ARTS FIRST Professional Development for Classroom Teachers

Classroom teachers and teaching artists learning together at the O'ahu Summer Institute

Classroom teachers and teaching artists learning together at the O’ahu Summer Institute


Professional Development Classes on the fine arts and arts integration are offered several times a year for classroom teachers. They are usually 18 hours over three days. Public and private school teachers are invited to attend for a small fee. State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) teachers can sign up to receive PDERI credit for these classes. The goal is to help teachers gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to teach standards-based fine arts in their own classrooms.

Past classes have included:

  • Strategies for Engaging and Motivating Students: An Arts Toolbox
  • Integrating Visual Art into Science: Collage Murals for the Classroom
  • Writing Without Pencils – Deep Writing Skills for the Youngest Students
  • Naturally Dramatic: Developing Creative Expression and Scientific Inquiry
  • Exploring Literature through Creative Movement
  • Integrating Social Studies and Music Standards Using Percussion

DOE teachers should check the DOE PDERI website for current classes.

The classes are coordinated by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth with funding from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to classes, the ARTS FIRST Partners sponsor Summer Institutes in June – one on Maui, and one on Oahu – four full days of arts learning for classroom teachers! The SFCA contributes funding for these institutes. Go to Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Hawaii Arts Alliance to find out more about the Summer Institutes.