Jane Best

Director
Arts Education Partnership
Denver, Colorado

Jane Best is the Director of the Arts Education Partnership at Education Commission of the States in Denver, CO.  Dr. Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. She previously held leadership positions at McREL International, Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and the National Conference of State Legislatures. She started her career in education as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio.  Jane chairs the Windgate Advisory Board at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has served on the board of directors of Knowledge Alliance and the STEM Education Coalition, trade associations that advocate for federal funding for education research and development.   Dr. Best also served on the board of governors for the College of Education at The Ohio State University.  Jane holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.