Cassandra Quillen

As a project manager, Cassandra contributes to reports and publications for the Arts Education Partnership and provides support for AEP convenings. Prior to this position, she worked as a communications specialist at Education Commission of the States and AEP. With an educational background in art history and a strong belief in the transformational qualities of learning, Cassandra is passionate about her work and dedicated to sharing research and resources on the arts in education with stakeholders across the country.
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A By-The-Numbers Approach to Exploring the Arts in Charters
Cassandra Quillen
04 May 2021

In the 2018-19 school year, nearly 175,000 pre-K-12 students attended a charter school with a curricular focus in the arts. These charter schools offer a variety of course tracks across arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts), as well as integrated approaches, including STEAM education. Of the more than 7,500 charter schools […]

ArtsEdSearch: 300 Studies and Counting
Cassandra Quillen
09 December 2020

In 2012, the Arts Education Partnership curated an extensive collection of research on arts education in one place: ArtsEdSearch. Eight years later, this online clearinghouse of research continues to support practitioners, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders in their work through topical and trusted research. In 2020, AEP added even more research to ArtsEdSearch — exceeding […]

A Look at the Role of the Arts in Juvenile Justice
Cassandra Quillen
18 December 2019

On a given day 43,580 youths are held in residential placement facilities ― including any public or private out-of-home youth placement facility. Of the youths in residential placement, 1 in 3 do not attend school, and 1 in 2 participate in less than six hours of educational instruction a day. In addition, studies show that […]

Partnering to Bring the Arts to Students in Rural Communities
Cassandra Quillen
06 November 2019

A trip to a museum provides opportunities to experience the world at different points in time — to look back at the past to see a world that may seem unimaginable now, to engage with current events and culture, and to think far into the future and about things that remain unexplored. Participation in the […]

ArtsEdSearch: The Search Is Over … or Maybe It Is Just Beginning
Cassandra Quillen
22 August 2018

Help! I need information — and fast — about the impact of arts-focused professional learning opportunities for teachers. I want to learn more about how engagement in the arts throughout a child’s academic career impacts their success, but I don’t know where to start. Our school is considering implementing a new field trip program and […]