Arts Education

Professional Development

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

Professional Development sessions for 2019-20

Rehearsal for Reality: Drama Strategies for Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
With Mirror Image Arts (a Denver-based theatre company)

  • For teachers of Grades 4 and up
  • Time and date: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
  • Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center: 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

Increase your confidence in nurturing social-emotional wellness in the classroom. Mirror Image Arts will engage teachers in their best practices through a focus on lesson plan scaffolding, quick games for SEL dialogue, and supports needed to institute SEL safely.

Lines and Shapes: Integrating Visual Art and Geometry
With Jamin Carter (Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)

  • For teachers of Grades Pre-K-2
  • Time and Date: 9 am.-noon Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
  • Location: JCCC Regnier Center: 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210

Lines and shapes, concepts central to pre K-2nd grade mathematical understanding, are also building blocks of visual art. In this workshop, explore how students can construct and demonstrate their understanding of geometry through visual art. Teachers learn the basic vocabulary for identifying and describing various types of lines and 2-D shapes in works of art and create abstract drawings and cut-paper compositions that allow all types of learners to be creative and successful.

Looking the Write Way: Integrating Visual Art and Poetry
With Melanie Rick (Kennedy Center Teaching Artist)

  • For Teachers of Grades 2-8
  • Time and Date: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
  • Location: SMSD Center for Academic Achievement: 8200 W. 71st St., Overland Park, KS 66204

This workshop examines a process that teaches students to look, think, feel, inquire, talk, connect and write. Beginning with a work of art, participants discover how to deeply analyze what they see. This analysis becomes a springboard for writing. Descriptive, carefully chosen words and various poetry tools work together to create vivid images that express thoughts and feelings, while synthesizing the work of art. This work has motivated learners of all ages to view the world as artists and poets!

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: Exact Building TBA

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