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.
Dr. John Hunt of Pearl, Mississippi will be hosting Science Fun Day for students in grades 3-8 at Western Line School District on September 22 and 23rd, followed by Professional Development on Saturday, September 24th for educators in Greenville Public and Western Line School District. This will be the first time that Dr. Hunt will be presenting the program at a public school in the Mississippi Delta!
Dr. Hunt is a science educator who has lived and worked all over the world. He has taught science in K-12 schools as well as at the university level for 50 years. He is currently a professor of teacher education at Mississippi College. The first program he offers is staff development for designing lessons using Understanding by Design and Differentiated Instruction (UbD/DI) lesson format. These lessons combine concepts of science, language arts, art and music in engaging hands-on activities. This program may be scheduled on a space available basis year round. The second program, Science Fun Day, must be scheduled in August. This “Science Fun Day” involves students in grades 3-8 and parent volunteers in an interactive science and art experience during a school day. Parents are trained the preceding night to teach hands-on discrepant events to students. To date, through the fun day program, Dr. Hunt has reached 17, 000 students in grades 3-8 and taught 3, 000 parents. This past year, he conducted 17 interactive science and art fun days for 4,500 students and taught 600 parents! (from the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artist Roster)