Curriculum Development

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The Center for PAInT supports integration of the arts into the curriculum and assessment of arts-integrated programs used by Florida Preservice Teachers and Practitioners. PAInT also offers online non-credit arts-integration courses through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).

PAInT Online Courses 

Teaching with the Circus Arts Conservatory

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Meet the teaching artists/clowns of Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory as they teach important science concepts to K-8 learners using the circus arts. The course includes videos and self-pacing modules for maximum flexibility. This course is free and will count as the first of several upcoming courses in the Arts-Integrated certificate.

Teachers Karen Bell and Robin Eurich

Karen and Robin both went to college, Clown College that is! After graduation, Karen performed with Ringling Brother’s Barnum & Bailey Circus while Robin performed on TV with WGN-TV’s The Bozo Super Sunday Show. Now, they work for The Circus Arts Conservatory teaching circus skills, clowning and science in Elementary and Middle Schools. They also coach for Sailor Circus Academy, a rigorous after-school training program that teaches kids ages 8 – 18 the circus arts. They are thrilled to share the wonderful world of circus and science!

Teaching Diversity Through Art

The inaugural Embracing Our Difference (EOD) Diversity course is the first of four that leads to a certificate in Diversity offered to Sarasota County Public School Social Studies teachers.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the meaning of bias;
  • Explain the difference between conscious and unconscious bias and how this relates to the perceptions of others;
  • Analyze the power behind words and how they affect us;
  • Identify how bullying can be related to discrimination;
  • Identify ways to observe artwork in and outside of the classroom;
  • Identify art resources to use when teaching about diversity.

Foundations of Arts Integrated Teaching



Participants who complete this module will:

  • Define arts integration and discuss the value of using an arts integrated teaching approach in schools.
  • Identify teachers’ roles in developing arts-integrated teaching units.
  • Exhibit multi-dimensional awareness about the culture of arts-integrated classrooms.
  • Develop techniques that foster participation and engagement for arts integrated teaching.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the often-felt false dichotomy around using teaching artists in the classroom and the sometimes perceived threat to the arts specialists in the school.
  • Apply an understanding of developing a holistic arts integrated teaching environment.
  • Describe the qualities of effective arts-integrated teaching.
  • Reflect on the personal qualities that teachers should possess to successfully engage students in the arts integrated teaching process.
  • Apply skills appropriate to providing access and equal educational opportunities for students.