The Arts Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

Action Agenda Priority Area II:

As part of the transition to higher learning standards for students, states are also rethinking their systems of preparation, support, and evaluation for educators and school leaders. AEP partner organizations are working to ensure that all levels of the educator workforce are ready and able to engage the arts as a core academic subject, as a key instructional resource across all disciplines, and as a strategy for school turnaround. For this Agenda the definition of “educator workforce” includes certified arts specialists, teachers of subjects other than the arts, school leaders, and community-based arts educators.

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education (Text Only) sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.