The CETA program has grown out of decades of successful experience providing professional learning for teachers in arts integration.
Since 1976 and continuing today, the Kennedy Center offers professional learning opportunities to individual teachers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to help them make the arts an integral part of every child’s education.
Given the growing interest in arts integration, the Kennedy Center began to focus some of its efforts on reaching all teachers within a school with intensive professional learning. To accomplish this goal, the Kennedy Center established Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) in 1999.
The program set out to examine how a sustained professional learning program in arts integration based on national, state, and local standards and best practices in professional learning could yield changes across an entire school in the way teachers teach and the way students learn. The program also set out to examine how collaborative professional learning models in arts integration would affect the school culture—moving teachers away from isolation and toward an interactive and supportive community of learners.
Over the years, the CETA program has gradually expanded and, in 2011, serves over 400 teachers in 16 schools in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
The goals of the CETA program are to:
- Establish a network of schools committed to arts integration as an approach to teaching that yields both increased student learning and motivation to learn.
- Build commitment to and skilled teaching practice for arts integration within entire schools.
- Develop teachers’ abilities to plan, lead, and assess quality arts integration.
- Create school cultures that support intensive, sustained teacher learning and collaboration.
- Share knowledge with other organizations interested in developing similar programs.