DEAL is a professional arts learning program for primary teachers in South Australian government schools. It co-ordinates collaboration between professional teaching artists and teachers, applying critical and creative thinking to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.
The program runs annually across Terms 1-3 and comprises a PD Intensive, a series of classroom visits with a DEALTeaching Artist and culminates in the Teacher leading a creative class project, applying their new learning whilst supported by the Teaching Artist.
In 2021, schools can nominate dance, drama, visual or media arts as the artform focus
DEAL will provide teachers with fresh perspectives around problem solving and inquiry-based learning, leading to intrinsic benefits for students in the arts and other areas of the curriculum.
The program delivers the following outcomes:
90% of teachers who have participated in the program said it equipped them with the capacity to deliver engaging and challenging arts programs.
The DEAL project is being delivered across terms one, two and three in 2021.
Teachers receive mentoring through collaborative consultation from professional teaching artists skilled at making work with and for children.
Each school can nominate two participating teachers who focus on a single subject area in the arts.
Following a Professional Development intensive in term one, term two will see the teaching artists guide teachers through a practical process of curriculum implementation, involving making and responding.
In term three, teachers lead a creative project with their class, developed in collaboration with and supported by a professional teaching artist.
If required, teaching artists can assist teachers to develop strategies to integrate the Arts Curriculum into other teaching areas and discuss improved delivery of General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum, particularly in the area of Critical and Creative Thinking
Participating Schools – Expectations
Participating schools will be required to:
Subject to teaching artist availability, participating schools may be able to nominate a second pair of teachers, at an additional participation fee.
Professional Development Intensive
Term 1 – Week 11
Thurs 8 April (tbc)
9am-5pm at Carclew
The Professional Development will involve:
Professional Development Scheduling Session
1 x 2hr session online
Term 2 – Week 1
Thurs 29 April
4pm-6pm on Zoom
4 half-day visits per teacher
Term 2 – Weeks 2-10
3 May – 2 July
(Specific dates and times negotiated between teachers and artists)
The Teaching Artist visits the school four times during term 2
Project Planning workshop
1 x 2hr session online
Term 2 – Week 10
Thurs 1 July
4pm-6pm on Zoom
In consultation with their artist, teachers design a Term 3 project based on the artform, arts curriculum and new approaches explored thus far..
1 x half-day visit per teacher and additional email/phone support
19 July – 24 September
Teaching Artists support teachers to apply their new learning throughout the development of their project.
1 x 3hr session
Term 3 – Wk 10
Thurs 23 Sept
All participants reconvene at Carclew House for an afternoon of shared learning and reflection.
Video Credit - Ben Golotta | Repeater Productions
Thank you to the DEAL teaching artists, teachers, students and schools in our DEAL community of practice for your contribution to the video. Kerrin Rowlands, Eliza Lovell, Luku Kuku, Ruby Chew, James Thornton, Ashley Jimenez, Ali Peacock, Margie Sekulic, Elizabeth Carn, Ruth Lock, Daniel Goode, Nathan Evans, their students, The Pines School, Woodville Gardens Primary School, Ingle Farm Primary School and Christies Beach Primary School communities.
Belinda MacQueen / Amanda Jones
Manager, Arts Programs
08 8230 1115