Equitable Protocols in Action

K12ArtChat the podcast, Episodes 162 & 163 Resources

The National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with the Educational Theater Association, National Association for Music Education, and National Dance Education Organization has launched a nationwide initiative to create virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The goal of this Connected Arts Networks (CAN) is to build a sustainable model of professional learning to help teachers better serve students. In this series of episodes, The Creativity Department and co-host Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz dive deeply into the importance of Cultural Responsiveness in the Arts Classroom. Following are resources and additional information for this episode.


Dr. Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Oral Historian and Co-Host

Chay Ross

Chay Ross

Visual & Digital Media Arts Teacher

Chay Ross is a visual arts educator with more than 18 years of experience. As a congressionally acknowledged National Teacher Leader with the National Art Education Association’s Connected Arts Networks (CAN), Chay currently serves as an Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commissioner for the California Art Education Association (CAEA), visual and performing arts facilitator, instructional lead, and an Adobe for Education Teacher Innovator.

Enoch Robbins

Enoch Robbins

Music Teacher

Enoch Robbins is currently a K–5 music teacher in Willimantic, CT. He teaches general music, choir, orchestra, and modern band. In addition to teaching, he plans professional development for his colleagues and coordinates district-wide collaboration. Within the Connected Arts Network, he is most excited for the chance to work with other passionate professionals to decenter Western classical music and expand the scope of music education.

Alexa Wynschenk-Ring

Alexa Wynschenk-Ring

Theatre Educator

Alexa Wynschenk-Ring has been a theatre educator for 9 years. Since receiving her BA in English Teaching and Theatre at the Universityof New Hampshire, she has been passionate about education and social justice. She serves on her school’s equity site team and facilitates her own equity group at school.

Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas

Dance Educator

Jessica Lucas is a dance director with more than 20 years of dance experience. Originally from Erie, PA, she has danced professionally within the United States and internationally. Jessica has coached and choreographed for numerous schools, studios, and organizations. She is an active member in the dance industry, specically in dance education, through NDEO, PaDEO, IDEO, and the CAN Teacher Leadership Program.

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