Mrs. Cindy Riddle, Spartanburg School District One’s Assistant Superintendent of Visual and Performing Arts, has been slated to serve on the national Kennedy Center Partners in Education 2018 Advisory Committee. Mrs. Riddle is one of eight committee members selected from across the entire United States who will serve a three year term on this highly prestigious board.
As an Advisory Committee member, Mrs. Riddle will be tasked with advising the Education Division on new professional development initiatives; advising the Partners in Education program on policies affecting the teams; soliciting nominations for the Advisory Committee elections and advising on policy for the nomination and election procedures; and reading and responding to materials from the Kennedy Center, as well as initiating and responding to correspondence from Team Members.
Mrs. Riddle is a dedicated arts education curriculum administrator and passionate supporter of arts education in South Carolina. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Visual and Performing Arts for Spartanburg School District One. In addition, she serves on several state and local boards and works with local nonprofit arts organizations to create community arts partnerships. She has served as a South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) Gifted & Talented grant evaluator, as well as on the SCDE Review and Writing Team for Visual and Performing Arts Standards. In addition, she is the President - Elect of the South Carolina Arts Education Association. Most recently, Mrs. Riddle received the designation of the 2017 Dr. Deborah Smith Hoffman Mentor Award, which is awarded to the person who most demonstrates a commitment to mentoring art educators by supporting their professional and personal growth as artists and educators.
The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects. The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.