Frequently Asked Questions

2018 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 3 graduate credits through Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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 8 – Saturday, July 14, 2018. The Institute will conclude at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Those staying in the dorms may remain until Sunday.

Who are the instructors for this course?

The faculty is comprised of experienced TAB educators, including Katherine Douglas, Nan Hathaway, 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. Afternoon sessions will focus on studio practices, techniques, and processes.

What are the learning outcomes for the TAB Institute?

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

  • Curriculum design for K-12 TAB art programs
  • Shifting roles from teacher-directed to learner-directed
  • Types of work: exploration, practice, skill builders, take-home, exhibition-quality
  • Studio practices and studio center design
  • Media processes and techniques
  • Effective instructional practices
  • Scaffolding for learner differentiation
  • Assessment
  • Exhibition and critique
  • Advocacy and gaining administrative support

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

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 2017 fee was $1975 (may increase slightly for 2018).
  • To audit the course, the fee is $840.


On-campus two-bedroom shared suites are available. Each suite has a shared bath and will be available Sunday through Sunday. The cost for housing in 2018 is:

  • $300 per person in a shared room
  • $375 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 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 for the TAB Institute is 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. Please be sure to register for your teaching level – elementary, middle, or high school.

Policies on Payment

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to register before March 1, with the balance due on May 15. After March 1, payment in full is required. Participants who withdraw prior to May 15 will receive a refund, minus the deposit. After May 15 no refund will be provided for withdrawal from the course.