Kristen Paglia

Dr. Kristen Paglia is the Executive Director of P.S. ARTS, a Los Angeles-based arts nonprofit providing weekly arts education to nearly 15,000 students in Southern and Central California.

In addition to an early career in dance, Dr. Paglia taught dance and theater arts in Boston and Los Angeles public schools for over a decade, working primarily with students with special needs and English learners. Dr. Paglia holds Masters’ degrees in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and Arts Education from Harvard University.

She also earned a Doctorate degree from Harvard in cognitive developmental psychology, and has extensive experience managing arts programs and designing curriculum in urban public and independent schools. Dr. Paglia is an active member of the California public education reform effort, participating in numerous government educational policy and advocacy groups including the California Alliance for Arts Education Policy Council. Dr. Paglia was invited to participate in the NEA Education Leadership Institute extended committee for California to contribute feedback to issues around arts curriculum, assessment, and education reform.

Dr, Paglia is also a Co-Chair for the Research and Evaluation committee of the CREATE CA (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate) Joint Task Force by California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

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