The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs began convening a leadership network in 2018 to foster dialogue and advance the work of individuals supporting arts education for students with disabilities across the country. Out of this work, the leadership network gained a better understanding of the intersecting fields of arts and culture, education and youth development, and disability studies. In addition, the leadership network has produced key publications, including a research and policy agenda and a field guide. During this session, attendees will learn about the intersecting fields and effective strategies for policy development related to some of the most pressing issues facing the field and hear from leaders in two state-based contexts: Kansas and New York. Policymakers, researchers and practitioners alike will envision the futures of this intersectional field. Presenters focus particularly on the state educational policies related to increasing access to arts learning opportunities for diverse and intersectional student populations and the education of future arts educators who will serve this population of students.
Elaine Bernstorf, Professor of Music Education, Wichita State University
Elise Sobol, Director, Music Education and Visiting Associate Professor, New York University
Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs
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