Arts Education

The Research, Policy & Collective Action Department includes programming for Education Staff at TCG's Member Theatres. This programming disseminates research and information to theatre education professionals, gives visibility to the work of the theatre education sector of the field and provides professional development to the field.

Please Fill Out The TCG Education Survey 2013!

It's time to fill out your TCG Education Survey 2013! Since 1999, Theatre Communications Group has surveyed member theatres about their education programs. The results of the surveys are featured each year in an annual Special Report on Education. Theatres that complete their survey will find their detailed profile posted on the TCG website and will have the ability to compare and contrast their program information to other programs nationwide through our online search tool and reporting tool. TCG’s reporting tool allows you to select specific search criteria and pull a customized report to learn more about field-wide demographics, staffing, programming, etc.. We also have an extensive searchable database of student study guides published by member theatres. Help to make these valuable resources even more comprehensive by filling out your survey today! Submissions are due Friday, April 18, 2014.

TCG Education Survey 2012 Results and a Special Report on Education 2012

Each year, TCG publishes an Education report, historically known as the Centerpiece, which offers in-depth analysis, case studies and resources. The Special Report on Education 2012: Arts Education at the Core includes reflections on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which were developed to measure student preparedness for college and future career success, and were released in 2010 by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. TCG asked six Education Directors from the field to share their perspectives on the CCSS and how they've adapted their programs to align with these new standards. The CCSS are available in English language arts and mathematics. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, a coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives, has developed National Core Arts Standards, to be released in the spring of 2014.

This report also includes the tabulations from the TCG Education Survey 2012 in which 101 TCG Member Theatres reported about their programming, staffing, audience demographics, assessment and evaluation tools as well as education expense and income data from the TCG Fiscal Survey 2012. You can view an archive of previous Education Reports here.

Professional Development

Education Teleconferences: Part of TCG's Theatre Professionals Teleconferences and offered in the spring and fall, education teleconferences provide education staff at member theatres an opportunity to share information, ideas, problems and solutions with peers throughout the country. Topics have included partnerships and working alliances, building stronger student matinee and touring programs, integrated approaches to education through the arts in public schools, internal and external advocacy, assessment and artist training. Teleconference rounds typically run from February through June and September through December. If you have any questions, please send an email to education, research & collective action associate Alissa Moore.

TEAM Resources: The project, Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models, was developed by a Working Group of education directors, guided by a national assessment consultant, and directed by TCG’s education program staff. After deepening their own learning about assessment, the Working Group collectively designed and executed two phases of professional development training in consultation with the project consultatnt and TCG staff, that took the form of a Pre-Conference convening to TCG’s National Conference in 2007 and again in 2010. During Phase One the group delivered more than 15 assessment models for use in the field of professional theatre education. The models are assessment models or templates that can be adapted to various theatre education programs. The TEAM Working Group focused specifically on four types of models: Observations, Performance Tasks, Portfolios and Surveys. Phase Two was an opportunity for participants to learn how to build valid and reliable conclusions based on their assessment findings, strengthening their ability to interpret the data collected from assessment to create reports for different stakeholders. The aim of this work is not only to improve the quality and skills of education directors, but also to continue to help establish a focus on the assessment process and the creation of an assessment community at the national level. To find out more please see the TEAM portion of TCG's website.

For more information about Education Programs at TCG please contact Laurie Baskin, director of research, policy & collective action.