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Sep 03, 2015

Guild Director of Program and Membership Strategy Heather Ikemire represented Guild members at the 2015 AEP National Forum, where she joined national leaders in arts education to further the dialogue on ensuring equity. The Forum, help September 1-2 in Arlington, VA, explored arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship. Building off of AEP's Action Agenda (PDF) for student success, the forum looked at new models for improving accessibility and quality within arts education.

On Tuesday, September 1, Heather took part in The Changing Landscape of K-12 Arts Education Partnerships: What Does the Future Hold? The session—which also included presentations from Myran Parker-Brass, executive director for the arts, Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA); and Andrea Temkin, principal, AST Consulting Group—centered on the state of K-12 arts education partnerships and how to build and sustain them in the future. Discussion drew on key findings from the National Guild’s MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education program—a nine year initiative (from 2005 to 2014) aimed at enhancing arts learning in K-12 public schools by supporting partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools.

In the closing plenary, Heather joined leaders of AEP partner organizations for a session entitled An Arts in Education Town Hall: Putting the Action into the Action Agenda. The discussion focused on how arts education organizations can take measurable steps toward progress in four priority areas: raising student achievement and success; supporting effective educators and school leaders; transforming the teaching and learning environment; and building leadership capacity and knowledge for policymakers and thought-leaders.

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