What is the NRTEA?
The National Roundtable on Teacher Education in the Arts (NRTEA) is a national laboratory of ideas, a national forum for discussion and communication, an incubator of visions, strategies and principles, concerning all aspects of pre-service teacher education and in-service professional development.
Who organizes this?
The main organizers and participants in NRTEA come from faculties of education, teacher organizations and institutions, artist organizations, and government officials from the Federal and provincial governments. Every year, a new steering committee for the Roundtable identifies and elaborates, a theme or a challenge to teacher education in the arts (TEA) that is of national significance and would benefit both participants and those reading about the outcome of the NRTEA.
Why do this?
Participants come together in a very non-partisan manner, to share, track trends, explore issues and engage in stimulating dialogue in the hope that these activities will lead to greater understanding of teacher education in the arts and help them make considered choices today that are important to them and the communities they serve.
When and where does this take place?
The NRTEA is a yearly event usually scheduled for middle or end of May. All NRTEA events to date have occurred in Ottawa. The NRTEA was founded in 2011 with the first National Roundtable held on May 25 and 26, at the National Arts Centre, in Ottawa.
What are the outcomes of these round tables?
All of the annual Roundtable meetings have been followed by summary/analytical reports that have been given wide national distribution. The focus of investigation of the next Roundtable is often an outshoot of the previous year’s work, which was identified in our conclusions or suggested as possible future directions by participants. The process of developing and planning the schedule is an organic one.
1. By arts, we refer to dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts, in traditional settings and in new and experimental combinations.
2. Given the unique and specific role the National Roundtable as well as its organizational structure, the engagement in advocacy or developing related action plans, is not part of its mandate.