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Partners in Education

How to Join Partners in Education

Arts organizations interested in the program must first apply with their school system partner to participate in the Institute. Up to 10 two-person teams, consisting of one representative from the arts organization and one from the school system, are selected for participation in the Institute. Participants are selected from urban, suburban, and rural regions.

The application will help identify arts organizations that demonstrate an interest, ability, and commitment to initiate or expand professional learning opportunities for teachers in collaboration with their local school system. While the Partners in Education program accommodates organizations with varying levels of experience providing professional learning for teachers, the Institute is designed as entry-level training to assist those with little or no experience in conducting professional learning for teachers.

The Institute is the beginning of an initial two-year commitment to the program that includes attendance at one Institute and two Annual Meetings with partial travel assistance provided by the Kennedy Center. Full attendance at these three meetings is mandatory for accepted Partnership Teams.

Teams that have completed the first two years of participation and wish to remain in the network of arts organizations and schools are welcome to continue the program at their own expense. More information can be found in the Guidelines for Participation.

Partners in Education is not accepting applications for the 2020 year. We will update this page when applications are open. If interested in becoming a Partners in Education site in 2021, please fill out an interest form.

While Partners in Education is not a funding program, some financial assistance is available to help members travel to meetings. Read more about associated costs related to participation in the Partners in Education program.


For more information about Partners in Education call (202) 416-8621