TAB Institute: Summer 2017



2017 Summer Institute


Massachusetts College of Art & Design

July 9-14, 2017

Spend a week in historic Boston with TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about choice-based pedagogy in PreK-12 art programs. Teaching All Students, this summer’s focus, looks at culturally proficient teaching, special education, and English language learners in the PreK-12 TAB classroom. Teachers new to TAB will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to implement a choice-based art curriculum in their own setting. Teachers with experience in choice-based art education will deepen understandings of learner-directed practice.


tab_i_153 graduate credits (Includes on-site week-long seminar and on-line pre-work)

Also available for non-credit

General Information

The TAB Institute comprises both classroom activities and an online component. During the week on-site, there will be professional development by grade level (elementary, middle, high school) as well as breakout sessions with mixed groupings, by interest, on particular issues or themes. Among this summer’s focus topics are: instruction and assessment, cultural proficiency, urban learning environments, special populations, studio center design, and advocacy for TAB art programs. Students may take the class for graduate credit or Professional Development Points, which carry different requirements.

Online Component

As preparation for the Institute, everyone is encouraged to participate in the online component of the course before arriving on campus in July. The readings, resources, and forum discussions provide extensive information and help build community prior to our week together. The online component is required for those taking the course for credit, plus additional graduate credit requirements.

Highlights include:TAB_I_8

  • Elementary, middle and high school cohort groups
  • Introductory workshops for teachers new to TAB
  • Guest speakers
  • Break-out sessions on topics proposed by attendees
  • On-line pre-work component
  • TAB student artwork exhibit
  • Studio Center Installation
  • Welcome orientation dinner and concluding luncheon


The Institute includes an exhibit of work by participants’ students that are submitted to the institute, as well as studio center installations, showing how materials, tools, technique, and exemplars are arranged for student access (for experienced TAB teachers only).

Program Cost and Registration Information

Non-credit Program Cost: $725

Graduate Credit Program Cost: 2017 rate to be confirmed in February, 2017
(2016 Graduate cost was $1,975)

On-site housing available

Credit and Professional Development Points

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers 3 graduate credits for work completed in the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute and MA Professional Development Point certificates for those who choose to audit the course. Those auditing the course are encouraged to participate in all of the activities/requirements.

Disability Accommodation

MassArt is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for documented physical and learning disabilities. Requests for any accommodation should be made at least one month before the start of the course.