The landscape of arts education offers many possibilities. What actions can educators take to influence positive outcomes? This week offers engagement in thought-provoking conversations, spaces for reflection, and resources for sustaining the responsibility for cultivating learning. Interactive sessions will be offered by James Rollings, Julianna Lee, and Richard Crain.
Dru Davison is an arts administrator for Shelby County Schools in Memphis and has recently served as project chair for the Tennessee State Board of Education’s revised fine arts standards.Additionally, Davison has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education Reform Support Network and for the Insight Education Group. He has been a contractor with the Tennessee Department of Education and is past chair of the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders during which he oversaw their visions of Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for music instruction. In addition to his time working in kindergarten through twelfth grade public education, he has served as an adjunct jazz instructor at Arkansas State University, was a teaching fellow in music education at the University of North Texas, has served on the Bill and Melinda Gates College Readiness Advisory Council, and is a national fellow alum for the Hope Street Group.
Amanda Galbraith is an art educator with the Bartlett City Schools in Tennessee.In 2017–2018, she was an educator fellow with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, a Tennessee-based nonprofit education research institution. Her students have consistently received recognition and awards, and many have gone on to successfully pursue further studies in the arts.Galbraith has served on the Tennessee Department of Education’s subject matter expert committee, two standards revision committees, a textbook and instructional materials advisory panel, and numerous curriculum development teams. She’s received the Tennessee Art Education Association’s West Tennessee Art Educator of the Year award two times—in 2011 and 2013. In 2019 Galbraith was named the Tennessee Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences.
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