Professional Learning Communities, Parts 1 & 2

K12ArtChat the podcast, Episodes 104 & 105 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 the first of this eight-part series The Creativity Department and co-host Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz dive deeply into the importance of Professional Learning Communities. 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

Jared Cassedy

Jared Cassedy

K–12 Performing Arts Coordinator, Conductor of the Lexington High School Wind Ensemble

Jared Cassedy is the K–12 performing arts coordinator and LHS Wind Ensemble conductor for Lexington Public Schools in Massachusetts. He also directs the Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory and chairs the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeastern District. Learn more about Jared.

Kim Hoj

Kim Hoj

Dance Teacher, Career Technical Education Teacher on Special Assignment

Kim Hoj is founder of the Nordhoff High School dance program, where she currently teaches. In 2021, she was a recipient of a Golden Bell Award for Excellence in Education and has also served as a visual and performing arts and career technical education coordinator in Santa Barbara. Learn more about Kim.

Amber Arnold

Amber Arnold

Fine Arts Instructional Coach

Amber Arnold is the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) K–12 fine arts instructional coach in Suwanee, Georgia. She supports the instruction of visual and performing arts teachers, with a focus on fine arts teachers who are new to GCPS. Additionally, she facilitates the Fine Arts Mentor Program as well as a collaborative learning team. Learn more about Amber.

Tina Barone

Tina Barone

Theatre Teacher

Tina Barone is an actor, director, and educator with a degree in theatre performance from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. She also holds a master’s degree in education and has been teaching theatre in an elementary school for the past 20 years. Learn more about Tina.

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