Beverley Taylor Sorenson believed that every child needs and deserves sustained, sequential arts instruction as part of a complete education. She worked tirelessly towards that goal by funding a pilot program in Utah elementary schools and lobbying the legislature to sustain funding and broaden the impact. To help prepare future educators for an arts-rich teaching environment, she endowed positions in elementary arts education at seven institutions in Utah. For more information see http://friends.artworksforkids.org/about.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in over 300 Utah elementary schools. Funded by the Utah state legislature, BTSALP is bringing music, visual arts, dance, and theatre back into the classroom. Instruction in each art form integrates with language arts, math, social studies, or science. Arts integration provides students with a deeper level of understanding of grade-level core content, and enriches the learning experience for both students and teachers. See details at http://btsalp.com/.
In Cache Valley, BTSALP specialists serve 12 schools in the Cache County School District & Logan City School District and two charter schools: Edith Bowen Laboratory School and Bear River Charter School.
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See a full listing of professional development events for teachers on the Arts Education Calendar.
Contact us for additional information about the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program at Utah State University.