Office of Arts & Special Projects

Professional Development

Please select a professional learning series to learn more: Citywide PD | Arts Mondays | Teacher Effectiveness | Short Courses | New Teacher Supports | Arts Liaisons



The Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) is proud to offer high-quality professional development workshops in dance, music, theater, visual arts, the moving image, arts teacher effectiveness, and professional learning communities throughout the school year. Each workshop series is crafted by the OASP directors and cultural partners to engage teachers in developing their skills, and content understanding as educators and artists.


All New York City Department of Education school teachers of the arts are welcome to attend these professional development events sponsored by OASP. Teachers must discuss their interest in participating in the workshops with their principal and receive his/her approval to participate before completing the online registration.


Look for more information on our PD programs in the Principals' Weekly newsletters and e-mail messages sent to our databases of arts teachers and Arts Education Liaisons.


Click below to download the 2017-18 PD One-Pager with professional learning series information!







Citywide PD Series 2017-18


Reflecting on Diverse Instruction to Foster Student Artistry and Achievement


In this three-part professional learning series, arts teachers actively engage in cycles of art making, reflection, discussion and planning. In addition to investigating new teaching approaches and arts techniques, arts educators consider how their core values and choice of instructional content impact their teaching, and thus student learning. Teachers explore broadening their repertoire to diversify artistic content, and being responsive to students' varied backgrounds and needs. Participants deepen their understanding of how context and the learning environment affect students' motivation, ownership of learning, risk taking, personal voice, and artistic achievement.


Registration is now closed


For detailed descriptions of this year's workshops, please click on the individual discipline buttons:





Arts Monday Professional Learning Series




A professional learning series for arts educators led by Borough Arts Directors in collaboration with the Field Support Centers. Arts teachers in local professional learning communities engage in inquiry and action research around identifying gaps in learning, planning clear learning targets and aligning formative assessment strategies to address those gaps through feedback that help students revise and improve their work.


Arts Mondays 2017-18 will take place on October 16, November 20, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 19, April 23, and May 14 from 2:40 pm to 4:00 pm at school locations throughout the five boroughs.


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Teacher Effectiveness


Eligibility: Assigned Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts Teachers, Grades PreK-12


For Dates, Times, and Locations: Click here

Session I: September 2017 | Session II: January 2018 | Session III: April 2018

Cost: FREE!


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Teachers of dance, music, theater, and visual arts will engage in an experiential cycle of professional learning to enhance their pedagogical practices. This cycle of improvement aims to equip arts teachers to use effective practices in their classrooms to support student achievement in the arts. Arts teachers are offered an opportunity to participate in a three-day blended learning series. Over the series, arts teachers will have an opportunity to engage in conversations around pedagogy and culturally responsive arts education rooted in the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, the Specific Considerations, and Danielson's Framework for Teaching.






Short Courses


Short Courses in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts are workshops that delve deeply into mastery of skills and collaboration with colleagues to closely examine a specific aspect of an arts discipline and pedagogy. (Pre-K through 12th grade)


Ticket for Two and CCSS Arts & Social Studies offer the opportunity for shared learning for teams of arts teachers and social studies teachers. They will engage with the collections and resources of cultural partners while co-planning collaborative and rigorous cross-discipline learning experiences for their students.


The Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium Short Courses will allow educators to delve deeply into the recently published Online Resource Compendium.


For detailed descriptions of this year's short courses, please click on the individual discipline buttons:





New Teacher Supports


Both series, "I got a job!! Now What?!" and "Strategies for Constructing a Successful Tenure Submission in the Arts", are targeted supports addressing the specific needs of arts teachers in their first through fifth years in the classroom. These series provide the necessary pedagogical building blocks for arts teachers to support diverse learners, celebrate student artistic voice, and to develop their own reflective practice.


Participants in "I got a job!! Now What?!" should be in their first or second years as teachers. Participants in "Strategies for Constructing a Successful Tenure Submission in the Arts" should be at least in their third year of teaching and/or be actively engaged in the process of preparing their tenure portfolios.


I got a job!! Now What?!


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Strategies for Constructing a Successful Tenure Submission in the Arts


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Arts Education Liaison Series


The Arts Education Liaison Professional Learning Series 2018 will examine and implement culturally responsive pedagogy, using the individual Arts in Schools Report as a baseline and guidepost for developing and/or improving arts instruction in the schools. We will also continue to support a wide range of capacity-building in areas such as grant writing, fundraising and aligning arts support with the Framework for Great Schools.


Learning will be differentiated for adults and various audiences, such as newly assigned liaisons and veteran liaisons.


Location: Varies - to be announced

Time: To be announced

Cost: FREE!


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