Charles Chip Mc Neal, M.Ed.


Welcome to my website! I am a distinguished and award-winning teacher, policy adviser, dancer, arts & technology coach, lecturer, moderator, adjudicator, actor, dancer, director, administrator, and civic leader. Throughout the U.S. and around the world, I conduct various artist/teacher training in tandem with creating & evaluating arts and education programs.

Based in Oakland, California, I am available for hire to a wide array of non-profit and government agencies to develop personalized professional development training and strategies in many areas of arts & education including presenting, keynotes, teaching, facilitating, moderating, adjudicating, and assessment. My pioneering work in establishing partnerships and building creative collaborations is outlined below.

I am currently the Curriculum & Program Specialist for San Francisco Opera, where I write and research curriculum as well as lead pedagogy and professional development endeavors. I am also a designated “Professional Expert” at the Alameda County Office of Education, and I serve as senior faculty adviser for the Integrated Learning Specialist Program, a professional development program consisting of a network of graduate coursework.

With Undergraduate Degrees in both Psychology and Sociology, I earned my Masters Degree from Boston’s Lesley University in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. My dream is to leverage the creative and expert talent of all my friends and colleagues to create and direct The Hope Visual and Performing Arts & Technology K-8 Charter School in Oakland, CA.

Key Collaborations:

  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Kennedy Center
  • The California Arts Council
  • The California State Department of Education
  • South Africa Ballet Theatre
  • The Edinburgh International Arts Festival
  • San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE)
  • ArtsVision

Awards & Distinctions:

  • Certified Integrated Learning Specialist
  • Certified Oral Historian
  • Bernard Osher Cultural Award for Public Service: Arts Education (1994)
  • Levi Strauss & Co. Award for Outstanding Teachers and Administrators in the Arts (2004)
  • San Francisco Unified School District’s Dream Catcher Award (2009)
  • California State Legislature Commendation for “significant contribution to the people of San Francisco” (2010)
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Proclamation Commending Work as the Committee Chair for Bay Area National Arts Education Week (2011)
  • Special Fellowship to the Future of Learning Institute, part of Project Zero, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012)
  • Yale School of Music’s Distinguished Music Educator (2015)
Photo by Todd Berman
McNeal both chairs and moderates the first Bay Area Celebrates National Arts in Education Week at Herbst Theater in San Francisco – 2011 (Photo by Todd Berman)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Maya Angelou