Course Description

Become More Present and Productive in the Classroom with Self-Identity Awareness

Art, Development, and Identity for Educators is designed to inspire the classroom teacher to honor themselves, their field, and their students with activities and readings that address individual development and reflection.  Each module is inspired by Maslow's hierarchy of needs (physiological, security, love, self esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self actualization) and uses different art forms (visual, performance, music, dance, poetry, writing) as informative material.  By working up the pyramid, the educator is asked to participate in several identity exercises.  In this process, one's well-being is the priority.  The objective is to achieve balance in all the areas of life--making for happier, more productive, and wise educators.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explore self and identity as it relates to educators
  • Develop mindful awareness principles and approaches that will strengthen the classroom teacher's skills to respond to their own stress and challenges
  • Access healthy ways to self-regulate and maintain inner balance, and then transfer these skills to students and the classroom environment
  • Understand the relationship between personal beliefs/perspectives and wellness, and how these levels impact quality of life
  • Identify and implement strategies to improve wellness
  • Recognize development theories through interaction with a variety of material and resources
  • Appreciate various art forms presented within the course and relate them to development theory

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades K-12) who want to become more aware of themselves and their emotions (their identity) to be more present and productive in the classroom to model health and well-being for their students.  Other school personnel, such as counselors, coaches and school nurses will benefit from this course.

Course Materials:

  • Text, A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality by Ken Wilber available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com.
  • Art supplies for assigned art projects can be found in the classroom, at home, or at your nearest art supply store (paint, paper, pen, scissors, pastels/charcoal, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Access to a digital camera or camera phone to create certain art assignments and to include photo images of other completed course assignments
  • Access to the Internet to access video clips and to upload your completed work

Technical Requirements


"I enjoyed the course and had a lot of fun with the individual art projects." -- Michelle Weston, Educator, DoDEA
"I'm writing to tell you about the art I was able to see at the MET and MOMA last week . . . I was able to see three panels of Monet's Lilies, Van Gogh's Starry Night and Sunflowers, Picasso and Braque's cubist guitar paintings side by side(!), the Cupid and Psyche statue/sculpture, numerous works by Degas (I didn't realize what a prolific sculptor he was!), some Rothkos and Pollocks, a new favorite: Cignan, some Seurat, and on and on and on and on . . . It was incredible. Just wanted to let you know that I was able to get more out of each piece because of the class. I thought the timing was coincidental, appropriate, funny, and now, more meaningful . . . I'm incorporating the ideas of being present more and more every day." -- Douglas Connell, English Language Arts Educator, Grades 10-12, Corona, California
"I liked it." -- Jennifer Tschirky, Educator, Pacific Elementary School District, California
"I enjoyed taking this class." -- Kathryn Carter, Educator, Travis Unified School District, California
"Great Class!!" -- Leslie Gunn, Educator, Springfield IL Public Schools District 186

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $391 credit (3 units) $391.00
Available for Extension Credit
3 units
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