The Kentucky Center Institute for Exceptional Child Education (ECE) and Arts Integration got off to a strong start on Saturday, March 2. This new program is a collaboration between the Center's Education and Access Services departments, provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education.
The Institute will focus on integrating the arts with ECE goals to meet curriculum standards, providing students with disabilities more learning entry points and higher engagement, as well as increase collaboration between ECE and arts teachers.
The Institute consists of ten teaching teams from ten schools from diverse regions of Kentucky made up of an ECE teacher and an Arts teacher. These teams participated in a six-hour Professional Development Workshop on March 2 at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts in Elizabethtown, KY. Future events include a two-day artist residency in school during the spring of 2013, and a Summit meeting on August 17 at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts for sharing of lesson plans and student work.
On Saturday, March 2, the professional development day involved sessions in Community Building, ECE 101 for Arts Teachers, Arts Elements 101 for ECE Teachers, Intro to Universal Design for Learning, Model Lesson – Storytelling, Model Lesson - Visual Arts, and Model Lesson - Music. The Faculty of the Institute for ECE and Arts integration is comprised of Greg Acker (Music), Pat Ritter (Visual Arts), Octavia Sexton (Drama/Storytelling) and Kennedy Turner (ECE Resource Specialist).