Writers in the Schools is a proud sponsor of the Houston Arts Partners inaugural conference, Shaping the Future of Education & Creating 21st Century Leaders, taking place on September 13, 2011 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as part of National Arts in Educations Week. The conference will bring together a diverse representation of 300 educators, administrators, researchers, and teaching artists for an inspiring and revealing hands-on experience in today’s best practices in arts integrated science, math, english and social studies curriculum.  WITS will present 2 sessions on Teaching Writing the WITS Way covering curricula and pedagogy for students in grades K-12.

Young Audiences of Houston created Houston Arts Partners in response to a specific request from Houston area arts administrators for a more efficient and effective method to access arts educational resources in Houston. Steering committees comprised of arts organizations and school districts formed to help the nonprofit achieve its mission and purpose.

A primary goal of the Houston Arts Partners is to provide a suite of services through a unique website, www.houstonartspartners.org. This site fulfills the needs of arts educators with services ranging from centralized, online booking, to full service grant writing and customized collaborative program support. Visit the site today to learn more about the 16 arts organizations that are currently collaborating and to find out how you can become an arts advocate. While you are there, be sure to visit the WITS program page.

For more information about Houston Arts Partners, call 713.552.9345. To learn more about WITS’ professional development services, click here.

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