Deadline Extended For Free Fine Arts Professional Development

April 18, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Teachers interested in the arts are encouraged to register for the 2005 West Virginia Arts Teachers’ Academy, planned for June 15th through June 18th at Capital High School in Charleston. The West Virginia Department of Education has extended the registration deadline to April 22, 2005.  

The academy, offered free to 70 applicants, is a professional development seminar targeted to the state’s arts teachers, general classroom teachers who are responsible for teaching the arts, arts student-teachers, and non-educator artists who work with arts teachers in WV schools.  

This year the theme is “The Arts, the Parents, and the Community: Powerful Partnerships!” Recent studies have shown that when school programs engage the parents and community, the students perform better in school. Arts teachers who attend the academy will explore ways to strengthen their programs’ connections to their students’ parents and to the community.  

Professional development credit for the 2005 – 2006 school year is offered through this academy’s intensive workshops with master teachers and guest artists. Room and board at University of Charleston and classroom materials and supplies are free to all academy participants.  

Apply on-line for the 2005 WV Arts Teachers’ Academy, by clicking Participants will be chosen based on their submitted application content.  

For more information about the Academy, contact Julia Murin Lee, Arts Coordinator in the Office of Instructional Services, West Virginia Department Education at 304-558-7805, ext. 350 or via email at

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