The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is now an affiliate with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a non-governmental organization that supports arts education leaders through research, reports, and counsel. The partnership began when Lecturer Betsy Maloney Leaf in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction reached out to AEP for help finding research relating to arts education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For students in the arts in education M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs, the affiliation offers access to contemporary arts education research through AEP, opportunities to engage in policy advocacy for the arts, and professional connections with other arts education organizations.
The affiliation supports the department’s programmatic commitment to anti-racist education woven through its undergraduate and graduate courses, as AEP focuses on equity for all learners. Students are expected to understand how educational systems perpetuate inequality and to find novel approaches to combating oppression through arts education.
In addition to the affiliation, Maloney Leaf has been appointed to the AEP Higher Education workgroup, where she will contribute to guidance and governance relating to arts education in higher education contexts.