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Using Dance in the Classroom CEU Workshop was a blast–more workshops to come!

The GAC hosted its first CEU workshop for the 2015-2016 school year on Saturday, November 14th. Participants took part in basic yoga and stretching, then got into some dancing with teaching artist Emily Tschiffely (check out her website here). Emily also taught us about the history of dance and led discussions on creative ways to incorporate dance and dance history into the classroom. Teachers had a fantastic time at the workshop, and we’re already looking forward to the next CEU workshop, which will be Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, and will focus on connecting African drumming/music with core curriculum. The GAC is hoping for a better turnout at the January workshop, so start spreading the word now! Teachers, these workshops are a fun, engaging way to gain CEU credit, and your students will benefit immensely from the creativity and arts integrated activities you’ll learn to incorporate into your classroom.

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Who knew getting CEU credits could be this fun?

For more info about CEU workshops, contact Lesedi Chambers at execadmin@greenville-arts-council.com or at 662-332-2246. Stay tuned for updates about the 2016 workshops!

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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.