Regional Arts Education Day

Regional Arts Education Day (RAED) is a one-day professional learning event held annually in October. Educators from schools and arts organizations gather to engage in presentations and conversations about topics of interest.

Join us for a day of learning!


Recharge your professional learning by spending the day with Arts Education Collaborative at the annual Regional Arts Education Day on October 9, 2017 at Keystone Oaks Middle School. The day will begin at 8 AM and end at 4 PM.

Keynote speaker Bill Isler, former President and CEO of The Fred Rogers Company, will kick off the day. Bill’s leadership of The Fred Rogers Company led to the creation of the TV shows Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad, which have won 17 Daytime Emmy awards. Bill was honored by PBS in 2017 with the “Be more” Award.

Confirmed breakout sessions include:

  • Understanding ESSA: The New Federal Education Law and Its Impact on Arts Education – Mark Despotakis, Progressive Music
  • Using STEAM Learning to Design Your Space – Nina Barbuto, Assemble
  • The Importance of Teaching the HEARTS in Our Schools – Rich Panteleo
  • LoTI and the Arts Classroom – Ashley Mutschler, Ringgold School District
  • Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Phoebe Stern, Arts Education Collaborative
  • Not Your Music Teacher’s Concert/Not Your Art Teacher’s Art Show – Keystone Oaks School District
  • STEAM + Inquiry = Access for All – Angela Capuzzi, Brownsville Area School District
  • An Introduction to Wick for the Arts Classroom – Luca Damasco and Zach Rispoli, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Apps for Educators, Part II – Melissa Unger, South Fayette Township School District

A special strand will be offered for health and physical education teachers, although these sessions are open to all interested attendees:

  • Pioneering Wellness, an introduction to Slippery Rock University’s new HPE program – Ethan Hull, Slippery Rock University
  • Creative Movement in the HPE Classroom – Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre and Kristy Schelb, South Fayette Township School District

Individual tickets are $75 and can be purchased at AEC’s EventBrite page. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Discounts are available for districts sending teams of teachers. Contact Jamie Kasper at for more information.

Registration closes on October 3. No late or on-site registrations will be accepted.

2016 Highlights

The focus of RAED 2016 was Motivate. Inspire. Empower. The keynote speaker was Mairi Cooper, Fox Chapel Area School District music educator and 2015 PA Teacher of the Year.




continuing education hours awarded


breakout sessions

In event evaluations, participants said the following about aspects of the day:

  • The keynote speaker was absolutely fascinating and inspiring, as well as frustrating to a degree. I wish the road ahead was smoother, but presenters such as the keynote speaker and organizations like AEC will likely make the journey more passable.

  • Having the chance to hear others talk about what we do and how we do it is inspiring and motivating.

  • All of the breakout sessions were extremely relevant to my everyday teaching life.

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