Fostering High-Impact K–12 Arts Education Partnerships

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This course is now completed.

The Guild is excited to announce its first-ever full online course: “Fostering High Impact K–12 Arts Education Partnerships," facilitated by Nicole Upton of Ingenuity and featuring a diverse range of experienced guest speakers (e.g. teaching artists, school administrators, teachers, and arts education practitioners). This course is designed to provide a framework for community arts education practitioners and school partners: individuals and organizations eager to work together as a cohort of participants dedicated to advancing arts learning in K–12 schools.

Through case examples, dialogue with experienced practitioners, and hands-on practice with partnership planning and evaluation tools, participating teams will gain real-life, actionable strategies for sustaining this important work in schools. By the conclusion of the course, teams will complete a detailed plan of action for solving specific partnership challenges and create a plan for their K–12 arts education partnerships in the 2020–2021 academic year.

This 9-week course runs April 7th–June 2nd, 2020, and is designed for participating teams of 2–3 people (i.e. administrative staff, teaching artists, and school partners). Participation is limited to 20 teams.

The cost per team is $200 for Guild members; $300 for non-members.

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Course Format

Participating teams will interact with the lead facilitator, guest speakers, and other participating teams in real time (via video chat) at the session times listed below. There will be short assignments to complete between sessions.

In parallel with the instruction, this course is designed to support co-learning among participating teams—especially those who are looking to tackle similar challenges in their work.

We understand that a 9-week course is a commitment, and that schedule conflicts might arise. We anticipate that a team approach to the course will help offset any unforeseen scheduling conflicts, and ask that at least 1 member of your team is present for each session. This will help us build a cohort and foster dialogue and information sharing throughout.

Course Timeline

Week 1


April 7, 2020

5:00-6:30 PM ET

Session 1—Course Introduction


Week 2


April 14, 2020

5:00-6:30 PM ET

Session 2—Getting Your House in Order: Preparing for School Partnership



Week 3


April 21, 2020

5:00-6:15 PM ET

Session 3—Taking the Leap: Making Connections with Schools



Week 4 


April 28, 2020

5:00-6:15 PM ET


Session 4—Working It Out: Collaborating for Success, Part I



April 30, 2020

5:00-6:30 PM ET

Session 5—Working It Out: Collaborating for Success, Part II



Week 5


May 5, 2020

5:00-6:00 PM ET

Session 6—Skin In the Game: Funding Partnership Work



Week 6


May 12, 2020

5:00-6:15 PM ET

Session 7—In Deep: Flexibility and Resilience



Weeks 7–8

May 18 - May 29

Times to be scheduled with participants

Individualized Coaching Sessions


Week 9


June 2, 2020

5:00-6:00 PM ET

Session 8—Reflect and Evaluate: Sharing Learning, Insights and Plans


About the Lead Facilitator


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Nicole UptonDirector of Partnerships & Professional Learning, Ingenuity

Chicago, IL

As director of partnerships and professional learning at Ingenuity in Chicago, Nicole Upton designs, develops, and delivers 40+ professional learning experiences each year for arts and cultural organizations, teaching artists, and arts teachers. She develops sector-wide strategies to build capacity, strengthen leadership and facilitate collaboration within and among arts organizations and schools. National Guild for Community Arts Education CAELI Alum, BA in Theatre from Northern Illinois University, MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.

About the Guest Speakers


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Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhDVice President & Co-Director of Research, Slover Linett

Chicago, IL

Jen chairs a panel on data and research for the Chicago-based arts education hub Ingenuity and has presented on quantitative methods, survey bias, response effects, data visualization, and other topics at conferences such as the Visitor Studies Association, the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and American Political Science Association. From study design to meaning-making and strategic recommendations, she helps situate each project in the wider context of innovations in the field and trends in cultural participation. She has published her research with the MacArthur Foundation’s Smart Communities Initiative on digital inclusion and civic engagement, and with the National Runaway Safeline on long-term outcomes for runaway youth, among other papers. Jen earned her M.P.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia and her Ph.D. in public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, focusing on public policy and survey methodology. At UIC, she taught courses on both of those subjects as well as on urban government and the role of nonprofits in U.S. society. Jen is an ocean-hopping scuba diver, a modern quilter, and the pet-parent of Slover Linett’s beloved office dog, Archie.


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Elise Gallinot GoldmanExecutive Director, KID smART

New Orleans, LA

Elise Gallinot Goldman is Executive Director at KID smART, a New Orleans, Louisiana based organization that engages children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts.  For the past twenty years, she has been crafting and delivering imaginative and instructive arts integrated collaborative artist residency and professional learning programs in New Orleans public schools.  Elise works with schools, teachers, artists and cultural organizations to further the field of arts education through the values of creativity, equity, collaboration and sustainability.  She has been on the faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom summer institute since 2013 and has been a coach for PZ-HGSE online coursesShe is adjunct faculty for the University of New Orleans’ Arts Administration Master’s program.  In addition to her work as a maker and educator, she has worked in the non-profit arts sector as Executive Director of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director of the New Orleans Film Festival.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology, her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and has and researched and trained in best practices through national educational models. 


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Cherie HillTeaching Artist, Director of Community & Culture, Luna Dance Institute

Berkeley, CA

Cherie Hill is a Dance Teaching Artist and Director of Community & Culture at Luna Dance Institute, and the Artistic Director of Cherie Hill IrieDance. A long-time lover of dance, she has taught dance to children in the Bay Area since 2005. Cherie has published dance research in Gender Forum, the Sacred Dance Guild Journal, and the Teaching Artists Guild Quarterly, and has presented at conferences, including the International Association of Black Dance, and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities. An advocate for equity, community, and dance, Cherie has presented work on embedding dance, race, and equity into practice at NDEO, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Alameda County Office of Education conferences. She is the chair of the Berkeley Cultural Trusts’ equity and inclusion committee, Co-President of the CA Dance Education Association, and a National Guild for Community Arts Education Leadership Institute alumnus. 


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Alison Scott-Williams​President, Studio in a School NYC​

New York, NY

Alison Scott-Williams was recently appointed the new President of Studio in a School NYC (Studio NYC), an organization that provides quality arts education and programs to more than 32,000 PreK-12 students in New York City public schools each year. Ms. Scott-Williams previously served as Vice President for Arts Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Earlier, she was Associate Vice President for Diversity and Campus Life at The Juilliard School in New York City, where she served in a variety administrative positions for more than 14 years. Ms. Scott-Williams holds advanced degrees in voice performance and opera theatre from the Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, as well as a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College.