The AEI Note: November 14, 2011

Arts and Education News from The Education Policy and Leadership Center  
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Autumn greetings from the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) in Harrisburg, and thank you for your support of the Arts and Education Initiative (AEI).

EPLC is delighted to report that our Arts and Education Symposium in Harrisburg on October 13 attracted over 150 guests from Pennsylvania and beyond.  Rich discussions occurred and important connections were made.  Thank you to our keynote speakers, Jonathan Katz and Mary Ann Stankiewicz, who carried important messages about arts advocacy and arts education policy.  You can view these talks on the web!  Additionally, we thank our thirty-eight Symposium panelists, who are recognized leaders in the fields of the arts and education, and who shared great insights about how the arts are working in their communities through creative public policy.


November 2, the final AEI Regional Community Forum of 2012 was held at the School District of Philadelphia.  This completed a series of eight dynamic events at which artists and musicians, educators, school and not-for-profit leaders, concerned parents and community members, and government representatives all came to the table to discuss successes and challenges in the arts and education.  Thank you to everyone who participated as a guest and/or as an organizational sponsor!  If you have not done so already, please send me your completed "Insights and Ideas" questionnaires from these Forums and from the Symposium.


In the wake of these recent events, it is crucial that we keep the conversations going about actionable policy recommendations concerning the arts and arts education for Pennsylvania.  Please share your ideas and insights on our online discussion pages, found at The Arts and Education: A Partnership for 21st-century Learning, or email me:


Follow AEI on Facebook and Twitter (#EPLCarts) to read news and share ideas, and please visit for more information about the Initiative.  


I look forward to hearing from you about how public policy can best support the arts in schools and communities and the learning opportunities they afford to people of all ages.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Warm regards,

Jordan Crosby Signature                    

Jordan Crosby

Director, Arts and Education Initiative



AEI and EPLC News
EPLC Conducts First PA Education Issues Poll
The Education Policy and Leadership Center has conducted its first public poll revealing important information about how Pennsylvanians regard education.  Responses to a number of questions included in the poll about arts education can be fodder for AEI advocacy in 2012.  Stay tuned to, where you will find details as they are released during the week of November 21.
2011 Education Finance Symposium, November 17
The Education Policy and Leadership Center hosts its annual Education Finance Symposium this Thursday, November 17 at the Radisson in Camp Hill, PA.  School funding has acute impact on arts programming for Pennsylvania students in all 500 districts.  Network and learn from leaders in education finance  during this day-long event.  Find the full agenda and register online.
PA School Choices Symposium, November 29
The Education Policy and Leadership Center has launched a project that will provide information about the range of public education options available to students in Pennsylvania:  Pennsylvania School Choices will also inform public and policymaker discourse about school choice policy.  Join EPLC for rich discussion and debate at the School Choices Forum on Tuesday, November 29 at the Harrisburg Hilton.  Details and online registration will be available soon.


 Policy News 


 U.S. Senate Providing Direction for Arts Education

Just a few weeks ago, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee began to address the Senate's version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill.  ESEA was last reauthorized by the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.  Among a list of positive steps for the advancement of arts education reflected in the new proposal , as reported by Americans for the Arts, is the decision to retain arts education as "core subject matter," and to incorporate that language into more cited programs, such as the language arts and STEM initiatives, than in 2002.

Arts and Education News


AEP Releases "Music Matters" Publication

The Arts Education Partnership has created a concise and attractive pamphlet explaining how music education helps students to learn, achieve, and succeed.  After an extensive literature review by AEP staff, the summaries they drew make a clear case for supporting music education for all school students.  Access an online presentation in prezi-format of the AEP's findings.


AFTA's Online Tool to Support Business Partnerships

Americans for the Arts is reporting that a movement is afoot across the country in which for-profit businesses are using the arts to inspire employees, stimulate innovation, and foster collaboration.  With, AFTA hopes to connect more groups and individuals to support arts initiatives across the public-private divide.  What could this mean for Pennsylvania arts organizations?  For more information contact Emily Peck, AFTA's Director of Private Sector Initiatives, at

Save the Date 


AEP Spring National Forum, April 12-13
Mark your calendars and plan to join arts education practitioners and advocates from across the nation at the Arts Education Partnership 2012 Spring Forum.  Thursday and Friday April 12 and 13 will be filled with events and opportunities to learn from the field and network with colleagues from other states.  Events will take place at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC.