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Connected Arts Networks - An Exciting EdTA Partnership



The Connected Arts Networks (CAN) project is a partnership with the National Art Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Dance Education Organization and New York City Public Schools that focuses on professional learning communities supported with rich professional development focused on teacher practice, leadership and agency across three areas:

- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
- Social and Emotional Learning 
- Educator Leadership 

The CAN grant project is aligned with the EdTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and recent work to build an SEL Lesson Plan Library model lesson plan embedded with SEL instruction.   The project will began in October 2021 and will continue through September of 2026 spanning the following school years:

- 2021-2022 (Start up, Orientation, Training and Implementation)
- 2022-2023 (First Professional Learning Community Cohort trains and practices)
- 2023-2024 (Second layer of Professional Learning Communities formed)
- 2024-2025 (Professional Learning Communities Deepen)
- 2025-2026 (Sustainability, Documentation & Dissemination)


Program activities for this project are fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education Program.

Phase One - Teacher Leaders


In phase one of the grant, teacher leaders were chosen through an extensive application process to join the first cohort.  Teacher leaders spent a year training in strategies for diversity, equity and inclusion and social and emotional learning in addition to leadership training.  In year three of this grant project, they will take on leadership of professional learning communities, growing our network of impact across the nation.  


Phase Two - Expanded Teacher Participants

In early 2024, another application process began to identify additional skilled teacher participants.
EdTA is thrilled to welcome the resulting 105 theatre educators from around the nation to CAN. 


Bookmark this page and stop back often for project updates, free toolkits and continuing information.  

Follow the link below for tips, strategies and podcast interviews from the Connected Arts Network Project, hosted by the grant managers at the National Art Education Association and featuring  our teacher leaders.