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

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Hello from Carolyn Carr

Name Carolyn Carr
Date of conversation Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Conversation Participants
o Helena Carmena Young, California Academy of Sciences
o Lindsay Irving, California Academy of Sciences
o Kim Campisano, SLANT, SLUSD
o Maureen Sullivan, SLANT, SLUSD
o Julia Marshall, Art Education, SFSU
o Lawrence Horvath, Science Education, SFSU
o Catherine Theilen-Burke, SFUSD
o Emily Jennings, De Young Museum
o Amy Billstrum, Oakland Museum
o Linda Shore, Exploratorium
o Christi Harter, San Mateo COE
o Contra Costa COE
o Julie Charles, SFMOMA
o Megan, IKSME
o Ben Garcia, Hearst Museum of Anthropology
o Tana Johnson, Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership
o Carolyn Carr, Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership
Meeting Topics? California Academy of Sciences Convening: March 21, 2012

• Opening and Short Art and Science Talk by Lindsay Irving,
California Academy of Sciences
• Setting the Stage
• SLANT Project Presentation
• Collective Concept Map
• SLANT Project Logic Model Discussion
• Collective Framework Discussion/ Working Lunch
• Moving Through the Challenges
• Building the Hub
• Wrap-Up and Next Steps

Where are we now? Share key takeaways
The invitation for a gathering came from Helena Carmena Young, Senior Manager of Teacher Education at California Academy of Sciences:

“As you may know, over the past several years a group of art, science and educational institutions in San Francisco have been working on a project called Science, Literacy, Art, iNtegration in the 21st Century (SLANT). This project is collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Unified School District that focuses on Pre-K-12 teacher professional development. Many other community partners have also participated in this district run program to make it what it is today. Throughout this process we have been defining our work and justifying this approach to learning. We felt it would be rewarding to hear from others about their experience in this area and seek out opportunities to connect on many levels of interest.

We are aware of and inspired by all the work happening in the Bay Area around Art and Science Integration Education. In response to many conversations with teachers, district representatives, museum professionals, university staff, artists, and scientists, I would like to convene you all for a day of sharing and identifying some critical questions and issues ripe for future exploration. Once we identify these, we can brainstorm strategies for supporting learning goals in these areas. In addition, these questions and issues may provide new opportunities for collaboration, making the Bay Area a hub of creativity and research in Art and Science Integration”

Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways
It was clear throughout the day that a model of collective impact was being put forth. All activities were aimed toward answering: Who are we? Where do we intersect? What are we working on? How are we addressing the challenges that face us? How might we collaborate?

During the Collective Framework Discussion, Julie Charles described a forum that followed the Lois Hetland talk at SFMOMA where arts educators met to address the question what if we are the Florence of the 1600’ — what would a renaissance look like in San Francisco? What could that mean? Sensing a resonance, Carolyn Carr from the ACOE Alliance introduced the strategic planning work that the Alliance is doing by promoting conversations throughout our communities asking the question ”How can we collectively transform public education through the arts.” The group agreed that this convening was a step along the way to answering the question.

During the Wrap -Up we discussed the ongoing lack of funding for integration work (particularly in SF) and how we might jointly address that. Ben Garcia from the Hearst in Berkeley recommended that we not get bogged down in problem solving or raising money to support interesting collaborations. Why not jump forward and envision a future that we want to help realize. What a good idea!

From that breakthrough idea came the plan for a speaker series. SFMOMA’s Julie Charles suggested she could use some of her budget to support such an idea. The De Young’s Emily Jennings said that she might be able to help as well. The speakers will be recommended by the group and then vetted by the institution that will be sponsoring them. Speakers will address the intersection of the arts and science. We agreed to rotate our meetings and the series between all represented institutions.

How Should we get there? Share key takeaways Amazed at the timing of this meeting, Carolyn Carr took the opportunity to announce the upcoming Summer Institute at Chabot SSC in August and handed out Requests for Proposals for presenting mini courses. Several participants will submit proposals.

Tana Johnson of ACOE Alliance noted that she and Carolyn were about to launch the Science, ELA & Arts Integration (IMSS/TARI) project the following day in San Leandro. This raised a lot of interest among attendees and a desire to share in more detail what our work looks like.

Next Steps? We set a date for meeting in May keeping the composition of the group as is so we can get to know each other better, do envisioning work, and develop a speaker series. We named this cohort Bay Area STEAM and gave ourselves the exciting mission of making the Bay Area a hub of creativity and research in Art and Science Integration. Renaissance here we come.

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