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Teaching Resources

For arts educators—indeed all educators—COCA is a valuable resource and a dedicated partner for ensuring a lasting arts legacy in our schools.

Working together for the arts—our children’s futures depend on it.

Local, State & National Resources

COCA has compiled links to local, state and national websites that may be of use to educators.

Local

The Global Ambassador Program is a chance for international students, scholars, and faculty to spread awareness about their country and culture to schools and organizations throughout the Tallahassee community. The Center arranges speaking engagements in classrooms, with community organizations and in other settings at no charge. The FSU Center website includes an application form for participation in this program.

The FSU Museum of Fine Arts Department of Education is responsible for group tours, special projects, exhibition related resources, and volunteers. Their website offers information about all of these topics and has extension activities and educational packets that correlate to the exhibits. 

The Gadsden Art Center website has information regarding their private visual art education programs and information for school groups and teachers. Featured educational programs are the docent program, exhibition tours, Bates Gallery exhibitions, and the Dean Mitchell Art Club. 

Mission San Luis has many educational program featured on this website. They offer information on Guided Tours of the museum site, Living History Encounters and Extension San Luis. There is a section on pre- and post-visit materials including downloadable lesson plans and vocabulary words. 

The Museum of Florida History and its historic sites, including the Knott House and the Florida State Old Capital offer quality educational programs for all ages. This website features information on school programs, outreach programs, and educational materials. It also has the teacher’s corner where teachers can share curriculum and activities pertaining to Florida history with one another. 

The Tallahassee Ballet website offers information on their educational programs and outreach. Included is information on DanceChance, Now Playing!, Joy of Motion Summer Camps, and Turning Point.

History, nature and wildlife are all spun together at the Tallahassee Museum, telling a story about the culture and natural history of the Big Bend area of Florida. Their website outlines an educational program guide including their traveling trunks, programs for classes, and museum manners.

The WFSU website offers information for parents, teachers and kids. The website features an overview, outreach programs, and resources for educators. It also has links to other websites such as PBS TeacherLine. 

State

Florida Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide alliance of arts and arts education associations, organizations, businesses, and cultural institutions. Their website includes information on advocacy, educational programs and curriculum along with listservs and link to other websites.

The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) is a membership association dedicated to providing visual art educators in Florida with the knowledge, skills and support that will ensure the highest quality instruction possible to all students in Florida.

FATE was founded in 1979 by a group of International Thespian Society sponsors who accepted responsibility for developing a greater awareness of the performing arts in schools throughout the state of Florida. FATE was established to focus attention on theatre arts as an essential part of the curriculum and a component in the education of every young person.

The Florida Dance Education Organization, an affiliate of NDEO, is a growing organization that provides several kinds of services and information for dance educators.

Florida Department of Education website has information for students, parents, and educators, as well as information about news and educational partners, school districts throughout Florida and educational data. Areas specifically for educators include career information, financial services, curriculum development, school accountability and teaching material. 

The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.

Florida’s Panhandle Area Educational Consortium website features a calendar of events, information on hot topics, resources, the legislature, and professional development including digital workshops.

National

American Alliance for Theatre and Education is a membership organization for theater professionals including theater educators. Membership benefits include access to theatrical resources for classrooms, curriculum, and students including new plays to consider for youth productions. This site offers information on conferences, publications, resources and job opportunities.

Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization for advancing the arts in America. Their website features information on policy, advocacy, new research, and professional development for educators. Membership provides access to publications, connects you with other professionals, and allows for the promotion of arts advocacy.

ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment. Website includes a searchable database of lesson plans in visual art, music, dance, and theatre. Many lessons offer cross-curricular teaching opportunities in non-arts areas such as language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Best Colleges is a website dedicated to conducting data driven research about higher education in the United States. They’ve researched online master’s in education degree programs, including those with an arts focus, and published an investigative review of the best online programs available. Also included are valuable resources and guides for students such as financial aid and scholarship information. Click here to browse the website.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education is a membership organization for theater professionals including theater educators. Membership benefits include access to theatrical resources for classrooms, curriculum, and students including new plays to consider for youth productions. This site offers information on conferences, publications, resources and job opportunities.

Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization for advancing the arts in America. Their website features information on policy, advocacy, new research, and professional development for educators. Membership provides access to publications, connects you with other professionals, and allows for the promotion of arts advocacy.

ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment. Website includes a searchable database of lesson plans in visual art, music, dance, and theatre. Many lessons offer cross-curricular teaching opportunities in non-arts areas such as language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Best Colleges is a website dedicated to conducting data driven research about higher education in the United States. They’ve researched online master’s in education degree programs, including those with an arts focus, and published an investigative review of the best online programs available. Also included are valuable resources and guides for students such as financial aid and scholarship information. Click here to browse the website.

Scholarship Search Platforms

Best VPN.org has created a Kids Research database of links to trusted sources dedicated to helping kids with their homework, research their papers, or just unwind with some games. There are resources for parents and teachers, as well. Many of these links focus on various arts disciplines. The infomation provided is accurate and up-to-date. Additionally, Best VPN.org offers an Academic Research database that contains links to help students conduct online research, assess the legitimacy of sources, cite them the correct way. The listings conclude with a broad list of resources spanning a multitude of fields.

 

Dance Educators of America is a dance professionals’ organization. Membership benefits include discounted rates to seminars and conferences, training materials, and eligibility to participate in members only competitions. This site includes information about scholarships, professional development and competitions. There is also a newsletter.

This website is hosted by the National Endowment for Humanities and contains information focused on Art, Culture, Literature, Language Arts, Foreign Language, History and Social Studies. Featured are sections on lesson plans, professional opportunities, references, web links and a monthly feature topic. 

This website focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions, serving both general audiences and specialized professionals. The education page of this website offers resources for educators including professional development opportunities and a guide to building better lessons. Also included are lesson plans and a teacher’s exchange.

The National Association for Music Education is a membership organization involved in all levels of music education from preschool through college and in all areas of music education including general music, choral, band, orchestral, and music teacher education. Membership awards you access to publications, discounts, instrument insurance. Website includes lesson plans, teaching guides, articles, and message boards.

The National Art Education Association is a membership organization for teachers, retirees, students, and institutions. Membership benefits include subscriptions to publications and discounts to conventions. Website features links to advocacy, grant, curriculum, museum, and student websites.

The Program for Interdisciplinary Learning through the Arts (PILA) website offers web links, journal articles, music suggestions, teaching materials and a calendar of professional development opportunities for interdisciplinary arts education.

Web English Teacher presents K-12 English / Language Arts teaching resources such as lesson plans, videos, biography, e-texts, study guides, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities. This website is divided into sections including Children’s Literature, Grammar/Mechanics, Journalism/Yearbook, Literature/Prose, Poetry, Speech/Debate, Young Adult Fiction, and English as a Second Language (ESOL).

COCA does not endorse any organizations or programs listed herein, nor imply stature through their inclusion in this guide. While we have made every effort to ensure that this guide is current, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information. If you have updates or other links that you’d like to see listed here, please contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at amanda@tallahasseearts.org to suggest them.