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Whole School Inititative Summer Institute

Looking for a fun and informative way to get CEU credits this summer? Don’t miss the Whole School’s Initiative Summer Institute!

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!

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.