EdTA Conference will video stream Ayanna Hudson keynote and theatre standards town hall discussion

September 20, 2013

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will video stream two keynote presentations from the EdTA Conference in Minneapolis—a keynote address by Ayanna Hudson and a town hall discussion about the impact of the 2014 national theatre standards. The two streamed events will take place on Saturday, September 28, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. CST, at EdTA's Livestream page.

Hudson, the director of education for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will deliver her speech at 8:45. The 10:15 town hall discussion will include Hudson as well as representatives from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards leadership and theatre standards writing team. Hudson will touch on the collective impact strategy of the NEA and how it is being applied to arts education. The standards town hall discussion will focus on the fundamental question, “How will the new theatre standards influence teacher practice and student learning?” and invite audience members to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the presenters. The town hall will also feature a live streaming chat and an update on the Next Generation Standards Project by EdTA theatre writing team members and leadership of the National Coalition for Core Standards (NCCAS). EdTA, along the with seven other national arts and education organizations that comprise NCCAS, are rewriting the landmark 1994 National Arts Education Standards.

EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington called the video streaming an important and well-timed step towards fulfilling the organization’s mission and strategies. “The survey is offering a comprehensive and much-needed overview of what’s happening in the field of secondary theatre education in the twenty-first century—who’s teaching it, what’s being taught, how new technology is shaping learning and curriculum, and so much more,” she said. “The new national arts standards are going to reshape how arts education is delivered in this country for years to come. We’re proud and excited that our members are offering their expertise on the theatre aspect of this work.

“Sharing both of these conference presentations through a real-time video stream and chat allows us to broaden our engagement with so many more individuals and organizations that might otherwise not be able participate,” said Woffington. “EdTA is committed to expanding access to theatre education to a more diverse student population, richer professional development opportunities for teachers, and bringing initiatives like these to the attention of policy-makers. Using this sort of technology is a good example of how we plan to move forward with this commitment.”

Individuals planning on logging to the video streams are encouraged to register in advance at the Livestream page, using either an email address or a link to Facebook.