The Alaska Arts Education Consortium offers numerous professional development training opportunities for Alaska’s teachers each summer.  We hire ‘teacher-leaders’ that are experienced in teaching teachers and strong in the arts and/or culture as well as other subjects.

This year we are going to hold 4 institutes but–unlike most years–we will be carrying over a number of applicants that were hired last year.  This is because 3 institutes were canceled last year but will proceed this year…either virtually or in-person.

Below you will find information about the AAEC Arts & Culture Institute plans for 2021.  Application materials are at the bottom of this post.  

Please note:  Application Deadline: January 12,2021



Kodiak Arts, Science & Literacy Institute (1 week, dates tba)

Brief Description:

The AAEC and Kodiak Island Borough School District are partnering to support this professional development training during the summer of 2021.  This integrated training is aimed at educators from Alaska’s designated TSI/CSI schools and is partially supported by an Alaska Department of Education grant.

Targeted Support and Improvement/Comprehensive Support and Improvement

The intent of the institute is to support literacy instruction through various forms of the Arts and Sciences.  AAEC believes that integrating the arts with other subjects strengthens learning in all fields.

Although the date for this Summer 2021 institute is to be determined we expect this to be a 1 week on-line institute.  Therefore, planning will be virtual as will the actual event.

There are many schools throughout the state designated as needing extra support and we plan to invite teachers from these schools to attend.

Teacher-leader openings:

We will be hiring 3-4 teacher-leaders for this 1 week institute.  We are looking for various arts forms and the ability to integrate the sciences and literacy throughout.  We hope to hire a diverse experienced group capable of exciting and motivating other educators



Fairbanks Multicultural Arts Institute (1 week, dates tba)

Brief Description:

The Fairbanks Multicultural Arts Institute revolves around both intercultural and multicultural education—the philosophy that recognizes the role teachers and schools can play in developing culturally inclusive attitudes and values necessary for a democratic society. Transforming a classroom through the use of the arts will be explored through dance/movement, and visual, musical, and cultural arts.

Although the date for this Summer 2021 institute is to be determined we expect this to be a 1 week institute.  Planning will be virtual and the final event may be either in-person or on-line depending on the state of the Covid 19 virus.

Teacher-leader openings:

This Institute is looking for an Alaskan Cultural Artist, that can share while teaching an art form.  The other instructors are already in place.


Kenai Social & Emotional Learning and the Arts Institute Short Description.

Brief Description:

During the Alaska Arts Education Consortium inaugural Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts Institute, participants will attend sessions with four highly qualified teacher-leaders that are experts in their fields, including SEL education, cultural arts, music, movement and visual arts.  Each day will start with a plenary session, followed by various creative sessions rotating through the different instructors.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  Arts experiences help students develop self-management and self-discipline, interpersonal and relationship skills, and self-expression.

Teacher-leader openings

We are looking for SEL and the arts experts as well as looking for Alaskan Cultural Artists and local cultural resources to integrate into the Institute.



SE Alaska Arts & Culture Basic Institute (2 weeks, dates tba)

Brief Description:

In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling with music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, visual arts  and media arts into curriculum and instruction.   They will study the cultural and the arts standards and design integrated classroom lessons for the coming year.  They will also gain experience learning and teaching through an arts and culture lens; work with teaching artists, cultural specialists and Elders;  and design an arts/culture integrated lesson plan. Throughout the 8-10-day course (depending on if virtual or in-person) they will broaden their understanding of the impact of the arts and cultural classroom awareness on student performance, motivation, & brain activities.

Teacher-leader openings

There are currently no openings for this institute. However, if you are interested please state that in your application when you apply.   It is always possible things will change.


Teacher-leader application:  AAEC-2021-TL-application-1.doc (52 downloads)