At the core of the LBC’s Education Through the Arts philosophy is the concept of arts integration, which uses the arts to as a teaching tool to strengthen learning, increase comprehension, and recognize different ways of learning in ALL core subjects. Using arts integration, students have the opportunity to learn both an artistic discipline, as well as a core subject like math, science, or literature. The LBC works with the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program to design Professional Development workshops for educators throughout the year.
In 2016-17, we are expanding by offering five workshops all held at Sonoma County Office of Education during the school day.
Each workshop includes the opportunity for classroom modeling, where the instructor demonstrates the strategy directly with students in a classroom. We provide this opportunity to as many teachers as possible based on participation from a school site, a school’s need, and availability. We encourage multiple teachers from a school site to participate in workshops together to support one another as they implement new ideas into their lesson plans. Plus, this will help us schedule classroom modeling.
Several networking opportunities are available before selected public shows for teachers participating in arts integration workshops. These gatherings provide a platform to discuss highlights and challenges with other teachers who are integrating the arts into lesson plans. As thanks for participating, we will give teachers a free pair of tickets to stay and see the show!
We are excited about our expanded program so we can be of greater service to educators and students. We look forward to seeing you at Sonoma County Office of Education!