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Leading the Way

to Student Success

September 1–2, 2015 | Arlington, VA


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1. Human by Madeline Monlezon / National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

2. Let it Carry You by Emily Plitnick / National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

3. A Dream Journey to Peace by Ashini Modi / National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

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4. United by Kelsey Jean Bills / National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

5. Gasping For Air by Jeffrey Wang / National PTA Reflections® Award of Excellence

6. Compassion by Alice Hu / National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

7. The World Would Be a Better Place if We Pursued Our Dreams by Julie Kwon

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit


DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES,

THE ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES YOU TO ITS 2015

NATIONAL FORUM: THE ARTS LEADING THE WAY TO STUDENT SUCCESS.

As you make your way around Washington this week, you may notice a lot

of scaffolding. The Capitol Dome is covered in it, as are parts of the gorgeous

new National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled

to open in 2016. There’s building going on everywhere, multiple projects

that preserve and honor the past of our capital city and nation, but also look

to its future.

Here at AEP, we’re also honoring the past and looking ahead, with the 2020

Action Agenda as our scaffolding. With this Forum, AEP marks 20 years of

partnership and engagement. Over its remarkable history, AEP has shown

time and again that the arts are an integral part of the solution in preparing

all students for success in school, work, and life.

While we celebrate these accomplishments, the 20th Anniversary is also

an occasion for conversation about how the arts can help address growing

inequalities in access to a complete and competitive education. If we work

together to apply the lessons learned from the past, the arts can lead the way

in shaping the future of learning for all students in America.

We’re excited to have you join us for what will be a dynamic and important

series of conversations over the next two days. The keynotes, plenaries, and

concurrent sessions were all designed with an eye to digging deeper into our

2020 Action Agenda by asking big questions as well as thinking about practical

solutions. From the ways in which the education environment is changing for

this generation’s children to the complex set of personal and social skills they

will need to succeed, we’ll explore the vital role of the arts in shaping the vision,

and ensuring the success of real, effective education reform.

Thanks for joining us!

SANDRA RUPPERT

Director, AEP


ABOUT THE ARTS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

AEP, a part of the Council of Chief

State School Officers (CCSSO), is a

national network of organizations

dedicated to advancing the arts in

education for every young person

in America through research, policy,

and practice. Established in 1995 in cooperation with

CCSSO and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

(NASAA) and through a unique interagency agreement

between the National Endowment for the Arts and the

U.S. Department of Education, AEP aspires to ensure

that every student in America succeeds in school, work,

and life as a result of a high quality education in and

through the arts.

CCSSO is a nationwide, nonpartisan,

and nonprofit organization

representing the top state education

leaders. CCSSO unites, elevates, and

amplifies the voices of education chiefs working to prepare

all American students — regardless of background — for

college, careers, and life.

AEP RESOURCES

ArtsEdSearch.org – Launched in

2012, ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s

first online resource of high-quality research focused entirely

on student and educator outcomes associated with learning

in the arts. It features hundreds of easy-to-read summaries,

as well as potential policy implications of the research.

ArtScan – Located on the AEP’s

website, 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. It includes not

only policy language excerpted directly from each state’s

education policies but also information on state-level

surveys of arts education and a set of descriptive education

indicators.

AEP STAFF

Sandra Ruppert Director

sandra.ruppert@ccsso.org

Scott Jones Senior Associate for Research and Policy

scott.jones@ccsso.org

Mary Addie Program Associate

mary.addie@ccsso.org

SANDRA RUPPERT SCOTT JONES MARY ADDIE

AEP CONTACT INFO

Arts Education Partnership

of the Council of Chief State School Officers

One Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20001-1431

202.326.8693 (office)

aep@ccsso.org

Follow us on Twitter: @aep_arts

Tweeting during the Forum? Use the hashtag #aepforum

www.aep-arts.org

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EXPLORE

STUDENT ART GALLERY

Presented by National PTA Reflections® Awards Program

2014-2015 Theme: The World Would Be a Better Place If…

For more than 100 years, National Parent

Teacher Association (National PTA) has

worked to improve the overall well-being

of children everywhere. Today’s PTA is a

network of millions of families, students,

teachers, administrators, and business

and community leaders devoted to the

educational success of children and the promotion of family

engagement in schools. Built on the National Standards for

Family-School Partnerships, the PTA Reflections® Awards

program engages nearly 300,000 students and their families

in arts education activities each year. Visit the Reflections

Art Gallery at the second floor lobby and reception to

see a sampling of National PTA award-winning personal

interpretations on the program theme that best exemplify

creativity and technical skill in the literary, performing,

and visual arts. Visit PTA.org/Reflections and email

Reflections@PTA.org to learn more.

AEP 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HELD AT

THE TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo

Factory Art Center is home to the largest collection of

publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S.

An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s

the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting

approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The Torpedo

Factory is home to 82 artist studios, seven galleries,

two workshops, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

Find artwork in a wide variety

of media including painting,

ceramics, photography, jewelry,

stained glass, fiber, printmaking,

and sculpture.

Top: Beautiful by Jennifer Kim An

National PTA Reflections® Award of Excellence

Middle: The World Would Be a Better Place if More People Cared About

Each Other by Maria Elana Tovar

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

Bottom: Hands Across the World by Natalie Upholz

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

MON 31

August

TUE 1

September

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Registration

Second Floor Reception

7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Registration

Second Floor Lobby & Reception

8:30 am – 9:45 am National Forum Kick-Off

Salons 1–4

9:45 am – 10:00 am Break

Second Floor Lobby

10:00 am – 11:30 am Opening Plenary Session

The Future of Learning: Remaking the

Learning Landscape for Student Success

Salons 1–4

11:30 am – 11:45 am Break

Second Floor Lobby

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch & Keynote Address

by Anya Kamenetz

Salons 1–4

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Book Signing w/ Anya Kamenetz

Studio C

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions A

(see session descriptions for location

of your session)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break

Second Floor Lobby

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions B

(see session descriptions for location

of your session)

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Break

Second Floor Lobby

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Special Screening

School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired

Classroom with John Merrow

Salons 1-4

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEP 20th Anniversary Celebration

at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Buses will begin leaving from hotel at 6:15pm


WED 2

September

8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast & Registration

Second Floor Lobby & Reception

1

9:00 am – 10:00 am National Forum Day 2 Spotlight

Salons 1–4

10:00 am – 11:30 am Plenary Session

More Than Academics:

What Students Need to Learn

and What Schools Ought to Teach

Salons 1–4

11:30 am – 11:45 am Break

Second Floor Lobby

11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunchtime Plenary Session

A Conversation with Former

Secretary of Education

Richard W. Riley

Salons 1–4

2

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Break

Second Floor Lobby

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions C

(see session descriptions for location

of your session)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break

Second Floor Lobby

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Plenary Session

The Arts Leading the Way

to Student Success

Salons 1–4

Top: Treasure Hunt by Anastasia Logacheva

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

Bottom: Sunset of the Animals by Cora Jane Botts

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Closing Reception

Second Floor Lobby, Studio C,

& Terrace

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS AT A GLANCE

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Tuesday

September 1

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

B

Tuesday

September 1

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Adopt, Adapt, or Curriculum Map?

States and the New National Core Arts Standards

Studio B

Creating a Data Culture in Arts Education:

How Ingenuity’s Creative Schools Data Informs Policy

and Practice in Chicago

Studio D

Creativity, Arts Education, and Our Future

Studio E

Arts as a Lens for Systemic Change in a School District

Studio B

Balancing Equity and Quality: Innovative Solutions

through Partnership and Technology

Studio D

Celebrate - Share - Think Forward - Inspire Action:

Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Transforming Schools

Through the Arts

Studio E

Investing in Innovation:

What Works from the Arts Education i3 Grants

Studio F

In the Classroom & Beyond: Building & Sustaining

Successful Partnerships

Studio F

The Changing Landscape of K-12 Arts Education

Partnerships: What Does the Future Hold?

Salon 5

Our Toolbox, Your Tools: Using a Model for Systemic

Growth in the Arts

Salon 5

Title I and the Arts: A Practical Pathway

Salon 6

Youth Development Through Student-Centered Music

Education: An Examination of Assessment Practices

Across Multiple Organizations

Salon 7

Piloting Model Cornerstone Assessments in Our

Nation’s Elementary Schools - Lessons Learned and

Topics to Investigate

Salon 6

Multidisciplinary Arts Learning Through Opera

Salon 7


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Wednesday

September 2

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Arts Achieve: Resources and Lessons Learned

from a Five-Year i3 Grant

Studio B

Creative Leadership: The heART of Transformed

School Culture

Studio D

DELTA - Dance Entry Level Teachers’ Assessment -

Using Assessment Data to Transform the Teaching

and Learning Environment

Studio E

Documenting the Work: Sharing Arts Integration

with a Broader Audience

Studio F

Explore, Engage, Experience:

Teaching and Learning Through Arts Integration

Salon 5

Portfolios for the Future: Best Practices from

the Parsons/DreamYard Learning Portfolio Project

Salon 6

State Policy Solutions

Salon 7

Top: Feed the Work by Natasha Mannik

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

Bottom: The World Would be a Better Place if People Take Care

of Each Other by Jayden Choe

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

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2015 NATIONAL FORUM PROGRAM

MON31

Break

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Registration

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Second Floor Reception

TUE1

Continental Breakfast & Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Second Floor Lobby & Reception

National Forum Kick-off

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Salons 1-4

WELCOME FROM SANDRA RUPPERT, DIRECTOR, AEP

STUDENT PERFORMANCE - SIGNATURE THEATRE

Signature Theatre’s Stage One program is a two-week

workshop that gives the young aspiring musical theater

student, 14-17 years old, an in-depth experience in the world

of professional musical theater. Throughout the two weeks,

students hone their vocal, dance, and acting skills under

personalized, supportive instruction from musical theater

professionals. In addition to daily training in acting, music,

and dance, Stage One also incorporates daily master classes

from different DC theater professionals. With a different

instructor every day, this is an incredible opportunity for

high schools students to work with award-winning actors,

directors, choreographers, musicians, and casting directors.

At the end of the two weeks, students are given the

opportunity to share their experiences in an informal

class demonstration for family and friends.

OPENING REMARKS FROM SANDRA RUPPERT

GREETINGS FROM CHRIS MINNICH,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CCSSO

Opening Plenary Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Salons 1–4

THE FUTURE OF LEARNING: REMAKING THE

LEARNING LANDSCAPE FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Major educational innovations and technological advances

of the last decade are transforming how, where, and when

learning opportunities can occur. When no longer constrained

by time and place, learning experiences can be tailored to the

individual needs and interests of students – enabling students

themselves to exert more control over the path and pace of

their own educations.

How are classrooms, schools, and education systems adapting

to this rapidly evolving teaching and learning environment?

How do we allow for flexible and customized approaches to

learning while still maintaining a coherent education system?

What role do community resources play in the delivery

and credentialing of learning experiences? How do the arts

and arts learning opportunities – both in school and out –

contribute to this new learning environment?

MODERATOR

Anya Kamenetz

Educational Futurist, Lead DIGITAL Education Reporter

for NPR & Acclaimed Author

PANELISTS

S. Dallas Dance

Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Kylie Peppler

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and

Director of The Creativity Labs, Indiana University

Patrick N. Pope

Middle School Principal, Friendship Tech Prep Academy

Molly Spearman

South Carolina Superintendent of Education

Break

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Pick up boxed lunches at Second Floor Lobby

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Special Screening

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Salons 1–4

SCHOOL SLEUTH: THE CASE OF THE WIRED CLASSROOM

WITH JOHN MERROW

In this sneak preview of School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired

Classroom, a new film from Learning Matters, award-winning

education correspondent and Learning Matters founder John

Merrow visits schools across the country to explore whether

the proliferation of digital learning tools is actually translating

into greater student success. Following the screening, Merrow

will lead a Q & A with the audience.

Lunch & Keynote Address

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Salons 1–4

ANYA KAMENETZ

Educational Futurist, Lead

DIGITAL Education Reporter

for NPR & Acclaimed Author

Book Signing w/Anya Kamenetz

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Studio C

ANYA KAMENETZ

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Concurrent Sessions A

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

(see session descriptions for location of your session)

AEP 20th Anniversary Celebration at the

Torpedo Factory Art Center

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Buses will begin leaving from hotel at 6:15 pm

PERFORMANCE BY SITAR ARTS CENTER BAND

The Saints Band is comprised of youth from Sitar Arts

Center, an after-school program offering arts education to

underserved families of Washington, DC. Playing everything

from Duke Ellington to Adele, the Saints are highly soughtafter

performers. Over the years, The Saints have played

in such prestigious venues as the Millennium Stage at

the Kennedy Center, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Sydney

Harman Hall, and at various community events and venues

all over the Washington, DC area. They are led by Sitar

staff member Joe Link, a veteran teacher and percussionist

and native Washingtonian.

Break

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

B

Concurrent Sessions B

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

(see session descriptions for location of your session)

Break

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Top: A Million Squares But One World by Priti Godhuly Das


National PTA Reflections® Award of Excellence

Right: Love by Lucy Samuelson

National PTA Reflections® Award of Excellence

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2015 NATIONAL FORUM PROGRAM

WED2

Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Second Floor Lobby & Reception

National Forum Day 2 Spotlight

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Salons 1–4

OVERVIEW OF THE DAY FROM SANDRA RUPPERT,

DIRECTOR, AEP

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT (ESEA)

UPDATE BY HEATHER NOONAN, VICE PRESIDENT FOR

ADVOCACY, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS

AEP YOUNG ARTIST AWARD PRESENTATION

Presented by Deborah Reeve, Executive Director,

National Art Education Association

Plenary Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Salons 1–4

MORE THAN ACADEMICS: WHAT STUDENTS NEED

TO LEARN AND WHAT SCHOOLS OUGHT TO TEACH

Recognition is growing that in addition to academic content

knowledge and skills, students must also develop a critical

set of personal and social skills to succeed in school, work,

and life. In education circles, terms such as noncognitive

skills, 21st Century Skills, and social and emotional skills

are often used to describe the various attitudes and traits

considered essential ingredients for student engagement,

motivation, and development. They are also at the center

of a broader public debate about what students need to

learn and what schools ought to teach.

How are states, districts, and schools incorporating

noncognitive skills as an explicit goal of education? What

are the essential “skills for success” that contribute to positive

student outcomes and how should they be assessed? How

and in what ways does arts learning help nurture and develop

these skills and what are its implications for informing policy

and practice?

MODERATOR

Maria Voles Ferguson

Executive Director, Center on Education Policy

PANELISTS

Christie Bassett

Art Educator & 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year

Alice Felice Henry

Principal, Johnson School of Excellence

Rick Miller

Executive Director, CORE Districts

Helen Soulé

Executive Director, Partnership for 21st Century Learning

Break

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Pick up boxed lunches at Second Floor Lobby

The World Would be a Better Place if Everyone Gets a Basic Education

by Meha Shah

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

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Lunchtime Plenary Session

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Salons 1–4

A CONVERSATION WITH FORMER SECRETARY

OF EDUCATION RICHARD W. RILEY

Richard W. Riley, the United States Secretary of Education

under President Bill Clinton and former Governor of South

Carolina, is one of the leaders responsible for the creation

of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) in 1995. Join this

conversation with Former Secretary Riley to examine arts

education today and reflect on where we have been and

where we are going. Terry Peterson and Scott Shanklin-

Peterson, fellow architects of the Partnership, will moderate

the discussion.

MODERATORS

Terry K. Peterson

Senior Fellow, College of Charleston

Scott Shanklin-Peterson

Senior Fellow, College of Charleston

Break

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions C

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

(see session descriptions for location of your session)

Break

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Closing Plenary Session

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Salons 1–4

C

THE ARTS LEADING THE WAY TO STUDENT SUCCESS

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 in

out-of-school time. This aspirational goal serves as the

driving force behind AEP’s “The Arts Leading the Way to

Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing

the Arts in Education,” released earlier this year.

But how can you help put the action into the Action Agenda?

Join this interactive town hall to engage with other arts in

education leaders from across the country as we explore

the role and contribution of the arts in four priority areas:

raising student achievement and success; supporting effective

educators and school leaders; transforming the teaching and

learning environment; and building leadership capacity and

knowledge for policymakers and thought-leaders.

Hear how leaders of AEP partner organizations are

responding to these priority areas through their work and

discover how you and your organization can get involved to

help ensure equitable access to a complete and competitive

education that includes the arts for all young people.

MODERATOR

Sandra Ruppert

Director, Arts Education Partnership

PANELISTS

David A. Dik

National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts

for Learning

Lisa Donovan

Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, Dance/USA & OPERA America

Heather Ikemire

Director of Program and Membership Strategy, National Guild

for Community Arts Education

Akua Kouyate-Tate

Senior Director of Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the

Performing Arts

James Palmarini

Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association

Pamela Paulson

Senior Director of Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education

Sarah Tambucci

Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Closing Reception

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Second Floor Lobby, Studio C, & Terrace

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS A

A

TUESDAY

September 1

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Adopt, Adapt, or Curriculum Map?

States and the New National Core Arts Standards

Studio B

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!

PRESENTERS

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

Creating a Data Culture in Arts Education:

How Ingenuity’s Creative Schools Data Informs

Policy and Practice in Chicago

Studio D

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.

PRESENTERS

Tom Bunting

Data Associate, Ingenuity

Andrew Means

Co-Founder, The Impact Lab

AmySue Mertens

Director of Policy & Communications, Ingenuity

Creativity, Arts Education, and Our Future

Studio E

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.

PRESENTERS

Jean Hendrickson

Director Emeritus, Oklahoma A+ Schools

Dan Hunter

Founding Partner, Hunter Higgs, LLC

Susan McCalmont

Executive Director, Creative Oklahoma

Investing in Innovation: What Works from the Arts

Education i3 Grants

Studio F

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.

FACILITATOR

Don Glass

Consultant, arts | education | research

PRESENTERS

Tom Cahill

President & Chief Executive Officer, Studio in a School

Philip Courtney

Chief Executive Officer, EASE Program

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS A

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

Paul King

Executive Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects,

NYC Department of Education

Kathy London

Director of Arts & Instructional Support Specialist,

District 75 NYC Department of Education

Jan Norman

National Director of Education, Research & Professional

Development, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

The Changing Landscape of K-12 Arts Education

Partnerships: What Does the Future Hold?

Salon 5

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Title I and the Arts: A Practical Pathway

Salon 6

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Youth Development Through Student-Centered Music

Education: An Examination of Assessment Practices

Across Multiple Organizations

Salon 7

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.

PRESENTERS

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

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS B

B

TUESDAY

September 1

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Arts as a Lens for Systemic Change in a School District

Studio B

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 prerequisites 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.

PRESENTER

Sarah Tambucci

Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Balancing Equity and Quality: Innovative Solutions

through Partnership and Technology

Studio D

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.

PRESENTERS

Robert Bullwinkel

Program Manager, Visual and Performing Arts,

Fresno County Office of Education

David Reider

Principal, Education Design

Barbara Shepherd

Director, National Partnerships,

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate - Share - Think Forward - Inspire Action:

Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Transforming

Schools Through the Arts

Studio E

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.

PRESENTERS

Michelle Mazan Burrows

Director, A+ Schools Program

Jean Hendrickson

Director Emeritus, OK A+ Schools

Sandy Kent

Director, OK A+ Schools

Melanie Landrum

Director, AR A+ Schools

In the Classroom & Beyond:

Building & Sustaining Successful Partnerships

Studio F

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.

PRESENTERS

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

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Sue Trainor

Wolf Trap Institute Master Teaching Artist

Sheila Womble

Executive Director, Arts for Learning/Miami

(South Florida Wolf Trap)

Our Toolbox, Your Tools:

Using a Model for Systemic Growth in the Arts

Salon 5

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Piloting Model Cornerstone Assessments in Our

Nation’s Elementary Schools - Lessons Learned and

Topics to Investigate

Salon 6

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Multidisciplinary Arts Learning Through Opera

Salon 7

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.

PRESENTER

Leah Wilson

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America

How I Feel by Olivia Hoo

National PTA Reflections® Award of Merit

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C

WEDNESDAY

September 2

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Arts Achieve: Resources and Lessons Learned

from a Five-Year i3 Grant

Studio B

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Creative Leadership:

The heART of Transformed School Culture

Studio D

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.

PRESENTERS

Michelle Mazan Burrows

Director, A+ Schools Program

Christie Lynch Ebert

Section Chief, NC Department of Public Instruction

A Better World with Peace, Love and Care by Margaret Wang

National PTA Reflections® Award of Excellence

DELTA - Dance Entry Level Teachers’ Assessment -

Using Assessment Data to Transform the Teaching

and Learning Environment

Studio E

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, a lack of commonly held

expectations for what entry-level dance teachers should

know and be able to do has 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.

PRESENTERS

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

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Documenting the Work:

Sharing Arts Integration with a Broader Audience

Studio F

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.

PRESENTER

Amy Duma

Director, Teacher and School Programs, John F. Kennedy

Center for the Performing Arts

Explore, Engage, Experience:

Teaching and Learning Through Arts Integration

Salon 5

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.

PRESENTERS

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

Portfolios for the Future: Best Practices from

the Parsons/DreamYard Learning Portfolio Project

Salon 6

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.

PRESENTERS

Hillary Kolos

Director of Digital Learning, DreamYard

Jessica Walker

Director of Pre-College Programs, Parsons the New School

for Design

State Policy Solutions

Salon 7

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 strengthening state policy for arts education.

PRESENTERS

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

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BIOGRAPHIES

CHRISTIE BASSETT

Art Educator & 2015 Florida Teacher

of the Year

Christie is a native of Polk County, Florida,

where she began her career over 13 years

ago as a preschool teacher. Her joy for

teaching and visual art inspired Christie

to become an art educator. Christie uses

cross-curricular integration to help her students grasp a deeper

understanding of the artistic process while reinforcing critical

thinking skills. She developed a curriculum where she teaches art

through reading, writing, math, history, social studies, geography,

science, and agriculture. Christie further enjoys using her artistic and

educational knowledge outside of the classroom through community

projects. She feels the best way to teach her students to become

great citizens is by demonstrating her love of the community

through service. In 2014, Christie was selected as the Florida Teacher

of the Year. She spent the 2014-2015 school year traveling around

Florida as an ambassador of education. Christie currently teaches

kindergarten-7th grade visual art in Lakeland, Florida.

S. DALLAS DANCE

Superintendent,

Baltimore County Public Schools

As superintendent of the nation’s 25th

largest school system, Dr. Dance oversees

the instruction of 110,000 students and

leads and manages a $1.6 billion budget,

19,000 employees, and 173 schools,

centers, and programs.

In recognition of Baltimore County Public Schools’ advances under

his leadership, Dr. Dance was named a White House “Champion of

Change” and an eSchool News “tech savvy” superintendent. He was

appointed to the board of the International Society for Technology in

Education; named among the National School Boards Association’s

“20 to Watch” educators; and appointed to the President’s Advisory

Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and

the executive committee of the American Association of School

Administrators.

DAVID A. DIK

National Executive Director,

Young Audiences Arts for Learning

David A. Dik was appointed the National

Executive Director of Young Audiences

Arts for Learning in July 2010. Prior to this

position, he served as the Managing Director

of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

David serves on the Leadership Team of the National Coalition for

Core Arts Standards, the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education

Partnership (AEP), and the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Arts in Education Advisory Council.

David has a BM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music,

Potsdam, NY; a MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir

College, Princeton, NJ; and a post-graduate degree in School

Administration from the City University of New York.

LISA DONOVAN

Professor, Massachusetts College

of Liberal Arts

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D., is currently a Professor

in the Fine and Performing Arts Department

at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

directing the arts management program.

Most recently she served as Associate

Professor of Education and Division Director of the Creative Arts

in Learning Division at Lesley University. A theater artist, educator,

and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel,

and throughout the United States.

Lisa has broad experience working as an arts educator and

administrator in a variety of arts organizations that include Jacob’s

Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Opera Company, Barrington

Stage Company, University of Massachusetts’ Department of Theater,

and Boston University’s Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes.

She was formerly Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance

for Arts Education.

She was co-principal investigator of the Arts Integration Research

project funded by the Ford Foundation and is co-editor/author of

a new book series on arts integration published by Shell Education.

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MARIA VOLES FERGUSON

Executive Director,

Center on Education Policy

Maria Voles Ferguson is the Executive

Director of the Center on Education Policy

(CEP) at the George Washington University

(GWU) in Washington, DC, an independent

nonprofit organization that studies and

reports on the education policy and practice. Ms. Ferguson oversees

all of the Center’s operations, outreach, and research, and acts as

chief fundraiser and spokesperson. Before coming to the CEP,

Maria served as the Vice President for Policy at the Alliance for

Excellent Education, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization

in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Ferguson served

as the Director of the National School Boards Foundation and held

leadership positions years with New American Schools and the U.S.

Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary

Education. Ms. Ferguson began her career as a journalist, working

for Cox Newspapers, the Associated Press, and U.S. News & World

Report magazine. Her background and experience cover almost

every area of communications.

ALICE FELICE HENRY

Principal, Johnson School of Excellence

Alice Felice Henry is a transformational

leader with the proven capacity to assess

schools with high needs, develop a plan for

improvement, and execute it to successful

completion. Selected in 2009 as turnaround

principal for the Johnson School of

Excellence, she has led the school through dramatic improvements

in attendance, academic growth, and improved climate and culture.

Through a partnership with The President’s Committee on the Arts

and Humanities’ Turnaround Arts Program, she has used strategic

teacher development and research-based arts integration strategies

to continue to improve the landscape for children. She consults with

schools and school leaders on effective implementation of arts

integration. She has been honored by the Illinois State Board of

Education for school improvement, designated as Educator of the

Year by Phi Delta Kappa, and honored in city hall by Mayor Rahm

Emanuel for excellence in student achievement and growth. Alice is

a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois,

Champaign-Urbana.

BRANDON GRYDE

Director of Government Affairs,

Dance/USA & OPERA America

Brandon Gryde serves as director of

government affairs for Dance/USA

and OPERA America, representing the

membership in front of Congress, the White

House, and federal agencies on a range of

issues that include support for the NEA, preservation of charitable

giving incentives, and cultural exchange, among others. He previously

served as director of communications for Youth Service America,

an international youth engagement organization in Washington, DC,

and as Director of Publications at Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA,

where he managed a re-granting initiative in partnership with the

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and launched AND Magazine,

a quarterly arts and healthy lifestyles teen publication written by

students, which celebrates 10 years of publication this fall. He sits

on the board of a theater ensemble, dog and pony dc. Brandon

has a B.A. in Ethnomusicology and American Literature and Culture

from UCLA and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State.

HEATHER IKEMIRE

Director of Program and Membership

Strategy, National Guild for Community

Arts Education

Heather Ikemire, Ph.D., is director of

program and membership strategy at

the National Guild for Community Arts

Education, overseeing the Guild’s program,

membership, and marketing departments. The Guild supports and

advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts and

produces two of the field’s leading professional development events

each year—the Conference for Community Arts Education and the

Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). Prior to

her current position, Heather served as the Guild’s marketing and

communications director for seven years. Her research on community

arts education and creative youth development has appeared in

various publications and she helped guide the development of the

Guild’s highly-regarded resource, Engaging Adolescents: Building

Youth Participation in the Arts. She has a B.A. in English Literature

from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in Theatre with a concentration in

Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University’s School of Film,

Dance, and Theatre.

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ANYA KAMENETZ

Educational Futurist,

Lead DIGITAL Education Reporter

for NPR & Acclaimed Author

With expertise and passion for understanding

the complexities of how we will learn,

work, and live in the new millennium, Anya

Kamenetz has established herself as an

authority on the evolution of education, technology, and assessment.

Kamenetz burst on the scene at age 24, with her debut book,

Generation Debt, which received critical acclaim for stoking debate

on the unprecedented economic challenges young people face.

She then published DIY U, prompting the Huffington Post to name

her an “Educational Game Changer.” Critics have called The Test

a “must read” for anyone interested in our education system,

exploring the past, present, and future of assessment and challenging

conventional ideas about intelligence, achievement, and success.

Her upcoming book, Clicking (2017), will transform the way you

think about parenting in the digital age.

Her insight has been sought out by leadership from numerous

leading organizations and institutions, including the U.S. Dept. of

Education, the Malaysian Government, Apple, Harvard’s Berkman

Center, and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

She also sits on the advisory boards of two education-related

social innovation ventures and is a former fellow of the New

America Foundation.

AKUA KOUYATE-TATE

Senior Director of Education, Wolf Trap

Foundation for the Performing Arts

Akua Femi Kouyate-Tate is the Senior

Director, Education at Wolf Trap Foundation

for the Performing Arts, where she has led

program development and implementation

for major Education initiatives since 2001.

As an administrator, educator, and professional artist, Akua serves

as a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts

and other arts agencies, and is a regular presenter at national and

international conferences on arts education. She holds degrees in Art

Management and Dance from American University, and is a recipient

of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award. She has conducted

research on African Cultural Studies at Howard University and in

West Africa.

based in New York City.

JOHN MERROW

Former Education Correspondent,

PBS NewsHour, and Founding President

of Learning Matters, Inc.

John Merrow is the former Education

Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and

Founding President of Learning Matters,

an independent production company

Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National

Public Radio in 1974 with the weekly series, Options in Education,

for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. In 1984 he

began working in public television, as Education Correspondent

for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and as host of his own series of

documentaries, The Merrow Report. His work has been recognized

with Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2006, Emmy nominations in

1984, 2005, and 2007, four CINE Golden Eagles and other reporting

awards. In 2012, he became the first journalist to receive the

prestigious McGraw Prize in Education.

An occasional contributor to USA Today, the New York Times,

the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Education Week,

he is the author of The Influence of Teachers (2011), Choosing

Excellence (2001), and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).

John Merrow also maintains a weekly blog, The Merrow Report.

RICK MILLER

Executive Director, CORE Districts

Rick Miller has extensive experience in

policy and communications on the federal

and state level. Miller also serves as

Executive Director of CORE Districts.

CORE is a nonprofit organization that

seeks to improve student achievement by

fostering highly-productive, meaningful collaboration and learning

between 10 member school districts.

Prior to CORE Districts, Miller was the Deputy Superintendent for

P-16 Policy and Information Branch of the California Department

of Education. Miller served the U.S. Department of Education in

Washington, DC as Press Secretary to Richard W. Riley, Secretary

of Education in the Clinton Administration. Miller also spent time

during those years periodically detailed to the White House Office

of Advance where he traveled domestically and internationally on

behalf of President Clinton.

Miller currently serves on the Education Advisory Board for the

Region IX Equity Assistance Center. Miller lives in Rocklin, California

with his wife Julie, an elementary school speech therapist, and their

two sons, Casey and Ryan.

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CHRIS MINNICH

Executive Director, Council of Chief

State School Officers

Chris Minnich was appointed Executive

Director of the Council of Chief State

School Officers (CCSSO) in December, 2012.

As Executive Director, Chris has ushered

in a new strategic plan in which CCSSO is

committed to making sure all students participating in our public

education system – regardless of background – graduate prepared

for college, careers, and life.

Since 2012, CCSSO has worked with states to raise the bar on

standards, assessments, and accountability, transform educator

preparation programs, design new approaches to teaching and

learning, and implement and sustain promising reforms across

the country.

Chris first joined CCSSO in 2008. While at CCSSO, he facilitated

the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative and served

as Senior Membership Director, serving as the lead contact for all 57

of CCSSO’s members.

Chris has an extensive background in assessment and accountability

work, working to improve assessments for educators in both the

public and private sectors since 2003.

JAMES PALMARINI

Director of Educational Policy,

Educational Theatre Association

James Palmarini is the director of

educational policy for the Educational

Theatre Association (EdTA), and executive

editor of Teaching Theatre, the association’s

journal for theatre educators that he

co-founded in 1989. James serves on the Arts Education Partnership

Advisory Board; the Washington DC-based Arts Education Working

Group; and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)

Leadership committee.

In 1994 he was an editor for the theatre section of the National

Standards for Arts Education. During the past four years, James has

presented and co-presented several workshops and webinars on the

2014 National Core Arts Standards, including at an AEP Partnership

Forum, the Kennedy Center, and the National Guild for Community

Arts Education. In 2013, he served on two committees for AEP’s

2020 Action Agenda. Most recently, he led the theatre assessment

team of the NCCAS Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project.

PAMELA PAULSON

Senior Director of Policy,

Perpich Center for Arts Education

Pamela Paulson, Ph.D., is senior director

of policy for the Perpich Center for Arts

Education, a Minnesota state agency.

She is responsible for providing advocacy

and information for the state Legislature;

connections with state and national arts and education

organizations; administration of the statewide Perpich Library;

direction of the statewide Arts Integration Project and Turnaround

Arts MN initiative; and is directing the MN State Policy Pilot Project

(SP3). She is one of the founding directors of the Perpich Center.

Paulson is a Trustee of The College Board, Chair of the CB Academic

Council, MN representative for the State Education Agency Directors

of Arts Education (SEADAE), on the Leadership Team for the

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, and the Arts Education

Partnership Advisory Committee. Paulson is a past president of

Minnesota ASCD and the National Dance Education Organization.

KYLIE PEPPLER

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences

and Director of The Creativity Labs,

Indiana University

An artist by training, Peppler engages in

research that focuses on the intersection

of arts, technology, and interest-driven

learning. As Director of the Creativity Labs

at Indiana University (www.creativitylabs.com), Peppler brings

together educators, designers, artists, and learning theorists

interested in constructionist and hands-on, design-based learning.

Much of her current thinking around making and interest-driven

learning is highlighted in her report for the Wallace Foundation,

New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age

(2013), which showcases how today’s youth learn on their own time

and according to their own interests. A primary focus of this work

is on an emerging community of makers creating computational

textiles (or e-textiles)—textile artifacts that are computationally

generated or that contain embedded computers like the LilyPad

Arduino—which capture youths’ pre-existing interests in new media,

fashion, and design while supporting learning and creativity in

computer science, arts, design, and engineering.

He tweets regularly at @edtadvocacy and blogs occasionally at

http://schooltheatre.org/advocacy.

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TERRY K. PETERSON

Senior Fellow, College of Charleston

Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., has worked on

successful education improvements from

the school house to various state houses

and to the White House. He develops

innovative strategies and partnerships for

education reforms and expanded learning

opportunities across America and in developing countries.

Terry has helped initiate numerous nationwide education policies

positively affecting millions of students. At the state level, he has

developed funding proposals for early childhood education;

teacher recruitment; performance pay; school innovation funds;

accountability systems; and the arts in the basic curriculum.

Terry serves on ten national, state, and local education organizations

including chairing the national Afterschool Alliance. He is the editor

of the 2013 landmark compendium, Expanding Minds and

Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summers

for Student Success. He is a Senior Fellow at the College of

Charleston and at the Riley Education Institute and a consultant

to the CS Mott Foundation.

PATRICK N. POPE

Middle School Principal,

Friendship Tech Prep Academy

Patrick N. Pope has worked in public

education for over 30 years, 20 years as

a principal. He was the principal of Savoy

Elementary School in Southeast Washington,

DC in 2012 when the President’s Committee

on the Arts and Humanities recognized the school as one of the eight

Turnaround Arts Schools in the nation. As part of the Turnaround

effort at Savoy, Mr. Pope utilized an arts model that included

instruction in dance, theater, music, and the visual arts, both during

the school day and in after-school programming. In his ten years

as principal of a successful middle school in the District of Columbia

Public Schools, he built a highly regarded arts and music program,

won recognition and awards for innovative and creative teaching for

both himself and his teaching staff, and garnered over a quarter of

a million dollars in grants and awards. Mr. Pope is known for building

important and lasting partnerships with professional organizations

and institutions to support teacher training and school programs.

Since January 2015 he has served as the principal of Friendship

Technology Preparatory Academy Middle School, a charter in

southeast Washington.

RICHARD W. RILEY

Senior Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley &

Scarborough LLP and EducationCounsel

LLC

Richard W. Riley is a senior partner of

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

and EducationCounsel LLC. A former U.S.

Secretary of Education (1993-2001) and a

former Governor of South Carolina (1979-87), Dick Riley, with full

support of the Firm, remains an ambassador for improving education

in the state, nation, and abroad, and is a frequent advocate for

including the arts in education. As U.S. Secretary of Education,

Dick Riley helped launch initiatives to raise academic standards;

improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged; increase

parental involvement in education; expand grants and loans to help

more students attend college; and prepare young people in America

for the world of work. As Governor of South Carolina, he initiated

the Education Improvement Act, the Employment Revitalization

Act, and the S.C. Research Authority. Former Sec. Riley is in constant

demand as a speaker and serves on a number of prestigious

boards and commissions. For his continuing work in educational

advancement, he has been given many awards including,

just recently, one from the American Association of School

Administrators and the International Educators Association.

HELEN SOULÉ

Executive Director, Partnership for 21st

Century Learning

Dr. Helen Soulé is the Executive Director

of P21. She has led the organization’s state

recruitment and support effort, the 21st

Century Learning Exemplar Program, and

other initiatives. Soulé is a lifelong educator

with P-16 leadership experience at the local, state, and national level.

Soulé served as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for the Office

of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education,

and as Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom. She is a

founding SETDA member and the recipient of several awards,

including Converge magazine’s 30 “Shapers of the Future” award,

E-School News “Impact 30 Award for Excellence”, and the Mississippi

Educational Computing Association’s Technology Educator of the

Year award. She currently sits on the Board of the Academy of

Education Arts and Sciences.

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BIOGRAPHIES

SANDRA RUPPERT

Director, Arts Education Partnership

Sandra Ruppert is Director of the Arts

Education Partnership (AEP), which is part

of the Council of Chief State School Officers,

a Washington DC-based nonprofit and

nonpartisan membership organization

representing the top leaders of state

education agencies. Sandra leads AEP’s national network of 100+

organizations dedicated to ensuring every young person in America

receives a complete and competitive education that includes the

arts. She is responsible for the design and development of AEP’s

ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first digital research and policy

clearinghouse of educational outcomes associated with learning

in and through the arts. Sandra is also the author of numerous AEP

publications, including A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education

(2014), What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

(2011) and Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student

Achievement (2006). Prior to her appointment as AEP Director

in June 2008, she was a Program Director with the Education

Commission of the States, a Denver-based national nonprofit

organization that advises state policymakers on education issues.

While at ECS, she directed the Arts in Education Initiative of ECS

Chairman, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Sandra holds a Master

of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

SCOTT SHANKLIN-PETERSON

Senior Fellow, College of Charleston

Scott Shanklin-Peterson’s professional career

reflects a commitment to the development

of the arts, arts education, and building

public/private arts partnerships to help

address the concerns of America’s communities.

As Deputy Chairman and Sr. Deputy

Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Scott

helped both Chairman Jane Alexander and Chairman Bill Ivey

develop national initiatives including the national Arts Education

Partnership and the Challenge America grants program. Scott also

served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts

Commission developing arts and education policies, partnerships,

and programs, including the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project.

Scott returned to South Carolina in 2002 as the Sr. Fellow and Director

of the Arts Management Program in the School of the Arts at the College

of Charleston. In cooperation with the Charleston County School

District and Gigi Antoni, CEO of “Big Thought – Dallas,” Scott helped

lead the establishment of “Engaging Creative Minds,” a tri-county

public-private education partnership designed to help students achieve

academically, stay engaged in learning, and stimulate creativity and

innovation through access to quality creative learning opportunities

and more engaging arts infused curriculum and instruction. She now

serves as its Chairman.

MOLLY MITCHELL SPEARMAN

South Carolina State Superintendent of

Education, South Carolina Department

of Education

Molly Mitchell Spearman was elected as the

18th South Carolina State Superintendent of

Education on November 4, 2014.

Superintendent Spearman’s career has

spanned 18 years as a public school music teacher and an assistant

principal. In addition to teaching, she has served four terms as a

member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, six years

as Deputy Superintendent of the South Carolina Department of

Education, and ten years as the Executive Director of the South

Carolina Association of School Administrators.

She holds a B.A. Degree in music education from Lander University,

a Master’s Degree in education supervision from George Washington

University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of

South Carolina.

As the South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Mrs. Spearman

has the experience and relationships needed to move South Carolina’s

education system forward.

Superintendent Spearman strongly believes the foundation for

student success lies in effective classroom teachers and principals

who facilitate personalized learning for every student, every day.

Her vision is for every South Carolina graduate to be prepared for

the next step after graduation. Superintendent Spearman is excited

to keep a positive and forward-thinking approach to South Carolina

education to promote better schools and brighter futures.

SARAH TAMBUCCI

Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Dr. Sarah Tambucci is Director of the Arts

Education Collaborative, a regional initiative

designed to support quality arts education.

She is experienced as a visual arts teacher,

department chair, principal, and higher

education faculty member. Tambucci has

served in a variety of leadership positions in the arts and education

including President of the National Art Education Association (NAEA)

and President of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).

She serves on a wide range of local, state, and national advisory

boards, committees, and panels. Tambucci speaks broadly regarding

aspects of educational leadership and policy-influencing. Among

numerous honors and recognitions, she is the 2005 recipient of

the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership

in Arts Education.

THE ARTS LEADING THE WAY TO STUDENT SUCCESS

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NOTES AND DOODLES

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The process of studying

and creating art in all

of its distinct forms defines,

in many ways, those qualities

that are at the heart of

education reform in the 1990’s—

creativity, perseverance,

a sense of standards,

and above all,

a striving for excellence

all the time.”

Richard W. Riley, 1994

There is a growing urgency

to shift toward models

of learning that foster

natural creativity and innovation

to produce new knowledge,

new answers.”

Anya Kamenetz, 2010

National Forum catalog design: Greg Schooley


YOUNG ARTIST AWARD WINNER

CATHERINE PARK

School: Langley High School

Art Teacher: Catherine Stark

About the Artist:

Catherine (Cathy) Park is a rising senior at Langley

High School in McLean, Virginia. She has been an

avid artist since she was young and says she is

inspired every day by her wonderful family. Cathy

received a National PTA Reflections Award for

Outstanding Interpretation for her watercolor

artwork “Unity,” pictured on the front cover of this

program booklet! She has also won several other

awards, including the Scholastic Gold Key Award

and the MacDonald-Allen Scholarship. In her free

time, she likes to play golf and read.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Title: Unity

Medium: Watercolor

YOUNG ARTIST INTERVIEW

Can you tell us more about the piece of artwork, Unity, and what it means to you?

Unity is about showing how the world is made up of so many different places, so

many different countries, but in the end we’re all one planet, we all belong to earth.

And it’s just showing that, in accordance to the title, we all need to be unified, that

we’re all the same people, and we’re all human.

That makes sense! So how would you say that art helps with cultural diversity?

And how have you used art to help achieve that?

Art is vital in that anyone can see art. And although sometimes art might be difficult

to understand, it’s not really discriminatory to anyone, regardless of age or education.

So I think art is so vital to spreading cultural diversity because it shows everyone

what the different parts of the world are like. I think that art is a great vehicle in

showing others what culture diversity is.

As you mentioned with art being accessible to everyone, and making it easily

accessible to everyone, what would you say to policy-makers about why the arts

matter in schools?

In art, you can express yourself in a way that’s healthy, you can reach out to others.

The arts allow a student to explore the depths of their imagination and what they

can do in the visual arts, and even if you’re not good at it you can always improve.

So, yes, I think the arts are very, very important.

How would you say you plan on using the skills you’ve learned through art in

the future? Whatever that future might be.

A lot of art is about self-discipline. You realize a lot about yourself when you realize

you come across an obstacle. How are you going to get over the fact that you can’t

do this specific thing? So it teaches a lot about the human character and self-discipline.

< Scan the QR Code to listen to the full

interview with Catherine

Cover artwork: Unity by Catherine Park

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