SEADAE Announces Release of Paper Outlining Roles of Arts Educators

(June 22, 2012) – State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is pleased to share a paper outlining the roles and responsibilities certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and providers of supplemental arts instruction play in providing a quality, sequential arts education for America’s K-12 students.  SEADAE looks forward to engaging the arts and policy communities in a vigorous discussion about the paper’s recommendations to support quality arts education across our country.  “Roles” has been endorsed by NAfME, the NAMM Foundation, and many others.

Scott C. Shuler – Arts Education specialist in the Connecticut Department of Education, Immediate Past-President of NAfME, and one of the paper’s principal authors – had the following to say about the release:

“Expert arts educators play an essential role in delivering the high-quality arts education that every child needs. Students benefit even more when arts educators collaborate with classroom teachers and community artists.  The recommendations in this document will help policymakers and school leaders create effective arts education programs and partnerships, at a time when our children desperately need the creativity and inspiration that an arts education can provide.”

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 12 o’clock noon EDT, SEADAE, in conjunction with NAMM and NAfME, will participate in a live announcement of the “Roles” paper’s release on a SupportMusic Coalition Teleconference broadcasted from NAfME’s Hill Day activities.  “Roles” contributor and SEADAE President, Lynn Tuttle, will field questions from moderators and discuss the purpose of the paper and its implications for the arts education field as a whole.

To join the SupportMusic Coalition Teleconference in the United States, dial: 1.866.740.1260 and enter access code: 2000600#.  To join the call from abroad, dial: 1.303.248.0285 and enter access code: 2000600#.  A WebEx link will also be made available at:

For more information, contact “Roles” co-author Marcia McCaffrey at 603.568.2979 or via e-mail at

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State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Its mission is to support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education, in order to achieve quality, comprehensive, sequential, standards-based education in the arts for all students PreK-20.