The Education Programs Department provides research and information
to theatre education professionals, gives visibility to the work
of the theatre education sector of the field and strives to provide
professional development to the field.
Latest Education Survey Results Are Now Online!
Thank you to those Member Theatres that participated in our fourteenth annual TCG Education Survey 2012! Your time and effort have contributed to an increased wealth of field-wide knowledge. Detailed profiles of participating theatres are posted on the TCG website, alongside several other helpful tools:
- Use our search tool to view this year’s individual survey submissions.
- Try out our on-line reporting tool and create custom reports based on budget group size, student demographics, programming, etc.
- Access our extensive searchable database of student study guides published by member theatres over the past several years.
In addition, please check out last year's recent Special Report on Education 2011. This publication, previously known as the Education Centerpiece, focuses on TCG Education Survey 2011 results and tabulations. Thank you for taking part in this important survey process!
Once a year TCG publishes a report, historically known as the Centerpiece, which offers in-depth analysis, case studies and resources with a focus on education. This Special Report on Education 2011: Indispensable Resources highlights several noteworthy arts education resources published this year. Among them are the Arts Education Partnership’s (AEP) on-line Arts Education Toolkit on Arts Access; AEP’s new on-line research and policy clearinghouse, ArtsEdSearch.org; the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Initiative; and a new research report published by the National Endowment for the Arts on arts education for at-risk youth. This report also includes the tabulations from the TCG Education Survey 2011 in which 103 TCG Member Theatres reported about their programming, staffing, audience demographics, assessment and evaluation tools and education expenses and income pulled from the TCG Fiscal Survey. You can view an archive of all previous Education Reports here.
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 or concerns, 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 either 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.