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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #11-17
February 25, 2011
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California
Accepted to Attend Education Leaders Institute

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that California has been accepted to attend the Education Leaders Institute (ELI) in Chicago to share successes and challenges in K-12 arts education.

"I welcome this opportunity to work with other educational and industry leaders to explore the role of arts education in workforce preparation for California's creative industries," Torlakson said. "As home to Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks Animation, the arts and innovative artists are essential to our state's future."

The ELI project will enable the state teams to share their challenges in K–12 arts education and to receive feedback and insight from one another, while drawing on experts from fields beyond arts education. Participation by the California team will strengthen arts education for California's children by striving to make powerful, sustainable, and thriving arts education systems.

The ELI Institute is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and will be held May 11–13, 2011.

The California ELI team members will include: Superintendent Torlakson or his representative; Nidya Parades, associate director, Special Education Advocacy Clinic at Pepperdine University; Anne Bown-Crawford, Arcata Art Institute at Arcata High School; Malissa Shriver, president of the Board of the California Arts Council; Amy Shimshon-Santo, media expert, author, and education researcher; and Larry Powell, superintendent of the Fresno County Office of Education.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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