About Professional Development at Walton Arts Center
Time at school should be rich and rewarding. When children's imaginations and humanity are engaged in learning, the classroom is where they want be. Arts integration training for teachers transforms how teachers teach as well as how students learn, what students remember and ultimately what they know.
Walton Arts Center is proud to strengthen our schools and support our teachers in making the classroom a dynamic place that can change a child's life.
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Welcome to our menu of online tools for educators to ensure that every teacher in Arkansas has access to arts integration resources.
As a founding partner of the John F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program, Walton Arts Center refers teachers to their exemplary arts integration website, ArtsEdge.
Total Instructional Alignment (TIA) Resource Project
Working with their affiliated teaching artists and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walton Arts Center has provided the arts integration component of the Total Instructional Alignment (TIA) Resource Project, a project of the Northwest Arkansas Education Services Cooperative. This state-wide resource is an electronic categorizing and cataloging of internet resources related to Arkansas learning objectives. The resource will provide all Arkansas educators instant access to free internet resources supporting Arkansas learning objectives. For more information, call the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Coop at 479.267.7450.
Digging Up Arkansas Lesson Plans
Walton Arts Center's Digging Up Arkansas project includes teacher resources created by Northwest Arkansas Writing Project teacher consultants. Lesson plans to improve 3rd to 5th grade students' understanding of Arkansas history can be found here.
Arts Integration Lessons at ITunes U
Arts integration lessons, created by Walton Arts Center professional development participants, are shared through Arkansas iTunes U, a library of educational content for educators and students, submitted by universities, state agencies, and not-for-profit institutions. These arts integration learning activities are accessible worldwide to any teacher or learner with an iTunes account. By sharing content on iTunes U, Walton Arts Center joins a growing community of institutions including MoMA, New York Public Library, Stanford, Yale, Oxford, and UC Berkeley. Students and teachers can use iTunes on their computer or through the iTunes U app on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to browse and download over 500,000 free resources on thousands of subjects, including arts integration practices at Walton Arts Center. To access, open your iTunes account and search for "iTunes U Arkansas", or try this link.