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Professional Development for Teachers


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Arts Impact

Arts Impact is a two-year program that trains elementary classroom teachers to independently teach visual and performing arts. Each year, teachers participate in:

  • One-Week Summer Institute: Intensive, hands-on, 30-hour training in foundational arts concepts and skills in visual art, dance and theater.
  • Mentorship: Teachers are paired with an artist-mentor for a 9-10 hour mentorship during the school year. The artist mentor assists the teacher in planning, writing, teaching and assessing arts lessons.
  • Free Cultural Study Trip for Teachers and Students: A classroom trip to the Tacoma Art Museum, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Art Museum or a Seattle theater for an exhibit or a live performance allows teachers and their students to observe firsthand the concepts and skills being taught.
  • Supplemental Workshops: Many workshops are offered throughout the year to deepen learning of arts concepts and skills. Teachers choose a minimum of two workshops. Additional clock hours are available for each workshop.

To learn more about Arts Impact, contact Sibyl Barnum at 1.800.664.4549 Ext. 943 at the Puget Sound Education Service District or visit

Professional Development

Customized professional development for partner school districts featuring materials and practices to integrate the Arts with:

  • Common Core Math and English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies and Civics
  • Health and Fitness
  • Whole Child Social Emotional Learning

Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program- a 25 year partnership between the Broadway Center, Tacoma Public Schools, Puyallup School District, Bethel School District, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

(link to the Arts Impact contact info page of their website)