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As the nation's performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to developing educational resources and programs to share with arts organizations and schools across the country:

Publications

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to creating and sharing high quality resources for educators, arts institutions, and artists throughout the country. Several publications are available for purchase from the Partners in Education program.

The book, Giving Cues: Recommended Guidelines for Writing and Designing Performance Materials for Young People, is the result of a three-year development period for Cuesheet - the performing arts study guides published by the Kennedy Center. Cuesheets are designed for teachers to use with their students before and after attending performances. These resources contain introductory information and activities appropriate for all children, even without experiencing the performance.

The Giving Cues text is designed to provide guidelines for the writing and designing of performance materials in music, dance, and theater for young people. Content includes suggestions for information about performances, student learning activities, advice about audience roles and responsibilities, and resources for students and teachers. Significant in the three-year development process was the continuing analysis of evaluations made by approximately 750 teachers who completed questionnaires and 60 who participated in focus group meetings concerning the content and design of prototype performance materials.

The 64-page, full-color book sells for $25.00 per copy. For more information or to order copies, call Partners in Education at (202) 416-8843 or download the order form.

This report focuses on the Kennedy Center's national Partners in Education program. The report is intended to help new members of the Partners in Education program and other interested individuals gain an increased understanding of the Kennedy Center's philosophy and practice regarding professional learning programs for teachers.

Partners in Education: Fostering partnerships among arts organizations, schools, and communities describes the program's background, as well as its design and major elements. The publication also reviews participation in Partners in Education and answers a list of frequently asked questions.

The 20-page report sells for $10.00 per copy. For more information or to order copies, call the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program at (202) 416-8843 or download the order form.

An Artist's Handbook: Preparing to Lead Professional Development Workshops for Teachers, by Lynne Silverstein, Barbara Shepherd, and Amy Duma, provides an introduction to designing professional development workshops for teachers of students in grades kindergarten through 12. The book focuses on the impact artists and arts educators can have when they help teachers develop skills in teaching in and through the arts. The publication examines characteristics of effective workshops for teachers and provides an overview of the workshop development process, with an emphasis on finding connections between artists' expertise and the curriculum. An Artist's Handbook: Preparing to Lead Professional Development Workshops for Teachers was developed from the Kennedy Center's experience in providing professional development opportunities for teachers since 1976.

The 64-page book sells for $15 and can be purchased through Partners in Education. When five or more copies of the book are ordered, the book sells for $10 per copy. For more information or to order copies of An Artist's Handbook: Preparing to Lead Professional Development Workshops for Teachers, contact Partners in Education at (202) 416-8843 or download the order form.

Developed in 2009, the KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit is a resource for State Alliances and the general public to use in planning, organizing, and implementing their arts education advocacy efforts. The tool kit includes information on topics such as messaging, developing an advocacy plan, and the nine habits of effective arts education advocates. A companion video helps prepare advocates to make visits to their state and national legislators.

A PDF version of this resource is available here

A Community Audit for Arts Education: Better Schools, Better Skills, Better Communities is designed to assist local education, community, and cultural leaders in assessing the status of arts education in their schools and school districts, and to encourage community partnerships to strengthen and expand arts education for all students.

A PDF version of this resource is available here

Developed as a companion piece to A Community Audit for Arts Education, the Community Audit Resource Assessment is meant to more thoroughly inventory available school and community arts education programs and resources. Where the Community Audit results in a prioritized list of Next Steps, the Assessment provides deeper insight into the resources available to put those Next Steps into action. The Assessment provides deeper insight into the resources available to put those Next Steps into action. The Assessment consists of two sections: a survey for local arts organizations; and surveys, site visits, and interviews for the local school district.

A PDF version of this resource is available here

Published by the Kennedy Center, this report provides information about opportunities for arts education within the after-school arena and a protocol for evaluating quality after-school programs in the arts.

A PDF version of this resource is available here