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Western Line Professional Development

Now entering the second year in the Greenville Arts Partnership, the Western Line School District has a lot to look forward to this year! Our partnership program with the school district is being restructured this year to include regular professional development and arts integration study groups. Study Groups engage small groups of teachers in regular, ongoing, collaborative interactions around arts integration topics of interest to learn, plan, reflect and create arts integration resources. These sessions will include more contact hours and result in a higher level of understanding and implementation in the classroom. We can’t wait! Click read more for the full fall schedule!

Riverside Elementary Schedule

  • Wednesday, August 3 – Full Staff Professional Development Overview (1-1 ½ hours in the morning)
  • Wednesday, August 10 – K-2nd Study Group 11:30-3:00 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, August 17 – K-2nd PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (math focus)
  • Wednesday, September 7 – 3-6th Study Group 10 a.m. -1:20 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, September 14 – 3-6th PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (math focus)
  • Thursday and Friday, September 22&23 – Dr. John Hunt Science Fun Day, Riverside Elementary School
  • Wednesday, October 12 – 3-6th PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (language arts/literature)
  • Wednesday, October 19 – K-2nd PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (language arts/literature)
  • Wednesday, November 9 – 3-6th PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (science)
  • Wednesday, November 16 – K-2nd PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (science)
  • Wednesday, December 14 –  Full Staff Study Group 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 18 –  Full Staff Professional Development Overview 3:15 p.m.

O’Bannon Elementary School Schedule

  • Wednesday, August 3 – Full Staff Professional Development Overview (1 or 1:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 17 –  PreK-2 Study Group 9:00 a.m.–12:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, August 24 – PreK-2 PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (math focus)
  • Wednesday, August 31 – 3-6th grade Study Group 12:10–3:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, September 7 – PreK-2 PD 3:00–4:00 p.m. (math focus)
  • Wednesday, October 5 – PreK-2 Study Group 9:00 a.m.–12:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Thursday, October 13 – 3-6th grade Study Group 9:00 a.m.–12:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, October 26 – PreK-2 PD 3:00–4 p.m. (language arts/literature)
  • Wednesday, November 2 – 3-6th PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (language arts/literature)
  • Wednesday, November 9 – PreK-2 Study Group 9 a.m.–12:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Thursday, November 17 – 3-6th Study Group 12:10-3:10 p.m. (broken by grade)
  • Wednesday, November 30 – PreK-2 PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (science focus)
  • Wednesday, December 7 – 3-6th PD 3:00-4:00 p.m. (science focus)
  • Tuesday, December 20 – Full Staff Study Group 9:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m
  • Wednesday, January 4 –  Full Staff Professional Development Overview 8:00-9:30 a.m.
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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.