RENO — The Kennedy Center Partners in Education (PIE) program is announcing the 2012-2013 year of partnership with the Washoe County School District (WCSD). The Partners in Education program, sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop and expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The purpose of the partnerships is the establishment of professional development programs in the arts for all teachers. The Sierra Arts Foundation is working with the Kennedy Center and WCSD to provide the training to teachers.
“This new initiative will provide professional development in arts integration not only to teachers who are currently being trained under the grant, but to teachers throughout the district,” said Martha O’Neill, program director of the Arts Infusion Project, a US Department of Education professional development grant. “We expect the transition from a strictly grant-funded program to a Kennedy Center partnership program will be smooth, since we have enjoyed a successful partnership between WCSD and the Sierra Arts Foundation since the grant program’s inception in 2009.”
In addition to the Kennedy Center program, the district and Sierra Arts provide trainings to satisfy the goals of the Arts Infusion Project, which has been part of district curriculum since 2009. These trainings will continue to provide teachers with high quality, sustained professional development to effectively teach and instruct their students in the arts and arts standards and utilize professional development in the arts to enhance student understanding and engagement in other core academic areas, such as math, literacy, language arts, science and social studies. There will be two large trainings scheduled over the course of the year presented by trained Kennedy Center teaching artists being brought in through a combined effort between WCSD and SAF.
“As a Partner In Education with WCSD and the Kennedy Center, Sierra Arts Foundation is committed to introducing WCSD educators to arts integration across all curricula for their classrooms,” said Stacey Spain, Executive Director of Sierra Arts Foundation. “Teachers will be able to apply these tools and techniques to change their teaching practice, raise engagement in their classrooms and achieve a depth of knowledge for their students using the arts to teach math, science, social studies and language arts. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with WCSD to provide these opportunities to our educators.”