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Creating and Nurturing Quality Arts Education in Two Cities

Tuesday, October 8, 11:10am – 12:10pm

Commonwealth A, Second Floor

Organized and presented by Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative Director, EdVestors, with Jennifer Bransom, Director of Program Accountability, Big Thought.

In this session, participants explore how direct observation, peer assessment, and the use of guided evaluation tools can create and nurture quality arts education. Representatives from Big Thought in Dallas and EdVestors in Boston will share how artists and educators in their communities have approached the goal of defining and assessing quality across arts disciplines, settings, and age groups. They will also share how this common goal has enabled the two communities to collaborate and contribute objective external feedback to support, while building quality arts education for students in both cities. Through facilitated discussion and Q&A, session participants will understand how they can invest in and build the community resources, culture, and passion necessary to address this critical issue.