Professional Development

Since 1997 the Van Wezel has been committed to providing the very best arts-integrated professional development to area teachers as part of the John F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program with the School Board of Sarasota County. For more information about any Van Wezel Professional Development program,
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  • Launched summer 2014, as part of the Van Wezel's Partners in Education efforts, and in collaboration with Any Given Child Sarasota, the Arts Integration League (AIL) is a group of over 100 Sarasota County teachers engaged in in-depth professional development and arts integration training. Participants attend a 3 day summer intensive in which arts integration is defined and modeled, followed by three evening workshops throughout the school year. Each year, new teachers are added to the AIL, which expands our local network of arts integrated trained teachers.

  • As part of Art Works for Schooltime, the Van Wezel offers a series of arts based professional development for teachers inspired by each Schooltime Performance. Workshops will enhance a teacher's ability to prepare their students for the Schooltime Performance, but strategies may be used beyond attendance. These FREE professional development opportunities are available to educators from all counties and school districts.

  • 2023-2024 Teacher Workshop Schedule

    All of the educator workshops will he held from 5:00-8:00 in the Education Room of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The links below will take you directly to our registration page.

    Dinner is provided for each workshop and includes a certificate for 3-hour PD credit.