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National Arts Education Forum to Convene in San Francisco

by Sacramento Bee

If the focus is arts education then attendance at the upcoming Arts Education Partnership (AEP) national forum: “Transforming Urban School Systems Through the Arts,” is almost mandatory.

That forum will convene at San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake hotel September 15-16.

The goal?

To advance best practices, emerging research and policy imperatives around arts-rich learning.

Based on an ever-growing body of research linking arts-rich learning to academic achievement and overall work-life success in students, AEP’s forum will showcase some of the nation’s boldest arts-based models of whole school reform.

Respected experts will include Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Gigi Antoni, President/CEO of Dallas’s Big Thought; and Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Chair of the California Arts Council.

These arts education leaders will join educators, prominent arts organizations, civic leaders and corporate partners for two days of interactive breakout sessions focused on innovation and equity in arts education, parental involvement, education policy reform and emerging research.

“The arts research AEP has analyzed over the last decade emphatically supports a new model for school systems in how they engage, inspire and prepare students for success in the 21st century,” said Sandra Ruppert, Arts Education Partnership Director, in a written release.

The Forum opens with a plenary session on California’s statewide approach to funding and the sustaining of innovative arts programs through public engagement, public policy and economic development.

Forum schedule and info here

Closing out the Forum is keynote speaker Milton Chen, who will share details of his new book “Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools.”

Chen’s book, selected as one of the 10 best education books of 2010 by the American School Boards Journal, explores the places where K-12 has already seen revolutionary changes through innovative reform and technology.

AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, cultural, business, government, and philanthropic organizations, It gathers and analyzes relevant research and policy information, fosters dialogue about what works in arts education, and supports advocacy for improved education policy and practice.

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