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Attention GPSD: District Wide Needs Assessment Available Online

The Greenville Arts Partnership is a collaboration between the Greenville Arts Council (GAC), Greenville Public School District, Western Line School District, and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Childrens Museum. The Partnership is focused on full arts integration in elementary schools.

Our 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. As a member of the Kennedy Center Partners In Education, members of the Greenville Arts Partnership attend an Annual Meeting, and have access to high-quality professional development, current research in arts education and integration.

One of the requirements of the Partners in Education program is that we need to complete a needs assessment each year to gauge where professional development is needed. This needs assessment is designed to gather information about where your comforts are in regards to using arts integration as a teaching strategy so that the Greenville Arts Council can work with the Greenville Public School District to plan professional development during the 2012-2013 school year.

Please be honest with your responses, the survey is anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself at the end of the survey. Information gathered in this survey will be used internally within the partnership and may be used in the future for grant application purposes.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete, thank you for your participation! Complete the GPSD 2012-2013 Needs Assessment by clicking 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.