Literacy, the Arts, and the Common Core

The initial summer workshop will be held on the UTC campus June 9 – 13, 2014, and three half-day workshops will occur in August, October, and November. 

  • Learn new arts and literacy instructional strategies and content-specific vocabulary
  • Analyze and align standards in the arts and literacy
  • Collaborate with a partner to design and deliver an interdisciplinary unit of study
  • Dialog with colleagues and content experts to broaden your teaching repertoire
  • Explore and implement the new Tennessee State Fine Arts Portfolio Assessment

Summer Workshop Highlights

  • Daily teaching demonstrations with high school students and guided reflection will provide opportunity to observe and analyze student work in the arts and literacy
  • Arts-specific workshops offered daily will refresh and revitalize your own art-making
  • Literacy experts will share strategies and processes through Common Core standards that align literature and informational texts with artistic processes and standards
  • Collaborative partnerships will enable teachers to share content expertise and build a support network that facilitates ongoing growth

School-year Highlights (Fall 2014)

  • Content experts support teachers in their own classrooms through onsite coaching
  • Stay connected with workshop colleagues through online discussion
  • Teaching partners deliver interdisciplinary instruction and assess their students’ growth through lessons conceived and designed in June
  • Three half-day (Saturday) workshops introduce and guide teachers to the effective implementation of the Tennessee State Fine Arts Portfolio Assessment process

Spaces are full. For waitlist information, please contact Dr. Susanne Burgess, Project Director- Literacy, the Arts, and the Common Core, at 423-425-5397 or