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Reforming Arts Ed Webinar

October 11, 2015

National Endowment for the Arts Webinar
Key Leaders in CA’s Community Opus Project

Examining one of the most significant restorations of arts education in the nation will be the topic of a free webinar led by National Endowment for the Arts Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET.

In June 2015, Chula Vista Elementary School District in San Diego, California announced its decision to reinstate in-school visual and performing arts education at every school. With a $15 million commitment over three years, the district has designed a framework for sequential arts instruction for each of the 30,000 K-6 students in the district.

This decision was the culmination of a five-year collaboration between the school district and the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Using an El Sistema inspired approach, SDYS assisted the district rebuild its arts education infrastructure as well as manage cultural changes associated with returning arts education to campuses. As a result, access to music and arts education returned to the district after a 15-year absence and more than 70 visual and performing arts teachers have been hired in the last three months.

During the webinar Ayanna Hudson will moderate a discussion among:
·         President and CEO San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Dalouge Smith
·         Chula Vista Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Francisco Escobedo
·         Chula Vista Elementary School District School Board President Glendora M. Tremper

This webinar will provide concrete examples of how an innovative approach to reforming public education through the arts has successfully transformed the learning and teaching environment across an entire school district.

To join the webinar:
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, October 14 2015 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587.

Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA’s webinar page shortly after the event.

Follow us on Twitter for this discussion @NEAarts, hashtag #NEAArtsEd.

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