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.