Jane Best

Arts Education Partnership
Denver, Colorado

Jane R. Best is the Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) at Education Commission of the States in Denver, CO. AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations with the goal of the arts being included in a well-rounded education. Dr. Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. She previously held leadership positions at McREL International and Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She started her career as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Jane has served on the board of directors of Knowledge Alliance, the STEM Education Coalition, and the College of Education at The Ohio State University. She teaches graduate courses at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs. Jane holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.