The hard work of engaging stakeholders, defining quality, and assessing teaching and learning pays off when you can make a solid argument for how to improve quality using what you’ve learned.

Both quantitative (numeric) and qualitative (anecdotal) information can persuade educators, school and community leaders, and parents to help secure funding and support needed to advance quality teaching and learning. Think creatively about ways to share what you have learned with these different audiences.

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These videos describe the goals and aspirations of participants in the process for making meaningful and lasting changes in the educational opportunities in their communities.

Tools & Resources

STEAM: Experts Make the Case for Adding Arts to STEM
On December 1, 2011 Education Week shared that "momentum appears to be mounting to explore ways that the intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and even help unlock creative thinking and innovation."

Nurturing Creative Capital: Successful Children, Strong Families, and Vibrant Neighborhoods
This report introduces a compelling framework for thinking about the investments and results of investing in youth and family creative capital as seen in Dallas' Thriving Minds Initiative.


“I come here to talk to my fellow artists, remember why we do this work, how we do it, and continue to push ourselves to do it better. When I go to our board of directors to emphasize the importance of the work we do and the necessity for funding, this process gives me the energy and credibility to say that and give these kids a voice. As a result of these discussions I've made long-lasting relationships in this panel, and they are feeding me in my work.”

Rachel Hull
Rachel Hull
Director, Education & Community Enrichment
Dallas Theater Center