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Applications are now open! Kennedy Center: Partners in Education

From our friends at the Kennedy Center: Partners in Education:

The application will help identify arts organizations that demonstrate an interest, ability, and commitment to initiate or expand professional development opportunities for teachers in collaboration with their local school system. While the Partners in Education program accommodates organizations with varying levels of experience providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, the Institute is designed as basic-level training to assist those with little or no experience in conducting professional development for teachers.

Partners in Education is a training program, rather than a funding program. The Institute is the entry point for new teams, and is the beginning of the initial commitment to the program that includes attendance at one Institute (April 25-28, 2012) and two Annual Meetings (February 13-16, 2013 and February 12-15, 2014) with partial travel assistance provided by the Kennedy Center. Full attendance at these three meetings is mandatory for accepted Partnership Teams.

Applicants should be aware that the initial time commitment for participation amounts to two years, after which Partnership Teams may advance to Phase II. Teams that have completed the first two years of participation and wish to remain in the network of arts organizations and schools are welcome to continue in the program at their own expense.

The 2012 Partners in Education Institute will take place April 25 through April 28 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Download the application here.

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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.