About Professional Development at Walton Arts Center
Time at school should be rich and rewarding. When children's imaginations and humanity are engaged in learning, the classroom is where they want be. Arts integration training for teachers transforms how teachers teach as well as how students learn, what students remember and ultimately what they know.
Walton Arts Center is proud to strengthen our schools and support our teachers in making the classroom a dynamic place that can change a child's life.
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“Arts Integration strategies are more effective impacting student content retention and behavior. Putting students in charge of their questioning and learning is part of our Evaluation System as teachers (TESS). Using AWE strategies makes it very easy to reach the distinguished category in the TESS Instruction Component." - Courtney Anderson, Bayyari Elementary, Springdale Public Schools
Arts With Education (AWE) Institute prepares teachers to use the arts to make teaching across the curriculum more engaging and effective (recent focus: literacy, social studies, math). AWE involves teachers in hands-on, interactive workshops presented by John F. Kennedy Center experts.
Each year Walton Arts Center trains approximately 40 teachers and teaching artists at AWE. For every year these teachers include arts integration instruction in their curriculum, more than 1,200 students will benefit and learn through arts integrated instruction. This year, Marcia Daft will focus on reading and writing fluency in “Teaching the Music of Language: Sound Writing.” Teachers will observe role modeling with students.
For more information, call Dr. Patricia Relph at 479-571-2773
Funding for AWE is provided in part by funding from Arkansas Arts Council and Walton Arts Center supporters and benefactors.