CLAE Applications Open

Applications are now open for our Community of Learners for Arts Education (CLAE) program for administrators!

For eight years, CLAE has been helping school- and district-level administrators support arts education. AEC offers two different CLAE tracks that give administrators at all levels of experience, and in all shapes and sizes of school district, the tools needed to help the arts flourish. Since 2011, nearly 100 administrators have graduated from the program. Graduates have implemented action plans ranging from district arts showcases to revamped interview protocols for hiring new arts teachers.

For administrators and teams just getting started on arts advocacy, there’s CLAE: Fundamentals. This program equips participants with shared vocabulary, cutting-edge research, and hands-on arts experiences. Administrators in CLAE: Fundamentals dig into research and gather data from their district, and, with help from AEC staff, develop action plans to improve student learning in the arts.

For administrators looking to hire and retain excellent arts teachers, we offer CLAE: Building a Blueprint. This newer program focuses on making systemic change by hiring qualified educators, supporting them through induction, and providing them with the resources and feedback needed to thrive. Participants in CLAE: Blueprints work as a team to craft arts-specific job descriptions, interview protocols, arts SLOs, and more. Participation in CLAE: Fundamentals is not a prerequisite!

Participants can earn up to 35 Act 45/PIL hours for completing either program. AEC is the only arts-focused provider of Act 45 credit in Western PA. Participation in CLAE as a team is encouraged—for the first administrator from a school or district, the registration fee is $400, which includes meals and all arts activities. For each additional team member from that school or district, the fee drops to $200.

AEC has brought in numerous guest artists and hosted sessions at venues such as The Frick Pittsburgh and Hill Dance Academy Theater (pictured above). Our evaluations show that CLAE graduates feel more confident as arts advocates, prioritize student creativity, and more effectively leverage cross-curricular connections after completing the program. CLAE: Building a Blueprint has already helped several Western Pennsylvania districts find and retain tomorrow’s star arts educators.

If you’re interested in CLAE but don’t know where to start, contact Jamie Kasper for more information. Otherwise, we hope you’ll apply today! Applications will remain open until September 13, 2019. Infuse schools with creativity and strengthen the arts in your district with CLAE.

Photo credit: Jamie Kasper.

williamscCLAE Applications Open