Professional Development at Your Leisure

For many teachers, summer means working at your leisure.  That’s what I’m doing!

This summer I’m taking an online course towards my CAGS degree in Arts, Leadership and Learning which means I can work whenever I have a few moments, or I can carve out some time to dig deep into my work.   The course?  Transforming the Educational Agenda – expect some reflections on that topic this summer!

presenter badgeThis summer I’m also attending and presenting at the online Connectivity Conference which is focusing on STEAM!  What a great topic: integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math.  My presentation is called, “Does the A Really Fit into STEM?”  Of course the answer is yes, but we will explore why and how that is.

There are many other great presentations throughout the day and of course you can watch them and participate at your leisure.  You could even take your device outside or at the beach if you wanted!  What a great way to earn some PD!  You will want to check out this great conference if you haven’t signed up already. 😉

Teachers outside working at the Teacher Art Retreat.

Teachers outside working at the Teacher Art Retreat.

And finally, my favorite leisurely professional development of the summer is the Teacher Art Retreat.  This year we have hands-on workshops in puppetry, decoupage, movement, and music along with a bunch of other great experiences planned for all the retreaters.  You don’t have to worry about food, we have you covered.  You don’t have to worry about materials, we’ve got you covered.  You will meet so many great people and are encouraged to bring a friend too!

This summer, we also are able to offer graduate credits for the retreat!  So many retreaters are taking advantage of this this summer.  Think about it – you get to participate in wonderful teacher-centered PD and then earn some grad credit too.  And if you choose the 1 or 2 credit option, you don’t have to be face to face, you can earn the credit from far away too!  Be sure to check out all the options on our TAR14 page.

You can sign up right here:

Teacher Art Retreat
The Teacher Art Retreat is a three day experience for you to relax and work within the arts. Each workshop is built for you to try new methods and reinvent previous skills, all while integrating different art forms into what you do with students. Participants always remark about how amazingly good they feel during and after the retreat. This is teacher-centered PD - Don't miss out! All educators are welcome.
Price: $275.00

Registration Rates :
3 Graduate Credits
Register for the Teacher Art Retreat and then add this to your cart to register for 3 graduate credits through Adams State University under the instruction of Elizabeth Peterson. This will be a hybrid course where the face-to-face time will be during the retreat (8:00-5:00 each day) and the other hours will be completed online. Students will be required to do readings and activities, reflective work and implementation work using ideas and strategies from the retreat.
Price: $450.00

What leisurely work are you doing this summer?


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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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