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Partners in Education


Providing Professional Development Opportunities for All K-12 Teachers

Register for 2014-2015 Workshops

Sangamon Auditorium and Springfield Public School District 186 are working together to offer arts programs for the education of teachers. As one of only three Illinois partnership teams in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program, Sangamon Auditorium and Springfield Public Schools are hoping to effect systemic change in educational priorities and teaching practices so that arts teaching and learning will continue to be valued by local schools and its impact deepened.

We are happy to have the continued support of the Regional Office of Education and look forward to offering workshops at the Toronto Road Staff Development Center.

teacher workshop participants


Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:30-7:30 PM
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center
For Teachers of Grades 2-5
3 credit hours
Register here

Music is a central part of most students’ lives; they listen, they sing, they dance. Teachers can use this natural affinity to motivate and engage students in the classroom. In this workshop with songwriter and author Stuart Stotts, participants explore three different song structures and patterns that students can use to write, sing, rehearse, and perform original song lyrics. This creative process helps students demonstrate their understanding of any content area while experiencing the joy of music. No musical training is necessary; only an interest in singing is required.

Workshop Leader: Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a full-time performer since 1986 and gives more than 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. Mr. Stotts is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians. He has worked extensively as an artist-in-residence in elementary, middle, and high schools. He has also released several award-winning recordings and is the author of The Bookcase Ghost: A Collection of Wisconsin Ghost Stories, Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin, Curly Lambeau and the Green Packers, and the forthcoming We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World.

*This workshop was developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Youth programming at Sangamon Auditorium is supported in part by the Helen Hamilton Performing Arts Endowment for Youth Fund, gifts from Elizabeth and Robert Staley, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Registration Information

All workshops are $15 per person. If two or more people from your school register for the same workshop, you will receive a discounted price of $10 per person. To register, please call the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or click here for the online registration form.

Payment Options: Payment is due one week prior to the workshop.

  • Mail a check payable to Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703. Please write the name of the workshop in the memo line of the check.
  • Pay with credit card over the phone at 217.206.6160, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Pay in-person at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office (Level 2 of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus), Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Sangamon Auditorium is a registered provider of professional development credit through the Illinois State Board of Education. At each workshop you will be provided with the necessary paperwork for your ISBE credit.

If you have any questions, please contact Carly Shank at 217.206.6150 or



Sangamon Auditorium ~ University of Illinois Springfield ~ Tickets 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960