Lincoln Center Education (LCE) has launched an alternative certification program for arts teachers. The application deadline is August 1st!
The Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program is the first initiative of its kind to educate, certify, and fast-track the placement of high-quality music, dance, theater and visual arts teachers in public schools. In partnership with CUNY’s Hunter College and the New York City Department of Education, and with the generous support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, this summer LCE will offer 20 music and dance professionals the opportunity to:
— Enroll in a fully-subsidized Master’s of Education program at Hunter College;
— Be placed in a New York City elementary, middle, or high school;
— Receive a $7,500 grant for arts supplies for his/her school; and
— Gain exclusive access to intensive training at Lincoln Center, including guest lectures, peer support events, and individualized coaching.
The inaugural 2014–2015 year will welcome 20 candidates in Music Education and Dance Education. Evening courses will commence in the Fall, with school placements in effect by February, 2015 (pending successful completion of state exams). We are committed to expanding this program by Summer 2015 to 40 new candidates and the addition of Theater Education and Visual Arts Education.
The August 1, 2014 application deadline is around the corner. Please help us spread this announcement among professional artists and teaching artists who would welcome the opportunity to transition into a full-time teaching position with the New York City Department of Education. For more information on this program, including application instructions, go to www.LincolnCenterEducation.org/AltCert or email AltCert@lincolncenter.org.
This has been a year of many firsts for arts education in our city. Join me in making sure that artists and teaching artists are made aware of this opportunity to bring their expertise and passion to the thousands of young people who need them.
Executive Director, Lincoln Center Education
Our beloved Maxine has passed. I think we all knew this day would come, but we thought Maxine was somehow exempt from the inevitable. Because her work is timeless, we assumed she was as well. Her legacy lives on through the millions of lives she influenced, informed, and changed. Thank you for so many things Maxine, but mostly for giving us the skills "To see the world as if it could be otherwise."
Below please find a link to a New York Times 2001 article on Maxine.
Lincoln Center Education, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, is pleased to present the second-ever Lincoln Center Arts Teacher award to Laurence Minetti, high school art teacher at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in The Bronx. The Lincoln Center Arts Teacher award is part of the DOE’s annual “Big Apple Awards,” a citywide teacher recognition program open to all full-time teachers in public schools across New York City who push students to excel in and out of the classroom. The Lincoln Center Arts Teacher award is bestowed upon an arts teacher for making a difference in the lives of his or her students, and for going above and beyond in his or her role as an arts educator. Mr. Minetti will receive a $3,500 classroom grant to further develop the impact of the arts in his work with students.
Laurence Minetti has made the arts an exciting and integral part of the curriculum in this math and science-oriented school. As a member of the committee to create an Advanced Placement Art Studio and beautify the school, Mr. Minetti helped to raise $10,000, trained staff on common core shifts, and partnered with other schools on his campus. He encourages students to take risks, his principal calls him “a motivator,” and a colleague refers to him as “magnetic.” His students enter multiple art contests, and create pieces that raise funds and awareness for community issues like breast cancer, earth day, the dangers of texting while driving, and arts education. His classroom has been described as “a laboratory for his colleagues who seek to...engage students while pushing them intellectually and creatively.” Mr. Minetti’s passion for the school community has deep roots in his private life. He went to school at the same campus where Collegiate Institute is located now, and has lived in the community of Pelham Parkway his entire life.
“We are pleased to once again celebrate arts education excellence in partnership with the New York City Department of Education with this year’s Lincoln Center Arts Teacher Award,” says Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education. “Laurence Minetti’s passion and dedication to not only teach the arts but also to use the arts as an example for other disciplines and projects demonstrates what is possible with creative thinking. He has created a nurturing environment that enriches the lives of his students and inspires them towards a bright future. We’re honored to recognize his extraordinary work.”
The Big Apple Award ceremony is the culmination of a rigorous application process that includes community nominations, principal and colleague recommendations, teacher essays, an interview, and a classroom observation. This year’s Big Apple Awards program expanded and built on last year’s success. More than 3,000 nominations were received from students, families, teachers, school staff, administrators, and other community members. Across the city, 863 schools were home to at least one nominee. A select group of nominees were invited to submit an application. Following a review of the applications, finalists from schools in all five boroughs were interviewed and observed teaching at their schools.
--By Eric M. Gewirtz
Image, left to right: Laurence Minetti, LCE Board Chair Ann Unterberg, 2013 Award winner Melissa Salguero, LCE Executive Director Russell Granet
Two Weeks of In-Depth Workshops and Speeches Offering Immersive Professional Development Experience for Teachers and Artists
Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education (LCE), announced details today of Summer Forum 2014, a re-envisioned professional development experience which expands on Lincoln Center’s unparalleled dedication to professional growth for local, national, and international educators and artists. LCE’s Summer Forum, which takes place July 7 through 18 and succeeds the previous Summer Session series, will feature in-depth and hands-on educational workshopsbased on LCE’s core values of engagement, equity, integrity and creativity, and its approach to aesthetic education and focus on “thinking like an artist.” Summer Forum is open to educators and artists of all kinds, and LCE-trained teaching artists will lead labs that explore the process of imaginative learning and discovery through works of performance and fine art, helping the participants determine how to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms, whether it be towards science, English, history or the arts. Lab topics throughout Summer Forum will include sessions on aesthetic education practices, teaching artistry to arts and Common Core, creating art in the community, and LCE’s pedagogy for engaging students in problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
New to LCE’s summer program are daily plenary sessions, as well as daily keynote speakers on topics related to the state of arts education, field research and best practices, and opportunities to see world-class performances at Lincoln Center each evening. Participation in any Summer Forum labs includes the opportunity to see special performances by 2014–15 LCE season repertory artists, including Taylor 2, the esteemed second company of Paul Taylor Dance Company. Three of the five keynote speakers come from the Lincoln Center family, including Jed Bernstein (President of Lincoln Center), Russell Granet, and Dr. Maxine Greene (Philosopher Emeritus of Lincoln Center Education). Joining them will be Dr. Susanne Harnett (Managing Senior Associate of Metis Associates), who conducts research on the success of arts education methodologies for the New York City Department of Education as well as LCE, among others; and Eric Booth, a leading international arts learning consultant, actor, author and leading voice in the field of teaching artists. Participants in the Summer Forum learning labs can attend any of the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day or 5-day labs, designed to cater to participants’ interests and availability. REGISTER NOW!