Posted in Arts Experiences, Greenville Public School District, Professional Development

NEW Pilot Program with GPSD

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This spring we are starting a pilot professional development program for self selecting teaching in the Greenville Public School District. Three different courses will be offered between February and May to focus on major art forms including visual arts (paper mache), dance, and music. This intensive training will offer 0.6 CEU credits and is FREE for interested participants ($15 checks/money order will need to be paid for individuals interested in receiving CEU credit).

The first course, paper mache, will be taught over 3 sessions as follows:

February 21st from 4-6:30 pm at E.E. Bass (323 South Main Street):

Participants will spend a full afternoon on February 21st, with practicing artist Kim Guthrie where they will learn the basics of how to create paper mache projects. In this session, Kim will introduce the vocabulary of paper mache, how the elements of “recycled” art can be used in the classroom, and how to create paper mache projects. Classroom sets of materials will be provided to participants.

February 28th from 4-6 pm at E.E. Bass (323 South Main Street):

Teachers will return to work with Megan Hines, Arts in Education Coordinator at the Greenville Arts Council, where they will explore the curriculum connections to accompany the paper mache visual arts method. They will work on generating a lesson plan in grade groups and with collaborate with peers from their campuses.

March 1-21st at GPSD campuses:

Between March 1st and March 21st, Megan will schedule a follow up session to provide follow up feedback and coaching as you implement paper mache in your classroom. This may include Megan coming to observe you in your classroom to provide feedback or meeting with a team at your school (after hours or during planning periods). The goal of the final session is to make updates to lessons, reflect on the learning process, and receive feedback on how the lessons are being delivered in their classes.

Check back for progress on the series and to learn more about other opportunities this spring!

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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.