ELTA – Engaged Learning Through the Arts

Engaged Learning Through the Arts (ELTA) is a program that supports arts integration in schools across Central Florida.

  • OCPS schools can participate in programming at The REP!
  • Most Central Florida counties can participate in programming at your school!


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Through a partnership between Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., teachers and teaching artists build the skills and confidence necessary to incorporate theatre, music, art, and movement techniques across the curriculum. ELTA at The REP is a program with two main components:

Professional development for OCPS teachers
Professional development and practical applications for local teaching artists

Professional Development for OCPS Teachers:

OCPS teachers are invited to attend professional development workshops at The REP led by Kennedy Center and Orlando Repertory Theatre professional teaching artists. OCPS teachers receive professional development credit for attending these workshops as well as exclusive opportunities to engage with Orlando Repertory Theatre’s productions and programming. Teachers that attend three or more workshops throughout the year are recognized at an end of year celebration at The REP. OCPS teachers sign up for workshops through Orange County Public Schools’ Professional Development Services.


OCPS teachers shared: “I loved it! I didn’t know I could be poetic!” “So incredible and relevant!”

Professional Development and Practical Applications for Teaching Artists:

Local Teaching Artists are invited to attend an arts integration fall seminars as well as professional development workshops and networking sessions throughout the school year. The 2-3 day fall seminars invite teaching artists to develop their skills in order to work in schools.

Past seminars include:

  • Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration                                                         Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists
  • Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residences for Students                         Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists
  • Anatomy of a Lesson: Designing Instruction                                                              Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists
  • Becoming an Expert: Teaching Artistry on the Next Level                                           Led by Katie Dawson and Sarah Coleman from the University of Texas at Austin’s Drama for Schools program

After completing the fall intensive, teaching artists are invited to submit an arts integration residency to The REP. With feedback and support from The REP, teaching artists are connected with OCPS teachers and invited to facilitate their residency in a school. Throughout the year, participating teaching artists are invited to network and attend workshops at The REP in order to explore best practices and share their experiences with fellow artists. Teaching artists that attend three or more workshops and facilitate their residencies in schools are recognized at an end of year celebration at The REP.

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Teaching artists shared: “From day one, I was able to begin the process of understanding arts integration.” “Great seminar, with excellent support materials!”


The REP provides fun and interactive in-service professional development in arts integration. Highly trained teaching artists facilitate the workshops using content that supports Florida State Standards and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards while engaging teachers in new and fun ways to connect students to content. Participants receive professional development credit.

ELTA at your school offers educators opportunities to develop teaching skills in, through, and about the arts by

  • Providing fun, interactive activities that engage students in learning;
  • Exploring the intersections of drama and classroom curriculum;
  • Learning innovative and creative strategies that engage students’ critical thinking skills;
  • Using multiple intelligences in the learning process;
  • Exploring how to use drama in all content areas;
  • Providing a modeling application for the classroom teacher.

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Orlando Repertory Theatre is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.

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For more information about ELTA programming, please contact Emily Freeman, Community Engagement Director, at efreeman@orlandorep.com.