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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.
Please Fill Out Your TCG Education Survey 2012!
It's time to fill out your TCG Education Survey 2012! Since 1998, Theatre Communications Group has surveyed Member Theatres about their education programs. The results of the surveys are featured each year in an annual Education Special Report, formerly known as the Education Centerpiece. Theatres that complete their survey will find their detailed profile posted on the TCG website and their program information accessible through our on-line 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. Take advantage of these valuable resources and please fill out your survey today! The survey form is protected. If you don't have your username and password please email email@example.com or call at 212-609-5900 x 370. Submissions are due Friday, April 26th, 2013.
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.
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 government and education programs 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 government and education programs.