The Whole Schools Initiative is an arts integrated conceptual approach to re-designing school environments that create a culture of collaboration and transparency. Leading from the inside out, the WSI is activated around inspiring the entire community toward increased student engagement by promoting deep learning. The arts provide the arena for discovery. Now, and in the future, the Whole Schools Institute will be known and valued as the premier training ground for schools involved in education reform through the arts.
The institute’s highly professional training will model exemplary practice and will give educators the inspiration, knowledge, and skills to lead their students toward the goal of reaching their full potential. The institute will utilize diverse educational strategies that reflect research findings regarding the value of verbal, kinesthetic, visual, musical, analytical, and emotional avenues for engaging the student’s head, heart, and hands in learning.
The institute will empower participants to provide leadership in local efforts to sustain professional growth and to implement exemplary arts integrated instruction. The Whole Schools Institute will be an opportunity to forge relationships among institute staff, the Mississippi Arts Commission and local schools that will provide the creativity and perseverance required to sustain the work. (from the Whole School Initiative’s website)
All of these commitments reflect the basic dedication of all those involved in The Whole Schools Initiative to the children of Mississippi and their growth and development. Teams and Individual Teachers can register for the Whole School Institute for $450 and have the option to register for 2.5 CEU credits for an additional $27.50. The following schools in Greenville are alumni Whole Schools, which receive a discounted registration fee ($350):
- Emma Boyd Elementary
- Matty Akin Elementary
- Stern Enhancement School
- Trigg Accelerated School
- Washington School
- Weddington Elementary
Want to learn more? Download the Registration Packet here! Hope to see you there!