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, title1arts.org, 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