Electives

The purpose of the Electives Program is to give you an opportunity to enhance your learning beyond what is covered in the Core Courses. We ask you to go deeper, stretch further, and make bold connections as a learner through your participation in these courses. 

 STEP 1: SELECTING YOUR ELECTIVES 

In addition to the completion of the 3 Core Courses, you are required to take 30 hours of instruction in Electives Courses in order to receive your ILSP Certificate. The courses must fit into one or all of the Electives Areas 

  • Arts Immersion Playground: To allow for deeper exploration into your relationship to art-making
  • Equity & Social Justice: To allow for deeper exploration into how issues of equity affect you and your teaching practice
  • Creative Inquiry: To allow for deeper exploration into a diversity of learning frameworks

Each course must total at least 6 hours of instruction. The course can happen in one day or over the course of several days.      

STEP 2: ENROLLING IN YOUR ELECTIVES

You are responsible for finding, enrolling in, and paying for your Elective Courses. You may enroll in any course you choose as long as meets the following criteria: 

Arts Immersion Playground 

  • Stretch your current understanding and develop skills and techniques that will inspire and prepare you to teach in and through the arts. For instance, if you have studied piano your whole life, your continued instruction in piano will not qualify. Instead, we encourage you to take something that is new to you such as an acting class or a pottery class. 
  • Hands-on or embodied instruction in any art form – visual, performing, literary or digital/media arts 
  • Taught by a professional artist - someone with years of experience working in an art form and has practiced in his/her art form beyond the level of hobby 
  • An immersive experience; at least 6 hours of instruction 
  • If the course is online, it must be an intentionally designed course with a beginning, middle, and end 

Equity & Social Justice 

  • Critically evaluates and deepens your understanding of race, culture, and injustice in the US 
  • Self-reflective processes that seek to uncover bias and how that bias might play out in the classroom and school culture 
  • Taught by a qualified academic, professional, or organization with solid experience in areas such as: Anti-oppression * Critical Pedagogy * Restorative Justice * Culturally Responsive Teaching 
  • An immersive experience; at least 6 hours of instruction 
  • If the course is online, it must be an intentionally designed course with a beginning, middle, and end      

Creative Inquiry 

  • Stretch your current understanding or experience in teaching/learning frameworks such as: Project Based Learning * Visual Thinking Strategies * Design Thinking 
  • Broaden your understanding of the Common Core Standards in the context of English Language Arts and/or STEM 
  • Taught by a qualified academic, professional, teaching artist, or organization with expertise and solid experience in the above frameworks/practices 
  • An immersive experience; at least 6 hours of instruction 
  • If the course is online, it must be an intentionally designed course with a beginning, middle, and end

STEP 3: REPORTING and REFLECTION

The Elective log will act as proof of your participation in Elective Courses and is necessary in order to receive your ILSP Certification. Your electives are reviewed and verified before receiving your certificate. 

REPORTING For each course, you will complete a separate “Electives Log.” Make sure that each log contains the following information: 

  • The Title of the Course 
  • The Electives Area the course falls under 1) Arts Immersion Playground, 2) Equity & Social Justice, or 3) Creative Inquiry 
  • A brief description of the course’s activities 
  • The dates of participation and the number of total hours 
  • The name of the Instructor 
  • The name of the Organization/School (if applicable) 
  • Make sure o have the course instructor sign your “Electives Log” at the completion of your course. 
  • Make a copy of your logs. Keep one for your records and email a copy of each log to Joelle Fraser at jfraser@acoe.org

REFLECTION There is space on each log for you to reflect on your experience in the course. Please use this space to write 1-2 paragraphs highlighting what you learned, how you changed, and how it deepened your overall experience as part of the ILSP.