KEYNOTE: "INOCENTE" A Discussion and Film About the Importance of the Arts in Education
Concern is voiced from many quarters that the national obsession with test-taking has blunted students' creativity. Success in the workforce frequently requires creative problem-solving skills that can be encouraged through arts-based educational practices. Join us for an informative panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, U.S. Department of Education, focused on a number of innovative approaches to integrating the arts into the curriculum.
Attendees will hear a variety of perspectives from research, state, district, and school leaders from California and Arizona, as they discuss aligning local, state, and federal policy to support arts education in achieving Title I goals. Audience participation is encouraged during this insightful grand finale.
We will close the session with a showing of the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary "INOCENTE," a story about one girl's journey to overcome insurmountable challenges, graduate from school and pursue her dream of becoming an artist. “INOCENTE” is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.
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Dr. Chism is the Director for the Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. SASA is responsible for administering Title I, Part A Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Title III English Acquisition State Grants, the State Agency Neglected and Delinquent program, the State Assessment Grant program, the Enhanced Assessment Grant program, and the McKinney-Vento Program for Homeless Children and Youth. SASA administers over $15.6 billion annually in federal program funds. These programs provide financial assistance to States, school districts, and schools to meet the educational needs of children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging academic standards established by States. Students served include at-risk children who are from low-income families, children and youth in neglected and delinquent institutions, as well as homeless children, and English Learners.
Dr. Chism has held a series of positions in the field of education as a teacher, researcher, and state administrator. In these positions she gained a deep knowledge of what is required to close achievement gaps and cultivate culturally proficient schools. Immediately prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education she was with the Illinois State Board of Education, where she served as an Assistant Superintendent.
Merryl is recognized as a leading author, presenter, and reseracher on arts integration with numerous publications and grants including DOE, NEA, Spencer/MacArthur, Fulbright-Hays, California Arts Council and more. She is the author of several books, articles, blogs, and chapters on arts infused education.
By collaborating effectively with CA's leading education and parent organizations and agencies, and by providing an anchor for policy expertise at the state and local levels, Landon has helped the Alliance become the leader in promoting the arts in schools to enrich children's lives and education.
Dr. Stevenson has over a decade experience as a researcher, evaluator, and leader in school reform and arts education. As the senior associate for research at the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) she directed a national research study on the role of arts education in transforming K-12 schools.
Tuttle is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Departmentt of Education where she leads a Title I arts integration initiative, provides professional development in arts education, supports the implementation of Arizona’s Arts Standards, and knows the Title I regulations practically by heart.