The 2012 Whole Schools Initiative Summer Institute
Posted Aug 22, 01:28 PM
The 2012 Whole Schools Initiative Summer Institute was held July 16-19 at the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts in Meridian. This annual professional development opportunity gathered 300 teachers (pre-k through 12 & pre-service), artists, administrators, parents and community arts supporters to learn strategies in arts integration. These workshops and arts experiences allowed attendees to engage with presenters from across Mississippi and throughout the nation. Highlights include: a conversation and performance with Alice Tan Ridley (America’s Got Talent), a presentation by the authors of The ARTS Book, Dr. Linda Whitesitt and Dr. Elda Franklin, workshops by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists, Lenore Blank Kellner and Marcia Daft and many special events hosted by the Meridian Community. These interactive arts-based lessons will be used in Mississippi classrooms starting immediately this fall to deepen critical thinking skills, support innovative and creative ideas, and nurture communication skills in preparation for a successful college and career experience. Special thanks to the numerous schools, artists and administrators who attended the WSI Summer Institute. The WSI Summer Institute would not be possible without the support of the Mississippi Department of Education, the Hardin Foundation, the Riley Foundation, VSA Mississippi and the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and the Performing Arts.