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Increasing Literacy Through Arts Integration

This 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.

Chuck Galey of Jackson, Mississippi will be presenting a FREE 6 hour Professional Development on Saturday, August 20th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at O’Bannon High School for educators in Greenville Public and Western Line School District; non-GAP educators can attend the workshop for $60. CEU credits are available for all interested participants. Space is limited, make your reservation today by contacting Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council.

Read more about Chuck Galey after the jump!

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)

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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.