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Remember The 2013 Arts and Education Symposium

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Hosted by The Education Policy and Leadership Center &
the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network

The Arts and Education Symposium is supported with a generous grant from the Heinz Endowments

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Registration, Networking, and Refreshments–8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Program–8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Lunch–12:00 p.m.

$40 Per Person

Act 48 Credit Available



  • Keynote Speaker–Ian David Moss
  • Student Performance–M-Uth Theater, Pieces excerpt
  • Policy Leader Panel
  • 2013 Arts Education Policy Leader Award
  • 2013 Arts Education School Board Award
  • Concurrent Sessions:
    • Building Creative Leadership Teams to Support Arts-Infused Education
    • Student Learning Objectives and Teacher Evaluation
    • Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Gather, Analyze, and Share Information about Student Learning in the Arts
    • Data Driven Advocacy with the Arts Education Navigator Series
    • Distance Learning and the Arts
    • What the New National Core Arts Standards Mean for Pennsylvania’s Educators
    • One Step, One Act: Moving Towards a Teaching Endorsement for Dance and Theatre



8:00 a.m. Refreshments and Networking

8:45 a.m. Welcome and Student Performance

Student Performance–M-Uth Theater, Pieces excerpt

Pieces PromoMillersville University’s M-Uth Theater is an inclusive mixed-ability
ensemble comprised of at-risk and disadvantaged youth, those
living with disabilities (sensory, physical, cognitive) or facing other
life challenges. These young people work together to create
dramas with social justice themes pertinent to their lives and the
lives of their peers around the globe. The program also provides
area youth with a safe haven that fosters artistic, educational, and
social and emotional growth, and provides a constructive outlet for their energies.

PIECES is an original drama, with music, in which the M-Uth Theater ensemble speaks out
about the violence in the lives of young people across our nation, particularly gun violence.
(“Piece” is slang for a gun.) Their play is based on a real-life shooting incident in Lancaster
and includes material adapted, with permission, from the non-fiction work Voices From The

9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Ian David Moss
Founder, Createquity; Research Director, Fractured Atlas

As Research Director for Fractured Atlas, Ian David Moss supports the field by harnessing
the power of data to drive informed decision-making in the arts. Evidence-based strategic
frameworks that Ian helped create have guided the distribution of more than $60 million in
grants to date by two of the nation’s most important arts funders, and he is currently working
as an internal consultant to develop a comprehensive measurement and performance
assessment plan for Fractured Atlas. Ian designed and leads implementation of Fractured
Atlas’s pioneering cultural asset mapping software, Archipelago, which visualizes information
about creative activities in a particular geography. Since 2007, he has been editor of
Createquity, a highly acclaimed arts policy blog followed by thousands of arts managers and
enthusiasts around the world. More recently, he was the driving force behind the creation of
the Cultural Research Network, an open resource-sharing forum for self-identified
researchers in the arts with hundreds of members to date. A composer and singer, he is the
founder of two first-of-their-kind performing ensembles: a hybrid electric chamber
group/experimental rock band and a choral collective devoted to the music of the past 25
years. Ian has been named one of the top leaders in the nonprofit arts sector by his peers
each year since 2010, and is in demand as a writer, editor, speaker, grant panelist,
consultant, and guest lecturer. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Yale University and is
based in Washington, DC.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Student Learning Objectives and Teacher Evaluations
David Deitz – Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Steve Silvius – Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer, Three Ring

What do new plans for teacher evaluation mean for arts educators and other Pennsylvania

In this era of Race To The Top Teacher Evaluation requirements, most states, including
Pennsylvania, are developing a system for non-tested subjects based on Student Learning
Objectives. Learn what this means for students, classroom teachers, and their supervisors.
Attendees will also be introduced to new technology that will simplify how they can capture
and organize evidence of student learning.

Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Moderator: Jamie Dunlap – AIE Division Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Mimi Kenney Smith – Pennsylvania VSA
David Bradley – Teaching Artist
Lynne Horoschak Med – Graduate Program Manager, Moore College of Art and Design

How can the arts be used to reach students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?

Traditional art and music theory methods can comfort and/or engage youth at various levels
on the autism spectrum–yet, many arts educators have little or no training in how to engage,
teach, manage and assess their students on the autism spectrum. This session follows a year
of full-day training programs across Pennsylvania under a contract from the Kennedy Center
using many of the state’s most experienced autism and arts specialists to define the best
strategies arts educators can use to include students with ASD in their classrooms and
residencies. With the success of those programs behind them, VSA Pennsylvania and the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers a session that will help to introduce arts educators to
learning experiences that will engage and excite all students.

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Presentation of Awards

1:00 p.m. Policy Leader Panel

Policy Leader Panel
Moderated by Bill Lehr

Key state policy leaders, including legislators, will discuss arts and arts education in
Pennsylvania today. This panel will be moderated by Bill Lehr, former executive of Hershey
Foods and retired CEO of Capital BlueCross. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Council
on the Arts and has served on many nonprofit boards at the community, state, and national
levels, including Americans for the Arts.

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Building Creative Leadership Teams to Support Arts-Infused Education
Cheri Sterman – Director of Content & Consumer Relationships, Crayola

How can arts teachers make themselves invaluable in this time of increased arts
integration across the curriculum?

Arts educators are in a unique position as creativity experts in their schools. As educators
push for more 21st Century Learning across the curriculum, arts educators have an
opportunity to leverage their expertise as teachers of creativity, critical thinking,
communication, and collaboration and prove how invaluable their role in the school
ecosystem truly is.

Gather, Analyze, and Share Information about Student Learning in the Arts
Mary Elizabeth Meier Ph. D. – Program Director of Art Education, Mercyhurst University
Jamie Kasper – Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative
David Deitz – Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Why is it important to gather, analyze, and share information about student learning in the arts?

How can educators document and analyze evidence of student learning in innovative ways?
What materials and evidence can be gathered to share the value and importance of arts
education? How can arts educators leverage multiple forms of assessment to promote the
importance and value of arts education? Join three arts educators as we explore methods of
assessment in relationship to arts advocacy.

One Step, One Act: Moving Towards a Teaching Endorsement for Dance and Theatre
Moderator: Beth Cornell – Retired Fine Arts Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Gene Frank Ph. D. – Founder and Artistic Director, Norristown Educational Theatre
Holly Boda-Sutton – Professor and Artistic Director, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dance Department
Linda Woods Huber – Executive Director, Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

How can we ensure that Pennsylvania’s students are taught theatre and dance by highly qualified instructors?

Right now, in the state of Pennsylvania, there are no credentials required to teach dance and
theatre to students in public schools – a teacher with a valid teaching certification in any
subject is permitted to teach basic movement and drama techniques. This session dives into
ways in which arts education advocates can work to influence policy that ensures
Pennsylvania’s students are taught by qualified educators in dance and theatre.

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Data Driven Advocacy With the Arts Education Navigator Series
Kristen Engebretsen – Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

How can arts education advocates best utilize the large body of arts education research to support their cause?

With changing priorities in education, and administrators feeling pressured to make data-
driven decisions, we as arts education advocates need to refine our message. We need to
include data from arts education research in our conversations with decision makers. We
need to learn to speak the language of decision-makers; and we need to make appropriate
“asks” of our leaders. This session will appeal to participants looking for new ways to engage
decision-makers in a conversation about the importance of arts education.

Distance Learning and the Arts
Lynda O’Leary – Distance Learning Coordinator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

How can teachers partner with community arts organizations to provide authentic learning experiences remotely?

In recent years, live videoconferencing has become an increasingly popular choice for
bringing cultural learning experiences into K-12 classrooms. Attendees will gain insight into
the benefits of this type of technology-based programming for student learning as a
standalone lesson or as blended learning when paired with a museum visit. Presented by
both a museum educator and a classroom teacher, this session will offer an overview of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA) distance learning program, including ways that popular
offerings such as mythology and math and art are taught, while showing the interdisciplinary,
engaging and fun nature of these lessons.

What the New National Core Arts Standards Mean for Pennsylvania’s Educators
Cory Wilkerson- Project Manager, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
Jamie Kasper – Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative

How is the goal of artistic literacy driving the new national core arts standards and how will they compare to the standards that Pennsylvania already has?

This session will focus on the new national arts standards and the writing process currently
facilitated by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Participants will have time
during the session to dig into draft standards and compare them to Pennsylvania’s current
arts standards. They will also hear about the College Board’s research on the links between
the Common Core State Standards and the new arts standards’ conceptual framework.


Please complete all sections of this form to register for the Arts and Education Symposium.
$40 per person includes museum admission, continental breakfast, all symposium sessions,
and lunch. After submitting your payment, you will receive a confirmation via email. In the
weeks leading to October 30, we will send additional correspondence including directions to
the State Museum and parking options. If you have any questions or concerns, please email
Erin Gough, Network Coordinator, at

You will be directed to our payment page after completing this form.

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If you prefer to register via U.S. Mail using a credit card or check, please print and complete a registration form and mail with payment to:

Erin Gough
c/o The Education Policy and Leadership Center
800 North Third Street
Suite 408
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Checks should be made payable to “EPLC.”

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