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Quality arts programming is a growing need in schools and the Adrienne Arsht Center is teaming up with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) to help empower classrooms teachers in this area. A team of administrators from the Adrienne Arsht Center and M-DCPS went to Washington D.C. in early May for the four-day Partners in Education Institute that examines program models and planning strategies for establishing or expanding professional development programs in the arts for classroom teachers. The Partners in Education program, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is designed to assist arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation develop professional development programs for teachers. The program, established in 1991, is based on the belief that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.
President and CEO John Richard and Director of Education Deanna Costa represented the Adrienne Arsht Center and the team was rounded out by M-DCPS Assistant Superintendent Maria de Armas, Administrative Director of Social Sciences and Life Skills John Doyle, and Performing Arts Supervisor Robert Davis. At the Institute, the team examined a variety of professional development events for teachers developed at the Kennedy Center and they participated in workshops alongside Washington, D.C. metropolitan area teachers, studying how the workshops are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Over the course of the four days of workshops and information sessions, the team developed a written plan that specifies how the partners will work together to establish or expand professional development programs in the arts for teachers in their communities.
The Adrienne Arsht Center/M-DCPS team joins 90 Partnership Teams in 44 States and the District of Columbia that already participate in the program.
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