NAC works closely with various training institutions to provide training opportunities that enhance arts instructors’ professional and pedagogical skills, so as to ensure our arts instructors are equipped with the skills to deliver engaging arts education programmes in schools.
Training can take various forms, from a one-year structured training course to ad-hoc workshops. This is to accommodate the different schedules and interests of instructors.
PEDAGOGY TRAINING FOR ARTS INSTRUCTORS
As part of NAC’s efforts to raise the quality of arts instruction in Singapore, all instructors teaching NAC-AEP Experience Workshops must obtain relevant pedagogical qualification to continue conducting workshops for NAC-AEP.
NAC has partnered the National Institute of Education (NIE) International, an established Continuing Education and Training (CET) institution, to introduce courses in developing pedagogical skills.
Arts instructors can embark on the Essential Module – Essentials of Teaching and Learning – a short, modular programme which grounds them in the fundamentals of effective instruction.
Additionally, they can work towards achieving Specialist Diploma in Arts Education to equip themselves with the expertise required to better deliver quality arts programmes for students.
EN ROUTE TO INCLUSIVITY: WORKING WITH CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN AND THROUGH THE ARTS (COLLABORATION WITH RAINBOW CENTRE TRAINING & CONSULTANCY AND SSI)
This refreshed course aims to equip artists, arts instructors/educators with the competencies to engage and include children with disabilities in and through the arts. This new programme, incorporating flexible learning and improved content, supersedes the previous training course “Facilitating Arts Based Learning for Children with Special Needs” conducted by the Social Service Institute from 2013 to 2019.
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TEACHING THE ARTS IN AN EARLY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENT (COLLABORATION WITH SEED INSTITUTE)
As part of NAC’s efforts to provide more learning opportunities for arts instructors keen to work with us in the early childhood field, we have partnered with SEED Institute to offer a 49-hr pedagogy course “Teaching the Arts in an Early Childhood Environment”.
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ARTS EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
NAC collaborates with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), to organise workshops on arts integrated learning for children, targeted at both artists and pre-school educators.
These workshops are organised in collaboration with international arts education partners, offering our instructors an opportunity to learn from renowned arts educators.
WOLF TRAP INSTITUTE FOR EARLY LEARNING THROUGH THE ARTS, VIRGINIA, USA
Since 2014, NAC and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) have collaborated with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts to provide arts integration instruction for early childhood educators and artists (Check this info). The workshops led by Master Teaching Artists from The Wolf Trap Institute equipped educators and artists with baseline knowledge and skills to integrate the arts into the pre-school curriculum in alignment with the learning goals as reflected in the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework for preschools in Singapore.
In 2019, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) became Wolf Trap’s 20th affiliate organisation, the first outside the United states, and will operate its early childhood arts integration work as Singapore Wolf Trap.
Schools interested in exploring programmes in arts integration may contact SRT directly or find more information about their classroom residencies here.
In addition, arts instructors and artists keen to develop their pedagogical or facilitation skills through courses offered by other organisations and institutions, local or abroad, may also apply for the NAC Capability Development Grant.