Become an Apprentice

THE ILSP Apprentice Application for the
2018-2019 School Year is closed.


Welcome to the application process for the Integrated Learning Specialist Program.  We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The Integrated Learning Specialist Program is high quality professional learning for the next generation of culturally responsive, arts based, teaching, learning and assessment practices. We are seeking to meet a demand to expand the program across the Bay Area region: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, Tri Valley and Solano Counties.  

Applying for the apprenticeship program is highly competitive.  We have selected 15 apprentices for the 2018-2019 academic year.  As an apprentice you will spend a year training to be an instructor for the Integrated Learning Specialist Program in one of our three core courses.

Apprentice Expectations:

Phase 1: Application Package. CLOSED for 2018-2019 Applicants. 

You can either submit your application online and email Carolyn S. Carr the following or you can email the entire packet including a printed version of application to Carolyn S. Carr by March 8, 2018:

  • Printed version of Apprentice Application

  • A cover letter addressed to Carolyn S. Carr that outlines your interest in being an apprentice and future instructor in the ILSP program and qualities that you’d bring to a classroom of adult learners about teaching and learning in the arts through a strong foundation of racial justice.

  • One letter of recommendation

  • A 1-2 page essay that describes your understanding and professional, personal and systemic application of the following frameworks:

    • Teaching for Understanding

    • Racial Justice

    • Critical Pedagogy

    • Making Learning Visible

    • Culturally Relevant Teaching

    • Studio Habits of Mind

  • Optional: An additional resume and/or recommendations

Phase 2: Intensive Pedagogical Training (up to 60 hours):

Apprentices will participate in an integrated learning intensive focusing on creative strategies, pedagogical frameworks, and culturally responsive teaching strategies.  Frameworks of focus are: Teaching for Understanding, Studio Habits of Mind, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Making Learning Visible with foundational practices in critical pedagogy towards the goal of racial justice. All Apprentices will identify a project for their research/fieldwork when they complete the intensive.  Apprentices will be assigned to a senior ILSP faculty staff member who will coach them through the extent of their Apprentice training (to include 3-4 small group or one to one coaching sessions).

June 18-22 at Wood Middle School in Alameda. This training will be co-located with the Summer Intensive Courses A, B and C.

Phase 3: Fieldwork (20 hours):

Apprentices will conduct 20 hours of fieldwork, researching, developing and teaching an original arts-integrated unit using the frameworks, pedagogy, and assessment tools.

Phase 4: Presentation and Evaluation

In June 2018, Apprentices will make public presentations to colleagues in the Integrated Learning Specialist Program.  They will present their research and fieldwork units and experiences from co-teaching.

Phase 5:  Co-Teaching (30 hours)

Upon completion, Apprentices may be assigned to co-teach one of the three core courses (up to 30 hours): Arts Integration Strategies, Ongoing Assessment, or Collaborative Curriculum Design to gain more hands-on experience in using the frameworks to teach educators.

Apprentices will receive stipends of $1,000 after they complete their training in June.  Apprentices will receive $1,500 for apprenticing as a co-teacher in Course A, B, or C, until core competencies of the program have been achieved.