Wayne State College To Partner With Education Service Unit 2, One Of 20 Projects Thanks To $1.5-Million Grant

WAYNE – In a press release on November 14, Wayne State College announced that its School of Education and Counseling will engage in a new partnership with Educational Service Unit 2 (ESU2) teachers who aim to integrate arts into their content area.

A $1.5-million federals Arts in Education – Professional Development for Arts Educators grant will fund tuition at WSC for ESU2 teachers who wish to take part in the program.

ESU2 was awarded the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The department has awarded 20 projects across the nation, spanning 14 states. The project, “Mastering the Arts,” is a four-year program designed to improve classroom teacher appreciation of the arts while improving to their ability to integrate arts into classroom instruction in American history, science, math and language arts.

Participants in the program will enroll in a master’s degree program of study through Wayne State College. Workshops will be held each fall, winter and spring during weekends as well as a summer institute. Seven target schools were identified to participate in the program and include Niobrara, Santee, Schuyler, Walthill, West Point, Winnebago and UmoN HoN Nation (public school in Macy). The four-year program will begin with workshops in January and focus on American history during year one of the project.

This program specifically supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff in the areas of music, dance, drama, media arts and visual arts including folk arts, for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) in which 50 percent or more of the students are from low-income families, according to the Department of Education.

Projects funded by this program use innovative instructional methods and current knowledge from education research and focus on the development, enhancement, or expansion of standards-based arts education programs and/or the integration of standards-based arts instruction with other core academic area content.

Further information about the program is available through the U.S. Department of Education’s website at:  https://arts.ed.gov/#program

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