Arts Education

Professional Development

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education program offers professional development in arts integration.

Professional Development sessions for 2019-20

The following workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Strategy
With Sean Layne (Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)

  • For Teachers of Grades K-8
  • Time and Date: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Location: JCCC Regnier Center -12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210

This workshop takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.
This workshop is recommended for any classroom based in active, social, cooperative learning.

Freeze Tag Tableau: Constructing Understanding Through Sentence Stems
With Sean Layne (Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)

  • For Teachers of Grades K-8
  • Time and Date: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Location: Liberty Public Schools, Epic Elementary - 650 Conistor St, Liberty, MO 64068, Orange Commons

Freeze Tag Tableau provides a strategy that creates tableaus that require students to be more introspective and empathetic through the use of language. Sentence stems are created by the teacher and completed by the students.  The tableaus are more structured and have more of a performance “feel” than One-Minute Challenges.  Freeze Tag Tableaus incorporate musical soundtracks, are created by the entire class or individual small groups, and provide the teacher with an entry point to become comfortable taking on the role of director.


About The Program

The Partners in Education program is a national partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Partners in Education program believes that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of efforts to include the arts in education for young people. The Kennedy Center’s extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program. The Kansas/Missouri Team is the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, the Shawnee Mission School District, Liberty Public Schools and Kansas City Young Audiences. The team is one of three cross-state partnerships in the nation. The National Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selects teams across the United States because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts.

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

The Kennedy Center Partnership Team collaborates to provide arts integration learning opportunities for teachers throughout the year. Our goal is to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers to:

  • Expand their abilities to integrate the arts into the curriculum
  • Provide innovative teaching techniques and tools
  • Inspire the artist within each of them

KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education Report Summary 2018-19 (pdf)