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More than 1,000 Teachers to do Half-day PD on Arts-based Instruction Strategies

On Monday, Nov. 11, more than 1,000 teachers will receive a half-day professional development workshop on arts-based instruction strategies as a part of the Any Given Child Creative Learning Initiative.

Eric Booth, father of the teaching artist profession, will be the event's keynote speaker.

The first half-day training session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and held at Travis High School,1211 E. Oltorf.  The second half-day training session will begin at 1 p.m. and held at Riverbend Centre, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy

The 2013-14 school year is the inaugural year of the initiative, which was approved by the AISD Board of Trustees in December 2012.  

Next week's training is a collaborative effort among Austin ISD and community arts partners such as, MindPOP, Creative Action, ZACH, Pollyanna Theatre Company, Forklift Danceworks, The Blanton, The Contemporary Austin, the City of Austin, VSA Texas and The University of Texas at Austin Drama for Schools program.  

"Our goal is to significantly impact student engagement, achievement and equitable access to the arts by building a sustainable community-wide partnership with the City of Austin and our community arts partners," Yesenia Garcia, AGC creative learning coordinator said. "This is a transformative time for Austin ISD and an opportunity for the district to create a national model for arts-based integration in public education."

In April 2013, the Board of Trustees received a grant from the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award Program for their demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. 

For more information, please contact Any Given Child Creative Learning Coordinator Yesenia Garcia at 414-4731.