The Marwen Institute is Marwen’s program area dedicated to the support of teaching and learning in the arts. The work of The Institute is carried out in two ways: Teaching Artist Professional Development and Program Evaluation, each with the goal of maximizing student learning.
Professional Development facilitates structured opportunities for teaching artists and assistants to investigate and engage in best teaching practices to the benefit of student learning. This includes new teaching artist and assistant orientations, pre and post-term professional development meetings, a teaching artist Peer-to-Peer Exchange program, an annual Teaching Artist Retreat, and ongoing Teaching Artist Fellows program.
Program Evaluation generates in-depth understanding of student learning at Marwen and guides both individual and organizational reflective practice. Qualitative interviews provide rich description of the Marwen student experience which guides the collection of quantitative data for the Student Voice Survey, Teaching Artist Reflection Survey, and Teaching Assistant Reflection Survey administered at the conclusion of each term. Results generated are shared with teaching artists and assistants immediately to fuel reflective practice and inform teaching and course development.