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CETA: Programs for Individual Teachers

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DCPS is very fortunate to have access to the various education programs offered by the Kennedy Center. Teachers can attend workshops to learn about the arts and arts integration, students can attend a wide range of performances, and teaching artists provide in-depth learning experiences through residencies in classrooms.

-- Director of Music, DCPS

Arlington Public Schools is gratified to be partnering with the Kennedy Center to provide professional learning opportunities to our teachers and make the arts integral to education. The workshops and courses offered are first-rate, and they give our teachers invaluable tools and models for incorporating the arts into other curricular areas.

—Coordinator, Humanities Project, Arlington Public Schools

Each year, more than 400 teachers from school districts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia participate in professional learning opportunities at the Kennedy Center. Teachers develop their own program of study by selecting professional learning workshops/courses that meet their needs and interests. Attendance records show a full range of teacher participation—from single-session to intensive study. Teachers may earn graduate credit through local universities or credit through their school districts for their study.

Key Features of the CETA Program for Individual Teachers

  • Flexible Program Design
  • Triple Focus on
    1. Arts-Integrated Instruction
    2. Learning to Teach In and About the Arts
    3. Learning to Become Discerning Audience Members
  • Raise Levels of Confidence and Comfort
  • Model Classroom Practice and Encourage Teachers to Reflect on their Teaching
  • Involve Teachers Actively
  • Carefully Planned and Specifically Focused
  • Quality of Instructors
  • Teacher Recognition
  • Program Impact: Ongoing Evaluation

Learn more about Key Features

In addition, professional learning experiences are designed specifically for teachers in two school districts: the District of Columbia Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools, Virginia.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

Professional learning for teachers is offered through two programs: the Kennedy Center’s Community Partnerships program (17 DCPS schools participate), and the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

Arlington Public Schools, Virginia

Teachers in Arlington Public Schools participate in professional learning focused on arts-integrated instruction. Workshops/courses are offered during early release days for elementary teachers. Secondary teachers attend during the school day.

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