Next fall the Greenville Arts Partnership will be hosting Professional Development on three different Saturdays, taught by Mississippi Teaching Artists that specialize in science, literacy, math and social science arts integration.
Author and illustrator Chuck Galey of Jackson, Mississippi, will be teaching a Professional Development session on how to use illustrations to increase literacy, create thematic units, and add excitement to reading. Chuck’s sessions will be taught on Saturday, August 20th from 8 am to 3 pm.
As a teaching artist and award winning author/illustrator of children’s books, Chuck’s goal is to inspire students to become life long readers. He has presented workshops in classrooms and libraries all over the southeast. An enthusiastic advocate of arts in the classroom as a teaching tool across the curriculum, Chuck’s programs keep students of all ages engaged and, although they don’t realize it, learning. By using proven, research-based learning strategies, Chuck’s interactive programs keep students and teachers captivated through his unique qualifications as an author/illustrator of children’s literature. He is able to tailor programs for student arts experiences as well as teacher and administrator professional development training for educators of all grades and levels. His approach to writing, reading, and art experiences encourages active student engagement and participation using creative drawing story interpretation exercises that enhance material retention and stimulates creativity. For example one of Chuck’s creative programs has students performing the story of one of his picture books (including music) with sock puppets that they create during his residence sessions. Chuck is available to work with students and teachers for full day or three to five day residencies throughout the academic year and summer workshops. (from the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artist Roster)