Partners in Education


Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

Click here to fill out the online registration form or call the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160.  

 Earn hours toward teaching recertification while enhancing your skills in arts and arts-integrated learning through these professional development sessions offered by UIS Performing Arts Center (Sangamon Auditorium) and Springfield Public Schools, led by national teaching artists from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program.


2018-2019 Workshops

About the workshop leader: John Bertles is an instrument-builder, composer, performer and environmentalist who links science-based concepts to arts learning. Along with his work as an educator and curriculum consultant, John recently created instruments out of recycled materials for the current Broadway production of Once on This Island.

Paul Klee and Imagination: Painting with Music, Composing with Images
Explore the concept of inspiration and the creative process through the art and music of Bauhaus artist and talented violinist Paul Klee. Discover the musical elements in Klee’s work and then explore ways to transform visual elements into sound. We will build simple instruments and use them to compose, notate and perform music based on Klee’s paintings.
     Friday, September 21, 2018
     8:30-11:30 AM
     Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center (2201 Toronto Rd., Springfield)

Backwards Design for Teaching Artists and Arts Educators
Backwards design is a planning model that ties art creation, curriculum design and assessment into a unified package, sharpening the focus of an instructional unit, helping students aim for and achieve success and assisting arts teachers in creating more effective lesson plans. John will share components from several arts-friendly curriculum design models and lead a moderated discussion.
     Friday, September 21, 2018
     12:30-3:30 PM
     Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center (2201 Toronto Rd., Springfield)


Click here to fill out the online registration form or call the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160. 

Additional workshops will be announced later.


COST: Each workshop is $15 per person; $10 per person if you attend multiple workshops or if multiple people from your school attend the same workshop.  Payment is due one week prior to the workshop.

Payment methods:

  • Mail a check payable to UIS Ticket Office (please write the name of the workshop on the memo line of the check).
  • Call the UIS Ticket Office to pay by credit card.
  • Come to the UIS Ticket Office to pay in-person by cash, check, or credit card. 

The UIS Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM.

  • located on Level 2 of the Public Affairs Center building on the UIS campus
  • phone: (217) 206-6160
  • mailing address: One University Plaza MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703


Springfield Public Schools will provide the necessary paperwork for your ISBE credits at the end of each workshop.

For additional information about the Partners in Education program, please contact Amy Zepp at (217) 206-8287 or