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GPSD & WLSD Model Demonstration Lessons

At the last grade level PD for Greenville Public and Western Line, it was mentioned that in place of continued after school sessions that GAC is available to provide Model Lessons using Arts Integration strategies in your classroom for the remainder of the year. We would love to schedule a visit your classroom to work with you and your students before you leave for the summer. Here is a short outline of what a model lesson includes and what you need to know to schedule one:

What does a model lesson include? A full lesson plan that aligns with MS/Common Core Frameworks, all lesson materials (this would include any art supplies used, scripts, etc.), and follow up support/resources for you to use for future lessons using the same arts integrated strategy
How far in advance should you schedule a model lesson?
At least one week in advance is preferred so that details about time and content can be finalized
How do I schedule a model lesson? Email Megan Hines ( or call the GAC office at 662-332-2246.
What kind of information do you need to schedule a model lesson? Let us know topics that you plan on covering, how many students you would like to include and possible dates/times that work for your schedule. Most model lessons are right around 45 minutes but longer or shorter sessions can be planned as well.
What makes a great model lesson? A model lesson can only be successful if the teachers are there to observe how students react to the lesson so that a similar strategy can be used in your classroom again in the future. Be ready to participate with your students and to take notes on the lesson.

Because of limited classroom space, no more than 2 classes should plan on participating in model lessons at one time. If your grade level has more than 2 classes, consecutive days or times can be scheduled so that all teachers and students have the chance to experience a model lesson. This is very important for activities that involve an art project or where students are reading together.

We hope to see you and your students this spring!



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.