This is the online stream for sharing conversations that happened throughout the Greater Bay Area from March through June 2012 around the question:

How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

Please join the conversation and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Hello from Susan Wolf

Name Susan Wolf
Date of conversation Thursday, March 29, 2012
Conversation Participants Christine Polifka
Wendi Bushehry
Susan Wolf
Karla Ball
Diane Wang
Miriam Spilman
Meeting Topics? Arts Leadership Meeting at Jefferson Elementary with McKinnley Elementary teachers meet to build a vision from our experiences as teaching artists, classroom teachers and specialists.
Where are we now? Share key takeaways We have good art in our class right now, say, Christine 2nd grade teacher. She needs more time, she feels stressed… The kids seem happier, A great way to show expression.

McKinley Elementary school, Karla says, She is the only teacher that has art. There is no support for art in the school. She pays for her supplies

Lack of sustainability, Keeping the arts in school
students can’t think on their own

Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways It feels much more like an education when integrated education happens
Works for the whole child
we need courageous administrators

How can we be sustainable

Another way to assess kids
What are predictors of success, we also have equity issues

We want to see a joy of learning

How Should we get there? Share key takeaways If you find three teachers on your level
Support for the individual teachers, we need grants, we need a collaborator, Someone who writes grants.

find a positive principal

Valuing visiting artists
discuss and demand to plan a project

Next Steps? It is essential to have support from others who value and believe in teaching and learning that includes more than subject matter of tests.

It is important to know what other leaders are moving forward with.
Build communication and demand a vision that is sustainable