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Connected Arts Network Selects Plano ISD Art Teacher as a Teacher Leader

June 27, 2022

Secondary art teacher Matt Grundler has been selected as one of 15 Teacher Leaders for the inaugural year of the Connected Arts Network (CAN).

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Secondary art teacher Matthew Grundler

CAN is a five-year collaboration and grant initiative launched by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with the Educational Theater Association (EdTA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). The purpose is to create nationwide virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with educators in visual arts, music, theater, dance and media arts. The overarching vision for CAN is to build a sustainable model of professional learning for arts educators to strengthen their pedagogy, instruction and leadership skills in order to better serve students. 

Grundler and the selected Teacher Leaders will participate in a Summer Institute in July 2022 and starting in September 2022 will join monthly meetings with their PLC. The goal is that by June 2023 each PLC Teacher Leader will be prepared to facilitate their own virtual PLC, which will include 10 arts educators from around the country seeking a peer community.

For more information, visit the CAN website.