Posted in GAP News, Greenville Public School District, Professional Development, Western Line School District

Only 5 Days Left to RSVP!

There are only 5 days left to RSVP for Dr. John Hunt’s workshop this Saturday. Dr. Hunt of Pearl, MS will be presenting a FREE 6 hour Professional Development on Saturday, September 24th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center 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 online today at http://john-hunt-workshop.eventbrite.com/

Why should you come? Here’s our top 5 reasons to come!

  1. Worried the experiments will be too expensive to replicate in your classroom? Don’t worry, you will have almost ALL of the materials on hand already!
  2. Dr. Hunt is a professional scientist and has been teaching for over 50 years! How cool is that?
  3. Are you a self contained classroom? Dr. Hunt will show you activities with easy prep and clean up.
  4. Do your students love experiements? This workshop is definitely for you!
  5. It’s FREE for GPSD and WLSD teachers! And what beats free?

*Please note that payment can be made at the door and that participants interested in receiving CEU credits will have an additional $15 charge. Please contact Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council by email or phone with any questions.

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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.