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National arts program will become part of Janesville schools

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Gazette Staff
August 2, 2010
— The Young Auditorium at UW-Whitewater and the Janesville School District recently became part of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by joining the Partners in Education program.

The partnership will provide professional training for teachers and faculty members to reinforce art across the curriculum.


Shannon Dozoryst, coordinator of education and outreach, helped the Young Auditorium reach a longstanding dream of becoming a Kennedy Center Partner in Education, according to a news release.


In May, Dozoryst and Ken Kohberger of the Young Auditorium and Kim Ehrhardt, the school districtís director of instruction, attended a training session at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


The trio attended workshops like those that will be taught to teachers at the schools.


Ehrhardt will work with Dozoryst to establish professional-development workshops for teachers.


Workshop topics being considered are creating artist books with students of limited English proficiency, using poetry in the classroom and using forensics to address diversity.


There may be a small registration fee charged for teachers outside of Janesville who participate.


The effortís goal is to make the arts a part of education throughout the curriculum.


A roster of visiting artists is also available, along with financial assistance.


Of the 14 new Kennedy Center partnerships announced, only a few were in smaller communities, Dozoryst said.



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