PSU’s Arts in Education Summer Institute

May 1st, 2006 by Adam

Schools and teachers around the state are invigorating their lessons and curricula with the arts, guided by Plymouth State University’s award-winning Integrated Instructional Model, which promotes arts integration, inquiry-based learning and democratic community within the classroom.

Educators will have an opportunity this summer to experience first hand the innovations, methods and arts activities offered within this model at the annual Arts in Education Summer Institute, held July 10–15 on the PSU campus. “Creating Connections through Environmental Studies, Literacy and the Arts” will offer teachers a chance to create, collaborate, reflect and connect with their own inner artists, while learning instructional strategies that support student learning and understanding.

The weeklong institute includes presentations and hands-on workshops in visual arts, writing, nature journaling, creative music, movement and drama, differentiated instruction, environmental studies, storyboarding and video production, papermaking and more. Presenters include Dr. Trish Lindberg, PSU professor of education; Dr. Cynthia Vascak, PSU professor of art and co-creator of the Integrated Instructional Model (IIM); Wendy Oellers, teacher at Gilford Elementary School and co-creator of IIM; Janet Curcio Wilson of PSU’s College of Graduate Studies; music educator Julie Krisak from Inter-Lakes Elementary School; fourth grade teacher Pam Hayes from Gilford Elementary School; dancer, choreographer and teacher Kelly Doremus Stuart; art educator Larry Frates from Laconia Middle School; art educator Bissa Bowman from Roxbury, Mass. and author and artist Roger Esseley.

This opportunity for educators is one example of PSU’s commitment to promoting the power of the arts in education through workshops, undergraduate and graduate courses, conferences and multidisciplinary arts experiences. In addition to the yearly summer arts institute, PSU sponsors a Master of Education in integrated arts, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in arts, leadership and learning, and an integrated arts professional development program for educators. PSU is also the site of the Educational Theatre Collaborative, a multigenerational musical theater experience, the New England Choral Festival and Band Institutes, and the TIGER educational theater company. Students and educators can also take advantage of PSU’s International Arts and Culture Institutes, which give participants the opportunity for international travel and multicultural arts education.

The summer institute is open to elementary and secondary school educators, special educators, art, music theater and dance teachers, teaching artists, administrators and others. Registration, due July 8, is limited to the first 40 applicants.

For more information about the institute, contact Dr. Cynthia Vascak, coordinator of art education and director of the AIE Institute, at (603) 535-2649 or To register, contact Sarah-Lyne Veazey at the College of Graduate Studies, (603) 535-3097.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.