Toronto, ON November 22, 2007. Learning Library Inc. and The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning through the Arts (LTTA) program are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to make LTTA’s unique methods of advanced teacher professional development accessible to teachers worldwide. LTTA will be offering courses online through learninglibrary.com as a result of a generous donation by Learning Library Inc. The initiative is launching internationally in May 2008 with the first 3 courses of the series of 12 planned overall.
“This unique and innovative partnership between Learning Library Inc and LTTA is a perfect blend,” said Angela Elster, Executive Director of Learning Through the Arts. “We have facilitated professional development for teachers in the field of integrative education for more than a dozen years. With Learning Library we will now have the capabilities to bring our unique and highly effective methods to a much broader audience.”
Since its founding in 1998, Learning Library Inc has emerged a North American leader in web-based education publishing and management. LLI is a well-integrated organization in the provision of solutions specifically designed to support personal and professional continuing education, testing, certification and licensing programs to professional industries in many languages.
“We’re thrilled to be able to add so much to the Learning through the Arts program,” said Sabine Steinbrecher, CEO and President of Learning Library Inc. “At Learning Library, we believe strongly in our social responsibility and in making continuing education possible for everyone, not just those who live in communities where it is readily accessible. LTTA has earned respect worldwide for teacher training and the benefits to children and we are excited to embrace their unique approach to learning and our skills to leverage that worldwide. There couldn’t be a more appropriate partnership.”
Learning Through the Arts, a groundbreaking program from The Royal Conservatory of Music, has grown into one of the world’s most extensive arts based school initiatives. LTTA brings specially trained artists into schools for a minimum of three years and, in partnership with great teachers, they create lessons that make learning core curriculum exciting and fun. For example, students are learning math through dance, history through storytelling and science through visual art. At the conclusion of a three year Queen’s University study, students in the LTTA program scored as much as 11 percentile points higher in math than peers in non-LTTA schools. Ongoing high-calibre professional development for teachers, artists, principals and administrators in LTTA schools is at the core of the program philosophy.