Arts Education Roundtable

Arts education organizations, teaching artists and advocates need opportunities to gather and raise issues pertinent to arts education, advance their work and knowledge of the field, network and share best practices. Since 2003, the Arts Commission has provided these opportunities through the Arts Education Roundtable.

Upcoming Events


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Past Events

Adobe Youth Voices Essentials
Thursday, November 1, 3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
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Adobe Youth Voices Essentials provides free curricula and tools for educators to inspire young people to create media on topics they care about. Based on the best practices of educators from around the world, Adobe's curricula promotes youth expression, creativity, and engagement, helping young people build critical 21st century technology and life skills. Teachers, Teaching Artists and Arts Education administrators are invited to attend the workshop to learn how to: effectively use Adobe's database of creative media making activities and curricula and engage students in effective youth media making in the classroom and afterschool. No software or technical expertise required.

Programs for Students: Identifying, Supporting and Articulating Quality
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 9:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

This workshop unpacked the Educational Quality aspect of the review criteria for inclusion on the Programs for Students directory by defining and examining the four "lenses" of quality arts education identified in Harvard Project Zero's 2009 report The Qualities of Quality. Participants will explore how the lenses can be put into practice to make informed observations and assessments of arts education settings and experiences.  The last hour of the session  addressed all of the steps in applying for the online Programs for Students directory. 

Building Capacity through Professional Development: Facilitating High Quality Experiences
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This workshop focused on how to design and facilitate professional development experiences that use best practices in teaching and learning to equip participants to advance student achievement in and through the arts. Participants reviewed research on best practices in teaching and learning and experience and unpacked the facilitation of a dance-based PD experience.  The PD experience had clear outcomes and was designed backwards, modeled teaching that is student-centered and inquiry-driven, engaged participants in reflection,guided participants to apply their learning to their practice and invited participants to collaborate as learners, creators, and practitioners. Participants considered how to strengthen the design and instruction of PD experiences.

Get the workshop materials: Facillitating High Quality Experiences Workbook


Building Capacity through Professional Development: Designing Effective Programs
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This workshop focused on how to design effective professional development programs that build the capacities of teachers, administrators, and arts specialists to advance quality arts education in their schools.  Participants examined how professional development programs build capacity by targeting practice-based outcomes that are aligned with district goals, engaging participants in rich, artistic, standards-based learning experiences, and helping participants transfer what they have learned to their work. Participants considered how to strengthen their program’s ability to grow the capacities of school community members to advance arts education.

Get the workshop materials: Designing Effective Programs Workbook


Arts for All Forum: Engaging School Leadership to Advance Arts in Schools
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Using Project Zero's The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, participants experienced the exercises from Arts for All's Leadership Fellows Program that changed school district leaders' thinking about arts education.  Participants explored how they could use similar strategies with their school partners to build their understanding and their support for arts education. Conversations were guided by Ira Toibin, former Superintendent of Palos Verdes Unified School District and Mark Slavkin, Vice President, Education, Music Center, who both served as co-facilitators of Arts for All’s Leadership Fellows Program.

Check out the photos from the event!
Get the workshop materials: Engaging Senior Leadership to Advance Arts in SchoolsQualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education


 Photo: Leslie Johnson of Center Theatre Group at an Arts Education Roundtable