Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities


One of the benefits of partnering with Arts for Learning San Diego is having access to exceptional professional development in arts education.  The opportunities we offer are carefully customized to meet the specific needs of our teaching artists, Pre-K-12th grade classroom teachers, university professionals, and corporations.  Our approach to professional development is consciously designed in consideration of diversity, multiple forms of communication, collaboration, innovation, and change.  We are purposeful in our role as advocates of arts education, ensuring that we support our artists, stakeholders, and the standards that govern the field, through high quality professional development.

Arts education serves as a powerful vehicle for integrating specific subjects or themes, including Common Core Standards, 21st Century Skills, innovation in the workplace, collaboration in teams, and empowering diverse communities.

Teaching Artist Institute


The Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego (TAI-SD) supports the development of informed, reflective and culturally responsive teaching artists. The TAI-SD fosters individual and collective growth within the teaching artist profession and access to employment. Current and planned TAI-SD programs include teaching artist training, coaching, and continuing professional development. These programs are designed to meet the professional development needs of artist educators and the schools and arts education organizations that employ them.


A program of Arts for Learning San Diego, the TAI-SD is guided by a steering committee of San Diego arts education professionals and works in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO), a convener of art education providers in San Diego County.


For more information on the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI-SD) click here.


"Malashock Dance is committed to providing quality arts and arts integration programming in schools throughout San Diego.  We have been able to build our fantastic roster of professional, creative, inspiring, and expertly trained teachers by giving priority to applicants who have completed the Arts for Learning San Diego Teaching Artist Training Program.  By completing this program, you have a greater chance of finding work with the established organizations who provide Outreach Programming in and after school.  We are so grateful for the excellent preparation this program provides for its participants, and we are well aware of the impact these Teaching Artists make in the lives of the students they teach."

Molly Puryear, Managing Director, Malashock Dance

Teaching Artist Institute


Initiated in 2012, the Teaching Artist Training is a 20-week intensive including workshops with renowned specialists in the arts education field, one-on-one coaching with mentor teaching artists, and practical teaching experience in the classroom. The Teaching Artist Institute was developed collaboratively by Arts for Learning San Diego, MOXIE Research, Museum of Photographic Arts, Playwrights Project, SDSU Department of Music and Dance, SCAP, Stage 7 School of Dance, The San Diego Visual Arts Network, and the San Diego County Office of Education.

This training is appropriate for professional artists with a variety of levels of teaching experience, from those with as little as no paid experience looking for foundational knowledge; to experienced teaching artists seeking to enhance and refresh their work. 

Teaching Artists Institute (TAI) Program Design

The Teaching Artist Training is divided into three sessions. To be accepted into the program, students must commit to attend all three sessions.  

Session 1: 6-­weeks, 6 hours/week workshop series on teaching artist pedagogy

                  (includes 6 guest lectures by leading San Diego arts educators)

Session 2: 6-­weeks of observing a mentor artist in a residency and working with

                  discipline-­specific cohort to plan a six-week practicum residency (4.5


Session 3: 6-­weeks, one hour a week, of practicum (in a classroom setting) with

                  guidance and support from your mentor teaching artist. The training

                  culminates in final presentations and evaluations.


Guest Instructors: Six leading arts education specialists from San Diego are hired as guest instructors for the lecture series portion of the training.  Guest instructors will lead a three-­hour professional development.

Master Teaching Artist: For each training, four master teaching artists, representing four different art disciplines, model, guide, and coach students of TAI. These mentor artists teach, coach, and share their experience and wisdom in the field with new and developing teaching artists.

Contact Keri Jhaveri, A4LSD Professional Learning Programs Manager for more information about becoming a Guest Instructor, Master Teaching Artist or Student Teaching Artist.

Curriculum: The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) Training is a professional learning model, where the focus is on learning rather than teaching, working collaboratively, and holding oneself accountable for results.  Students are guided by the lead facilitator and master teaching artists as they work in a cohort of twelve and then a cohort of three, to learn about the teaching artist field, begin thinking and planning as a teaching artist, and practice their work in a supportive setting.



Keri Jhaveri, Professional Learning Programs Manager

Arts for Learning San Diego or 619.207.4503



The Teaching Artist Institute is a program of Arts for Learning San Diego, a tax-­exempt 501(c)(3) California nonprofit charitable, educational organization. As such the Institute relies on generous community donations for its work.


Program Sponsors:

Arts for Learning San Diego and the Teaching Artist Institute thank our generous donors for helping to launch and sustain the Teaching Artist Institute.

The Jerry and Jill Hall Charitable Fund

Clarence E Heller Charitable Foundation


The San Diego Foundation

The City Commission for Arts and Culture­culture/


The California Arts Council

Union Bank


Supervisor Ron Roberts


Buchanan Design

The Teaching Artist Institute thanks the Weingart Foundation for their generous donation to launch the 2012 Coaching Session of the Institute.


There are several ways to make a donation towards the Teaching Artist Institute.

  • Mail a personal check, made payable to Arts for Learning San Diego, to 4305 University Avenue, Ste. 555, San Diego, CA 92105. Stipulate “Teaching Artist Institute” in the memo of the check.

  • Phone in your donation using Visa, MasterCard or American Express to 619.282.7599.

  • Online donations made through PayPal with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

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For more information: 

Contact Keri Jhaveri, Professional Learning Programs Manager or 619.207.4503

Classroom Teachers


Arts for Learning San Diego empowers classroom teachers to use the arts effectively in their classroom through professional development workshops. Workshops increase teachers’ comfort level with the arts, provide simple, practical ideas and tools for facilitating the arts in the classroom, and build community among staff members as they explore and create together. Each workshop is tailored to meet the needs of the attendees. Past examples include:


1. Adding Music and Song to your Classroom

Explore easy ways to invigorate any subject area with music. Topics include music basics, vocal training, music performance, or California content standards in music.


2. Take Stock of Stories

Stories in the classroom are a natural way to ignite student interest in language arts. Our master storyteller polishes teachers’ own storytelling skills while enabling teachers to boost student learning through storytelling basics such as luscious language, vivid imagery and crackling action.


3. Feeding Your Imagination

Learn quick, fun methods to activate students’ brains and enhance student learning in any subject area. Using both verbal and non-verbal approaches, this workshop gives teachers handy techniques to stimulate critical thinking and sharpen student language and communication skills.


4. Dance in the Classroom

The artist shows teachers how to make kinesthetic connections that will add fun and excitement to the study of any subject, improve learning and enhance teaching skills.

For more information, Keri Jhaveri at or 619.207.4503

Arts for Learning San Diego 

1286 University Avenue, #267  |  San Diego, CA 92103
Tel: 619.282.7599

Arts for Learning San Diego is a nonprofit organization classified under the IRS code 501(c)(3) 

Federal Tax ID: 95-2464304