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How to Join Partners in Education

Arts organizations interested in the program must first apply with their school system partner to participate in the Institute. Up to 14 two-person teams, consisting of one representative from the arts organization and one from the school system, are selected for participation in the Institute. Participants are selected from urban, suburban, and rural regions. More information can be found in the Guidelines for Participation.

The application will help identify arts organizations that demonstrate an interest, ability, and commitment to initiate or expand professional learning opportunities for teachers in collaboration with their local school system. While the Partners in Education program accommodates organizations with varying levels of experience providing professional learning for teachers, the Institute is designed as basic-level training to assist those with little or no experience in conducting professional development for teachers.

Partners in Education is a training program, rather than a funding program. The Institute is the entry point for new teams, and is the beginning of the initial commitment to the program that includes attendance at one Institute and two Annual Meetings with partial travel assistance provided by the Kennedy Center. Full attendance at these three meetings is mandatory for accepted Partnership Teams.

Applicants should be aware that the initial time commitment for participation amounts to two years, after which Partnership Teams may advance to Phase II. Teams that have completed the first two years of participation and wish to remain in the network of arts organizations and schools are welcome to continue in the program at their own expense.

The next Partners in Education Institute will take place in April or May 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The application will be available in the summer of 2015.

Read more about associated costs related to participation in the Partners in Education program.

To receive a program brochure or a Microsoft Word file version of the application, contact:

Partners in Education Program
Education Department
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC 20566-0004
(202) 416-8806