Teacher team externship at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts


Teachers from Antioch High School's Academy of Teaching and Service completed a three-day externship with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts during the first week of June. The teachers worked with the Frist Center's education and outreach staff to learn about the various programs, activities, and initiatives the Frist Center carries out to bring appreciation of the arts to the middle Tennessee community. The educators from Antioch High School also had the opportunity to learn about the exhibitions currently on display at the Frist Center, including Creation Story: Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial. During the externship, Emma Lancaster, the art teacher at Antioch High School, worked with Frist Center staff to film the weekly "This Week at the Frist" video, which informs visitors of the events and programming available at the museum in downtown Nashville.

The Academies of Nashville provide students with meaningful, hands-on learning in context. Inquiry-based teaching and project-based learning are important for the Academies’ goal of teaching students how to think critically and creatively to solve problems in the classroom and real world. To bring these ideas to MNPS classrooms, academy partners in Nashville have joined forces with the Academies of Nashville to educate teachers about the realities of working life in different careers. The result of this collaboration is the Teacher Team Externship Program. The program is an opportunity for teachers to have a real-world professional experience at a host organization to develop a project-based curriculum that gives students industry exposure and applied learning. A teacher team works together to create interdisciplinary projects that reinforce the theme of their academy across subject areas.