Just as data from observations shines a light on exemplary work, it also highlights gaps and areas for improvement. Together with your community, prioritize the area(s) where shared expertise, peer-to-peer modeling, and other additional support can improve quality.

Invite everyone to create learning opportunities that target specific goals and strategies that will address the observed gaps in quality. Pooling and sharing of professional development resources can propel sustainable improvement.
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These videos describe how to use data you've collected to best communicate needs to community partners and funders.

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.


“We developed a grant for stipends for art supplies in the classrooms and were able to provide bus funding for the teachers to bring their students to the museum along with professional development training. I can ask my colleagues on the panel what they need and what makes the most sense for their environment.”

Scott Winterrowd

Scott Winterrowd

Curator of Education
Meadows Museum