Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is an intensive, year-long professional learning opportunity for educators from schools and arts organizations who are devoted to becoming leaders in their schools and communities.


Why Leadership Academy?

Reinvigorate your professional learning by developing your leadership skills and becoming an advocate for arts education.

• Interact with arts and culture professionals and teaching colleagues from across the region.

• Bring a leadership initiative to life in your district or organization with one-on-one support from Arts Education Collaborative staff.

• Join an alumni network of over 150 teachers and arts and culture professionals.

• Earn up to 90 Act 48 credit hours or credits toward Level II certification.

Educators working in art, media arts, music, dance, physical education, and theatre are encouraged to apply. Participants learn valuable teaching skills and acquire the confidence needed to increase the visibility and credibility of arts programs in their schools, districts, or organizations. Additionally, they develop their own artistic skills, collaborate, and share effective practices with other educators from across the region.

This experience begins with a dynamic five-day summer session. The 2019 summer intensive will take place from July 22–26 at TransformED in Homestead and Community Forge in Wilkinsburg. Four additional professional learning days—September 25 and November 21, 2019, and March 10 and June 17, 2020—and multiple one-hour online sessions will continue your learning throughout the school year.

The registration fee to participate is $300. This includes breakfast, lunch, and parking during all in-person sessions. The registration fee is due upon acceptance. All other fees and associated costs are covered in full by a scholarship that each participant receives. Districts will be reimbursed up to $100 per day for substitutes to allow educators to attend the seminars during the school year.

School districts benefit from arts educators who are knowledgeable in applying the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities and are engaged in comprehensive professional learning that will increase their ability to function as teacher leaders in their schools and school districts.

Arts organizations gain increased access to committed educators who recognize the value of cultural programs, events, and products.

Students benefit from energized and empowered educators who are a part of a continuous learning community that focuses on student achievement.

Applications for the next class are now closed. If you’d like more information about this or our other programs, please contact Colin Williams.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts Education Collaborative receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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