Educational reform over the last decade has emphasized literacy, numeracy, science and technology. These emphases have led to a narrowing of the curriculum, which has marginalized the arts and humanities. The Young Arts Educational Foundation has forged a partnership with Teachers College in order to promote interdisciplinary investigations related to the HBO television series MASTERCLASS. Professors Abeles, Crocco, and Natriello will discuss the goals and methods of this unique curriculum and website design project, which uses the concept of mastery in the arts to consider mastery in all school subjects and other educational activities.
Teachers College, Columbia University is an institution with a rich and distinguished record in the field of education. Decade after decade, since its founding in 1887, the College has anticipated concerns and acted with initiatives to advance educational reforms and issues. With its tradition of innovation and insights, the College is one of the leading schools of education in the country, if not the world, embracing three fields: education, psychology and health.