Did you know that the Greenville Arts Partnership was the first and one of only THREE organizations in the state of Mississippi to become a Kennedy Center Partner in Education? Our friends at MAAE are one too! Our organizations were elected because of our demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, and our Partnership Team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education.
Now in the second phase of our partnership, we focus on Basic Professional Development Experiences for Teachers and Professional Development for Teachers Focused on Performances for Students. That means that GAP members engage in planning, presenting and evaluating professional development workshops for teachers. Events may include either arts integrated or arts discipline-specific workshops. Additionally, GAP offers professional development for teachers to help them prepare students to learn from attendance at live performances. Professional development may include such things as workshops, performance guides and online resources, including podcasts and websites.
As a member of the Partner in Education program, each year members of our partnership:
- Conduct an assessment of teachers’ professional learning needs
- Convene an advisory group to assist with needs assessment, program design, and advocacy efforts
- Serve greater numbers of individual teachers and teams of teachers
- Conducts a minimum of three 3-hour workshops for teachers, and/or one 3-session sampler course.*
- Assess program planning and implementation and make revisions to better meet participants’ needs
- Continue to conduct a three-perspective (workshop leader, participants, and sponsor) evaluation process for all workshops and use results for program improvement.
- Attend the Kennedy Center Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
Want to learn more? Visit the Kennedy Center’s website at http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/partners/