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Deadline Extended to 11/13 - Seeking K-12 Teachers for CAN Project

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) invites K-12 Dance Educators to apply to be a Teacher Participant in the Connected Arts Networks (CAN)

CAN is a multi-year grant initiative, funded by the US Department of Education, to create nationwide virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with educators in visual arts, music, theater, dance and media arts. The purpose of CAN is to build a sustainable model of professional learning for K-12 arts educators in public schools and public charters to strengthen their pedagogy, instruction, and leadership skills in order to better serve students.

The National Art Education Association, in partnership with the Educational Theater Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Dance Education Organization, and the NYC Dept. of Education’s Arts Office launched the Connected Arts Networks (CAN) in 2022.

There were 15 dance educators selected in 2022 as Teacher Leaders to kick off this project.

Now we need another 150 dance educators to serve as Participants in this project.

NDEO is recruiting another 150 K-12 dance educators to serve as PLC participants! These PLCs will meet virtually each month of the school year starting in January 2024 through June 2026 and will focus on professional learning in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion; social emotional learning; and teacher leadership through an arts education lens.

If you are interested in furthering your instructional capacity, serving each unique student's needs, and leveraging the arts in your school for greater impact, please consider applying to be part of the CAN! We look forward to connecting you to arts educators around the country through a discipline-specific PLC. As we collaborate on curricula and support each other's growth, we will also create tools and resources from what we learn that will benefit arts educators around the country. 

Apply to be a Teacher Participant in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) HERE:

Applications are due Nov. 13, 2023! 

If you have questions, consider attending the virtual CAN Town Hall on Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm ET, where you can hear directly from current CAN Teacher Leaders about their experience and what’s to come. Click here to register for CAN Town Hall.