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Partners in Education


Providing Professional Development Opportunities for All K-12 Teachers

**Register for 2013-2014 Workshops**

Program Information: Sangamon Auditorium and Springfield Public Schools are working together to offer arts programs for the education of teachers. As a partnership team 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 this year’s workshops at the Toronto Road Staff Development Center.

teacher workshop participants

Spring 2014 Workshops

Tuesday, April 1, 2014; 4:30-7:30 pm
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center
For Teachers of Grades 3-12

Helping students develop understanding of the emotions and motivations of literary characters and historical figures is often challenging. Participants explore ways to help students imagine, improvise, and write monologues (a dramatic speech by one person) that reveal the emotions beneath a character’s/person’s words (the subtext) and how those emotions change (the turning points). Teachers discover how students can look beyond the surface facts of a text or event and search for deeper meaning, both as readers and writers. Mary Hall Surface shares how this process of questioning and inferring can enrich students’ empathy of real or imagined characters.

Workshop Leader: Mary Hall Surface


Tuesday, April 8, 2014; 4:30-7:30 pm
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center
For Music Specialists of Grades K-8

Composition, dictation, and improvisation are topics that can be challenging to teach. In this workshop, participants explore innovative strategies for teaching these music skills by learning about the powerful relationship between music and language. Prosody refers to the patterns of stress and intonation in language, and to the way the composers set text in vocal compositions. Using prosody as a starting point, music educators explore a series of activities that teach progressively advanced music skills beginning with rhythmic notation, and moving through musical composition, improvisation, and dictation.

Workshop Leader: Marcia Daft


*These workshops were developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are 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 you register for two or more workshops they are only $10 per person. If two or more people from your school register for the same workshop, you will also receive the discounted price of $10 per person. To register for these workshops, please call the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or click here for the online registration form.

Sangamon Auditorium is a registered provider of CPDUs through the Illinois State Board of Education. At each workshop you will be provided with the necessary paperwork to receive CPDUs.

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.

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