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Press Release for Friday, July 18, 2008

UNF Presents the 2008 "Arts for Learning: Tools for Teaching" Insititute in June

Marketing Department, Fine Arts Center

(904) 620-1895

JACKSONVILLE, FL  – Elementary and middle school teachers will learn how to use the arts to make education more engaging for students. The fourthannual Arts for learning: Tools for Teachingprofessional development institute being held at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center is scheduled for June 16-19, 2008.  The conference is presented by the Florida 2001 Kennedy Center Partners in Education team -- the Fine Arts Center and the Duval County Public Schools with community partners, the Cultural Council of Jacksonville, Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and The Cultural Council of Ponte Vedra Beach. “Arts for Learning” is 3 ½  days of interactive workshops to provide teachers valuable strategies and techniques used to integrate the arts into their curriculum and to enhance the learning experience in science, math, language arts and social studies. Educational experts agree that this is an exceptional addition to the core curriculum for teachers and students.  Fred Newmann, an author of books on education and socialization states, “In harnessing the arts to other subjects, arts integration turns the curriculum toward work that does not merely reproduce knowledge, but uses knowledge in authentic, intellectual ways.  This kind of work promotes higher levels of engagement, raises students’ intrinsic standards, and motivates students to invest the energy that learning requires of them.”


The Institute has grown over 150% since it’s in inception and this year a diverse range of entertaining and enlightening workshops will be presented, such as Readers Theatre, Creative Movement using Brain-Research Techniques, Storytelling and Poetry, Visual Art and Math, Claymation for the Classroom, Blogs, Podcasts and Wiki’s, Oh My! and Integrating Special Learners into the Classroom: Musical Strategies that Work! The workshops areledbynational, state and local award-winning artists and teachers who will share exciting and easy methods on how to use the arts to make lessons come alive for students!


Principals, administrators, teachers and arts specialist are invited to discover how the arts can be integrated into an already overcrowded school day as well as examine ways to assess the student productand evaluate the instructional process.  Teachers are eligible to receive up to 22 hours of professional development credit toward recertification.


On Thursday, June 19, participants and guests are invited to attend the Arts Resource Marketplace where representatives from local nonprofit organizations and vendors will provide information about field trip opportunities, in-school programs, supplies, lesson plan inspirations and much more.  The Marketplace is presented by Arts for a Complete Education, Jacksonville (ACE JAX).


The registration fee is $160 for the 3 ½ day program and includes required course materials and parking passes. Single day registration is available at $60 per day. Discounts are available to schools sending three or more teachers.  To download the brochure and registration form or to complete online registration, visit the Arts Education page at  For more information or to register by phone, contact Sue Downs at the University of North Florida, 904-620-4411 or The institute is limited to 100 participants, so please register early.