In April 2012, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) were among 12 teams of school systems and arts organizations selected nationally to participate in the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program.
Our partnership with the SBCSC is providing professional development opportunities for educators to increase their knowledge of the arts and to learn how to use the arts as a vehicle for teaching.
The program’s objective is creating a lasting, positive partnership focused on universal arts integration within the school system. This includes expanding educators’ ability to merge the arts with curriculum, providing them with innovative teaching techniques and tools, and building their confidence, comfort and enthusiasm in teaching in and through the arts.
Partnerships are based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. Teachers are powerful influences who define students’ experiences in schools and create the conditions of learning within the classroom.
The multidimensional benefits of instruction in and through the arts can:
- improve student learning across the curriculum,
- provide and expand frameworks for critical thinking,
- accommodate a wide variety of learning styles,
- promote diverse multicultural perspectives,
- foster extended ways of developing self-esteem, and
- teach and celebrate the expression of meaning through artistic forms.
Together, the center and SBCSC will continue creating professional development opportunities to help educators in understanding the beauty, depth and range of the arts while providing them tools and techniques for regularly incorporating the arts into classroom life.
Please contact us if you are an educator interested in participating in an upcoming workshop.
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