In the spring of 2003, the Waterloo Community School System and UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center were amongst 12 teams of school systems and arts organizations selected nationally to participate in the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program. The primary focus of the program is to provide professional development for teachers with a special emphasis on the arts.
As members of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program we are committed to helping classroom teachers receive the best possible professional development available. As we explore how children learn we become more convinced that teaching in, through and about the arts supports all student’s learning styles. Integrating these teaching methods into all curriculum areas strengthens learning and promotes curiosity. It helps reinforce the mastery of facts while encouraging creative and divergent use of those facts. It helps to engage students’ minds, bringing them down paths of learning that they might have otherwise missed.
The purpose of the Partnership is to provide teachers and UNI education students a repertoire of teaching tools that integrate the performing arts and content areas. The tools will provide access to resources for meeting multiple learning needs of students and increase teaching effectiveness across the curriculum. Lastly, the partnership will support the development of broader, culturally active students and teacher actions.
Director of Education and Outreach
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