How Does Arts Education Fit in the School Choice Policy Landscape?

Saturday, June 15, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

With increased national attention on school choice, arts champions are left to wonder where the arts can fit into school choice policy. This Long Table session is an open discussion about the policy, research, and implications of school choice on arts education access.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Leave with a new understanding of how arts education fits into the school choice policy landscape.
  2. Connect with others in the arts education field.
  3. Explore a significant trend in arts education policy at an inflection moment.


Jane Best
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.

Mary Dell'Erba
Project Manager
Arts Education Partnership
Washington, District of Columbia

As a project manager for the Arts Education Partnership, Mary focuses on STEAM initiatives and the intersection of school choice and arts education. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, she worked for the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, where she served in a variety of capacities in programming, administration and policy. Mary received her Master's in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. With over 20 years of dance training, Mary is passionate about the arts and education. 

Peter Gordon
Director of Federal Affairs
Americans for the Arts