TROY Dothan Campus to host Art Infusion training for local teachers

Posted: Thursday, 09 July 2009

DOTHAN—Teachers in the Dothan City Schools system will learn how to “infuse” art into the teaching of math, reading and other core subjects during a four-day training session at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

A group of 60 teachers from Fain Elementary School and Grandview Elementary School will come to the Dothan Campus for Art Infusion Summer Training July 13 through July 16, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

“The objective is to provide training on how to bring the arts into core curriculum instruction during the coming year,” said Susan Loftin, Director of Elementary Curriculum Services for Dothan City Schools.

Loftin said teachers can use painting, dance and other arts to illustrate fundamental concepts in subjects like math and science, making them more exciting for students.

“One way to get students engaged is to use the arts as a hook to get them excited about learning and involved in the learning process,” Loftin said.

Both Fain and Grandview Elementary Schools have been targeted as “high risk” schools because 95-97 percent of the students enrolled live in poverty.

The Art Infusion training is being funded by grants from the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Wiregrass Foundation.