A Ship with Two Prows: Evaluating Professional Development for Contemporary Art Educators

  • Jessica C. Hamlin
  • Lois Hetland


This chapter describes a multi-methods evaluation using dialogue, survey data, and video documentation. In 2009, Art21 Educators, a professional development program for Art21, an organization producing a video series on contemporary art, invited art teachers to a summer institute in New York City. During the following year, teachers built a professional community through distance learning webinars and shared content on an asynchronous social networking platform. More systematic evaluation began in year 2 to address multiple needs: supporting program development and co-developing longitudinal surveys about participant outcomes. Early on, the evaluation seemed in conflict with itself. Ultimately, all stakeholders learned from the evolving approaches, leading to a theory of change about professional development that emerged from the process.


Art education Multi-method evaluation Theory of change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica C. Hamlin
    • 1
  • Lois Hetland
    • 2
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Art Education DepartmentMassachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonUSA

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