated for a range of age groups (particularly grades 3–8) and learning needs.

Participants try out book formats—accordion books, self-portrait books, pop-ups, and more—as well as writing exercises from ABC. Also, participants practice the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method for facilitating art discussions and brainstorm ideas for integrating visual arts with language arts, social studies, math, and science in their own classrooms.

No prior art experience is necessary, and classroom teachers are especially encouraged to apply. Once educators receive notification of acceptance into the Institute, they will receive information about obtaining three graduate credit hours by registering through Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2014
Notification Deadline: Monday, June 2, 2014


Previous Participants’ Comments

“The ideas taught are transferable to a realistic classroom setting and schedule…The instructors actually taught to different learning styles.”

“I really like how the first project incorporates art, social studies and science. By combining effective lesson planning with critical thinking, you have not only made the lesson really engaging, but you have created a space where students see where multi-disciplines are relevant and inner-connected.”

“I am very excited about all the possibilities for integrating art. The artists’ books are new for me and I LOVE them. I know my students will be excited to work hard with these lessons.”


The ABC curriculum and professional development content presented online and in the Summer Teacher Institute were developed by NMWA and its partners between 2003 and 2010 with two grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The 2013 ABC Summer Teacher Institutes were made possible by support from the Leo Rosner Foundation, the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Foundation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the New Mexico State Committee of NMWA and the Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation.