Conducting a San Antonio Wolf Trap residency at your school

Joyful, Active Learning for children and educators. 

San Antonio Wolf Trap Teaching Artists work in the classroom, with teachers, during 8 week/16-session residencies. This learning partnership provides critical tools for classroom teachers to improve school readiness of Pre-K students. 

San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts Institute is an educational program of theArtsFund. 

In 2016, theArtsFund became a National Affiliate of Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts, a Virginia-based organization dedicated to integrating the arts into early childhood education for 35 years. Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

How it works

For Students: This arts-based teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multisensory learning — children sing, dance and engage their imagination through puppetry, story dramatization, and role play. This approach helps young children to:

·        Engage in developmentally appropriate arts learning

·        Develop their language and literacy skills 

·        Learn math and science concepts, vocabulary, and creativity

·        Practice skills such as communication, creativity, collaboration, cooperation, and flexible thinking

·        Achieve Pre-K learning outcomes as defined by national education organizations and local   education districts.

The Wolf Trap Classroom Residency model provides direct, in-classroom services to children while emphasizing the professional development of early childhood educators. 

A trained San Antonio Wolf Trap Teaching Artist works side-by-side with each teacher to develop lesson plans and customize the residency to the needs of the teacher and the class. Each residency includes orientation and planning, participatory classroom sessions led by the Teaching Artist in partnership with the teacher, and 15-minute follow-up discussions. 

For Classroom Teachers: 

For more detailed information, download a Classroom Residency Overview . To see a residency training in action, watch the video below of Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Melissa Richardson shot during demonstration week at Pre-K 4 SA South. Also, watch a classroom residency in action and the synergy between the teaching artist and the classroom teacher in the Wolf Trap Institute video: A Wolf Trap classroom residency in ACTION.

Benefits of a 16 session San Antonio Wolf Trap classroom residency

    • Teacher receives  16+ hours of professional development on integrating performing arts into their current curriculum
    • A method to improve classroom management. 
    • Once the Wolf Trap teaching artist leaves, the teacher has lesson plans, a toolbox of arts-integrated techniques, and hands-on experience.
    • Supplies and materials for classroom residency are provided by the Teaching Artist.

For more information on arranging a San Antonio Wolf Trap residency at your school, email Rod Rubbo at or call 210-212-8303.

Wolf Trap Residency demonstration hosted by theArtsFund and Pre-K 4 SA.

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