Barry Oreck, Ph.D. a dancer, writer and arts educator, received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. From 1983 to 2001 he directed ArtsConnection’s in-school programs in over 150 New York City public schools and now consults with school districts across the country as well as arts education organizations including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and Young Audiences. Oreck was assessment chairman for the 1997 National Assessment of Educational Progress in dance and has developed assessment processes for the Ohio Department of Education, the Mississippi School of the Arts, and other schools and school districts in the U.S. He currently is the Director of New York City Professional Development in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model of Dr. Joseph Renzulli. His research on talent identification in the arts, self-regulation, and the professional development of classroom teachers and teaching artists has been published by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and as part of the Champions of Change research compendium, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Gifted Child Quarterly, and the International Journal of Education in the Arts, among other publications. He is a contributing author to the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education. As a dancer he has performed with Gerrie Glover, Elizabeth Waters, MoMoMo, Bob Beswick, Stephen Koplowitz, among others. His own work as a dancer and choreographer in the duo Nicoll + Oreck has been produced in NYC at Danspace Project, Spoke the Hub Dancing, and the DanceNow Festival, and by Wildroot Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont and at the Boulder Fringe Festival, among others.