April 19, 2016
Dr. Monique Chism has been added as a keynote speaker to the Educational Theatre Association's 2016 National Conference, "The Changing Face of Theatre Education," slated for September 15 through 18 in Las Vegas. Dr. Chism currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education. In that capacity Chism acts as a principal advisor to the assistant secretary on grant programs and initiatives in the Offices of Academic Improvement, Safe and Healthy Students, School Support and Rural Programs, Impact Aid Program, Migrant Education, and Indian Education.
A graduate of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Dr. Chism recently served as a keynote presenter at the Arts Education Partnership forum States of Change, in which she outlined Title I opportunities for arts education in the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
“Dr. Chism is strongly committed to creating quality education opportunities for all students,” said EdTA Director of Educational Policy James Palmarini. “Given our conference theme and her range of experience and interest in both public education and the arts, she’s a great fit for our event.”
Dr. Chism previously served as Director of the Office of Student Achievement and School Accountability at the USDOE. Prior to joining the department, Chism held a number of positions in the field of education as a teacher, researcher, and state policy maker at the Illinois State Board of Education, where she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Improvement. Her biography notes that “she has influenced and shaped education policy with the goal of ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to learn and is committed to creating environments that foster educational excellence. Through her work she continues to focus on effective strategies for improving equity and access for all students, closing opportunity gaps, and cultivating culturally diverse schools."
For more information, or to register for the 2016 EdTA National Conference, visit the Conference website.