History of What to Look For in the Arts

The Perpich State Policy Pilot Program (SP3), an initiative of the Perpich Center with support from Americans for the Arts, established a working group to develop resources to assist Minnesota arts teachers as they engage the new Minnesota teacher development and evaluation process.

SP3 meets with Karol Gates, Colorado Arts Content Specialist

The State Policy Pilot Program (SP3) was launched by by the Perpich Center with support from the American for the Arts in 2014 and included ten states working to strengthen arts education through advancing state policy.

The SP3 Minnesota team, led by Pam Paulson, Senior Director of Policy, worked from 2014-2017 to develop resources for arts teachers and evaluators across the state as the implement the new Teacher Development and Evaluation statute. 

The Minnesota SP3 Leadership Team united members of professional arts education organizations and the Minnesota Department of Education with the Perpich Center to study the landscape for teacher evaluation and provide assistance to teachers and principals in order to make implementation meaningful and useful. 

Follow this link for more information about Minnesota's work on Teacher Development and Evaluation and the supporting efforts of theSP3 team.


June Workshops for Teacher Development and Evaluation Workshops
Music Teacher, Proctor, MN

In the summer of 2016, the Perpich Center and Minnesota Department of Education partnered to offer professional development workshops supporting arts teacher development and evaluation strategically positioned across Minnesota in St. Cloud, Rochester, and Fergus Falls. These workshops were supported by the Minnesota SP3 team.

For more details about these workshops and the resources made available, please follow this link to Supporting TDE for Arts Educators Workshops.




Team members include:

Dr. Pam Paulson, Senior Director Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education

Greg Keith, Director School Support,  Minnesota Department of Education

Kathy Brynaert, Former Representative, Minnesota Legislature

Mary Schaefle, Executive Director, Minnesota Music Educators

Kris Holsen, Past President, Art Educators of Minnesota  

Mary Jo Thompson, Arts Consultant

RoAnne Elliott, Educational Consultant 

Betsy Maloney, Perpich Center Outreach Director and Instructor, University of Minnesota

Jeremy Holien, Visual and Media Arts Coordinator, Perpich Center for Arts Education

Tyler Livingston, Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education

Wendy Barden, Music Education Consultant

Minnesota Model for Teacher Development and Evaluation

The state model for teacher development and evaluation is an example process for Minnesota districts and charters to use to in their development of local plans.

State Teacher Model: Performance Standards of Teacher Practice Rubric

State Teacher Model: Implementation Handbook

State Teacher Model: Student Learning Goals Handbook