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Professional Development

Kennedy Center Partners in Education

Receive in-service credit hours for participation.

Professional Development Workshops will take place on the second floor of the Cohen Pavilion unless otherwise noted. Kravis Education Department hosts the annual August, Back-To-School Teacher Workshops for public school Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art specialists in Palm Beach County. Scroll down to register for workshops.

Teaching the Music of Language
Word Painting: Reading with Expression
Saturday, February 16 from 9 am to noon
Workshop Leader: Marcia Daft
For Teachers of Grades K-5

How can you help students change their reading from a plodding monotone to an expressive voice?
In this workshop, discover how to teach the elements of vocal expression in ways that are easily understood, practiced, and mastered by students. Learn how to conduct students to choral read books and poems in ways that develop their expressive voice. And explore how expression deepens students’ reading comprehension and their understanding of inference. Teach these techniques to your students and see how their language development flourishes!

Join musician and national teaching artist Marcia Daft for a workshop experience that will transform change the way you think about teaching reading for comprehension. Recommended for teachers of ELL students.


* This workshop/course was developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Palm Beach County School District are members of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education.

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 Disney Musicals in School. Kravis Center for the Performings Arts, West Palm Beach


Disney Musicals in Schools is an educational initiative of the Kravis Center that develops sustainable musical theatre programs in Palm Beach County public elementary schools.


Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community.  Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to provide the training necessary for teachers to continue a tradition of theater education for years to come.


The Disney Musicals in Schools program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in elementary schools.  The program was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Group’s concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Group began collaborating with organizations in other communities across the United States.

Our Collaboration

In the 2017-2018 school year, the Kravis Center launched its first year of this collaboration with four Title I elementary schools in Palm Beach County. At no cost to them, the selected schools participated in a 17-week musical theater residency, led by a team of teaching artists trained by the Kravis Center and Disney Theatrical Group. Each school received guidance from the teaching artists, performance rights, and education support materials.

With a professional development focus, participating educators collaborate with Kravis Center teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct their first school show.  The program culminates in a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at each school.  As a capstone to the experience, in April the Kravis Center hosts a Student Share Celebration.  First year schools perform one number from their show on our Dreyfoos Hall stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

In year two, the Kravis Center selected four more Title I elementary schools to participate in this program while continuing the work of creating sustainable musical theater programs with the original four schools using Disney KIDS musicals.