2017 AEP ANNUAL CONVENING CONCURRENT SESSION RESOURCES

Concurrent Sessions A

A Road Map to Implement a District-Wide Arts Integration Initiative
Priority Area: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

Prince George’s County Public Schools offer a distinct Arts Integration Initiative and a one-of-a-kind Department of Arts Integration (DAI). In this session, participants explore and discuss the DAI’s Arts Integration continuum and ways the continuum could work in other educational settings. The session also examines how this approach changed the education of 24,000 students.

PRESENTERS: Maria Barbosa, President, Global Arts Integration Network; John Ceschini, Arts Integration Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools; Amy Rosenkrans, Executive Coordinator for Arts Integration, Prince George’s County Public Schools

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Leaders for High-Quality Afterschool Arts Education Learning Opportunities
Priority Area: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

The National Association of Elementary School Principals spearheaded a project to ensure equity of opportunity through high-quality, cohesive afterschool and summer learning programs. This workshop offers practical strategies for engaging school leaders on better alignment of systems and practices during the school day with afterschool/summer arts education programs for increased student learning.

PRESENTERS: Dione Christy, Director, Principal Leadership Development, National Association of Elementary School Principals; Honor Fede, Professional Learning Associate, Professional Learning Programs & Projects, National Association of Elementary School Principals

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School Choice 101: Opportunities for the arts to engage with a growing field
Priority Area: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

School choice is now a permanent fixture in many states’ public school systems and will continue to expand for the foreseeable future. What policy options are included in school choice? How do states approach options such as charter schools, vouchers and education savings accounts? How do the arts fit into this picture and what opportunities exist to engage in the conversation? This session explores these questions and facilitates a discussion on what to expect for school choice in the future.

PRESENTERS: Nia Davis, Senior Manager of Policy and Legal Research, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; McKenzie Snow, Policy Director, Education Choice, The Foundation for Excellence in Education; Micah Ann Wixom, Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States

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The Nation’s Report Card: Measuring how well our students perform in music and visual arts
Priority Area: Raise Student Achievement and Success

The National Assessment of Educational Progress provides the only comprehensive view of how well U.S. students perform in arts education. Please join us to learn about the arts assessment itself, as well as key data from the recently released 2016 results regarding student achievement, and access to and participation in the arts.

PRESENTERS: David Hoff, Senior Vice President, Hager Sharp; Ebony Walton, Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics

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Concurrent Sessions B

A Model for School-Based Capacity Development: Exploring the Arts’ (ETA) Four-Year Plan
Priority Area: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

To address the lack of funding, planning and support for arts education in public high schools, ETA devised its Four-Year Plan model to help school leaders develop high-quality, rigorous and sustainable arts curricula and programs. ETA staff and a school’s teachers and leadership create a strategic plan with clearly defined goals, activities, budgets and indicators of success. The plan is implemented and supported for four years, giving schools time to execute and revise based on the successes and challenges identified along the way. In this session, ETA shares lessons learned from its first “graduated” cohort of Partner Schools.

PRESENTERS: Hannah Berson, Director of Programs & Assessment, Exploring the Arts; Cheri Walsh, Executive Director, Exploring the Arts; Matt Willoughby, Principal, Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

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ESSA Implementation: Where are we now and where are we going?
Priority Area: Raise Student Achievement and Success

It is nearly two years since the passage of ESSA. This session provides an overview of where ESSA implementation stands in the states, and looks at next steps and the available resources to the arts in education community to ensure access to a well-rounded education.

PRESENTERS: Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Lynn Tuttle, Director of Public Policy and Professional Development, National Association for Music Education; Emily Workman, Special Projects Coordinator, Education Commission of the States

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Preparing Educators for Arts Integration
Priority Area: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

Join us as we review various collaborative models of professional development in arts integration offered to the arts teaching workforce across the country. Participants will explore the recommendations in the 2017 book, “Preparing Educators for Arts Integration,” and determine next steps in schools and communities for developing or expanding arts integration professional development projects. Participants will leave the session as active members of the community of practice in arts integration, understanding the powerful workforce that includes: classroom teachers, school leaders, arts specialists, teaching artists, arts and cultural organizations, and higher education.

PRESENTERS: Gene Diaz, Independent Program Evaluator and Consultant; Jean Hendrickson, Educational Consultant, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Martha McKenna, University Professor and Director Creativity Commons, Lesley University

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The ArtEffect Project
Priority Area: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

The ArtEffect Project, an initiative of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC), and its international art competition with a $7,500 grand prize, teaches students the power they hold to create positive change in the world. Through an innovative project-based learning approach, LMC works with K-12 students and educators to discover and creatively communicate the stories of role models who took extraordinary actions that positively impacted history and have yet to be recognized. By celebrating Unsung Heroes who demonstrate tremendous courage, compassion and conviction, students discover their own power and responsibility to improve the lives of others.

PRESENTERS: Sonia Lowman, Director of Communications, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes; Melissa Noack, High School Visual Arts Teacher, Lowell Milken Center



Concurrent Sessions C

Collected Impact: Three years of the State Policy Pilot Program
Priority Area: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

For three years, Americans for the Arts has worked with a pilot cohort of 10 states in the State Policy Pilot Program. As the pilot comes to an end, the state-based projects delivered results in policy advancement and advocacy infrastructure. Attendees of this session learn about the project and the case studies, and participate in a facilitated discussion about the future of arts education state policy and advocacy work in all 50 states.

PRESENTERS: Christine Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC Research; Pamela Paulson, Senior Director of Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education; Narric Rome, Vice President, Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

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Engaging Low-Income, Urban Tweens in High- Quality Arts Programs After School
Priority Area: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

While traditionally perceived as drop-in swim and gym centers, Boys & Girls Clubs also offer high-quality arts education experiences. In partnership with The Wallace Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) successfully altered this perception with its Youth Arts Initiative (YAI). This session highlights major findings from an independent evaluation of YAI and practical commentary from BGCA about how the organization transformed the arts experience for low-income tweens in this pilot program.

PRESENTERS: Rachel Hare Bork, Research and Evaluation Consultant, The Wallace Foundation; Wendy McClanahan, President/Chief Executive Officer, McClanahan Associates, Inc.; Lee Barry Todd, Senior Director, Creative Youth Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts: A cooperative model of educational support
Priority Area: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

The Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts program, a unique partnership between the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Office of Public Instruction, supports educators in becoming coaches, mentors and advocates for arts learning. Presenters share how a model of a statewide, arts-based teacher leadership program succeeds in supporting educators teaching the arts in a rural state. Participants learn how a blended-learning model can build a network of teachers who then coach and mentor other teachers teaching the arts in all classrooms.

PRESENTERS: Monica Grable, Arts Education Director, Montana Arts Council; Emily Kohring, Executive Director, ArtScope St. Louis; Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts and Literacy Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Strike Up the Band!: How a set of band instruments can change a school
Priority Area: Raise Student Achievement and Success

This session, led by senior director of programs and policy for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and a music teacher of a Title I middle school, explores how a band instrument grant became a tool to raise student success, support teachers and transform the school.

PRESENTERS: Chiho Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, VH1 Save The Music Foundation; Calvin Marcus, Teacher/Band Director, District of Columbia Public Schools

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Concurrent Sessions D

Arts Education on the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Research Agenda: Grantee insights and new directions
Priority Area: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

The NEA’s five-year research agenda — 2017-21 — approaches the study of arts education as an opportunity to invest not only in data-collection systems that track access and engagement in arts education across the lifespan, but also to examine impacts on cognition, creativity and learning in other domains. Participants hear about two research projects exploring the benefits of an arts education and are invited to discuss the nation’s research priorities within arts education, and how researchers, educators and arts organizations can effectively collaborate to address them.

PRESENTERS: Daniel Bowen, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University; Kenneth Elpus, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Maryland; Sunil Iyengar, Director, Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts; Brian Kisida, Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri

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The Best of Both Worlds: Exploring arts and technology-based pathways into civic agency and empowerment
Priority Area: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

Mainstream narratives can serve as sources of disempowerment, particularly for non-dominant youth. Integrated critical media literacy and arts-based pathways can provide crucial support for youth to become critical consumers and creators with the capacity to deconstruct and disrupt stereotype-laden narratives. Drawing from experiences with the Cambridge Creative Citizens Project, this workshop engages participants in creating/analyzing an artifact related to a personally meaningful issue to ground discussion of opportunities for facilitating youth civic empowerment through arts-based learning experiences.

PRESENTERS: Paulina Haduong, Research Affiliate, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Creative Computing; Raquel Jimenez, Research Fellow, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Training Toward Equity: Models of distributed leadership in professional learning
Priority Area: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

Many professional development series aim to instruct and inform participants on best practices and new models. But how can professional development help empower participants and break down traditional models of trainer and trainee? Drawing from the work of The Creative Advantage, a city-wide initiative with the goal of providing high-quality equitable arts education to all students in Seattle Public Schools, this interactive workshop shares lessons, stumbling blocks and new ideas for transformational professional learning.

PRESENTERS: Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Carina del Rosario, Teaching Artist, Seattle Art Museum and Arts Corps; Regan Pro, Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs, Seattle Art Museum

 

Transforming Summer Learning Through Artist- Teacher Partnerships
Priority Area: Raise Student Achievement and Success

Summer learning loss significantly contributes to the achievement gap. In Baltimore, the presenters of this session witnessed that when they utilized professional artists to transform the learning environment, better results were delivered at comparable costs to other academic operators. This session shares the results, how they were achieved, key components of the program and the lessons learned. Participants will leave with concrete tools to share with their school district or school leaders who may invest in summer learning, but not with professional artists or arts integration as a key component.

PRESENTERS: Kurtis Donnelly, Chief Operating Officer, Young Audiences Arts for Learning; Michael Hartwell, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences Arts for Learning; Shamell Smith, Teacher, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

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