The Surdna Foundation announces the seventh year of a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in specialized, public arts high schools. Surdna recognizes that arts teachers often lack the time and resources to reconnect with other arts professionals and with the artistic processes they teach. Through the program, fellows will design individualized courses of study that will provide both immersion in their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields. Surdna believes that this approach to professional development will enhance the effectiveness of arts teachers and will directly benefit the young people they teach. All fellowsaccompanied by school leaderswill convene in fall 2007 to share experiences and discuss relevant issues and concerns. (Convocation expenses will be paid by Surdna.) Fellows will also be expected to work with colleagues and school administrators to carry out post-fellowship plans, and submit a report on the impact of the fellowship.

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