SEADAE Arts Assessment Symposium: Advances in Arts Assessment

November 11th & 12th, 2016

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center

Grapevine, Texas


Welcome to the Symposium! Here is some helpful information for your stay.

Ground Transportation

Area Maps and Transportation Information

Airport Shuttle Information:

Registration Hour
The SEADAE Arts Assessment Symposium will be located in the Lone Star Atrium wing of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Take the Lone Star elevator up to the 3rd floor for the Mustang meeting rooms. For building maps please go here.

When you arrive at the conference you will be able to pick up your badge and conference materials in Mustang room 5. Registration will be open on Thursday afternoon from 4:30 - 7:30 in Mustang 5 and again Friday morning from 7:00 - 8:30. Registration materials may also be picked up in Mustang 5 during lunch time on Friday from 12:30 -1:30 outside of Mustang 5. Someone will be available to help you or on call throughout the day on Friday, based out of Mustang 5, should you arrive at a different hour. You will need to show your badge at the door when attending sessions.

Opening Reception and Shared Opportunities
The SEADAE Arts Assessment Symposium is being held in conjunction with the National Association for Music Education's 2016 Conference in the Lone Star Atrium wing of the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. We thank our partners for their help in sponsoring portions of our symposium. There will be many opportunities to meet, greet and mingle with those attending the NAfME conference, including:
- Opening Reception in Longhorn E - Thursday November 10th at 7:15 - Happy Hour and Jam Session
- Morning Continental Breakfast each day - Longhorn E
- Lunch carts available daily for lunchtime purchases in Longhorn E
- Evening performance - Friday November 11th beginning at 7:00 in the Texas Ballroom
- Evening performance - Saturday November 12th beginning at 7:30 in the Texas Ballroom
- Joint conference sessions (check the schedule and session descriptions page for details)

Maps of the Meeting Spaces

Room Set Up and Important Information for Presenters

Presenting at the Symposium? Here is some important information for you. We are expecting in the neighborhood of 100 attendees including K-12 educators, researchers, post secondary educators and members of various organizations serving arts education. Simultaneous sessions run hourly with a 30 minute break between each, sometimes as many as 5 offerings per hour, so we are estimating 20-30 persons in a session to help you plan accordingly should you be bringing handout materials.

Please send your PowerPoint and any handout materials to Project Manager Cory Wilkerson at to be posted to our symposium wiki.

Each meeting room will come equipped with a projector and speakers, you must provide your own computer. The projector will be outfitted with a VGA cable hook up which works with a PC. If you are bringing a MAC, please bring your own dongle to hook up to the projector. A reminder- there will NOT be internet access available. If you need internet access please bring a personal hot spot.

Meeting rooms are set up in either Theatre style (seats facing front) Classroom style (rectangular tables facing front) or Rounds (round tables throughout the room). Our meeting rooms are Mustang 1, 2,3,4, 5 and 6. We have tried to match the meeting room set up to any special requests you made when you submitted your proposals whenever possible. Please bear in mind that this may not have always been possible to balance the many sessions. You may also look up your assigned space by checking the schedule or session descriptions page on the symposium wiki. Here are the meeting room set ups:

Mustang 1 - Classroom set up - seats 48
Mustang 2 - Rounds - seats 40
Mustang 3 - Classroom set up - seats 48
Mustang 4 - Theatre set up - seats 114
Mustang 5 - Classroom set up - seats 31 (doubles as the Symposium office)
Mustang 6 - Classroom set up - seats 54

Haven't registered yet? For those last minute attendees - some helpful travel justifications.

Travel Justificationclick here to download a pdf
The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is pleased to announce a significant opportunity for the field of arts education, the Arts Assessment Symposium, being held in Grapevine, Texas on November 11-12, 2016. As a national leader in arts education, SEADAE is well-positioned to attract leading professionals from around the nation to investigate innovation in arts assessment. The Arts Assessment Symposium is a national forum that examines current practices and policies in arts assessment, providing a platform to learn from national arts assessment experts and researchers, classroom practitioners, and other State Department of Education personnel. A national request for proposals drew session applications from across the nation. The sessions selected were vetted and approved by SEADAE members so as to provide the most pertinent and valuable opportunities for attendees. Sessions will explore such issues as:

  • examining the impact of national, state and local policy on arts assessment
  • investigating exemplary practices across a broad range of assessment types including formative, summative, diagnostic and student centered assessment
  • utilizing technology based tools for delivering assessment and evaluating and documenting student learning
  • responding to the changing needs and expectations of a 21st century student & education
  • examining the Model Cornerstone Assessments as a model for creating authentic performance assessments tied to arts standards

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity for learning, sharing and expanding your knowledge of assessment in arts education. It is an opportunity for exchanging information, networking, and establishing new or re-igniting past connections. A special conference rate of $205.00 per day double occupancy has been negotiated at the conference hotel. To learn more click on the “Hotel and Travel” tab above. Here you will find a link for hotel registration along with a link to Fare Compare, where you may research ways to pay the least amount for travel. The clickable tabs above will will also provide you with specifics on sessions, registration, conference pricing, and scheduling.

Click here to view highlights of the SEADAE 2014 Arts Assessment Institute in Chevy Chase Maryland

Sample Request for Travel Letter Templateclick here for a downloadable word doc version

Dear (Supervisor),
I am requesting your permission to attend the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) Arts Assessment Symposium November 11–12, 2016 in Grapevine, Texas. This conference will benefit our schools and district by providing me with numerous opportunities to learn about cutting edge practices and policies in arts assessment. This gathering includes multiple workshop sessions and opportunities to discuss issues and ideas with my peers as well as arts educators, administrators, researchers and state level curriculum directors from all over the United States.
The symposium provides a broad offering of fifty sessions. These sessions have been chosen to offer solutions to problems of practice common to my day to day work and professional responsibilities. This will help me expand my knowledge of arts assessment and offer me new ideas to apply in the classroom, resulting in a direct impact on my students and their learning.
If I am approved to attend the conference, the benefits to our organization are:
  • Expanding my knowledge of arts assessment policies and practices
  • Learning about a variety of assessment approaches applied to multiple settings and needs
  • Networking with leading arts educators and researchers from across the country
  • Obtaining fresh new creative ideas and techniques to share with the students and teachers throughout our school district
Included here is a detailed cost breakdown of the conference expenses as well as a copy of the conference sessions for you to review. I estimate the total cost of the conference to be (AMOUNT).
Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you and representing our team at the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education Arts Assessment Symposium November 11–12, 2016 in Grapevine, Texas.
(Your Name)