Monday, November 12, 2018
Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders gather at Perpich Center
The meeting centered around three main topics: Arts Advocacy; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and the New Arts Standards.
In early October, 60 Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders gathered at Perpich Center to collaborate and build skills to serve other arts teachers in their various regions around the state. The meeting centered around three main topics: Arts Advocacy; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and the New Arts Standards. A session on advocating for the arts included a guest panel moderated by Dr. Pam Paulson featuring: Jay Haugen, Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools; Nelson Inz, Chair of Minneapolis Public School Board; Astein Osei, Superintendent of St. Louis Park Public Schools; and Julie Workman, vice chair of Perpich Center for Arts Education Board of Directors and Rochester Public School Board member. Leveraging the diverse range of expertise among this network, the Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders then offered breakout sessions on a variety of topics ranging from Self-Care for Educators to Supporting Students with Special Needs during the second day of the meeting. Alongside the opportunities for professional development, the relationship-building among arts teachers throughout Minnesota was invaluable!
A "Regional Arts Teacher-Leader" is an experienced, effective K-12 educator who teaches dance, media arts, music, theater, or visual arts with a record of excellence. Arts Teacher-Leaders will serve as models for fellow teachers by opening up their classrooms for observation, demonstrating current best practices, and developing focused professional development for area arts teachers.
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