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During an arts leadership conference in June, I attended session with Sandra Ruppert from the Arts Education Partnership. She spoke a lot about what it takes to get a message across and change to happen. I loved her hierarchy of influence and wanted to share it with you:
1 art teacher = a fruitcake
2 art teachers = a fruitcake and a friend
3 art teachers = troublemakers
5 art teachers = let’s have a meeting
10 art teachers = we’d better listen
25 art teachers = our dear friends
50 art teachers = a powerful organization
Whether we are one person advocating for the arts in our building, or a network of 700 coming together to learn more about our work at the AOE summer conference, we can make a difference. I challenge you to network more this year, and to make that network impact the decision-making stakeholders at your local, state, or national level!
How have you teamed up with colleagues to create change?
What networking plans do you have for the upcoming school year?