Jim Palmarini

Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association James Palmarini is director of educational policy for the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team. He has been the editor of Teaching Theatre, the association's journal for theatre educators, since 1990, and senior associate of the monthly Dramatics since 1986. Mr. Palmarini was awarded EdTA's Founders Award in 2005. He has written extensively about arts education, including articles on methodology, standards, assessment, and a wide range of theatre-specific subjects. Over two decades, he's interviewed many theatre professionals, including playwrights, actors, directors, and backstage technicians. Most recently, he interviewed assessment expert Jay McTighe for the Summer 2012 issue of Teaching Theatre. In 1994 he served as an editor for the theatre section of the National Standards for Arts Education. As EdTA director of educational policy, Mr. Palmarini serves on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Board; the Washington, D.C.-based Arts Education Working Group; and EdTA's Advocacy Task Force. In 2012, he led or participated in four presentations about the new National Core Arts Standards with Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Educational Theatre Association. He tweets regularly at @edtadvocacy and blogs occasionally at http://schooltheatre.org/advocacy.