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A.I.M. On Target
April 2016
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CITA 2016-17 for Menomonie Elementary Teacher Applicants 

New revisions to the program include:

  • CITA teachers/teams from 2015-16 are welcome to reapply (SDMA only).
  • Teaching artists change placements mid-year.
  • 6-week residencies per individual teacher, 8-week residencies for teaching teams (per semester). Weeks do not have to be consecutive within the semester.
  • Blogging required of teaching artists; optional for teachers.
  • Lesson plans required of teachers (Minimum 3 lesson plans per 6-week residency, 4 lesson plans per 8-week residency).
  • Teacher cadre meetings - held after school at each school site monthly.
  • 3-4 professional development half days for CITA teachers, as supported by SDMA
READ MORE ABOUT C.I.T.A.
Mini Residency Applications being Accepted until April 29th
School District of the Menomonie Area early education teachers still have time to apply for mini residencies with AIM teaching artist Charis Collins.  Approved teachers will have the opportunity to work with this screen writer/filmmaker 4-5 hours per week for 2-4 weeks on an arts-integrated project. According to Collins, “Creativity in relation to storytelling is a fantastic opportunity for problem solving. Moreover, writing for stage and screen gives students a broader view of the world while sharpening language arts skills, thus shaping the way students see and interact with the world throughout their education. It's the power of storytelling in action."
APPLY FOR A MINI RESIDENCY OR SEE POSSIBLE ARTS INTEGRATION PROJECTS WITH CHARIS COLLINS
Pre-Service Teachers Wanted for 2016-2017 C.I.T.A. Program
Are you an Early Childhood Education or Art Education student at UW-Stout who will be student teaching during the 2016-17 school year? Are you interested in learning arts integration practices to teach parts of your curriculum?  Are you seeking a student teaching placement in the Menomonie School District? AIM is now accepting applications for its CITA (Co-Teaching In and Through the Arts) program.  Now accepting applications for spring, 2017.
APPLY TO BECOME A C.I.T.A. PRE-SERVICE TEACHER
Art Installations Projects Underway at Elementary Schools 
Three grand scale art installation projects are taking place this spring at Wakanda, Downsville and River Heights Elementary Schools.  The projects are currently in various states of progress and will involve different mediums and styles of art as created by UW-Stout Art Education staff and students.

Mural Grand Opening and Dedication at River Heights Family Night

On April 28th River Heights Elementary School will hold a grand opening for the library’s children’s literature mural recently painted by AIM Executive Director Tami Weiss.  The event will feature a dedication of approximately 40 books bought by AIM for the elementary school.  Each book will be donated in honor of a different River Height Elementary School teacher.  The event will be part of the school’s Family Night and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.  For more information call River Heights Elementary School at (715) 232-3987
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MURAL PROJECT
Ordway Field Trip 
Students participating in AIM’s CITA (Co-Teaching In and Through the Arts) program will have the opportunity to attend a special performance at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.  As part of the Flint Hill Children’s Festival (hosted by the Ordway) River Heights, Oaklawn Elementary, and Wakanda Elementary School CITA teachers and students will attend a performance of Air Play, a comic circus adventure based on the paintings of Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky.  The show will include “flying umbrellas, larger than life balloons, kites that float over the audience and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen.”  
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS FIELD TRIP
A.I.M. at School Board Meeting

In March representatives from the Oaklawn Elementary 3rd grade class attended a Menomonie School Board meeting.  They shared examples of their experiences with AIM, demonstrating how the arts are being integrated into the curriculum.  Six students attended the meeting alongside teachers Cindy Paulson and Elizabeth Schuster. The students showcased living portraits of historical figures and explained how creating tableaus of paintings also brought historical events to life.  “Doing fun things with history helps me remember it," shared one of the youth. The students also demonstrated conversation poems (using rhyming words and props) and used their background knowledge to read an image, write a dialogue, and take on the emotion of people in paintings. "AIM has given me confidence to speak in front of people. I feel so comfortable now; it's just like sitting down and talking with my family, “ commented another youth.

Art Education Students Attend NAEA Conference
For four days over Spring Break, eight UW-Stout Art Education Students attended the National Art Education Association Convention in Chicago.  AIM sponsored the students’ trip including registration, travel, lodging and even an added session of the attendees’ choosing.  “I’ve had many opportunities through the UW-Stout Art Education program but this has by far been the most challenging and engaging, pushing me out of my comfort zone to try new things.  It was fascinating being able to attend as a current student who is also an educator because it gives me the chance to really see ideas from both sides of education,” remarked Art Education student attendee Grace Rogers.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE
Peter Yarrow at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
Singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow of famed 60’s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Menomonie at The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (MTCA)!  On Wednesday, April 20th, Yarrow will hold a private concert hosted by AIM in honor of our local educators. The MTCA concert will include his “Operation Respect” anti-bullying theme and will be followed by a reception where attendees can meet Yarrow.  This private event is only open to teachers and staff from the School District of the Menomonie Area and UW-Stout, and each invitee may invite a guest. For more information contact AIM Executive Director Tami Weiss at weiss@uwstout.edu.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SPECIAL EVENT
Mindfulness with Ann Brand

To support the implementation of the MindUp curriculum in the Menomonie elementary schools, AIM’s Mindfulness specialist, Ann Brand, has been working with School District of the Menomonie Area teachers, students, and staff.  Ann has visited Wakanda Elementary and Downsville Elementary to offer guidance and instruction in mindfulness practice. “Being in the classroom and seeing teachers and students embrace mindfulness has been very exciting,” Brand commented.

READ MORE ABOUT MINDFULNESS
P.A.I.N.T. Program Updates and Reflections
Now in its second semester, AIM’s PAINT program (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) has grown in terms of both interns and community partners.  With new art forms and a wide range of students including youth, seniors, individuals with disabilities and more, UW-Stout Art Education and Early Childhood Education pre-service teachers continue to make an impact around Menomonie.  Read about recent happenings in the PAINT program as well as reflections from some of this year’s PAINT interns.
READ ABOUT OUR PAINT PARTICIPANTS' EXPERIENCES
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