Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts

We are now accepting applications for Summer Institute 2014
Summer Institute 2014
June 9-19, 2014



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2013 Summer Institute Participants

"I felt super empowered after I left the training."
2013 Teacher Participant

"The facilitators were great models and we received plenty of time to practice these new strategies in a safe environment."
2013 Teacher Participant

"The DBI Summer Institute was extremely valuable. This is one of the best professional developments I have participated in over the past 12 years."
2013 Teacher Participant

"This experience was not only very informative, but it was so much fun."
2011 Teacher Participant

"Absolutely a worthwhile investment."
2012 Teacher Participant

"...this truly encompasses what our program needs to be: a place that nurtures students."
2011 Administrator Participant

“This has been an amazing experience."
2011 Pre-Service Teacher Participant

A teacher contributes to a poster dialogue about her expectations for the Summer
A teacher contributes to a poster dialogue about her expectations for the Summer Institute.


The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance (UT) is proud to announce the Summer Institute: Activating Learning through the Arts which meets in conjunction with the Theatre and Dance course: TD 351T/3838P Drama-based Pedagogy and Practice. Pre-service and in-service teachers, arts educators, and UT undergraduates and graduates interested in using drama-based instructional strategies across the curriculum are encouraged to apply. This eight-day intensive, plus optional off-campus fieldwork, may be audited or taken for 1–3 credits.

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The Summer Institute is a research-based comprehensive pedagogical exploration and immersion training experience in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum. This intensive arts integration training program is co-facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education. The Institute provides an opportunity for UT students and working professionals from across the country to gather and explore the power of learning in and through the arts.

During the course, participants will:

  • work in professional learning communities;
  • explore drama-based instructional strategies;
  • reflect on pedagogical readings;
  • develop and refine new arts-integrated curricula and/or peer training modules;
  • and, have the opportunity to observe and facilitate lesson plans with young people from the community.

The Institute concludes with the sharing of multiple drama-based lesson plans for peer review. Ongoing support for participants is provided after the class through the DBI Network website (which also serves as a virtual professional development community) as well as two “tune-up” workshops in the following fall and spring. In-service participants are also eligible to receive follow-up and support from UT faculty through the Drama for Schools program model.*


Teachers create an Action Plan illustrating how they plan to utilize drama-based
Teachers create an Action Plan illustrating how they plan to utilize
drama-based instruction in their classroom and school.


For non-UT students, download the application here. (.doc)

For UT students, download the application here. (.doc)


Workshop fee for participants (who are not taking the course for University credit) includes parking for two weeks and course texts.

Tuition & fees for students taking the course for UT graduate or undergraduate credit can be found online at *UT Austin alumni receive 10% off Tuition & Fees.


For non-Austin area attendees, housing is available through UT Austin and can be coordinated through DFS.


For more information, please contact Sarah Coleman, Program Coordinator, Drama for Schools at or 512.471.6728.

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