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PPS Teachers Learn at Side x Side Summer Arts Institute

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PPS Teachers Learn at Side x Side Summer Arts Institute
Posted on 07/14/2016
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The second annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2016 took place June 22-23 at the Portland Museum of art. This institute was for all participating Side x Side classroom teachers and served as a dedicated time to meet with Side x Side teaching artists to further plan and develop implementation of Side x Side programs in the classroom. The institute featured speakers, expert-led activities and interactive workshops.

Professional development is an integral part of Project IMAGINE, helping to ensure successful and sustainable arts integration programs by providing classroom teachers strategies and confidence to succeed.

Project IMAGINE is funded through a four-year, federal arts education grant of more than $1.9 million that Side x Side and the University of Southern Maine were awarded in the fall of 2014.

The grant allows Side x Side, a Portland nonprofit whose mission is to integrate the arts into the curriculum of Maine public schools, and USM to pilot and evaluate Project IMAGINE in grades K-5 at Reiche, Ocean Avenue, East End and Riverton elementary schools as a framework for broader arts integration, increasing proficiency in mathematics and reading and strengthening learning for all students, while providing teacher training in arts integration practice.

The goal of Project IMAGINE is to design, develop, and test a set of comprehensive arts integration programs for elementary schools in order to create a system of professional development supports and resources for teachers.

Side x Side said of the Summer Arts Institute, “We had a wonderful two-days working with PPS’s fantastic classroom teachers! We look forward to working with everyone again this coming school year.”

PHOTO CAPTION: The photos, provided courtesy of Side x Side, are of PPS teachers at the Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2016.

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