The Whole Schools Initiative

Summer Institute

General Information

Each summer, WSI offers an annual professional development opportunity open to any teacher (pre-k through 12th grade and pre-service, self-contained SPED and arts specialist), artist, school administrator, parent and community arts supporter. These workshops and arts experiences allow attendees to engage with presenters from across Mississippi and throughout the nation. This annual professional development  is open to any teacher (pre-k through 12th grade & pre-service, self-contained SPED and arts specialist), artist, school administrator, parent and community arts supporter to learn how to integrate the arts into the core curriculum. 


The 2018 Whole Schools initiative will be held June 12-15 at MS Gulf Coast Community College - Jefferson Davis Campus  This four day conference will bring together educators, artists, community members and parents for over 180 hours of high quality professional development opportunities from local and national presenters.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is always celebrating something - whether it's blues, jazz or the newest opportunity to savor Gulf-to-table seafood.  Come experience the charm and hospitality of the coast while improving your skills, knowledge, and awareness of arts integration.

Registration Opens on Monday April 2, 2018.  It's not too early to select your team!

As you make travel arrangements, please note that registration is Monday afternoon, from 3:00-5:00 pm or Tuesday morning beginning at 8:00 am. The first session begins at 9:00 am. The institute will end on Friday, June 15, at noon, following the Closing Ceremonies. Please plan to stay until that time.

On-site registration will begin Monday, June 11 at 3:00 pm in the Hotel and Resort Management Center, 420 Debuys Road, Biloxi, MS  39531.


Stay tuned for more information!


Sean Glazebrook

Sean Glazebrook

Sean Glazebrook is an Arts Coach with KID smART and the Education Director for the NOLA Project, a nonprofit theatre company based in New Orleans. Sean has worked as a teaching artist with students in a range of grades and classrooms.

Kay Thomas

Kay Thomas, Visual Artist/Consultant for the ArtsSmart Institute for Learning, received a MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University and a BFA in Ceramics from Texas A & M –Commerce, Texas.

Julie White

Julie White

Julie White received her BFA in Performance from the University of Illinois, and her MFA in Choreography along with her K-12 Ohio Teaching Licensure from The Ohio State University.


 Conference Hotel

When making reservations mention MAC or WSI Summer Institute.  Rooms have been blocked for June 11-15, 2018.

If paying by check, the hotel must receive the check at least two weeks prior to check-in.  Tax exempt information must be sent in with checks.

Doubletree by Hilton $135 (plus applicable taxes) for double occupancy

940 Beach Blvd

Biloxi, MS 39530

(228) 546-3100


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