CREATE

CREATE (Connecting Regina Educators & Artists Through Expertise) is a unique program which allows students to experience topics covered in their core curricular areas through Visual Art, Dance, Drama and Music. The program creates effective collaborations between Regina Educators and Artist for the purpose of innovative education.

All teachers in Regina Public Schools who teach grades 3, 4, 5 or 6 are assigned a professional artist from the community. The artists work with classroom teachers providing them with exceptional on site one-on-one professional development, through the design of one-of-a-kind educational experience for their students.

The program aims to enhance the academic success of students by offering new and innovative ways to achieve increased Literacy and Numeracy. Artist Visits also enable students to form valuable relationships with a variety of professional artists from their community.

The CREATE program provides an equal opportunity for every student system wide to share a mutual experience through a variety of art forms, thus raising the global arts community of our schools.

 

Nicolle Montague

CREATE Facilitator
ACT! Coordinator

Ph:(306) 523-3112
nicolle.montague@rbe.sk.ca

 

Artist Biographies

CREATE Lead Teachers click here for printable PDF CREATE Artist Biographies in Google Drive.

Current CREATE Artists Biographies are available for lead teachers to print, share and display in their building so those in the school community can become familiar with artists visiting their school.

Artist Evaluation

Classroom teachers click here to access the Artists Evaluation link.

This link is for CREATE classroom teacher's reflection of artist's classroom sessions.

CREATE Artist Scheduling Wiki

CREATE Artists click here to access the scheduling Wiki.

The CREATE Artist Wiki is a collaborative site between CREATE Artists and the CREATE Facilitator. It is used to create an easily updated schedule of school visits as well as post program information for artists. It is a read only site for those who are not CREATE artists.

 

The Role of the CREATE Lead Teacher - Printable PDF

  • The Lead Teacher is responsible for the Master Artist Schedule. Artists will be assigned to specific classes instead of grades as it was done in the past. It is no longer your responsibility to assign which artist goes to which class. Please inform the classroom teachers of the identity of their assigned artists and show them their specific artist's Bio as provided on the CREATE website.
  • We encourage you to hang Artist Bios in your school so the teachers and your school community can become aware of the visiting artists in your school.
  • It is your responsibility to act as the communication link between the CREATE Facilitator and your school. Inform administration, as well as your school community, about Artist Visits and inform/remind teachers when they are to be displaced from spaces (i.e. the gym).
  • Within the first few weeks of receiving the Master Artist Schedule all artists should have initially contacted their teachers. Please confirm that contact has taken place with all of the teachers at your school within a reasonable time period, unless otherwise contacted by the CREATE Facilitator. If contact has not taken place, please inform the CREATE facilitator.
  • Please announce and be present to welcome artists to your school. Invite them to join the staff at recess and lunchtime in the staffroom. Encourage teachers to write thank you letters to their artists upon the completion of their visits and arrange for the mailing of these letters if needed.
  • Please remind your teachers that, from now on, Artist Evaluations will be sent out in an online survey format.
  • This program's philosophy focuses on on-site professional development for teachers. Artist Visits are not to be prep time for teachers. Teachers must remain in the classroom at all times.
  • Artist Visits must be rescheduled if the teacher is ill or cannot be present for any reason. Artists are not expected to work with substitute teachers. If the artist is ill, the school and the teacher will be contacted by the artist. If the teacher is ill, the artist and the school are to be contacted by the teacher.
  • There is to be a five-minute break between classes if your artists are running lessons back-to-back at your school.
  • If there are any incidences during CREATE visits, you will be the mediator at the school level. If any concerns or questions arise about artists, please contact the CREATE Facilitator directly.
  • Artists Visits for the Fall Semester are to be completed by the beginning of December and for the Winter Semester by mid-May. If there are issues about completing sessions within these time frames, please consult the CREATE Facilitator.
  • The CREATE Facilitator observes Artist Visits on a regular basis. As the Lead Teacher at your school, you will receive an e-mail when a visit is to take place in your school. Please inform the appropriate teachers when these visits are to take place.

Thank you for being the  Lead Teacher in your school. Your help in the facilitation of this program is monumental.

 

CREATE Classroom Teachers Expectations - Printable PDF

An overview of what to expect for CREATE classroom teachers.

 

  • Within a week of receiving the Artist Placement Schedule, artists are required to contact their assigned teachers to introduce themselves and set up a time for your Artist & Teacher Planning Session.
  • Artists are contracted to come out to your school, prior to their three Artist Visits, to hold an Artist & Teacher Planning Session. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your artist while a one-of-a-kind experience that meets the specific needs of the students in your class is designed. An overview of these lessons will be written on the Artist & Teacher Planning Session sheet as provided by your artist. A copy of this will be made available, by the artist, to the teacher, as well as the CREATE office.
  • Along with the organization and booking of times for artist lessons, the Artist & Teacher Planning Session is the perfect opportunity to inform your artist of any students with special needs, help the artist adapt ideas to fit your school community and to introduce the artist to the space to be used. On site Artist & Teacher Planning Sessions have proven to result in the smoothest, most beneficial experience for all of those involved in the program.
  • It is important that your artist's lessons parallel the content that you are teaching at the time of your Artist Visits. Artists may be asked to work in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. Artists are also required to incorporate our system's goals of increased literacy and numeracy by adding elements of either/both of these areas into their lessons.
  • One main focus of this program is on-site professional development for teachers. Artist Visits are not to be prep time. Teachers are required to remain in the classroom at all times during Artist Visits.
  • You are strongly encouraged to participate with your students in the arts activities facilitated by your artist. Please remember that classroom management is a cooperative responsibility between teachers and artists.
  • Artist Visits must be rescheduled if the teacher is ill or cannot be present for any reason. Artists are not expected to work with substitute teachers. If the artist is ill, the school and the teacher will be contacted. If the teacher is ill, the artist and the school are to be contacted.
  • Teachers must monitor artists' time allotments and update them as to the remaining duration of their lessons. Remember that there is to be a five-minute break between classes if your artists are running lessons back-to-back at your school.
  • Your Artist Evaluations are crucial to the success of this program. For your convenience, a short on-line version of the evaluation will be sent to you before the winter break and once again in June.

Thank you for your support of the CREATE program. Your dedication to raising the global arts community of our schools is greatly appreciated.