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Side x Side Summer Arts Institute

Side x Side Professional Development

Side x Side’s Arts Institute develops comprehensive professional development programs for elementary school teachers. Through continuous professional development opportunities, Side x Side empowers teachers and cultivates a meaningful understanding of the impact of arts integration and its application in the classroom.

Side x Side’s professional development programs are designed with both art and classroom teachers to include relevant pedagogy, content and standards. This collaboration demonstrates how well-designed arts projects can form the basis of an interdisciplinary instructional approach that incorporates contemporary learning standards into all academic subject areas.

Side x Side’s professional development strives to:

  • Provide classroom teachers instruction in and exposure to various art forms applicable to their teaching and curriculum design in order to meet the needs of all students.
  • Help redefine how students access, engage with and demonstrate their knowledge of the curriculum.
  • Support relationships that help foster sustainable community-based education practices through the placement of teaching artists and content experts in k-12 classrooms.

Side x Side offered a Summer Arts Institute in June 2015, its first professional development conference for elementary school teachers and also held school-specific workshops in October last year.

For more information contact: or visit the “For Teachers” page.

Past Arts Institute Programs:

Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2016

June 22-23, 2016 at the Portland Museum of Art

Side x Side began its first year of programming at four Portland, Maine elementary schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Side x Side’s hands-on, grade-specific units were designed to support the classroom curriculum while achieving required standards and integrating art concepts that are proven to help students grasp content in core areas like math, science and literacy.

On June 22 and 23, Side x Side hosted a Summer Arts Institute at the Portland Museum of Art for teachers and specialists at our participating 2016-2017 schools: East End Community School, Howard C. Reiche Community School, Ocean Avenue Elementary School and Riverton Elementary School.  All teachers and specialists at the four schools were encouraged to attend.  At the Institute, participants met and worked with Side x Side teaching artists on grade-level programs in specific art mediums. They attended workshops to create works of art to learn best practices for integrating arts into the curriculum and begin to prepare an implementation plan for the 2016-2017 school year.

Side x Side and its related teacher professional development program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant with the goal of creating and evaluating a teaching framework for broader arts integration in grades K-5.

There will be additional professional development sessions in October open to all teaching staff and specialists at the four participating elementary schools. The October sessions will be specifically focused on program planning and scheduling with Side x Side teaching artists for the 2016-17 school year.

Stipends in the amount of $500 were available for those who attended the Summer Arts Institute in June.

> Read about Side x Side’s Summer Arts Institute 2016 on teaching artist Jamie Hogan’s Blog: Side x Side Slides into Summer

Photo Gallery of the Summer Arts Institute 2016, June 22-23:

Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2015

June 25 – 26, 2015 at the Portland Museum of Art

> Read about Side x Side’s Summer Arts Institute 2015 on teaching artist Jamie Hogan’s Blog: Epic Side x Side Report

Photo Gallery of the Summer Arts Institute 2015, June 25-26: