Project Description

Programs for school administrators

Arts Ed Collaborative offers robust programming for school district administrators. Our programs equip participants with the structure and shared vocabulary needed to advocate for and guide others in quality K–12 arts instruction. Whether it’s helping you market your programs or increasing arts integration, we can help you implement the action plan that’s right for you.

Nina Barbuto leads participants from Duquesne City Schools in object hacking.

City as Classroom

City as Classroom is a customizable, field trip-style retreat that takes school district leaders out of the office and into the city to strategically selected arts and creative industry organizations. Each City as Classroom program is different—we choose sites based on each team’s interests and needs.

In the summer of 2021, we’ll be working with Hampton Township School District to help guide the district as they strengthen arts ed and prepare for the district’s next strategic plan. Past City as Classroom districts include Duquesne City School District and South Fayette Township School District, and previous partners include Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Assemble, and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Community of Learners for Arts Education

Since the program began in 2011, 96 administrators in Western PA have graduated from our Community of Learners for Arts Education (CLAE) program. In CLAE, we help participants dig into research, gather data, and implement an action plan to benefit the students in their districts. Our evaluations have shown that participants feel more confident advocating for the arts, prioritizing student creativity, and leveraging cross-curricular connections. In 2018, we paired with Propel Schools administrators to run our first-ever single-district cohort.

Educator Jordan Mroziak facilitates an activity using a Makey Makey controller.
  • Earn Act 45 (PIL) credits

  • Build the shared vocabulary needed to advocate for and guide others in quality arts instruction

  • Foster academic, cognitive, personal, and social and civic outcomes that improve learning across curricula

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We want to hear from you!

Drop us a line to find out how we can strengthen the arts together.

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