Arts Education

Professional Development

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


Professional Development sessions for 2020-21

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.

All Sessions are Virtual

Moving Through Emotions: SEL through Dance with Jessica DiLorenzo
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 OR October 8, 4-6 p.m.
For Teachers of Grades K-5

Our emotional states shift as we move through events in our day. In this session you will not only learn a strategy to help students become aware of feelings and the events that shape them, but you’ll also learn how dance can become a tool to manage and express emotions.

Defining Arts Integration: What and Why with Sean Layne
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 OR Thursday, Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m
For Teachers of Grades K-8

This session unpacks the definition of art integration and uncovers the characteristics of quality integration that align with best practice in education. Join the co-author of the Kennedy Center’s internationally adopted definition for this informative session.

Drawing Symbols to Acquire and Understand New Vocabulary with Jamin Carter
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 OR Thursday, Feb. 4, 4-6 p.m.
For Teachers of Grades 3-8

Drawing is a powerful and untapped tool for students to build and explore their understanding of new vocabulary. Combined with a use of symbols it's a winning combination to acquire understanding of new and challenging words!

Dance and Movement Strategies for Virtual Learning with Harlan Brownlee
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 OR Thursday, March 11, 4-6 p.m.
For Teachers of Grades K-3

This participatory workshop introduces and illustrates dance and movement strategies that you can immediately take back to your virtual classroom. Learn basic creative movement structures that will engage your students and form a foundation for effective dance integration. Please come prepared to move.

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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 Midwest Trust 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)