Frequently Asked Questions

2017 TAB Summer Teacher Institute

TAB_I_11What is the TAB Institute?

This one-week Teaching for Artistic Behavior graduate level course offers intensive inquiry into the practice of choice-based art education for beginning and experienced TAB teachers. This is the only course exclusively offered by the founders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior. This course is available for graduate credit.

Where will the TAB Institute be located?

The setting is Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. MassArt is in close proximity to two world class art museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as well as historic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox.

What are the dates?

The TAB Institute will take place from 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14, 2017. The Institute will conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday to accommodate travel plans.

Who are the instructors for this course?

The faculty is comprised of experienced TAB educators, including Katherine Douglas, Ellyn Gaspardi, Clyde Gaw, Diane Jaquith, Ian Sands, and Julie Toole.

What does the daily schedule look like?

Throughout the week grade level cohorts (elementary, middle, and high school) will meet with their instructors to discuss curricular issues relevant to their students. All teachers new to TAB will meet as a group on the first morning to gain basic information about choice-based art education, and will then join their grade level cohorts. As the week progresses, participants will regroup, by topic, to share best practices. Two evening whole-group workshops, required for those taking the course for graduate credit, will focus on studio and instructional practices.

What are the learning outcomes for the TAB Institute?

The theme for this year’s TAB Institute is Teaching All Students. Participants will engage in discussions to develop and deepen understandings about:

  • Culturally proficient teaching
  • Special education in TAB settings
  • English language learners
  • TAB in urban classrooms

Beginning TAB Educators: Participants will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to fully implement a choice-based art curriculum in their own setting. Topics may include:

  • Shifting roles from teacher-directed to learner-directed
  • Demo lessons
  • Student learning objectives
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Room design and studio centers
  • Assessment
  • Exhibition
  • Advocacy and gaining administrative support

Experienced TAB Educators: Teachers who have implemented a modified-choice or full-choice art program will be able to plan for higher levels of student engagement and demonstrate how student learning objectives can be met through TAB pedagogy. Topics may include:

  • Effective instructional practices
  • Curriculum design for a TAB program
  • Learner differentiation
  • Types of work: exploration, practice, skill builders, take-home, exhibition-quality
  • Media choices and efficient set-up/clean-up routines
  • Assessment
  • Critique and student feedback
  • Exhibition
  • Advocacy

Online/Workshop Course

The TAB Summer Institute is a graduate course with an online component that precedes the week-long intensive workshop. Beginning in June, the faculty will facilitate for online discussions based on readings and other resources for all participants. Though this work is required only for those seeking graduate credit, everyone is strongly urged to participate to deepen their understandings about Teaching for Artistic Behavior prior to our week together at MassArt.

What are the requirements for graduate credit?

  • Pre-course preparation includes readings and online forum participation
  • 45 hours contact time during the TAB Institute
  • Post-course project

Will MassArt credits be accepted by my school district?

Students seeking credit for career enhancement or reimbursement are urged to contact their home institutions to arrange approval prior to registration. Course credit is not automatically transferable. Policies on transfer credit vary by institution and by program, so it is important to seek the approval of your advisor before you register. Registration for credit must occur before the class begins. Students registered for credit will receive letter grades one month after the summer term ends.

How much does the TAB Institute cost?

  • For three graduate credits, the 2016 fee is $1975 (may increase slightly for 2017).
  • To audit the course, the fee is $725.


On-campus two-bedroom shared suites are available. Each suite has a shared bath and will be available Sunday through Thursday nights. The cost for housing in 2017 is:

  • $275 per person in a shared room
  • $355 per person in a single room in a shared suite

How do I get there?

Parking may be available for commuters, but at this time there is no guarantee of parking for those staying in the dorms. If you plan to drive, please consider other options for parking your vehicle during the week.

For distance travelers, Boston is best accessed through Logan Airport or Amtrak. Boston has excellent public transportation. MassArt is located directly on the MBTA Green Line, Longwood Medical stop (E train, in the direction of Heath Street).


Sunday evening dinner and lunch on Friday will be provided. For all other meals there are numerous inexpensive dining options in the neighborhood. Participants will receive more information when they register.

How do I register?

REGISTRATION OPENS IN FEBRUARY! Registration for the TAB Institute will be through Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Professional and Continuing Education Program.  Last year this course filled quickly – please do not hesitate to register if you are interested this summer!

Policies on Payment

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The balance will be due on June 1. Participants who withdraw prior to June 1 will receive a refund, minus the deposit. After June 1 no refund will be provided for withdrawal from the course.