From: Kasper, Jamie <KasperJ@ArtsEdCollaborative.Org>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 8:09 AM
To: Jeff Poulin <>
Subject: RE: Questions for Superintendent Interviews




My thoughts for the group are below.


  1. Your question #2 below focuses on data collection. That reads to me a couple of different ways, i.e. enrollment OR student learning/assessment data. I think information about student learning is more valuable. Perhaps reframe this question as “How have you worked in the past to measure student learning in the arts, particularly for students who live in challenging circumstances, are ELLs, or have IEPs? Based on [the state’s] ESSA state plan, how do you plan to include the arts in the district’s measures of a well-rounded education?”
  2. An additional question – What is the relationship between certified arts teachers, classroom teachers, and arts organizations in supporting student learning? How do you envision these groups working together for students in the district?
  3. And the big one – What is your vision for arts education in the district?



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Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:33 PM
To: Jeff Poulin <>
Subject: Re: [Americans for the Arts] Questions for Superintendent Interviews


HI Jeff,


Here in Tampa we are focused on putting the “A” into STEM education….. We prefer “STEAM”. Our superintendent supports this as does our school board. I’d ask if the new sup understands  “WHY” the A is important in this content. 



G. Scott Maiden 

President & Chief Executive Officer

Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network

505 E. Jackson St., Suite 202

Tampa, FL  33602

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From: <> On Behalf Of Jeff Poulin
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:59 AM
Subject: FW: [Americans for the Arts] Questions for Superintendent Interviews




From: Sheila Walk <>
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:49 AM
To: Jeff Poulin <>
Subject: RE: [Americans for the Arts] Questions for Superintendent Interviews


Creating a resource like this should prove valuable.  Good idea.


Why is arts education important?  What does it look like at elementary and secondary levels?

Describe your own experiences, as a student and as an educator, with arts learning.

What place would arts education hold in your budget proposals?

What involvement should this school district have in the local arts community?


A careful listener will learn what value the candidate places on arts education and will hear (or not) a natural enthusiasm and commitment along with practical ideas.


Sheila Walk

Interim Executive Director,

Springfield Area Arts Council


420 South Sixth Street          Phone:  217-753-3519          E-mail:

Springfield, IL  62701            Fax:  217-753-8018               Website:


Enriching the community through the arts



From: [] On Behalf Of Jeff Poulin
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:48 AM
Subject: [Americans for the Arts] Questions for Superintendent Interviews


Hi Local Arts Ed Network,


One of your fellow members just posed an interesting question to me and I am hoping that you can all add your two cents to help out!


In the next few days, the school district is interviewing several candidates for the position of Superintendent. As the arts education organization working with the district, they have the opportunity to pose a few questions. What should they ask?


I have brainstormed a few ideas below to kick us off, but we would welcome your thoughts to help form a comprehensive list:

  1. Would you support a District Arts Education Strategic Plan? In the past how have you supported arts learning in a long-term, sequential, standards-based way?
  2. How do you address data collection beyond math and ELA, particularly for students who are Low SES, ELLs or on IEPs? Can the arts be part of the equation for those students and how will you measure it?
  3. How do you plan to engage community partners, like the Smith Center, in the Title IV, part A well-rounded education needs assessment as dictated by ESSA?


Thanks so much,



PS. Once this email thread has concluded, I can pull together and turn into a rough draft of a resource that we can add to the AFTA website.





Jeff M. Poulin

Arts Education Program Manager

Americans for the Arts

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