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Peer Partner Days are daylong workshops to which teachers in a specific arts discipline invite a non-arts classroom teacher partner to attend. Mornings focus on specific skills and concepts of the arts discipline. Afternoons are dedicated to collaborative planning of peer partners to develop a testable arts integrated lesson or unit. In addition to increasing awareness and building value for arts pedagogy, these sessions highlight arts educators as instructional leaders in their schools.
Peer Days were originally designed at the request of arts specialists. The purpose of these daylong sessions is to develop standards-based curricular units or fields of study integrating a specific art form.
Each pair of teachers is encouraged to invite one parent to participate. Peer Partner Days are highly valued because they provide arts specialists and classroom teachers time to plan and work together. Peer Partner Days are typically held in an arts facility. This allows the partner teams to explore the facility and develop effective ways to engage with the cultural resources within their own communities.