Robert A. Southworth, PhD

Rob Southworth is the principal investigator at The SchoolWorks Lab, Inc. Rob has a deep knowledge of educational policy, rigorous research, K-12 school reform, authentic assessment and job-embedded progressional development.

During Rob Southworth’s seventeen years as the leader of The SchoolWorks Lab, Rob has learned the value of relationships in defining how important it is to change our educational systems. Improving students and schools through arts integration depends on the trust established between teaching a rtists and teachers, researchers and subjects, and among peer-to-peer professional gatherings to exchange ideas and share findings. Rob has honed his project management skills into professional discussions in order to prepare, support and launch these changes.

Rob works hard to improve equity and access for all students and to help all students find multiple pathways to college and career success. The  of equity and access in helping disadvantaged populations is one of the most important priorities in our educational system. We have to model that we are the guardians of their intellectual growth.

Laura Reeder

Laura K. Reeder is an arts education consultant and teaching artist who guides teachers, artists,  leaders, community arts advocates, and young people to access their creative abilities and overcome obstacles in many situations. Clients enlist her expertise as a skilled organizer and trainer for developing arts, educational, and social programs and curriculum. She was Curriculum Coordinator for nine years with the Creative Classroom Collaboratives USDOE research project while also teaching arts education at Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Laura was Executive Director of Partners for Arts Education, an advocate with Americans for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, as well as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education and the Kennedy Center. She has presented widely and her publications can be found in Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, The Teaching Artist Journal, The Journal of Social Theory and Art Education, and many more. More information can be found at


Elizabeth Hallmark

Elizabeth Hallmark is a curriculum designer and project manager with a focus on creating innovative curricula and arts-integrated programming. She has served a four-year term on the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education and was a member of New York State’s recent Arts Learning Standards Review Committee. Hallmark taught arts-integrated curriculum design at the University of Rochester’s Warner School for nearly a decade. As a teaching artist with Young Audiences, Empire State Partnerships, Aesthetic Institute, and Wolf Trap Early Learning for the Arts, Hallmark coached many non-artist teachers on how to incorporate performing arts in their teaching. She has a passion for developing engaging content for students as well as improving educators’ collaborative skills with art professionals in the practice of high-quality arts integration. Dr. Hallmark’s writing on arts and education has been published in Arts Education Policy Review and the Teaching Artist Journal. She holds a Bachelors from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters from Antioch/New England, and a PhD from University of Rochester.