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The Arts Raise Student Achievement and Success

Action Agenda Priority Area I:

Through the adoption of higher learning standards and the implementation of new accountability systems, states across the country are rethinking what it means for students to be ready for college, career and life. AEP partner organizations are working to ensure the arts are integral in the deliberations and actions pertaining to higher learning expectations for all students, the systems designed for assessing growth towards those expectations, and the structures for ensuring that expectations are met.

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.

The 2016 Nation’s Report Card (NAEP)

Commonly referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only continuing, national measure of the academic achievement of America’s public and private schools. For nearly 50 years, student performance has been measured in the following subjects: reading, math, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, economics, technology and engineering literacy, geography and the arts. The 2016 NAEP marked the fifth national assessment of both music and visual arts disciplines.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts demonstrates that creativity—the skill in high demand in our fast-paced information age—is learned and can be assessed. In addition to measuring students’ knowledge and skills in visual arts and music, the NAEP Arts Assessment also highlights how the availability of resources and opportunities in arts education may relate to student achievement.



Nation’s Arts Report Card (NAEP 2016) TOOLKIT

The following organizations have collaborated on the Nation’s Arts Report Card Toolkit: Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, National Association for Music Education and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

For resources and findings related to the 2008 Nation’s Arts Report Card, click here.

2017 AEP Annual Convening

Submit Your Proposal for a Concurrent Session at the 2017 AEP Annual Convening!

AEP is pleased to announce a call for concurrent session proposals for the 2017 AEP Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s students have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP’s 2020 Action Agenda. AEP will accept proposals online until Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. PST. Proposals must address one of AEP’s priority areas:

  • Priority Area 1: Raise Student Achievement and Success.
  • Priority Area 2: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders.
  • Priority Area 3: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment.
  • Priority Area 4: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge.

The AEP Annual Convening provides a valuable platform for examining research, education policy and effective practices for improved student outcomes and convenes arts and education leaders from across the nation to share their work supporting the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

To submit your proposal, please read the complete 2017 Guidelines for Concurrent Session Proposals and complete the online form.

AEP staff will review concurrent session proposals and will evaluate them based on the appropriateness of content to one of the priority areas outlined in AEP’s 2020 Action Agenda, relevance to the Annual Convening’s audience of leaders and how actively participants are engaged in the session format.

Save the Date – The 2017 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Annual Convening is Sept. 6-7

Mark your calendars now! AEP will host its 2017 Annual Convening in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 6-7 at the Mayflower Hotel. Stay tuned for more details!

2017 AEP State Policy Symposium

On March 18, 2017, AEP, along with Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, welcomed more than 140 national and state leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, philanthropic and public sectors at the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C. To view the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium agenda, click here. Click here for our social media coverage.



Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jane R. Best, Director, Arts Education Partnership (presentation)

Panel Discussion: Navigating the Changing Political Landscape for Education

Between November 2016 and November 2018, states will hold elections for nearly three-quarters of the governors’ offices, all 13 elected statewide school leaders and thousands of state legislative seats. Leaders in the education field expect unprecedented change in these offices and should prepare to increase efforts to build relationships, educate stakeholders and implement new policy ideas. This session will take a closer look at navigating this changing political landscape.

  • Moderator:
    Jeremy Anderson – President, Education Commission of the States (presentation)
  • Panelists:
    Aaliyah Samuel – Director of Education Division, National Governors Association
    Tim Storey, Director of State Services, National Conference of State Legislatures


Lessons from the Kennedy Center: Optimizing opportunities for arts education through partnership, strategy and impact.

        • Mario Rossero – Senior Vice President, Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (presentation)

          Panel Discussion: Federal Funding for the Arts in Education – What is working?

          The implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) holds great promise and opportunity for expanding access to a well-rounded education – including the arts – for young people across the country. In this session, hear from a panel of experts on how states are already incorporating the arts into their implementation of federal policy, explore lessons learned through the implementation of such a program and look forward to how states can build on these successes in their own implementation of ESSA.

                            • Moderator:
                              Brian Sponsler – Vice President, Policy, Education Commission of the States
                            • Panelists:
                              Karen Campbell – Director, Office of Supplemental Educational Programs, New Jersey Department of Education (presentation)
                              Monique Chism – Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
                              Dale Schmid – Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education (presentation)


          WORKSHOP #1 – Incorporating the Arts Into State- Level Accountability

          ESSA opens the door for states to reconsider the measures included in state-level accountability systems. Whether in school- and district-level report cards or in state ESSA plans, states have the ability to include arts-related indicators as part of their accountability structures. This session explores how Kentucky included the arts in their state accountability processes and ways that others can learn from Kentucky’s process.

          AEP 2020 Action Agenda Priority Area #1 – Raise Student Achievement and Success

                              • Kyle Lee – Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, Kentucky State Department of Education (presentation)


          WORKSHOP #2 – Strengthening Educator and School Leader Capacity for the Arts in Education

          A key to making the arts a part of every child’s educational experience is ensuring that all educators and school leaders are prepared to establish an integrated arts education program and, through shared leadership and building the capacity of the arts leadership team, include the arts as strategies in addressing broader school-wide issues. This session shares how Turnaround Arts: Minnesota builds on the success of the national Turnaround Arts program to provide teachers and principals with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully incorporate the arts throughout their schools and discuss opportunities to include the arts across other states.

          AEP 2020 Action Agenda Priority Area #2 – Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

                              • Pam Paulson – Senior Director of Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education (presentation)
                              • Emily Pytell – Manager of Implementation and Early Childhood, Turnaround Arts


          WORKSHOP #3 – Exploring Arts Education Outside the Bells

          Arts education programs occur both within the school day and outside of the bells. Although generally focused on school-based education, ESSA also opens up opportunities for afterschool, summer and other out-of-school arts learning experiences. How do states utilize the openings and approach the arts in expanded learning opportunities? Hear from the Afterschool Alliance on how their members engage the arts in education programs and discuss ways that those strategies can be implemented across the country.

          AEP 2020 Action Agenda Priority Area #3 – Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

                              • Erik Peterson, Vice President, Policy, Afterschool Alliance (presentation)


          WORKSHOP #4 – Building Diversity in Arts Education Leadership

          Developing capacity and focusing on diversity has long been a priority for leaders in the arts education field, but identifying actionable approaches and tangible solutions continues to pose challenges. Hear how the Sphinx Organization in Michigan developed programs focused on intentional inclusion to ensure the next generation of leaders in the field reflects the communities served. Learn from an in-depth discussion of examples and suggestions for how your organization can build a diverse and inclusive leadership team.

          AEP 2020 Action Agenda Priority Area #4 – Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge


          This event was made possible in part through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2016 AEP National Forum Concurrent Session Resources

Concurrent Sessions A:

Art Museums as an Online Classroom

Michelle H. Harrell, Acting Director of Education, North Carolina Museum of Art; Anne Kraybill, Director of Education and Research in Learning, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Learn how two art museums are pioneering the field of distance learning to engage students in rural districts with high quality arts education. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art developed two for-credit online courses for high school students to target rural districts. Through a grant funded partnership with North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, the North Carolina Museum of Art developed five for-credit online high school courses. Through these courses, both museums have leveraged the power of online learning to overcome the students’ lack of geographic proximity to an art museum.

Arts Integration: New research on effective practice, sustainability and the role of teachers and teaching artists

Gail Humphries-Mardirosian, Dean, School of Performing Arts, Stephens College; Kathi R. Levin, Policy and Legislative Liaison, National Art Education Association; Willa J. Taylor, Walter Director of Education & Engagement, Goodman Theatre

New research released in the May 2016 book, “Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change-Theory, Impact, Practice,” will be presented in this session. Learn how this new action research is applied in K-12 classrooms using the Imagination Quest approach and at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre through its Stage Chemistry curriculum. Discussion based on the responses of 32 national arts and education leaders to essential questions regarding systemic change and sustainability of arts education provides insights for educators, administrators and arts education advocates.

Beautiful Surprises: Reaching learners with special needs through arts integration

Jennifer Cooper, Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts; Kurtis Donnelly, Chief Operating Officer, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Director, Maryland Wolf Trap; Betsy Mullins, Artist Services Director, South Florida Wolf Trap Director, Arts for Learning/Miami; Sue Trainor Master Teaching Artist, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

Arts integration is a valuable tool for reaching multiple learning styles across the curriculum and is linked to enhanced academic outcomes and social/emotional development, including for children with special needs. Join Wolf Trap Institute for a session that explores the substantial benefits of early childhood arts integration for learners with special needs. Experience arts integration strategies and discover how Wolf Trap Institute affiliates at Young Audiences/Arts for Learning in Maryland and Arts for Learning/Miami are making great strides in their communities by providing intensive inclusion training for their teaching artists.

How Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston: A case study

Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Director, EdVestors; Nicole Agois, COOL Schools Director, VSA Massachusetts; Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools

The Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion has significantly increased equitable access to quality arts learning for students throughout the city over the last several years. How did this happen? What are the key components for such an effort? What stakeholders need to be involved? Presenters provide a deep dive case study of what happened in Boston to inform considerations for other cities and municipalities interested in systematic expansion of arts education.

Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project

Kathryn Dewsbury-White, President/CEO, Michigan Assessment Consortium; Ana Luisa Cardona, Arts Education Consultant, Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project

An introduction to the story of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAIEA) project, Michigan’s cross-sector collaboration to support teacher and student learning and program improvement in the arts. Commissioned by the Michigan Department of Education and developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium and partners, MAEIA’s resources, including 350 K-12 standards-based arts performance assessments with rubric-embedded student exemplars – currently the largest searchable catalog of K-12 standards-based performance assessments in the nation – are available for voluntary use at

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Joins with the Kennedy Center to Transform America’s Schools

Megan Beyer, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Ron Gubitz, Leadership Coach, Turnaround Arts; Irwin Mayfield, Artistic Director, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; Mario Rossero, Senior Vice President, Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Under the guidance of a new president, what will happen to Turnaround Arts, a federal program under the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities? The unique confluence of policy, pulpit, practice and pizzazz – which attendees will experience firsthand by our artist – has resulted in impressive improvements in access to arts education, academics, and school culture and climate. Through a new relationship with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Turnaround Arts’ most senior leadership illuminates how the program will continue to expand over the next several years.

Concurrent Session B:

A Model for Change: Professional development through the Maryland Artistry in Teaching Institute

Ken Skrzesz, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education; Linda Krakaur, MATI Curriculum Coordinator, Maryland State Department of Education; Lori Snyder, Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

What occurs when state partners create a space for arts educators and classroom teachers to be their most creative selves? This interactive session outlines how professional development centered on creativity, technique and inquiry can inspire teachers and administrators to embrace artistry in their lives and practices. The presenters illustrate how the Maryland Artistry in Teaching Institute model focused on mindfulness, creative processes and 21st century arts-based pedagogies supporting both teacher growth and the implementation of high-quality arts education across the state.

Creative Youth Development: What’s in a name?

Heather Ikemire, Chief Program Officer, National Guild for Community Arts Education; Amy Banker, Program Manager, Arts Street at Youth Employment Academy; Susan Jenson, Executive Director, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Creative Youth Development (CYD) intentionally integrates learning in the arts, humanities and sciences with youth development principles. In CYD programs, young people create work and apply their creative skills to solve problems, shape their lives and build the world in which they want to live. The 2014 National Summit for CYD generated new focus and energy in CYD, catalyzing collective action (e.g., CYD National Partnership, Alliance for CYD). Through case study examples, discussion and student work, participants will explore what it means to create and sustain programs for youth through this framework.

Effecting Change in the Classroom Through Arts Integration

Raye Cohen, Director of Education, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership; Pearl Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership

This session employs the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership’s arts integration model as a case study of successful practices promoting student achievement, teacher effectiveness through professional development and school transformation. Participants will gain increased knowledge of the implications for teaching and learning through arts integration approaches, a deeper understanding of how to build a successful arts integration professional development model, and quantitative research data that can be used to advocate for an integration approach that has been recognized to improve teacher effectiveness and transform the educational environment.

Leveraging Change: Improving access to arts education for rural communities

Lisa Donovan, Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Highlights are shared from a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact research grant received to increase access to arts education in rural areas. Promising practices including strategies to leverage cross-sector approaches and capacity building in rural areas will be shared. Following a brief presentation, attendees will participate in the use of design thinking exercises to activate thinking about increasing access to arts education in rural areas.

Tlacahuapahualizli Neixtlamachiliztli: The art of strengthening our students and giving wisdom to their face

LeRoy Saiz, Coordinator, Indian Education Program, Jeffco Public Schools

While content mastery can still be one fundamental component in the field of education, many school districts and communities are beginning to recognize the development of the whole child. Particularly in the arts, whole child development and holistic approaches also open pathways for Indigenous/local knowledge systems to influence the character of the content absorbed by students. This session discusses the application of educational models from Indigenous communities in North America, with the purpose of understanding the creativity and diversity existing within cyclical thinking skills.

Weaving Voices Together: The power of inclusive leadership

Capucine Chapman, Arts and Physical Education Director, Denver Public Schools; Pam Rogers, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, Arts & Physical Education, Denver Public Schools; Allison Trombley, Program Manager, Teacher Leadership & Collaboration, Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools’ innovative Teacher Leadership & Collaboration program has garnered national attention for both its approach and its impact. This session explores Denver’s approach to teacher leadership through the lens of the district’s arts teachers and leaders, examining the opportunities and impact for professional growth, as well as positive effects on district goals ranging from retention to improved school culture. Participants will engage in small group discussions with district leaders and teacher leaders, reflecting on practice and identifying takeaways to improve or refine arts leadership in other contexts.


Concurrent Sessions C

21st Century Arts Teaching and Assessment Project: Collective action partnerships for systemic change in public education

Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Gail Sehlhorst, Visual & Performing Arts Manager, Seattle Public Schools; Elizabeth Whitford, Executive Director, Arts Corps

The Every Student Succeeds Act holds possibilities for districts in the arts with flexibility for assessment design and an emphasis on well-rounded education, 21st century skills and social-emotional learning. Since 2011, arts teachers in Seattle have embraced this kind of bold approach to student learning. They have developed an assessment system that teaches and assesses what is most important in the arts and 21st century skills. This system was developed through the collective action of a district, city and arts organizations with a goal of arts learning for every student. Learn about the process, actively engage in the approach and discuss the possibilities for your region.

An Action Plan for Future Research: Advancing the arts and special education

Jenna Gabriel, Manager, Special Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

On July 31, 2016, the Kennedy Center convened a select group of academics and researchers to lay out recommendations for a five-year action plan advancing the arts and special education. The convening addressed barriers to large-scale studies, facility of practitioners with complementary methods like action research, and ways to organize the growing body of literature. This session offers attendees a look into the Center’s agenda for advancing the field, an opportunity to discuss critical issues around the role of research and suggest ways to align the agenda to practice and policy.

Educator Evaluation: Making sense of assessment and education reform for music educators in Colorado

Carla Aguilar, Music Consultant, Colorado Department of Education; Mark Hudson, Immediate Past-President, Colorado Music Educators Association

This session highlights the tools that were developed collaboratively by the Colorado Music Educators Association and the Colorado Department of Education Office of Standards and Instruction to assist music educators in teacher evaluation. These associations developed a group of content specific educators, called the Content Collaboratives, who learned how to evaluate assessments. In addition, resources were developed to assist teachers in understanding the law, understanding best practices for teaching music that may be observed in accordance with the law, and ideas for how to measure student growth.

From Vision to Reality: The 2014 National Core Arts Standards two years in

James Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association; David Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning; Kathi Levin, Policy and Legislative Liaison, NCCAS Leadership Team, National Arts Education Association; Lynn Tuttle, Director of Education and Policy, National Association for Music Education; Cory Wilkerson Project Manager, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

This session reintroduces participants to the 2014 National Core Arts Standards – a web-based set of standards designed to include evidence of students meeting standards in their work – and allow states the flexibility to customize the website with their state-based “skin” upon completion of the state’s revision and adoption of arts standards. In 2016, both of these unique approaches to national standards have become a reality. The website now houses student work examples from second grade through high school, based on the standards-aligned Model Cornerstone Assessments.

Ingenuity and Austin’s Creative Learning Initiative: How leveraging data and the community fuels arts-positive policies and practices

Greg Goodman, Director of Fine Arts, Austin ISD; John Green-Otero, AISD Coordinator of the Creative Learning Initiative, Austin ISD; Brent Hasty, Executive Director, MINDPOP; AmySue Mertens, Director of Public Affairs, Ingenuity; Steven Shewfelt, Director of Data & Research, Ingenuity; Nicole Upton, Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning, Ingenuity

Ingenuity in Chicago, and Creative Learning Initiative in Austin, Texas, (a partnership among MINDPOP, AISD and the City of Austin) both use data-rich strategies to lead change in their communities through a collective impact framework. This interactive session explores Ingenuity’s new Quality Initiative, tools like artlook™ Map, and the Arts Partnership Process, as well as Austin’s Creative Campus Framework and Creative Teaching model. Each participant will walk away with at least one practical strategy to increase high-quality arts learning, creative teaching and arts partnerships and to fuel arts-positive policies in their community.

RISD | Project Open Door: Advancing creative urban teens’ access to higher education

Paul Sproll, Professor, Rhode Island School of Design

The establishment of an out-of-school-time arts-based program for urban teens housed within Road Island School of Design’s (RISD) Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design has been consequential. Its work and aspirations are challenging the scope of responsibility of not only the department, but also that of the college. The presentation explores: (1) the context that propelled the development of this PK-16 collaboration; (2) program design, (3) the evidence of success, (4) departmental and institutional impact, (5) program sustainability and funding and (6) departmental re-calibration in the face of significant community need.

2015 National Forum Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, Sept. 1

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Adopt, Adapt or Curriculum Map? States and the new National Core Arts Standards (Studio B)

Robert Duncan, Arts and Humanities Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education; Karol Gates, Arts Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education; Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Coordinator, Americans for the Arts; Dale Schmid, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education

In just one year, the National Core Arts Standards are influencing state arts standards across the nation. This session will focus on three states’ responses to the new standards – outright adoption (Kentucky), significant adaptation (New Jersey), and mapping current state standards to the new ones (Colorado). Come learn how states are utilizing the National Core Arts Standards, how politics gets entangled with standards, and what the options might be for you as a leader  in your own state. State timelines on standards updates will be shared for all 50 states. Come join us to get informed and get involved!

Creating a Data Culture in Arts Education: How Ingenuity’s Creative Schools Data Informs Policy and Practice in Chicago (Studio D)

Tom Bunting, Data Associate, Ingenuity; Andrew Means, Co-Founder, The Impact Lab; AmySue Mertens, Director of Policy & Communications, Ingenuity

Creating a culture of data is increasingly important in the nonprofit and public sectors. It allows organizations to communicate quality and impact, design better programs, and lead more impactful advocacy efforts. In Chicago, Ingenuity places data at the core of its work, which is to advance the goals of the CPS Arts Education Plan and ensure every student has access to an arts education. Through this session, participants will learn why this type of thinking is important and how Ingenuity has created a data culture in Chicago. Participants will also use a data design checklist to practice thinking analytically about data inputs into their own organization.

Creativity, Arts Education, and Our Future (Studio E)

Jean Hendrickson, Director Emeritus, Oklahoma A+ Schools; Dan Hunter, Founding Partner, Hunter Higgs, LLC; Susan McCalmont, Executive Director, Creative Oklahoma

In a society that values only what we can measure, how do we convince people that arts education is essential for our future?  Can we measure the value of arts education and the creativity it teaches?   The Oklahoma Innovation Index is a public policy measurement designed to create incentives for schools to devote resources to creative work through the arts and arts integration across the curriculum.  We will also discuss the neuroscience of creativity, measurement of creativity, and how it can influence society’s understanding of arts education.

Investing in Innovation: What Works from the Arts Education i3 Grants (Studio F)

Tom Cahill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Studio in a School; Philip Courtney, Chief Executive Officer, EASE Program, David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Sita Frederick, Director, Urban Arts Partnership, Peter Gerber, Director, Arts for Learning Program, Young Audiences Arts for Learning; Don Glass (Facilitator), arts | education | research; Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC Department of Education; Kathy London, Director of Arts; Instructional Support Specialist, District 75 NYCDOE; Jan Norman, National Director of Education, Research & Professional Development, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

In the current funding and accountability climate, innovative design and rigorous evaluation are expected elements of programs. In 2010, US ED’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund awarded three arts education organizations with 5 year grants to develop, implement, and evaluate key educational innovations in large school districts. Come learn about what curricular, assessment, instructional, and professional development practices worked, as well as engage with the i3 grantees about their complex research and development journeys.

The Changing Landscape of K-12 Arts Education Partnerships: What Does the Future Hold (Salon 5)

Heather Ikemire, Director of Program and Membership Strategy, National Guild for Community Arts Education; Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools; Andrea Temkin, Principal, AST Consulting Group

True partnership— characterized by mutual understanding and commitment, collaborative planning, and shared responsibility and accountability—can be critical forces for addressing the needs of America’s public school students.  In this highly interactive session, multiple stakeholders will discuss the state of K-12 arts education partnerships and how to build and sustain them in the future.  This session draws on key findings from the National Guild’s MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education program—a nine year initiative (from 2005 to 2014) aimed to enhance arts learning in K-12 public schools by supporting partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools.

Title I and the Arts: A Practical Pathway (Salon 6)

Merryl Goldberg, Professor, Cal State University San Marcos; Caroline King, Program Director, Learning Through the Arts Initiative, San Diego Unified School District; Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education;  Laura Smyth, Lead Consultant, Title I Initiative, California Alliance for Arts Education

Since CAAE began its Title I Initiative four years ago, there has been a growing movement of schools and districts committed to investing in arts education strategies to achieve Title I goals. In 2014, SDUSD invested $3 million in Title I funds over two years for an ambitious arts integration initiative. In this session you’ll learn about how the integration of research, policy and practice are making waves in one California district and around the state.  The session will debut the Alliance’s completed online resource,, as well as several short video pieces documenting the work.

Youth Development Through Student-Centered Music Education: An Examination of Assessment Practices Across Multiple Organizations (Salon 7)

Bryan Powell, Executive Director, GOAL Giving Open Access to Learning; Lindsay Weiss, Senior Research Associate, Center for Arts Education Research; Ryan Zellner, National Program Director, Little Kids Rock

This session will review best practices in music education assessment through a review of assessment instruments created by the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, Columbia University for use examining popular music programs in public schools throughout the United States.  Specifically, this session will explore student development (musical and non-musical) as well as teacher development (musical and non-musical). This session will include a mix of panel discussion, videos, examination of assessment instruments, and facilitated group discussion about  best practices in youth development.  There will also be breakout small group discussions as part of the assessment instrument review process.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

3:00 – 4:15 pm

Arts as a Lens for Systemic Change in a School District (Studio B)

Sarah Tambucci, Director, Arts Education Collaborative

In Pittsburgh, Shaler Area School District and the Arts Education Collaborative are currently engaged in a multi-year partnership to support and sustain high-quality arts education in the district. With support from administrators, teachers, and the school board, Shaler has adopted the arts as a lens for systemic change. This session will give participants the chance to explore the prerequisistes that existed in Shaler to allow the partnership to occur, the approaches to the work that may differ from traditional approaches, and the perspective of teachers and administrators as they continue to create new ways to support student learning in the arts.

Balancing Equity and Quality: Innovative Solutions through Partnership and Technology (Studio D)

Robert Bullwinkel, Program Manager, Visual and Performing Arts, Fresno County Office of Educations; David Reider, Principal, Education Design; Barbara Shepherd, Director, National Partnerships, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; TBD, Manager, Visual and Performing Arts, Fresno Unified School District

Through Any Given Child, Fresno has implemented an ambitious plan providing intensive standards-based arts experiences for 47,000 K-8 students paired with rigorous professional learning in arts integration for 1,600 teachers. As equity and access becomes reality, the Fresno partners turn to the issue of “quality” in the arts education program. This session focuses on innovative solutions through partnership, technology and assessment. Session participants should BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and prepare to be inspired by the compelling story of a large inner-city school district in the nation’s poorest county that has begun a transformation focused on the arts and creativity.

Celebrate – Share – Think Forward – Inspire Action: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Transforming Schools Through the Arts (Studio E)

Michelle Mazan Burrows, Director, A+ Schools Program; Jean Hendrickson, Director Emeritus, OK A+ Schools; Melanie Landrum, Director, AR A+ Schools; Sandy Kent, Director, OK A+ Schools

Longevity in school reform is an unusual thing, yet the nationally-recognized A+ Schools Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  In this session, we will take a look at the lessons that have been learned over twenty years of helping schools to embed the arts in their everyday practices.  Figuring out how to “build the plane as we flew it” has led to processes, structures, beliefs and practices that can stand the test of time. Join us as we consider how these lessons learned might help us to think forward and inspire action towards comprehensive arts education.

In the Classroom & Beyond: Building & Sustaining Successful Partnerships (Studio F)

Jennifer Cooper, Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts; Kalpana Kumar Sharma, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Brightwood Education Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools; Sue Trainor, Wolf Trap Institute Master Teaching Artist; Sheila Womble, Executive Director, Arts for Learning/Miami (South Florida Wolf Trap)

Effective partnerships drive success in arts integration. Join Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (WTI) for a discussion on developing and maintaining successful local and national partnerships in person and through technology.  Hear strategies for cultivating teaching artists through collaborative professional development, building relationships with teachers and administrators, and creating sustainable relationships with arts organizations nationwide. A teaching artist/teacher team will share how they collaborated to integrate arts into the early childhood classroom.  WTI Director will share strategies for maintaining long-term national partners and a WTI affiliate will discuss application and impact in the South Florida community.

  • Press Release – Turnaround Arts Announces Early Childhood Partnership with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • User’s Guide – Wolf Trap Education Professional Learning Community

Our Toolbox, Your Tools: Using a Model for Systemic Growth in the Arts (Salon 5)

Eleni Dykstra, Coordinator of Visual Arts, Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Ken Skrzesz, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education; Elizabeth Stuart, Visual Art Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools; Sonia Synkowski, Dance Resource Teacher, Office of Music and Dance Education, Baltimore County Public Schools

Using the final report generated by the Governor’s P-20 Task force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools as a model, participants will discover ways to affect change and growth for their arts programs both locally and systemically.  Specific models for how the report will be shared in order to empower teachers, arts supervisors, and administrators to use the information to advocate in their own backyards.  Find out what the Task Force has reported as essential and preservable for the arts programs in the state of Maryland including many strategies for implementation.

Piloting Model Cornerstone Assessments in our Nation’s Elementary Schools – Lessons Learned and Topics to Investigate (Salon 6)

Mike Blakeslee, Chief Operating Officer, National Association for Music Education; Sue McGreevy-Nichols, Executive Director, National Dance Education Organization; Jim Palmarini, Director of Policy, Educational Theatre Association; James Rees, Immediate Past Secondary Division Director, National Art Education Association; Cory Wilkerson, Project Manager, MCA Benchmarking, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

As states across the nation are adapting or adopting the new National Core Arts Standards, how will we know if students can meet these more rigorous arts standards? During the 2014-2015 school year, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards piloted assessments based on the new standards in more than 80 elementary and middle school classrooms to see if we can find an answer to that question. Join the facilitators for this assessment pilot, and benchmark student work to see if students are meeting standards and if so, how. Help us craft lessons learned, and come away with ideas on what quality assessment might look like in your own practice.

Multidisciplinary Arts Learning Through Opera (Salon 7)

Leah Wilson, Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America

Opera is a multidisciplinary art form that opens up so many entry points for learning. From staging a scene based on literature to designing costumes, opera can enliven a classroom and easily connect to curriculum. Drawing from the best  teacher professional development techniques in opera, experience for yourself how this multidisciplinary art form embodies 21st century skills and aligns with school-based standards. Find out how the opera field can support your arts education and advocacy work, and discover the range of opera learning resources now available through OPERA America.

Wednesday, September 2

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Arts Achieve: Resources and Lessons Learned from a Five Year i3 Grant (Studio B)

Tom Cahill, President and CEO, Studio in a School; Susanne Harnett, Managing Senior Associate, Metis Associates; Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC Department of Education

Arts Achieve was conceived to fill a clear gap in arts education–the availability of authentic, high quality and useful performance assessments to inform teacher instruction and improve student achievement. Following a planning year and three years of implementation, Arts Achieve has much to contribute to the field, including materials, resources, data on effective practices, and lessons learned. This session will feature a discussion of the Arts Achieve activities, outcomes, successes, challenges, and potential for replication. Additionally, participants will receive materials and resources to customize and use in their own settings.

Creative Leadership: The heART of Transformed School Culture (Studio D)

Michelle Mazan Burrows, Director, A+ Schools Program; Christie Lynch Ebert, Section Chief, NC Department of Public Instruction

The education arena is abuzz with talk about the skills needed for the 21st century workplace, and there is a growing base of research that supports and validates the arts as 21st century skill builders. But did you know that while large percentages of school leaders believe that arts integration is vital to a student’s education, few actively support comprehensive arts education in their schools. Join leaders from the A+ Schools Program and NC DPI as we discover how the arts are at the heART of cultivating creative leadership and successfully transforming schools for our 21st century learners.

DELTA – Dance Entry Level Teachers’ Assessment — Using Assessment Data to Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment (Studio E)

Marcia McCaffrey, President, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE); Sue McGreevy-Nichols, Executive Director, National Dance Education Organization (NDEO); Dale Schmid, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, NJ Dept. of Education & DELTA Project Coordinator    

Dance education is the only arts discipline without a national entry-level teacher readiness examination. The absence of a qualifying examination has been a barrier to dance licensure in several states. Additionally, lack of commonly held expectations for what entry-level dance teachers should know and be able to do have led to great disparity in teacher preparation programs nationwide. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NDEO and SEADAE partnered to develop, field-test, and implement a Dance Entry-Level T Assessment. DELTA represents a first step toward reaching national consensus on crucial Pedagogical Content Knowledge necessary for successful entry-level teaching.

Documenting the Work: Sharing Arts Integration with a Broader Audience (Studio F)

Amy Duma, Director, Teacher and School Programs, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Documentation of student learning is a way to open the classroom door and let others see the depth of learning that occurs through arts-integrated instruction. In the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, teachers routinely document and share their students’ arts integration work. Join Amy Duma, Director of Teacher and School Programs, to examine different formats and specific components of documentation and how they can be used to advocate for arts integration.

Explore, Engage, Experience: Teaching and Learning through Arts Integration (Salon 5)

Raye Cohen, Education Director, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership; Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico, department of Art Education; Evan Leach, Principal, TAP Consulting – Evaluator; Professor, West Chester University; Pearl Schaeffer, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership; Adjunct Professor, University of the Arts Graduate Department of Art Education 

This experiential and interactive session will examine the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership’s arts integration model as a case study of successful practices promoting student achievement and success, teacher effectiveness, and school transformation. Participants will engage in a hands-on science and art-making experience, work in groups to codify attributes of strong arts integration programs, and examine research data that can be used to advocate for an integration approach that has been recognized to improve student learning outcomes.

Portfolios for the Future: Best Practices from the Parsons/DreamYard Learning Portfolio Project (Salon 6)

Hillary Kolos, Director of Digital Learning at DreamYard; Jessica Walker, Director of Pre-College Programs at  Parsons the New School for Design

The portfolio of the future will look very different from what we see today. It will be digital, shareable, multidisciplinary, and cater to ever-changing audiences. Given our current approach to portfolio development, we must ask: “Who is left behind in the process?” and “How do we ensure all young people have access to creating portfolios?” Parsons and DreamYard have partnered for the past two years to challenge the notion of what a portfolio can be. Join us in this interactive session to imagine the portfolio of the future and discuss the current challenges and opportunities of digital portfolio development.

State Policy Solutions (Salon 7)

Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts; Wendy Liscow, Education Program Director, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Pam Paulson, Senior Director of Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education

State policy has the opportunity to ensure that all students across a state receive a quality education which includes the arts. Come hear from three policy experts about current arts education data, trends, and policies and how to use this information to better advocate for arts education in your state or community. Participants will leave with several strategies for strengthing state policy for arts education.

  • Americans for the Arts’ State Policy Pilot Program Policy vs. Practice Gap Analysis
  • Americans for the Arts’ 2015 State Status Report

AEP 2013 National Forum Concurrent Sessions


Group A: Thursday, April 4, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM (Lunchtime)


A+ Schools’ Growing National Network

Presenters: Michelle Burrows: Director, North Carolina A+ Schools; Bethany France: Director, Louisiana A+ Schools; Jean Hendrickson: Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools

Directors from A+ School programs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Louisiana will discuss the history of A+ Schools, the significant research component of the program, and how A+ Schools has proven to be a successful, replicable, and flexible model.

A+ Schools is a research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through an arts-integrated school network. Formed in North Carolina in 1995, the A+ Schools network is now functioning in four states, over 120 schools, and is growing each year. While the programmatic structure is unique to each state, every A+ School commits to focusing on the same eight A+ Essentials every day.

Building on Collective Impact: Deepening and Expanding Partnerships

Presenters: Sarah Anderberg: Director, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Statewide Arts Initiative; Lisa Donovan: Associate Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Mike McCarthy: Regional Director of Admissions, Lesley University; Louise Pascale, Ph.D.: Associate Director, Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley University; Steve Winlock: Executive Director, Sacramento County Office of Education Leadership Institute

Building on the notion of collective impact, Lesley University Creative Arts in Learning Division, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the California County Superintendents Association have expanded their partnership by linking research, scholarship, and capacity building with an established arts network that spans 58 counties across California.  Learn how this work has unfolded in the area of culturally responsive arts integration and the Common Core State Standards.  Following a brief presentation, attendees will participate in a collaborative asset scan and discussion about the process of cultivating deeper collaborations and partnerships in their schools and communities and how this can enhance professional learning opportunities for educators.

Communities of Practice in Arts Integration

Presenters: Gene Diaz: Associate Professor, Lesley University; Martha McKenna: University Professor, Lesley University; Anne Banks, Paddy Bowman, Amy Charleroy, Colleen Dean, Lisa Donovan, Eric Engdahl, Don Glass, Elizabeth Hallmark, Jean Hendrickson, Una McAlinden, Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Mary Ann Mears, Pam Paulson, Kathy O’Dell, and Susan J. Rotkovitz: Chapter Authors

The AEP Higher Education Working Group’s publication Communities of Practice in Arts Integration responds to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, which calls for “creating communities of practice among model arts integration programs to identify best practices in arts integration.”  In this session, a national group of higher education faculty and administrators and their partners will describe purposes and structures of innovative programs that integrate the arts in pre-service and in-service professional development for teachers and administrators.  Drawing on documented experiences of successful programs that are outlined in the publication, multiple pathways toward integrating the arts into classrooms will be identified.

Voices Inside Out: Building Collaborative Learning Communities

Presenters: John Ellrodt and Maria Fico: Co-Presidents, Global Writes; Karena Salmond: Program Director, Performing Arts Workshop

A recent partnership between Performing Arts Workshop and Global Writes allows students, teachers and teaching artists to regularly connect via video conference and social networking. This research project, “A Tale of Two Cities,” provides an innovative model of program delivery that fosters student and organizational connections that go way beyond the classroom. The project aims to teach locally and share globally, preparing students to be productive citizens who can share and provide feedback to an authentic audience. Advanced technologies for such sharing promote discussions about professional practice spanning six schools in two cities.



Group B: Thursday, April 4, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The Artist Speaks: Listening to Students with Special Needs

Presenters: Josh Batenhorst: Theatre Arts Specialist and Development Associate, Lori Cozzi: Executive Director, and Chris Larson: Behavioral Specialist, ArtsSpace Charter School; Michelle Burrows: Program Director, North Carolina A+ Schools

ArtSpace Charter School is a K-8 public school that has employed national benchmark strategies for educating students through arts integration. ArtSpace has encountered a growing population of students with special needs–learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral health issues, autism, etc.–a significant population in “The Next America.” While many charter schools choose to “siphon off” a portion of the general population, ArtSpace meets this challenge head-on. Join us as we share case studies and practical strategies for meeting the needs of all students and engage in dialogue about the resources and barriers that exist for expanding these practices nationwide.

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Coordinating Effective Arts Partnerships for School and District Success

Presenters: Afton Cotton: Partnership Manager, Ruth Mercado-Zizzo: Director, Arts Expansion Initiative, and Myran Parker-Brass: Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools; Laura Perille: Executive Director, EdVestors

What are the characteristics of an effective partnership between community arts organizations and schools? In this participatory workshop, participants will explore ways to facilitate and systematize partnership coordination in their communities using the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative Partnership Coordination Strategies as a model. Examine how partnerships can help accomplish specific school and district goals (i.e. inclusion, community connections, increasing underrepresented arts disciplines) and brainstorm the tools necessary to support effective partnerships between community arts organizations and schools in your own community.

Going to the People: Seeking Targeted Investments in the Restoration of Arts Education

Presenter: Jessica Jarratt Miller: Executive Director, Creative Advocacy Network

On November 6, 2012, Portland, Oregon voters passed a landmark $35 income tax to restore arts teachers to every local elementary school and fund the arts citywide. The Arts Education and Access Fund was years in the making and is the first local public fund to make targeted investments in both K-12 arts education and community-based arts organizations through a voter approved income tax. This groundbreaking new funding model and coalition of city government, school districts, and regional arts councils may serve as a prototype for the development of arts education and access in other urban environments.

Harnessing the Power of the Arts for Total Learning

Presenters: Michael Cohen, Ph.D.: President, The Michael Cohen Group; Candace King-Sadler: Teacher Leader, Cesar Batella School; Allison Logan: Total Learning Master Trainer; Susan Snyder, Ph.D.: President, Arts Education Ideas, LLC and Director, The Total Learning Institute

You have experienced the pressure of local, state, and federal mandates. You imagine infusing the arts into powerful learning, especially for our most vulnerable children. We will introduce Total Learning, where the arts are vehicles for powerful curriculum delivery, enriching learning while students achieve more and learn deeply. Total Learning gives schools and teachers the tools to bridge theory and practice. We’ll explore program development, funding, implementation, and documentation/research for K-5 programs in low-income urban settings and will provide a ‘how to’ guide to start or continue to deepen your arts integration initiative.

Making Arts Education Count in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities in K-12 and Beyond

Presenters: Amy Charleroy: Office of Academic Initiatives Associate Director and Nancy Rubino: Office of Academic Initiatives Senior Director, The College Board; Pam Paulson: Chair of the Academic Assembly Council and Trustee, The College Board and Senior Policy Director, Perpich Center for Arts Education

While arts education research can offer valuable tools for promoting the role of the arts in K-12 education, research findings can also pose significant challenges to educators. It can raise the bar on what they are expected to accomplish with increasingly limited schedules and budgets, often forcing them to choose between conflicting goals or areas of focus. Learn about three recent research initiatives examining the role of the arts in relation to shifting national educational priorities, college readiness and preparation, and academic expectations related to Common Core standards. We will discuss the uses of this research to your work as arts policy makers, advocates, and educators.

Moving Beyond the Fear of Reprisal: Embracing Arts Education Strategies to Achieve Title I Goal

Presenters: Danielle Brazell: Executive Director, Arts for LA; Dr. Monique M. Chism: Director, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, U.S. Department of Education; Joe Landon: Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education; Lauren Stevenson: Principal, Junction Box Consulting; Lynn Tuttle: Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education

Research demonstrates the value of certain kinds of arts programs to achieving the goals of the federal Title I program to support the achievement of students from low-income families. Despite this evidence, and statements from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Title I funds may be appropriately used for arts education, schools and districts are often reluctant to do so for fear of reprisal. This session will discuss efforts in California and Arizona to connect advocacy, research, and policy to help schools and districts move beyond this fear to embrace appropriate arts education programs.



Group C: Thursday, April 4, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Arts Afterschool: Defining Intentions, Pedagogy, and the Future for Arts Extended Learning

Presenters: Diana J. Nucera: Co-Director, Allied Media Projects; Hilesh Patel: SCALE Program Associate and Scott Sikkema: Education Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education; Dalouge Smith: President and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Orchestra; Susy Watts: Arts Teaching and Learning Independent Consultant

Arts education holds a viable position after school and has the potential for an increased role in a longer school day. Join colleagues to explore the purposes and strategies of arts extended learning. Re-envision the school day of tomorrow with processes that identify and define intentions, match instructional strategies to diverse student needs, and define the value and transfer gained from extended learning. This session looks at early research and programming that defines pedagogy for extended arts learning environments. We will examine these environments’ attributes and assets as well as discuss how arts extended learning programs define achievable and meaningful student outcomes.

A New Approach to Theatre Education: Raising the Curtain on Access and Equity

Presenters: Laurie Baskin: Director of Government and Education Programs, Theatre Communications Group; Dawn M. Ellis: President and Founder, Dawn M. Ellis & Associates; Dr. Matt Omasta: Theatre Education Program Director, Utah State University; James Palmarini: Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association

This session will address disparities in access to theatre education for children from different socioeconomic backgrounds and consider ways to increase student opportunities to this powerful art form. New research suggests both strengths and weaknesses in the field: theatre education is highly valued by educators and administrators for the range of college and career skills it teaches, yet it is least available for students who could benefit the most from it. The presenters will review relevant new research, discuss what it means to the field, and brainstorm with session attendees on actionable steps that might be taken to improve theatre education access.

A Public/Private Success: Chicago Public Schools, Ingenuity Incorporated, and the Creation of the CPS Arts Education Plan

Presenters: Mary Ellen Messner: Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ingenuity Incorporated; Mario Rossero: Director, Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools; Sydney Sidwell: Associate Director, Ingenuity Incorporated

In concert with the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, an influential public-private partnership has been formed in an effort to bring the arts to each child, every day, in every Chicago public school. If selected, Leaders of Ingenuity Inc. and the Chicago Department of Arts Education will outline the efforts and current initiatives that set the stage for this bold and comprehensive Arts Education Plan and share unique insight on what makes successful public-private partnerships, the roles of various stakeholders, and the creation of an actionable plan for partnership design and implementation.

Closing the Gap Between Achievement and Potential: Reaching Urban Schools and Students

Presenters: Sandra Bowie: Co-Founder and Kathi R. Levin: Co-Founder, National Urban Arts for Impact Network; Yvette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

America is facing the “Fierce Urgency of Now” to close the achievement gap. Sandra Bowie and Kathi Levin will share findings from three years of bringing arts learning to high schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants  in New Jersey which has resulted in the National Urban Arts for Impact Network, a program of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA). Dr. Yvette Jackson, NUA CEO and former NYC Director of Gifted Programs, presents The Pedagogy of Confidence, her groundbreaking research-based approach to transforming urban schools which is integral to the Network. An interactive discussion enables participants to share their ideas about the Network.

More Than the Sum of its Parts: Collaboration and Sustainability in Arts Education

Presenters: Gigi Antoni: Executive Director, Big Thought; Ken Cole: Associate Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education

All children have a right to quality arts instruction that provides a pathway to lifelong engagement in the arts, but too many receive too little arts instruction. Reaching marginalized students is particularly challenging. No single organization can serve them all: collaboration is key.

In this session, inspired by a new book, More Than the Sum…, from Big Thought and the National Guild, we’ll explore how to increase access to, multiply the benefits of, and sustain quality arts education through large-scale, cross-sector collaborations that tie arts instruction to other civic priorities while keeping kids and creative arts learning at the center.

Playing Well with Others: Understanding Each Partner’s Optimal Role in Arts Education

Presenters: Jayne Ellicott: Co-Principal and Rena Surface: Art Teacher, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School; Jonathan Katz: Chief Executive Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Scott Shuler: Arts Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education and Immediate Past-President, National Association for Music Education; Peggy Wenner: Humanities and Fine Arts Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education

This session includes three components: a) concise overview of partner collaboration guidelines presented in the recent SEADAE publication Roles of Certified Arts Educators, Certified Non-Arts Educators and Providers of Supplemental Arts Instruction; b) panel discussion of two current statewide collaborative projects that exemplify the guidelines; and c) facilitated interactive discussion of these guidelines and models, including plans for a possible Arts Education Summit to issue policy guidelines. This session includes discussion of how certified arts educators play a “cornerstone” role in delivery of standards-based, sequential arts instruction, and teaching artists and classroom teachers play important supplemental roles as partners in providing students with comprehensive arts education.



Group D: Friday, April 5, 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Arts Education Funders’ Coalition: A Report on Grantmakers in the Arts Federal Education Policy and Advocacy Efforts

Presenters: Janet Brown: President and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Julie Fry: Performing Arts Program Officer, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and Chair GIA Arts Education Funders Coalition; Alex Nock: Vice President, Penn Hill Group

Alex Nock of the Penn Hill Group will report on the efforts to date of GIA’s Arts Education Funders’ Coalition to enhance the status of the arts within federal education policy. With the election behind us, Congress and the administration will act on education policies in 2013. Will their actions help fund or reinforce the arts at the local level? Your suggestions and observations during the session will help inform GIA’s ongoing work in this area.

The Common Core in Action: How Arts Integration and the Common Core Converge

Presenters: Raye Cohen: Director of Education, Mary Dupre: Special Projects Manager, and Pearl Schaffer: CEO, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership; Dennis Creedon: Assistant Superintendent, Office of Academic Enrichment and Support, School District of Philadelphia

This workshop will unpack the Common Core State Standards and provide strategies to deepen participants’ understanding of how to build mutually beneficial programs grounded in arts integration that explore content areas utilizing multiple teaching and learning modalities.

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Connecting Innovative Middle School Students in Rural Communities

Presenters: W. Wayne Godwin: Associate Professor, East Carolina University School of Art and Design and Director, Middle School Innovators Academy; Dr. J. Ted Morris: Associate Vice Chancellor, East Carolina University

Rural area demographics are rapidly changing, leaving students with fewer opportunities to access arts education. “Generation Z”–middle school-aged students–is the most connected, tech-savvy and diverse student group in history due to constant social media, digital technology, and Internet immersion. The arts and creative thinking, which appeal to the Gen Z student, stimulate economic development by fostering innovation. Therefore, both are critical to developing solid economic opportunities for students in rural communities. This session explores how new uses of technology can be pathways for rural Gen Z students to collaborate and realize educational growth in art and design through informal educational channels like after-school and summer opportunities.

Evaluative Discourse: A Protocol for Critique of the National Core Arts Standards

Presenters: David Dik: Executive Director, Young Audiences; Debora Hansen: Immediate Past President, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education; Amy Petersen Jensen: Advocacy Director, American Alliance for Theatre and Education; Robert Sabol: President, National Art Education Association

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently developing voluntary standards for dance, media, music, theatre, and visual arts. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of quality instruction. NCCAS has made the creation of the new arts standards an inclusive process, with input from a broad range of arts educators and decision-makers. This session will address the development and execution of the standards review processes that will take place in the spring and summer of 2013. Attendees will learn how they can be part of the review process.

HIVE Learning Networks-An Infrastructure for Connected Learning

Presenters: Matt Hannigan: Pittsburgh Hive Learning Network and Deputy Director, The Sprout Fund; Hollis Headrick: Program Consultant, New York Community Trust Hive Digital Media Learning Fund; Jennifer Humke: Program Officer, The MacArthur Foundation; Chris Lawrence: New York City Hive Learning Network and Senior Director, Mozilla Mentor Community

Today’s interest-driven youth are empowered like never before to explore, create, and share their interests in new ways both in and out of school. Hive Learning Networks in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh support collaborations among a network of museums, libraries, media, and other youth-facing organizations that feature Connected Learning digital media and learning programs that emphasize making, remixing, curating, connecting, and sharing products anytime, anywhere. This session engages the audience in a discussion about learning networks, the impact of digital media on education, the learning landscape for youth, and the relationship of connected learning to the Common Core.

Principals, The Arts, and Things to Think About

Presenters: Tammy Cassile: Principal, Breakthrough Magnet School North, Stacy Chambers: Principal, McDonough Expeditionary Learning School, Jackie Coleman: Senior Executive Adviser for the Arts, and Fabien Pierre-Maxwell: Principal, Burr Elementary School, Hartford Public Schools; Robert Warren: Executive Director, Hartford Performs

This session brings building leaders into the conversation! Hartford Public Schools is in year three of implementing a systemic approach to arts education through its public/private partnership, Hartford Performs. Participants will hear from school principals how this approach looks at the school level, what lessons have been learned, what implications this work has on learning and their view of the role the arts should play in schools going forward as we implement the Common Core State Standards. The session will culminate in a panel discussion on the future of arts education in America.



Common Core and the Arts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a state-led initiative to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in college and in their careers. The resulting changes to the expectations of arts educators can be profound. AEP is providing this (ever-growing) selection of resources to help AEP Partner Organizations, arts educators, school leaders, and policymakers develop a better understanding of the Common Core and what the movement means for the arts.

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards Initiative – The home site for the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) provides a strong baseline of information for those interested in learning more about the Common Core. Selected resources from this site include:

Common Core Background and Overview 

The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose (June 2014) – A report from David Conley, Common Core State Standards Validation Committee Co-Chair, and CCSSO providing insight into the development process and purpose of the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core FAQ (May 2014) – An FAQ on the Common Core from the National Public Radio Education Team.

CEP Common Core Research and Reports – A collection of research and reports from the Center on Education Policy covering various topics related to the Common Core. New reports are added periodically as they are released.

Critical Thinking is the Key: The Common Core Explained – A presentation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation providing an overview of the Common Core and explaining how the standards aim to improve education.

Common Core State Standards 101 (August 2013) – A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education that gives an overview of the Common Core State Standards and addressing misconceptions about them.

VIDEO: Explaining the Common Core State Standards (October 2012) – A quick three minute video providing an overview of the CCSS.

VIDEO: Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success (September 2011) – A short video from The Hunt Institute on the history and development of the CCSS.

VIDEO: Bringing the Common Core to Life (April 2011) – A presentation by David Coleman for the New York State Department of Education which provides an overview of Common Core and how it might be implemented within the classroom. Available here is the ability to stream or download the video, or download a transcript of the event.

Common Core Tools and Resources

Common Core Works – This website resource bank from the Council of the Great City Schools provides resources on common core and how the standards directly impact inner city education.

Parents’ Guides to Student Success (2013) – The Parents’ Guides to Student Success are a set of resources from the National PTA developed by teachers, parents, and education experts in response to the Common Core.

Teaching Channel Resources – A collection of Common Core resources for educators from Teaching Channel’s website.

Open Educational Resources Commons: Common Core – A resource site providing a wide range of resources for understanding and implementing the CCSS.

EduCore – A site providing a wide range of resources and information regarding the “history, adoption, concepts, and uses” of the Common Core State Standards.


CCSS Forward – Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this site provides resources and success stories for to assist states in the implementation of the Common Core.

Achieve the Core – Free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. Includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.

Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments: A Workbook for State and District Leaders (March 2012) – A resource including examples and exercises designed to help those charged with implementing CCSS at both the state and local levels.

Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts’ Implementation (September 2011) – A report on the Common Core from the Center on Education Policy based on a survey of school districts which indicate how the standards are viewed at the district level and many of the barriers to implementation that districts are facing.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Common Core State Standards: Framing the Issues (2015) – This report from NAEYC considers how implementation of the common core state standards aligns with developmentally appropriate practice.

P21 Common Core Toolkit: A guide to aligning the Common Core State Standards with the framework for 21st century skills.


Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC is one of two large-scale federally funded assessment initiatives developing assessments aligned with the Common Core.

PARCC Task Prototypes and Sample Questions – Sample assessments and questions from PARCC’s website for ELA/Literacy and Math.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – Smarter Balanced Assessment is one of two large-scale federally funded assessment initiatives developing a new generation of assessments aligned with the Common Core.

A Framework for Considering the Validity of Learning Standards (2015) – This issue brief from NAEYC can be used to build curriculum, guide instructional goals, and inform assessment.

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards (April 2014) – This report from the K-12 Center at ETS serves as a guide to the Comprehensive Assessment Consortia (PARCC and Smarter Balanced).

Common Core and the Arts

Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core (December 2013) – A report based on the findings of the Theatre Communications Group’s 2012 Education Survey discussing the impact of Common Core on arts education.

Art and the Common Core (February 2013) – A PowerPoint presentation from an Education Week webinar about arts integration within the Common Core, featuring Susan M. Riley and Lynne Munson, and moderated by Erik Robelen.

The Arts and the Common Core (December 2012) – A report prepared by the College Board for NCASS on connections between the CCSS and the Next Generation Arts Standards.

Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core (November 2012) – This post by Susan Riley from Edutopia’s Education Trends blog discusses arts integration as a means to enhance the Common Core.

Guiding Principles for the Arts: Grades K-12 – Developed by David Coleman, this is a discussion on the ways in which arts education intersects with the Common Core areas.

The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project – A guide utilizing the arts in a Common Core curriculum.

Creativity, Critical Thinking, and the New Common Core State Standards (March 2012) – A symposium co-hosted by the Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Branch and the Museum of Contemporary Art, bringing together school leaders, teachers, and educators from arts organizations to discuss the impact of the Common Core on their work.

Instructional Resources: Arts

ArtsEdge – ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts.

Education Closet: Common Core and the Arts Resources – A collection of resources and professional development for educators on integrating the arts through the Common Core.

Teaching Channel Videos – Teaching Channel’s video library showcases innovative and effective teaching practices in the arts.

National Core Arts Standards

National Core Arts Standards – The result of the work of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), this website launched in June 2014 contains arts standards for five disciplines: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework (May 2014) – This document provides an overview of the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in the five arts disciplines.

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards – Updated regularly, the resources available on this page cover all parts of the National Core Arts Standards and the revisions over time.

Ovation Foundation Arts Ed Toolkit – The Arts Ed Toolkit from The Ovation Foundation offers free online education resources for teachers covering a wide range of the arts and aligned with the National Core Arts Standards.

ArtScan – ArtScan, AEP’s clearinghouse of state policies for arts education contains information on arts education standards in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

VIDEO: NAEA Next Generation Arts Standards 1994-2014 (March 2014) – This video from the National Art Education Association compares the new arts standards to the 1994 standards.

A Review of Selected State Arts Standards (November 2011) – Completed by the College Board and NCCAS, this document examines and compares the arts standards in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

International Arts Education Standards: A Survey of the Arts Education Standards and Practices of Fifteen Countries and Regions (August 2011) – The College Board produced this report detailing how countries across the world are developing arts standards. The report was created to help NCCAS consider international benchmarks as they revised the U.S. standards

National Standards for Arts Education (1994) – A useful tool from the Kennedy Center for exploring the national arts standards proposed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations in 1994, and accepted by 49 states.

Common Core Criticisms and Suggestions

Common Core Backlash: Track State Efforts (March 2014) – Updates on state efforts to reassess involvement in the standards and assessments. The site tracks legislation, executive orders, and other state action.

Common Core: Seven State In-Depth Reports (2013) – A series of special reports from the Hechinger Report on Common Core in seven selected states. The reports examine the extent to which the CCSS are transforming teaching and raising student achievement.

Common Sense vs. Common Core: How to Minimize the Damages of the Common Core (June 2012) – Blog post from Dr. Yung Zhao on minimizing potential negative impacts of the Common Core.

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core (April 2012) – This report from the Brookings Institution provides a recommendation that, for the Common Core to be effective, high quality instructional materials must be developed that support those standards.


Do you have a recommended resource to add here? This is an ever-growing list of resources for the Common Core and we welcome your suggestions. Please send suggested resources to Scott Jones.

AEP in the News


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How Do the Arts Stand in K-12 Across States?” McIntyre, E. Education Dive. (April 2016)

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Arts Education Partnership and Pencil Get New Leaders.” Strickland, A. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. (April 2016)

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Our Partners

A+ Schools Program at the North Carolina Arts Council: The mission of the A+ Schools Program is to create “Schools That Work for Everyone.” This mission has guided the program since 1995 as it periodically redefines its focus and work.

Afterschool Alliance: The mission of Afterschool Alliance is to engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state and local levels.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education: The mission of AATE is to connect and inspire a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.

American Educational Research Association: The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

American Youth Policy Forum: The mission of the American Youth Policy Forum is to educate and inform policymakers and practitioners about programs, policies, and strategies that help young people, primarily vulnerable youth, be successful in careers, citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Americans for the Arts: Americans for the Arts mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg: Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

ArtsEd Washington: The mission of ArtsEd Washington is to advance arts education for all students through leadership, partnership, and communication. We work toward the provision of arts learning to every student in WA State, throughout his/her K-12 education. Our organization is dedicated to creating systemic change in how arts education is perceived, funded, and taught in our schools.

Arts Education Collaborative: The Arts Education Collaborative’s mission is to strengthen education by making the arts central to learning through collaboration, research, and advocacy.

Arts for All: The mission of Arts for All is to ensure every public school student in Los Angeles county will receive a high quality K-12 education of which the arts are an intrinsic part of the core curriculum.

Arts Integration Solutions: The mission of Arts Integration Solutions is to transform the education system by bringing the classroom practice of arts integration to every child, in every classroom, every day, helping them succeed in math, science, literacy…and life.

Arts Schools Network: The mission of Arts Schools Network is to promote excellence in arts education by inspiring and serving arts leaders, institutions and organizations.

ArtsConnection: The mission of ArtsConnection is to make the arts an essential part of education, we connect artists with children, families, and schools in creative partnerships for teaching and learning.

ArtsNOW: ArtsNOW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education by equipping teachers with professional development and resources to bring creativity and the arts into the daily curriculum so students excel academically, socially, and artistically.

Association of Art Museum Directors: AAMD’s mission is to promote the vital role of art museums throughout North America and advances the profession by cultivating leadership and communicating standards of excellence in museum practice.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals: APAP’s mission is to develop and support a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it.

Big Thought: Big Thought’s mission is to make imagination a part of everyday learning.

Branch Associates Inc.: Branch Associates, Inc. provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services and supports for nonprofit organizations, foundations, government agencies and private sector organizations.

The Brubeck Institute: The Brubeck Institute’s mission is to advance the multi-disciplinary study, performance and perpetuation of Dave Brubeck’s musical compositions, recordings, performances career times, influence and influences, with emphasis on, but not limited to jazz.

California Institute of the Arts: CAP’s mission is to link the California Institute of the Arts to the diverse communities of Los Angeles County. In partnership with schools, community centers, and social service agencies, CAP provides free, after-school, school-based, and summer arts programs for undeserved youth. CAP also provides CalArts students with opportunities to teach, to refine their artistic abilities, and to explore the impact artists have on society.

California State University Summer Arts: The mission of CSU Summer Arts is to transform lives through excellence and innovation in arts education and performance. We believe: Participation in the arts nurtures the human spirit and fosters citizenry. Diversity develops aesthetic sensibility and perspective. CSU Summer Arts’ in-residence, immersive summer school escalates a student artist’s ability to reflect and gain insight, self-challenge, foster passion, and build their professional skill set. Connections made among student artists and professionals build capacity for futurework and life-long relationships.

Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program: The mission of the Master Arts Management (MAM) Program is to increase the capacity, effectiveness, expertise and impact of management in not-for-profit arts, culture and heritage enterprises and related agencies through structured and rigorous graduate-level academic curricula, applied research and service to the field.

Cathedral Arts Project: The mission of CAP is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives.

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education: The mission of CAPE is to increase students’ academic success, critical thinking and creativity through research-based, arts driven education.

Chorus America: The mission of Chorus America is to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing.

Cleveland Arts Education Consortium: Established in 1999, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium (CAEC) is committed through its mission to working as a partnership to promote and strengthen arts education in Northeast Ohio and advocate on behalf of arts learning for people of all ages and circumstances.

The College Board: The College Board is a mission driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Council of Chief State School Officers: The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.

Crayola LLC: Crayola LLC believes in honoring and nurturing the colorful originality in every child. We advocate for increased arts-infused education to help children acquire critical 21st century skills. We champion creatively alive children and know they inspire others.

Creative Oklahoma: Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to transform the state of Oklahoma through projects and collaborative ventures that help develop a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy and an improved life quality for its citizens.

Dance/USA: Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators, and organizations. By providing national leadership and services, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation and distribution, education, and dissemination of information.

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative: The mission of DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is to provide arts and humanities access to DC public school and public charter school students.

Delaware Division of the Arts: The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.

District of Columbia Public Schools: The mission of DCPS is to make our urban school district the highest performing in the nation, and to once and for all close the achievement gap that separates low-income students and students of color from their high-income white peers.

Education Commission of the States: Education Commission of the States believes in the power of learning from experience. Every day, we provide education leaders with unbiased information and opportunities for collaboration because informed policymakers create better education policy.

The Education Policy and Leadership Center: EPLC’s mission is to encourage and support the development and implementation of effective state-level education policies to improve student learning in grades P-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

Educational Theatre Association: The mission of the Educational Theatre Association is to promote sequential and scaffolded K-12 theatre curriculum, taught by certified and licensed educators.

Florida Alliance for Arts Education: FAAE’s mission is to improve, enhance, and promote arts education in Florida.

The Ford Foundation: The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Our goals for more than half a century have been to: strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, advance human achievement.

Fractured Atlas: Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Our programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today’s talented but underrepresented voices, we hope to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow.

Grantmakers in the Arts: The mission of Grantmakers in the Arts is to provide leadership and service to advance the use of philanthropic resources on behalf of arts and culture.

Great Minds: Great Minds is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit 501(c)3 organization that seeks to ensure that all students, regardless of their circumstance, receive a content-rich education in the full range of the liberal arts and sciences, including English, mathematics, history, the arts, science, and foreign languages. Since 2007 we have worked with teachers and scholars to create instructional materials, conduct research, and promote policies that support a comprehensive and high-quality education in America’s public schools.

Guitars in the Classroom: The mission of Guitars in the Classroom is to equip, train and empower teachers to lead hands-on music making with students in their classrooms as an integral part of learning every subject. Our regionally based grassroots programs prepare educators and staff to sing, play guitar, teach, arrange and lead songs for learning as well as compose lyrics with their students in service of academic success.

The Heinz Endowments: The mission of The Heinz Endowments is to help southwestern Pennsylvania thrive as a whole community- economically, ecologically, educationally, and culturally- while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

International Child Art Foundation: International Child Art Foundation’s mission is to employ the power of the arts for the development of creativity and empathy – key attributes of successful learners and leaders.

International Council of Fine Arts Deans: ICFAD is a multinational alliance of academic arts administrators representing institutions of higher education. Beyond being the provider of professional development, ICFAD facilitates forums for the exchange of ideas, information and issues of common concern for arts deans. ICFAD commits to its role as an influential advocate for the arts.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: The Kennedy Center’s mission is to present the finest in performing arts and to be a leader in arts education services and resources nationally and internationally.

League of American Orchestras: The League of American Orchestras leads, encourages, and supports America’s orchestras while communicating the vitality and value of orchestras and the music they perform. The League strives to stimulate the exchange of ideas and practices, promote innovation, and foster unity across the orchestra field.

Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning Programs: Lesley University is committed to active learning, scholarly research, critical inquiry, and diverse forms of artistic practice through close mentoring relationships among students, faculty, and practitioners in the field. Lesley prepares graduates with the knowledge, skill, understanding, and ethical judgment to be catalysts who shape a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Lighthouse Academies: The mission of Lighthouse Academies is to prepare students for college through a rigorous arts-infused education program.

Lincoln Center Education: Lincoln Center Education plays a pro-active, dynamic part in the preparation of young minds for the world of adulthood and the demands of the workforce.

Little Kids Rock: Transforming children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education.

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education: Local Learning’s mission is to advocate for the full inclusion of folk and traditional arts and artists in the nation’s education.

Malaschock Dance: The mission of Malaschock Dance is to provide transformational experiences through the creation, performance, and teaching of dance that fire the imagination and celebrate the human spirit.

mindPOP: mindPOP’s mission is to expand creative learning in Austin.

National Art Education Association: The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA’s mission is to strengthen state arts agencies. We represent their individual and collective interests, empower their work through knowledge, and advance the arts as an essential public benefit.

National Assessment Governing Board:  The NAGB meets quarterly to make decisions on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), including the subjects NAEP measures and the frameworks of assessments that students eventually take.

The National Association for Music Education: NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM): NAMM’s mission is to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music.

National Association of Elementary School Principals: NAESP is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. The Association believes that the progress and well-being of the individual child must be at the forefront of all elementary and middle-school planning and operations.

National Association of Secondary School Principals: NASSP promotes excellence in middle level and high school leadership through research-based professional development, resources, and advocacy so that every student can be prepared for post-secondary learning opportunities and be workforce ready.

National Association of State Boards of Education: NASBE exists to serve and strengthen State Boards of Education in their pursuit of high levels of academic achievement for all students.

National Dance Education Organization: NDEO’s mission is to advance dance education centered in the arts.

National Dance Institute of New Mexico: NDI New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

National Education Association: National Education Association advocates for education professionals, and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

National Guild for Community Arts Education: The National Guild’s mission is to support and advance access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.

National PTA: The National PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Oklahoma A+ Schools: Oklahoma A+ Schools® is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner. Located on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, OKA+ provides schools with ongoing professional development, an intricate network of support, and an active research component conducted by university professors.

OPERA America: Opera America’s mission is to promote the growth and expansion of the art form in North America; 2. To encourage and assist in the improvement of the quality of productions, performances, education programs, and community services; 3. To assist in the development of professional opera companies, opera ensembles, educational institutions, and related businesses through cooperative artistic and management services; 4. To foster and improve the education, training, and development of opera composers, singers and allied talents; 5. To encourage greater appreciation of opera and opera companies by all segments of society.

Opera Singers Initiative: The mission of Opera Singers Initiative is to provide mentoring, educational services, and financial support to emerging classical talent while increasing the public’s interest in opera and classical music.

Ovation: Ovation is dedicated to arts and culture and to nurturing the next generation of artists.

Partnership for 21st Century Learning: P21’s mission is to serve as catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

Pentacle (Danceworks, Inc.): Pentacle’s educational programming mines unparallelled expertise and connections in the dance community to provide middle school, high school, and college students with opportunities to explore many different careers in dance. Through hands-on training, students identify new areas of interest, practice skills, and test their capabilities while refining their career goals. Pentacle provides young dancers with a unique chance to discover their potential and understand how they can remain connected to dance throughout their lives.

Perpich Center for Arts Education: The mission of the Perpich Center for Arts Education is to provide all Minnesota students the opportunity to develop and integrate their artistic and academic abilities to their highest potential.

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership: The mission of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) is to promote learning in and through the arts for students in K-12 schools throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We accomplish this mission by working with teachers, teaching artists, school districts, colleges and universities, and 82 arts and cultural organizations throughout the region to encourage excellence in arts-in-education practice, and to bring arts-based learning experiences to all students.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: Central to the PCAH mission is using the power of the arts and humanities to contribute to the vibrancy of our society, the education of our children, the creativity of our citizens and the strength of our democracy.

Puget Sound Educational Service District: The mission of Arts Impact, a program of Puget Sound Educational Service District, is to bring high quality arts education experiences to students by training classroom teachers to use the arts in their day-to-day teaching. By empowering classroom teachers to confidently and competently integrate the arts into the core curriculum we are working toward eliminating the opportunity gap by 2020.

Quest Visual Theatre: Quest celebrates the role of visual theatre to enhance learning, promote creativity, and introduce people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to the artistic process. Quest builds a spirit of community through its inclusive and accessible approach to the arts. Deaf and hard of hearing artists, staff and volunteers from diverse cultures comprise the internationally recognized company. Quest’s educational work focuses on the use of visual theatre to enhance literacy.

Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium: QJMC’s mission is to support cooperative music education endeavors that could not be accomplished by any organization working alone.

South Arts: South Arts strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.

The Southeast Center for Arts Integration: The mission of the Southeast Center for Arts Integration is to foster the creation, dissemination, evaluation, and improvement of arts integration programs in educational settings. We provide information and experiences to teachers and teaching artists that will empower them to engage their students in learning for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts: SCEA’s professional development programs provide opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, and administrators to examine their current teaching practices and beliefs, experiment with arts-based and integrated instructional models, and expand their creativity as they explore art processes and procedures and envision concept-based integrated instruction.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education: SEADAE’s mission is to support the professional effectiveness of State Directors of Arts Education and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education.

Streetside Stories: Through the power of storytelling, Streetside Stories cultivates young people’s voices to develop literacy and arts skills, fosters educational equity, values diversity, and builds community.

U.S. Department of Education: The DOE’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

VH1 Save The Music Foundation: VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as a part of each child’s complete education.

Visual Thinking Strategies: The mission of VTS is to foster cognitive growth through interaction with art, and to boost academic achievement in every school where VTS is implemented, facilitating systemic change in how students learn and how teachers teach.

VSA- The International Organization on Arts and Disability: VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

The Wallace Foundation: The Wallace Foundation’s mission is to improve learning and enrichment opportunities for children.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: The Hewlett Foundation’s mission is to promote the well-being of humanity.

Window on a Wider World: Window on a Wider World is dedicated to enriching the education of Texas Panhandle students through arts, science, and cultural experiences.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts: Wolf Trap’s mission is to present and create excellent and innovating performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment, of diverse audiences and participants.

Young Audiences Arts for Learning: The mission of Young Audiences is to inspire and and develop young learners in active engagement in transformative arts experiences.

YoungArts: The mission to YoungArts is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American Society.


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