Free Professional Development for Art, Music, Theatre, Integrated Arts and Dance Teachers Offered

June 08, 2001

The 2001 Governorís Institute for Arts Education is planned for Sunday evening, July 15, through Wednesday morning, July 18, at West Liberty State College.  

The deadline for applications has been extended to June 18. As of June 8, 30 slots for teacher participants were still available. The program is being offered free to teachers.  

For more information about the Governorís Institute for Arts Education, or for an application, contact Julia Lee, fine arts coordinator in the Office of Instructional Services, at 304-558-7805, ext. 348. Email:  


The program is a three and one-half day professional development seminar targeted to fine arts teachers and general classroom teachers who are responsible for teaching the arts.  

This institute offers: quality professional development through intensive workshops with master teachers and artists, room and board at West Liberty State College, classroom materials and supplies, and professional development credit for the 2001-2002 school year.  

Ninety slots will be available to public school teachers selected on a ďfirst come, first servedĒ basis. The following are brief descriptions of each master teacherís course content:  

Instrumental Music Course: master teacher Phil Wyatt, band instructor at Washington Irving Middle School  

This seminar will deal with music software and its use, instrumental strategies and techniques, and the teaching of music improvisation. The class will also offer assistance in the motivation of the music teacher as well as the motivation of the music student.  

Vocal Music Course: master teacher Joseph Janisch, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at the University of Charleston  

Vocal music sessions will explore aspects of assessment, technology, vocal development, and conducting in the music classroom. As part of the workshop, participants will sing literature that addresses these issues.  


Arts Integration Course: master teacher Joy Faini Saab, associate professor of educational theory and practice at WVU.  

Participants in this session will experience a variety of instructional approaches integrating the arts as a way of knowing, and will explore collaborative teaching methods in content areas of visual arts, drama, dance, music, puppetry, literacy, math, social studies and science.  


Dance Course: master teacher Pat Edwards, dance education consultant for WV Dance Educators Task Force and for WV Cultural Centerís Peer Assistance Network  

The dance seminar offers exposure to various dance disciplines such as tap, jazz, fundamental ballet and modern dance. Ways of teaching the WV Dance IGOs will also be explored.  


Theatre Course: master teacher Jim Walker, theatre instructor at Braxton County High School  

This course explores ideas to help new as well as experienced theatre teachers in becoming revitalized, challenged, and inspired. Content will cover classroom activities, teaching philosophy and process/product monitoring.  


Visual Art Course: master teacher Lynn Boggess, associate professor of art at Fairmont State College  

This session emphasizes practical applications to instructing students K-12 on how they experience the natural world. Referring to maps and traditional perceptions of landscape subjects, teacher participants will develop arial, lateral and cosmic constructs of space.  

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