Meet the Project Team

Lynn Tuttle

Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education

LynnTuttleLynn Tuttle is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties include acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, arts assessment and arts integration; and promoting quality arts education programs in Arizona’s schools. She co-chaired the Arizona Arts Education Census Committee, which published the 2010 Arizona Arts Education Census, documenting access and availability of arts education in Arizona’s district and charter schools. She has keynoted for The Kennedy Center’s 2013 Partners in Education conference and the 2013 Biannual Maine Arts Education Conference, and has presented for Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, the Educational Theatre Association, the Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network, the National Art Education Association, the National Dance Education Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and the State Arts Advocacy Network. Lynn serves as Past-President for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and is one of the leaders of the revision of the National Voluntary Arts Education Standards. Lynn holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), the Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa) and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Marcia McCaffrey

Arts Consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education

MarciaMcCaffreyAs arts consultant for the New Hampshire Department of Education, Marcia McCaffrey leads the state’s public education sector in defining and meeting quality arts education in New Hampshire. She is also president of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and represents SEADAE on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Leadership Team, which is revising the national voluntary arts standards. Ms. McCaffrey’s past experience includes serving as a National Endowment for the Arts grant panelist for Learning in the Arts; serving as steering committee member for the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards/Arts Consortium (a project out of the Council of Chief State School Officers); presenting at national conferences on topics including the power of arts assessment to change teaching, learning, and arts education in the 21st Century; drafting and editing the New Hampshire K-12 Curriculum Framework for the Arts; and producing the report, Measuring Up: New Hampshire Arts Education Data Project. She holds an M.A. in dance education from Columbia University, and B.S. degrees in elementary education and physical education from Iowa State University.


Dr. Richard A. Baker Jr.

Assistant Professor/Accountability Coordinator – College of Education, Arts & Humanities, Southern University

RichardBakerDr. Baker is on the faculty of Southern University and A & M College, in the College of Education, Arts & Humanities. From 2002-2013 he served as the Fine Arts Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education. Previous accomplishments include leading a team of 65 teaching artists and arts educators to create more than 3,200 pages of model arts lessons based on the Louisiana state standards and representing Louisiana at the Education Leadership Institute. He earned the B.S. in music education (Ball State University), M.Ed. in Educational Administration (University of New Orleans), and the Ph.D. in education theory, policy and practice (Louisiana State University). Significant to the project, he was the co-editor for the Secondary School Course Classification System, which was presented to National Center for Education Statistics. His doctoral research is considered preliminary work for this project. He examined the test scores for all eighth-grade students in Louisiana to document any relationship between arts enrollment and test scores in English and mathematics. He served on the Music Standards National Writing Committee and has chaired the grades 6-8 sub-committee for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.


Cory Wilkerson

Project Director, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

CoryWilkMs. Wilkerson is an arts consultant specializing in standards based arts education and arts assessment.  Ms. Wilkerson was appointed Pennsylvania’s Theatre representative to the Council of Chief State Schools State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards National Arts Assessment Institute, served on the Pennsylvania Assessment through Themes project, co-chaired the Arts Framework Committee for Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned Systems and has consulted throughout the state on arts assessment and technology in Arts education.  Ms. Wilkerson’s work has been part of several arts integration research projects, and she has assisted in qualitative research in collaborative inquiry for arts educators as a part of a four year project in the Southwest corner of the state funded by the Department of Education.  Currently Ms Wilkerson serves as Project Manager for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and as part time Communications and Technology Manager for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. She is proud to be a recipient of a Pennsylvania State Legislature Certificate of Achievement for her work with children and youth in Theatre Education.


Julie A. Palkowski, Ph.D.

Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant, WI Department of Public Instruction

JuliePalkDr. Palkowski is the Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant for the State of Wisconsin- Department of Public Instruction.  She has served previously as an arts administrator with school districts in Rockford, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin.  Prior to these positions, Dr. Palkowski has worked as a Title I Instructional Supervisor, a K4-8th Grade Principal, Music Teacher, and Summer Enrichment Coordinator. In her current position, she also serves on various boards including the Wisconsin School Music Association, Wisconsin Art Education Association, the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education, and the Wisconsin Dance Council. Julie has facilitated arts education sessions focused on pedagogy, program development and promotion, disciplinary literacy, and technology throughout Wisconsin. Dr. Palkowski serves as Vice President for the national group, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and has worked with the leadership dance team in the analysis of public survey responses for the dance core arts standards review.


Robert B. Morrison

CEO, Quadrant Research

BobMorrisonMr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and market intelligence organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research and public policy has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation. Mr. Morrison and Quadrant Research are recognized as the pioneers of state arts education data reporting having spent more time with state arts education data sets than any other research teams. Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project (2007), completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building now hailed as a model for statewide arts education research. Mr. Morrison has completed similar research projects for the states of Arizona (2009), California (2004), Michigan (2011), Minnesota (2012), New Hampshire (2011), Ohio (2013), Oklahoma (2009) and Wisconsin (2008). In May of 2012 the first follow-up longitudinal study was completed for the state of New Jersey. Mr. Morrison’s work includes proprietary research, interactive data visualizations and market analytics for major corporations including Crayola, MakeMusic, Yamaha Corporation and Wenger. Mr. Morrison was one of the first Tableau Certified Analysts by Tableau Software. He created the first state level report based on State Longitudinal Data for Ohio. He served as the Data Task Force Co-chair for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. Prior to founding Quadrant Arts Education Research Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and served as a senior executive for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  Mr. Morrison’s national work in arts education has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award, an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York.


Dr. Pat Cirillo

Chief Research Officer Quadrant Research

Dr. Cirillo serves as Quadrant’s Chief Research Officer where she has led Quadrant’s overall state arts education research efforts and co-authored the state arts education data reports: Arizona (2009), Colorado (2008), Illinios (2005), Michigan (2011), Minnesota (2012), New Hampshire (2011), Ohio (2013) and Wisconsin (2008). Dr. Cirillo is the most experienced research scientist working with state arts education data in the United States. Dr. Cirillo holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, an M.S. in Experimental Psychology & Statistics from Syracuse University, and a BA in Biology and Psychology from College of the Holy Cross College. She is a member of and frequent speaker at professional association meetings, including the American Statistical Association, the American Society for Quality Control, the American Marketing Association, and Ohio Women in Mathematics.  Pat has provided written and verbal testimony to over a dozen state governments and federal government agencies regarding consumer financial education and public education.

Most of Dr. Cirillo’s work in the not-for-profit sector has been in both education and arts management.  Clients include arts organizations  (The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland International Film Festival, and, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum), regional arts leadership and advocacy organizations (Cleveland Partnership for Arts and Culture, Summit County Arts Alliance, and Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago), and higher education (Fordham, Villanova, MIT, and University of Michigan) Dr. Cirillo’s work with the for-profit sector includes Crayola, Eaton, Harris Corporation, and Intuit.