Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable
Daniel Beattie has served as Acting Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment of the Arts since July 2011. In this capacity, he chairs the review of applications to the NEA's arts education grants category and directs various national partnerships with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. Prior to this interim appointment, he served as Arts Education Program Officer, working with the Arts Education Director to coordinate national leadership initiatives. He also participated in the agency's recent review of its arts education investments. Beattie joined the Arts Endowment in 1999 as a Research Assistant in the Office of the Chairman, and also has served as Administrator of the Arts Education Division and Specialist for the Arts Education and Challenge America programs. Beattie holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University; a B.A. in Visual Arts and English from Bemidji State University, MN; and has undertaken studies at Parsons School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Thomas Cahill is President and CEO of Studio in a School, a visual arts education non-profit, which places artists in New York City public schools to lead workshops to develop partnerships with both teachers and administrators. He serves as the Project Director of Arts Achieve, which was awarded the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant in 2010. This project will develop performance assessments of arts learning for New York City schools and will be implemented locally and disseminated nationally. In 2004, Cahill served as co-chair of the committee that developed the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts. Cahill received his B.F.A. in Painting from the School of Visual Arts and an M.A. from New York University in Arts and Humanities Education. In 2008, he was presented with an honorary degree from Pratt Institute for his impact on arts education in New York City.
Mary Crovo is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Assessment Governing Board. The Governing Board was established by Congress in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card. Crovo is responsible for overseeing the Board's technical, reporting, and policy work for NAEP, as well as managing assessment development activities including frameworks, specifications, and item reviews in all NAEP subject areas. Her areas of expertise include large-scale assessment, education research, and policy development. Prior to joining the Governing Board, Crovo worked for the Maryland State Department of Education from 1981-1989 as a Testing Specialist, and later as Branch Chief of Research and Evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in educational research and measurement.
Stuart W. Elliott
Stuart W. Elliott has directed the Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) of the National Research Council (NRC) since 2003. His work at the NRC includes a variety of projects related to educational assessment, accountability, standards, indicators, teacher qualifications, skill demands, and information technology. BOTA's current portfolio of work includes projects on deeper learning and 21st century skills, assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and development a review program to synthesize research on education technology. Before starting at the NRC, Elliott was an economic consultant for several private-sector consulting firms, a research fellow in cognitive psychology and economics at Carnegie Mellon University, and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Karol Gates is the Content Specialist for the Arts for the Colorado Department of Education. Gates was a teacher and school administrator, serving as a Curriculum and Gifted and Talented Coordinator and an Elementary Principal. Gates was asked to serve as the Assistant Principal for The da Vinci Academy, which received the Kennedy Center Creative Ticket, National School of Distinction Award in 2006. Her most recent honors include state and national training and speaking engagements celebrating Colorado's cutting-edge, creative future.
Jean Hendrickson is the Executive Director for Oklahoma A+ Schools, where she is responsible for overseeing the development of the state network, as well as for participating in the larger, national network and international partnerships. Hendrickson has been a principal for three elementary schools in Oklahoma City as well as the Arts in Education Coordinator for Putnam City Schools. She has taught in preschool, kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, and at a Title 1 Learning Center. She has been a trainer for the National Core Knowledge Foundation. Hendrickson is the recipient of many honors and distinctions, including the Department of Education's National Distinguished Principal in 2001 and the 2003 Medal of Excellence in Administration from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
Samuel Hoi has served as President of Los Angeles' Otis College of Art and Design since July 2000, where he has shepherded new academic initiatives involving innovative partnerships and community engagement, such as Integrated Learning that places art and design learning in real-life social contexts. Prior to joining Otis, Hoi served as Director of the Paris campus of Parsons School of Design. He was then Dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where he created the Visual Arts Community Outreach Program, serving the inner-city youth. He is a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Corcoran. In 2006, he was decorated by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced over 20 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, updated the NEA's five-year strategic plan, and revised a federal survey about arts participation. Before joining the NEA, Iyengar worked as a reporter, managing editor, and senior editor for a host of news publications covering the biomedical research, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. He writes poetry, and his book reviews have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Scholar, The New Criterion, and Contemporary Poetry Review. Iyengar has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Rocco Landesman is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature at the Yale School of Drama, where he worked as an assistant professor for four years and has occasionally returned to teach. Following Yale, he ran his own private investment fund until becoming president of Jujamcyn, an owner and operator of five Broadway theaters. At Jujamcyn, Landesman produced most notably Big River (1985 Tony, Best Musical), Angels in America (1993 and 1994 Tony, Best Play), and The Producers (2001 Tony, Best Musical). Landesman has been active on numerous boards, including the Municipal Art Society; the Times Square Alliance; The Actor's Fund; and the Educational Foundation of America.
Jack Lew is the Dean of Visual Communication at the Laguna College of Art and Design where he oversees a division that includes Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design and Illustration. Lew has also served as the Interim Director of the newly formed School of Visual Arts & Design at the University of Central Florida. Previously, Lew held positions at Electronic Arts, a developer and publisher of video games, where he was responsible for forging relationships with art schools and strategies for identifying art talent. He was Senior Manager of Artist and Professional Development at Disney Feature Animation, in Florida. Lew was also a Professor of Art and Department Head at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Tim Magner currently serves as the Executive Director for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the leading national organization that advocates for 21st-century readiness for every student. Magner oversees this coalition of education, business, community, and government leaders, which provides tools and resources to help transform the U.S. education system by fusing the mastery of core content with the four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). He has had an extensive career in education, serving most recently as the Vice President of Keystone for KC Distance Learning as well as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. Magner holds a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
Francisco J. Núñez
Francisco J. Núñez, the recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, is the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. A composer, conductor, visionary, and leading figure in music education, Núñez founded YPC in 1988 to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth. Recognized for its exceptional caliber, YPC was presented with a 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. This award is the nation's highest award for youth programs. Núñez also leads University Glee Club of New York City, and was the director of choral activities at New York University from 2003 to 2010. He is sought after as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs and as a master teacher and advisor to choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals nationwide.
Nancy Rubino is Senior Director of the College Board Office of Academic Initiatives in New York City. In this role, she provides strategic direction and management of the College Board's Academic Advisory Committees. Rubino oversaw the creation and development of the College Board's National Task Force on the Arts in Education and is currently leading the College Board's Arts at the Core initiatives. Prior to her work at the College Board, she was an assistant professor at the University of Washington where she taught French literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University in 1997 and has published on the role of hysteria and the use of clinical discourses in the literary and artistic production of 19th-century France.
Sandra Ruppert is the Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a Washington DC-based national coalition of more than 100 arts, education, philanthropic, government, business and cultural organizations dedicated to ensuring a high quality arts education for every young person in America. She is currently guiding the development of AEP's Research and Policy Clearinghouse, including the launch of ArtsEdSearch, an innovative and interactive digital library for the most current and relevant information regarding arts and education. Prior to her appointment as AEP Director in June 2008, Ruppert was the Senior Associate for Research and Policy at AEP. She is the author of numerous AEP publications, including the widely acclaimed, Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement as well as From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level. Before joining AEP, Ruppert was a Senior Policy Analyst and Program Director with the Education Commission of the States, where she was responsible for the design and direction of the ECS Chairman's, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Arts in Education Initiative.
Steve Seidel holds the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Chair in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is Faculty Director of the Arts in Education program and a former director of Project Zero (2000-2008). At Project Zero, Seidel has been Principal Investigator for projects that have studied the use of reflective practices in schools, the close examination of student work, and the documentation of individual and group learning. His current research includes Talking with Artists who Teach, a study of working artists' ideas and insights into the nature of artistic development and learning. Seidel and colleagues at Project Zero recently completed The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, a study of what constitutes quality in arts learning and teaching. Before becoming a researcher, Seidel taught high-school theater and language arts in the Boston area for 17 years. He has also worked as a professional actor and stage director.
Patricia Moore Shaffer
Patricia Moore Shaffer is the former Senior Evaluation Officer at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she supervised an evaluation unit and led evaluations of Agency programs and initiatives. Among her projects at the NEA was the review of NEA investments in arts education. Patricia is currently the Evaluation Manager for NASA's Office of Education. Prior to joining Federal service, Shaffer served as the Vice President for Research & Development at the Educational Policy Institute, where she administered and conducted educational research and evaluation for school districts, universities, state educational agencies, and Federal agencies. She also has worked extensively as an educator and administrator in art museums and educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Shaffer earned a Masters in Curriculum Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership from the College of William and Mary.
James H. Shelton III
James H. Shelton III is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, managing a portfolio that includes most of the Department's competitive teacher quality, school choice, and learning technology programs, housed in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Previously, he served as a program director for the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing the foundation's national programs and work in the northeast region of the United States. Shelton has also been a partner and the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund, and he co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired by Edison Schools. He spent over four years as a senior management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, where he advised CEOs and other executives on issues related to corporate strategy, business development, organizational design, and operational effectiveness. Upon leaving McKinsey, he joined Knowledge Universe, Inc., where he launched, acquired, and operated education-related businesses.
Philip Shepherd is the Project Director for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards for the development of the next generation of arts standards. A lifelong music educator and advocate for music education, Shepherd has 17 years of public school classroom experience, teaching in both Kentucky and California before moving into school administration. He has served as the Fine Arts Coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky and as an Arts and Humanities Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education. Shepherd holds advanced degrees in Music Education and Education Administration.
Dennie Palmer Wolf
Dennie Palmer Wolf, a Principal of WolfBrown, trained as a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, where she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an organization that focused on children and youth as forces in cultural planning. More recently, she has pioneered evaluation studies that build the capacities of organizations, funders, and the communities they serve, co-authoring More Than Measuring, a longitudinal study of the effects of arts-based learning, sponsored by Big Thought, a 50-organization consortium in Dallas. Wolf has published widely on issues of assessment, evaluation, artistic, and imaginative development. At the heart of her work is a commitment to increasing children and youth's access to learning featuring inquiry, innovation, and imagination both in and out of school.
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