Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Jonathan Hale was teaching art at both Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, and Sprucewood Elementary School in Utah’s Canyons School District when he had an idea—what if he brought students from Jordan Valley into the art classroom at Sprucewood to work in grade level peer pairs? Hale, an … Continue reading Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

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The Five Ws + an H of Program Evaluation

By Erin J. Hoppe Whether you work at an organization with dozens of employees or just one, evaluation is essential to accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement. I come from the later of these dichotomies, but will always prioritize evaluation as a way to measure our success and work smarter. With limited funds but unlimited demands, … Continue reading The Five Ws + an H of Program Evaluation

Five Tips for Using The Arts and Special Education: A Map for Research

By Jenna Gabriel, Ed.M. and Don Glass, Ph.D. The Kennedy Center’s recent publication, The Arts and Special Education: A Map for Research, is meant to be a living document that sparks conversation and incites action to support a shared, ambitious agenda around growing the field of the arts and special education. Thus, this resource should … Continue reading Five Tips for Using The Arts and Special Education: A Map for Research

Growing a Field of Study in the Arts and Special Education

When the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility convened thought leaders from the arts education and special education communities at a forum in 2012, attendees identified a need to name and grow the relatively new field of arts and special education. This conversation has continued at the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education … Continue reading Growing a Field of Study in the Arts and Special Education

The Musical Theater Project Demonstrates the Value of Building Evaluation into Programs from Day One

When leaders at the Musical Theater Project in Northeast Ohio decided they wanted to expand their Kids Love Musicals! residency program to serve students with disabilities, they were deliberate in their planning. They sought out resources and expertise from peer arts organizations already working with students with disabilities, and they attended professional development sessions on … Continue reading The Musical Theater Project Demonstrates the Value of Building Evaluation into Programs from Day One

Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Erin Hoppe

As we prepare for the 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, we are highlighting presenters and sharing information about their sessions. This month, we feature Erin Hoppe, who is co-presenting a session entitled, “Making the Intangible Tangible: Quantifying the Impact of an Arts Residency Program” with Sheri Chaney Jones on Monday, August 1, … Continue reading Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Erin Hoppe

Striking a Balance with Internal and External Program Evaluation

At ArtsConnection in New York City, evaluation is more than just a buzzword used in funding applications; it is an essential part of the arts education organization’s programs. Deputy Director for Education Carol Morgan says that ArtsConnection evaluates its programs in two ways: through working with external, independent evaluators and through practitioner research facilitated by … Continue reading Striking a Balance with Internal and External Program Evaluation

Seven Tips to Guide Your Program Evaluation

By Rob Horowitz Organizations are under increasing pressure to provide data demonstrating program accomplishments. But they typically don’t have the capacity to meet these expectations. If you are trying to do this yourself, here are some “tips” to help you think about evaluation issues. Understand the “audience” for your evaluation and their expectations. Why are … Continue reading Seven Tips to Guide Your Program Evaluation