Educator Development

Using the Arts to Enhance Student Learning

Teaching science through dance. Bringing history to life with drama. Central Iowa educators are discovering the benefits of integrating arts across the curriculum. Students are more engaged and enthusiastic in class. Learning reaches new heights. These are the lessons that last.

Experts in arts-integration strategies provide educators with the tools and support to transform their classrooms. Through interactive workshops, demonstration teaching, and arts coaching, educators discover new ways to reach students with diverse learning styles.

This winning formula is the result of Des Moines Performing Arts partnerships with Des Moines Public Schools and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. through the national Partners in Education program.



For 2023-2024 school year, we are partnering with Des Moines Public Schools to provide a cohort of teachers with in-depth coaching and supports for implementing strategies explored during previous courses.

If you would like to learn about future offerings or to explore a partnership with your district or school, please contact us at


“The ability for all students to access this content – ‘the on ramp to learning’.”

“Connections for ALL abilities”

“How this can make our learning more accessible to our ELL students.”

“Amazing!! Very authentic and engaging.”

“Left wanting more. Could have done this work all day. Didn’t spend any of the time thinking about getting my room ready. Just wanted to be engaged in the learning.”

“Every student can feel success.”

“I’m excited to implement interactive techniques to keep students engaged and enhance learning.” 

Des Moines Performing Arts Partnerships: