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CETA: Program Overview

teachers participating in a CETA course

In addition to being the national cultural center, the Kennedy Center is a dynamic classroom.

Here hundreds of teachers, from across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, come to further develop and refine their skills for teaching in, through, and about the arts. Through the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, teachers study with their colleagues in courses and workshops led by expert teaching artists and arts educators. They learn about the arts and ways to integrate the arts in their teaching. They study after school, during the school day, on weekends, and during the summer. They participate in a range of programs designed to meet their varying needs, interests, and experience.

Each year, more than 700 teachers participate in approximately 60 courses and workshops. Teachers attribute the popularity of these programs to three things:

  1. the focus on critical needs and concerns of schools
  2. the outstanding instructors
  3. the participatory nature of the learning experiences.

CETA professional learning opportunities are available to any teacher in the DC metropolitan area. More in-depth programs take place in Kennedy Center partner schools that have committed to a school-wide focus on arts integration.

Two additional individuals who have a strong influence on the implementation of professional learning in the classroom—teaching artists who lead workshops and courses and school administrators—also benefit from Kennedy Center workshops/courses designed especially for them.

Professional learning programs developed and refined locally through this program are shared nationally through the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program.

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