Teachers enjoy a SCEA workshop at UTC’s Southeast Center.
UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) is among two-dozen higher-education institutions profiled in the Dana Foundation’s new book Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education, which examines innovations in arts-teacher training.
“One of our encouraging findings is the identification of a growing number of research centers within higher education that are concerned with art education in general and arts teaching in particular. By building a knowledge base for the field, these centers are leaders in improving practice and influencing policy. UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts was recognized for its depth of knowledge and impact on the field,” said Barbara Rich, Dana Foundation Vice President.
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization with particular interests in brain science, immunology, and education. In 2000 the Foundation extended its longtime support of education to fund innovative professional development programs leading
to improved teaching of the performing arts. Dana’s focus is on training for in-school art specialists and professional artists who teach in public schools.
The Southeast Center believes engagement in sustained professional study, practice, and reflection can lead to improved instruction and increased student learning in, about, and through the Arts, according to Kim Wheetley, SCEA Director.
“As the Southeast Center enters its 20th year of service locally and nationally, we are honored to be recognized by the Dana Foundation and included with such prestigious institutions as Bank Street Graduate School of Education, Columbia College Chicago, Indiana University School of Education, University of California at Irvine, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth University,” said Wheetley.
This free document is available by written request on institutional letterhead or in pdf form on the web at http://www.dana.org/news/publications/publication.aspx?id=1015.