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Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching

Teachers are some of our state’s best creative problem solvers and innovators. Great educators take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Those same attributes are the building blocks of creativity. The Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching is here to celebrate and support outstanding non-arts educators as they expand classroom teaching through creativity!

The Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Education. The Fellowship for Creative Teaching supports non-arts educators with robust training, funding, and a community of experts to inspire and implement creativity-centered innovation in the classroom.

Research shows creative teaching strategies, also known as arts integration, improves student engagement, student learning retention, and student literacy skills.

Integrating the arts into core subjects like reading, math, and science is a highly effective and rewarding approach to meeting standards while reaching diverse learners, engaging students, and making a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

Selected Creative Teaching Fellows will gather with their like-minded educator peers who are also looking to grow their teaching practice in innovative ways. After exploring what creativity in education can be in theory during the summer training, all Creative Teaching Fellows will collaborate with their Community Arts Partner to bring a professional, in-person artist residency in their classroom in the Fall semester to see the work in a real classroom setting.

Creative Teaching Fellows Receive:

  • Two days of immersive training in creativity and connections to standards
  • Access to a fully funded in-school creative arts residency
  • Support from community creative partners, experts, and professionals
  • Membership in a statewide community of energetic, innovative educators
  • A $1,000 honoraria

Access the 2024 guidelines.

Creative Educator Fellows Timeline
Applications Due February 22, 2024
Notification of SelectionMarch 21, 2024
Online Welcome Session (Required)May 11, 2024 
Online Learning Session (Required)June 8, 2024
In-person Summer Institute (Required)July 10-12, 2024
Implement Arts Integration Residency ProjectFall 2024

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a licensed educator employed to teach any grade K – 12 during the 2023/2024 school year. (Special exceptions may be made through an IAC staff approval process)
  • Must be employed by a school operating in Indiana during the 2023/2024 school year.
  • Must be employed by a public school, public charter school, or accredited nonpublic school
  • Be an Indiana resident and remain a full time Indiana resident through the end of the fellowship period.
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen

*This program is not as beneficial for teachers who primarily teach arts classes

Unfortunately, this opportunity excludes:

  • Educators who teach exclusively at Colleges, Universities, or Higher education institutions
  • Non-licensed educators (unless approved by IAC staff)
  • Pre-k educators
  • Substitute educators not contracted for a full school year
  • Educators with temporary or emergency licenses
  • Educators who work exclusively out-of-school time (afterschool, summer)

Access the 2024 guidelines.

    Stephanie Haines
    Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
    Indiana Arts Commission

    (317) 450-9973

Twenty educators from across the state have been chosen to participate in hands-on training on integrating arts experiences into their classroom, along with the funds to make it happen.

The 2024 Creative Educator Cohort is as follows:

  • Amber Sims, Central Middle School (Bartholomew County)
  • Amelia Shaw, Columbus North High School and Columbus East High School (Bartholomew County)
  • Brooke Hamlett, Hornet Park Elementary (Marion County)
  • Christine Gauer, Saint Patrick School of the Terre Haute Deanery (Vigo County)
  • Denise Wampler, Southside Elementary School (Bartholomew County)
  • Duane Curry, Christel House Academy West (Marion County)
  • Emily Thien, Eastwood Middle School (Marion County)
  • Gregg Nowling, Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood (Marion County)
  • Joscilyn Acosta, Premier Arts Academy (Elkhart County)
  • Kathie Kenworthy, York Elementary School (Elkhart County)
  • Laurisa LeSure, Wilson Elementary (St. Joseph County)
  • MacKenzie Cox, Centerville Junior High School (Wayne County)
  • Maria Edwards, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (Lawrence County)
  • Mary Dinkel, Fayette Elementary School (Vigo County)
  • Mickie Magnuson, Greater Clark County School Corporation (Clark County)
  • Molly Oros, Valparaiso High School (Porter County)
  • Nicole Schadek, Purdue Polytechnic High School Schweitzer Center at Englewood (Marion County)
  • Raeanne Yatska, New Castle High School (Henry County)
  • Sarah Elrhanjaoui, William Tell Elementary (Perry County)
  • Shawn Charlton, Bartholomew County Youth Services Center (Bartholomew County)

Interested in learning more or getting involved, but not a member of the fellowship for this year?

The Summer Institute for Creative Teaching is a training workshop for Indiana educators. Through hands-on experience and collaboration with peers, participants will learn effective and innovative teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms. The program includes engaging artistic activities and opportunities to explore how creative teaching can enhance curriculum. This training will occur in conjunction with the training for the Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching.

July 10-12, 2024

Herman B. Wells Community Center at Lebanon High School (510 Tiger Way, Lebanon IN, 46052).

Learn more about the Summer Institute for Creative Teaching.