Teach SmART

Teach SmART

Carnegie Hall and Greenbrier County Schools are members of the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education program. This partnership enables Carnegie Hall and Greenbrier County Schools to collaborate on various arts and education endeavors.

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist cultural organizations throughout the nation develop and expand educational partnerships with their local school systems with a special emphasis on the professional development of teachers. In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects.

The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center's extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program. Currently, 74 communities in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Mexico participate in the program.

Partnership teams consist of a representative of a cultural organization and a representative of a neighboring school system. In 1997, Carnegie Hall and Greenbrier County Schools were one of only ten teams selected to participate in the Partners in Education program. The program includes:

  • a five-day Institute that offers partnership teams program models and planning strategies for establishing or expanding professional development programs in the arts for all teachers
  • follow-up consultation to assist in program development, and current information on legislation and policy affecting schools and arts education
  • annual meetings to assist teams in their partnership and program development
  • special access to Kennedy Center touring programs

Learn more about the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program.

As Partners in Education team members, Carnegie Hall and Greenbrier County Schools present Teach SmART, a dynamic series of professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers. Teach SmART helps teachers to bring the arts to life throughout the curriculum through workshops presented by local teaching artists and by workshop leaders from the Kennedy Center's Touring Program.

Together, Carnegie Hall and the Greenbrier County Schools have made a commitment to improve artistic literacy of our students by providing professional development opportunities in the arts for educators. These participatory workshops for all educators are designed to enhance all areas of curriculum and support West Virginia Next Generation Standards.  

Teach SmART workshops inspire fresh ideas for teaching, provide techniques that complement different styles of learning, and offer opportunities for personal satisfaction and growth. Staff development credit is available for workshop participants. Teach SmART benefits everyone wishing to strengthen their teaching skills. Teachers, principals, tutors, parents, artists and community members are invited to participate in a Teach SmART workshop. Register by calling 304-645-7917, or by email to trent@carnegiehallwv.org.