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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.


Concurrent Sessions A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concurrent Sessions B

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concurrent Sessions C

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concurrent Sessions D

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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ArtScan at a Glance
AEP’s latest research and policy brief provides an overview and analysis of the findings from ArtScan. ArtScan is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The brief reports findings in several key policy areas and helps to bring transparency and clarity about state policies for arts education in America.

Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review
This literature review includes an historical overview, definitions and theoretical frameworks for arts integration, research and evaluation studies, methods and practices for each of the art forms.



Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts
This Education Trends report explores research on how the arts bolster the development of deeper learning skills, provides examples of programs that successfully increased access to the arts in education in public schools, and includes state- and local-level policy considerations.



Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences.




Creating Quality Integrated and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
A report from a 2002 AEP National Forum examining the many forms of arts integration, various perspectives on the practice, and its value to student learning.




Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
A response to the needs of policymakers, educators, parents and advocates for fact-­based, non­-technical language documenting the most current and compelling research on the value of arts learning.



Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Summary and discussion of 62 research studies examining how arts learning affects students’ social and academic skills.




Envisioning Arts Assessment
A guide to help design large-scale arts assessment decisions, this publication also provides informational support and activities to be used as both a practical tool and reference.



ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts
This special report highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Designed to continue growing as ESSA implementation proceeds, this report currently contains chapters exploring the opportunities for arts education within the following topics: Accountability, Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement, State Plans, Tiers of Evidence, Title I and a Well-Rounded Education.’


From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level
A research and policy brief discussing various approaches and methodologies for conducting statewide arts education based on examples in Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington.



Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education
A report from an October 2000 meeting in which 32 school districts from 19 states discussed the current status of arts education in their districts.




Learning Partnerships: Improving Learning in Schools with Arts Partners in the Community
This report presents how successful arts education partnerships impact school policy and practices. It addresses key principles of effectiveness and key questions for developing partnerships.



Making a Case for the Arts: How & Why the Arts are Critical to Student Achievement & Better Schools
The benefits of arts education for teachers, students and communities as discussed in the AEP publications Third Space and Critical Links.



Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed
Beyond the intrinsic value of music to cultures worldwide, education in music has benefits for young people that transcend the musical domain. In this bulletin, AEP reviewed an extensive body of research to identify high­-quality, evidence-­based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music. Music Matters shows conclusively that: music education equips students to learn; music education facilitates student academic achievement; and music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

A limited number of hard copies of this publication are available. To purchase, please contact Cassandra Quillen at

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
AEP’s latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.
A limited number of hard copies of this publication are available. To purchase, please contact Cassandra Quillen at

Quiet Art
Quiet Art tells the story of little Wilda who uses art to try to communicate with the noisy, impatient world around her. With help from her Grandma Gert, Wilda must learn to express herself and use the power of her own imagination. This book is a product of Irv’s Storytime, an organization that brings people together to share, illustrate, and produce collaborative stories. In 2012, Irv’s Storytime partnered with Foster The Future, the charity initiative of Grammy­ nominated band Foster The People, to create this collaborative book using illustrations from the band’s fans across the country. To purchase a copy of Quiet Art, please click here.

Strengthening State­-Level Arts Education Partnerships
This report summarizes an April 2000 meeting convened by AEP with arts education consultants from state departments of education. Discussion includes why partnerships fail and criteria for success.



Teaching Partnerships: National Forum Report on Partnerships Improving Teaching on the Arts
A look at exemplary collaborations between higher education, public education systems, and arts and cultural organizations to determine the best policies and actions for quality teaching of the arts.



The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform
The Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative grantees describe practices for building community partnerships that integrate the arts into urban education systems.



The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research
This report proposes opportunities for future research on the arts and education based on a survey of the significant body of research in the field.




The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education
The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education serves as the blueprint for the collective work of AEP for the next five years. By addressing the four priority areas highlighted in this 2020 Action Agenda, AEP will move toward the goal that, by the year 2020, every young person in America, at every grade level, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and out-of-school time.

What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education
As the top building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high­-quality arts education as part of a complete education. This brochure­ length guide, prepared by the AEP with support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities offers three concrete actions— supported by low­-cost or no-­cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools.


Why Your Child Needs the Arts Advantage and How You Can Gain It
This brochure highlights the findings of the two-­year study, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education.




Working Partnerships: Professional Development of the Arts Teaching Workforce
This report of the AEP Task Force on Higher Education identifies and documents promising practices for engaging schools, higher education institutions and arts communities in partnerships that support the development of the arts teaching workforce.



Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections
This booklet provides guiding principles and recommendations to support the development of arts­based early childhood programs and resources.




You Want to Be A Part of Everything: The Arts, Community, and Learning
Report of the Arts Education Partnership Task Force on Higher Education




Success Stories

Making Connections: Stories that reveal the impact of research, policy and practice

Building on AEP’s strong history of connecting the field to research, policy and practice, AEP launched a new communications initiative to support partner organizations’ efforts to make the case for arts education as a critical component of a complete education. Grounded in the four priority areas of the 2020 Action Agenda, the Success Stories project collects submissions from partner organizations highlighting successful arts in education programs. These stories demonstrate the benefits of arts integration across the education spectrum and promote continued collaboration and learning for individuals and organizations working toward student achievement and success.



PRIORITY AREA 1: Raise Student Achievement and Success

Success Story: San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Community Opus Project




PRIORITY AREA 2: Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

Success Story: Perpich Arts Integration Project




PRIORITY AREA 3: Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

Success Story: Digital DELLTA – Linking Learning and the Arts




PRIORITY AREA 4: Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

Success Story: California Title I Arts Initiative


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 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.

AEP Blogs

Developing a Theory of Action for K-12 Arts Education and SEL Outcomes (December 2017)
This is a guest blog post from Steve Shewfelt, Director of Data and Research, Ingenuity, and Jenny Nagaoka, Director of the UChicago Consortium on School Research. 

What role do arts education programs play in children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) and development? This is not a new question; social and emotional competencies have increasingly been acknowledged as an essential component of a well-rounded education with important implications for lifelong success. (read more)

Linking Learning and the Arts in ArtsConnection’s DELLTA Program (November 2017)
This is a guest blog by Carol Morgan, Deputy Director for Education, ArtsConnection.

What is the nature of teaching and learning in dance and theater; and, in what ways do they influence second language acquisition? At first glance, these two things might seem to have nothing to do with each other, but they do. (read more)

Why Do We Celebrate During National Arts in Education Week? (September 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts.

We all know that arts education is good, right?  The vast majority of Americans (90 percent) believe that the arts should be a part of a well-rounded education for K-12 students. Decision makers in the U.S. Department of Education, in every state, from both sides of the aisle – and even from other sectors, such as business and science – agree.  (read more)

The Importance of Arts Education in Workforce Preparation (September 2017)
America’s future economic growth depends on the strength of our world-class education system. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States, recognizes arts education as a key to ensuring students’ success not only in school, but also in the workplace and beyond. (read more)

Celebrating the 250th Addition to ArtsEdSearch
(August 2017)
Education Commission of the States believes that informed policymakers are the best decision makers – by having the background, research, analysis and insights needed to make effective education policy, leaders across the country can take important steps to improve education outcomes for all students. Five years ago, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) established the ArtsEdSearch website, providing critical research to support policymakers in their decisions to expand access to high-quality arts education in their states and communities. (read more)

Sowing the Seeds of Social Change: Arts education as a source of hope, healing and agency (August 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Since 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education (a partner organization of the Arts Education Partnership) has been committed to ensuring that all Americans realize their creative potential, with quality arts education available to all. Our member organizations – community schools of the arts, arts and cultural centers, preparatory programs, arts education divisions and more – play a critical role in providing creative learning opportunities to communities across the country. (read more)

The Arts and Education Equity (June 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Laura Smyth, Program Director, Title I Initiative, California Alliance for Arts Education.

The California Alliance for Arts Education is in its fifth decade of making the arts a core part of every child’s education across the state, by providing policy expertise and mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners. We’ve spent the last six years working on our Title I Initiative, and building and sharing resources to help schools understand how the arts can play a powerful role in achieving success for vulnerable students. (read more)

Student Achievement Through the Arts in Education (June 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Dalouge Smith, President & CEO – San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., Superintendent – Chula Vista Elementary School District. 

Education has transformed over the past several years, motivated by the understanding that today’s students must be prepared to succeed in jobs that don’t yet even exist in our 21st century economy. Educators, policymakers, elected officials and philanthropists increasingly recognize that academic achievement is driven by much more than test preparation. (read more)

How Does Arts Education Fare in the First Round of State ESSA Plans? (May 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Lynn Tuttle, Director of Public Policy & Professional Development, National Association for Music Education.

The National Association for Music Education’s mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. We are a partner organization of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), sharing the belief that all students benefit from the arts as part of a well-rounded education. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has presented new opportunities for the arts and we have anxiously awaited to see how states would implement the new law. (read more)

Digital Transformation (April 2017)
This is a guest blog post by David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

As an AEP Partner Organization, Young Audiences Arts for Learning carries the commitment to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Established in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning serves more than 5 million children and youth each year in 8,984 schools and community centers across the country through its diverse network of 30 local affiliates. (read more)

AEP State Policy Symposium Connects the Arts and State Policy (March 2017)
To build on the Arts Education Partnership’s (AEP) work of aiding states in including the arts as they craft plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), AEP, along with its collaborators Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, convened approximately 140 arts in education leaders last Saturday for the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium. (read more)

ESSA Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities for the arts abound (January 2017)
As states around the country continue the process of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a priority of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is to ensure that the arts and education communities have the resources necessary to engage in the many opportunities ESSA opens up for expanding arts education for all students. (read more)

Elevating the Meaningful Work of AEP Partner Organizations (December 2016)
As part of its mission, AEP is committed to elevating the meaningful work of its 100+ partner organizations. AEP serves to communicate the power of arts in education, collaborate on new research and policy solutions, convene national experts and thought leaders and connect its partners and the field to useful and timely information to build support for arts as part of a well-rounded education. (read more)

New Resources Available: Mapping opportunities for the arts in ESSA (October 2016)
By now the education community is well aware of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). From the moment that ESSA was signed into law, folks across the education community – from classroom teachers to policymakers – have been clamoring with questions. (read more)

Promising Practices in Arts Education
(July 2016)
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP)continues to showcase the promising practices of partner organizations and other practitioners across the country. This is a priority not only because partner organizations are doing incredible work but also because there is great strength in learning from the experiences and programs of others. (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership, ESSA and a Well-Rounded Education (April 2016)
AEP serves as the junction point among the arts and education communities as well as the local, state and federal policy communities. As a new center within Education Commission of the States, AEP will expand upon this role and provide our partners and other stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to move the needle on our collective goals for the arts in education. (read more)

Arts Education Policy: A look at the year ahead (March 2016)
Beginning in January 2016, Education Commission of the States assumed the role as the cooperator for AEP and is now working directly with the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education as well as all AEP partner organizations and the AEP Advisory Committee. The education policy world has changed dramatically with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the next year of implementation will include dramatic changes as the federal and state roles are challenged on many levels.  (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership: Helping to Realize the Potential of the Arts for Every Child (October 2011)
This brief appeared on the Department of Education’s website as a featured blog. AEP explains how the partnership is helping to harness the potential of every child to be creative individuals. (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership: Helping to Realize the Potential of the Arts for Every Child (October 2011)
This brief appeared on the Department of Education’s website as a featured blog. AEP Sr. Associate for Communications and Partnerships, Laura Johnson explains how AEP is helping to harness the potential of every child to be creative individuals. (read more)

Arts Education Blog Forum on Research (August 2011)
AEP answers the question: How does the report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education, help to inform the public debate on arts education? (read more)

Creativity, Innovation and Arts Learning: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (February 2010)
Creativity and innovation are on everyone’s minds these days. Read the latest from AEP on some key questions and concrete solutions for how creativity can be resourced and channeled for student and economic success. (read more)

The Arts Education Effect: Why Schools with Arts Programs do Better at Narrowing Achievement Gaps (September 2009)
Originally published online at Education Week, The Arts Education Effect examines America’s dropout crisis and the arts’ role in closing the achievement gap. (read more)

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.