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Program Director & Manager Forum 10/5/23

October 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Internal Professional Development

We all know teaching artists and teacher development are necessary for a thriving program, but oftentimes it becomes something that’s pushed down the never-ending todo list. What choices can we make to create program structures that embed internal professional development within our daily programs? What are the best practices happening in the field that are low cost, low friction, and yield the best ROI for our limited time and bandwidth? Join us for a group discussion, focused on sharing actionable tips and implementation strategies for creating successful, internal teacher training.

Amidst the demanding responsibilities that shape our distinct role as Program Directors and Managers, we understand just how crucial it is to nurture our teaching artists and faculty. We’re well aware that time and resources are invaluable, often spread thin due to the unyielding demands of our dedication to student growth. It’s a shared experience for teacher development to be overshadowed by the pressing needs of each day, whether that be time, budget constraints, or lack of systems put in place.

Let’s imagine a realm where elevating your program’s excellence isn’t a daunting task, but an integrated and streamlined part of your daily operations. What are impactful solutions for teacher training that don’t strain your budget or consume your limited bandwidth?

  •  Discover cost-effective strategies that magnify returns while reducing friction.
  •  Uncover field-tested best practices that align with your mission and constraints.
  •  Engage in a collaborative forum, exchanging actionable insights that drive tangible results.

Join us this Thursday, October 5 from 12-1pm ET via a Zoom-based discussion. Connect with industry professionals while making strides to improve your program’s performance!

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Facilitated by Gabrielle Molina

Executive Director, Project Music

Gabrielle Molina (she, ella, siya) is currently the Executive Director of Project Music, a youth development and El Sistema-inspired music nonprofit located in Stamford, CT. In addition to her work at Project Music, Gabrielle is on the coaching faculty of AIM, the Academy for Impact through Music, where she coaches and mentors teachers from around the world working in ‘music for social action’ organizations. From 2019-2023, she was a faculty member and career coach at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Prior to joining the leadership team at Project Music, Gabrielle founded Teaching Artists International, a music nonprofit that creates teaching artist exchanges spanning 4 continents. She is the winner of the 2020 Sphinx Tank, awarded to the “Next Great Cultural Entrepreneur.” In 2022, she was named one of Yamaha’s “40 Under 40” — Celebrating Excellence in Music Education. Gabrielle has held fellowships with the National Arts Strategies, the Global Leaders Program, Mass Challenge, and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Gabrielle holds K-12 teaching credentials in CA and CT and began her career at YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) and at iCAN (The Incredible Children’s Art Network), two El Sistema-inspired programs in Southern California. Gabrielle holds a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

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