Wednesday, May 15, 2013

FREE Summer Arts PD

Please take this opportunity to sign up for this summer's free arts PD open to all districts (not just Race to the Top!).  Materials will be provided, and Westford is conveniently off 495!  Please let me know if you have any questions at

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Professional Development Institute

Integrating the Arts across the Content Areas

July 17-18, 2013

9:00 – 3:30 (Registration 8:30)

Westford Regency, Westford, MA

Registration Deadline:  July 1, 2013


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Collaborative for Educational Services, is presenting a two-day institute on integrating dance, music, theater, visual arts, or creative writing into curriculum units for literacy or the humanities. 

District or school teams of 3 to 5 educators from grades PK to 12 may register for this Institute. All teams must include at least one school or district arts educator. The team may also include a teaching artist or an educator from a cultural institution that partners with the school or district.

Team members must bring with them a standards-based curriculum unit that they plan to implement during the 2013-2014 school year. Because the institute will consist of working sessions, the team should plan to bring a laptop computer or tablet loaded with a file of its unit in order to record ideas for enhancing the unit with the arts. Teams may bring a unit developed in their district or any of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Model Curriculum Units that have been released to Race to the Top districts or Literacy Partnership grant districts. All districts have access to four Model Curriculum Units posted at the Common Core State Standards Initiative website,

The institute will be led by Lisa Donovan of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Louise Pascale of  Lesley University, authors of Integrating the Arts Across Content Areas, a book that makes connections between standards for the arts and the Common Core State Standards in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. Each participant will receive a copy of the book.


For more information, contact:

Dorothy Earle, or

Lurline Muñoz-Bennett,

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