Leading from the middle semi-regular musings from NAEA's Middle Level Division

December 2017

preparing for SEATTle 2018

Our division is going to be very busy in Seattle. We have a jam-packed schedule, including the following sessions:

  • Making & Mystery: “Chopped” for the Middle and Secondary Divisions
  • Excellence in Our Midst: Middle Level Awardee Showcase
  • Middle Level Medley I : An Artroom for All
  • Middle Level Medley II : Promising Practices
  • Middle Level Medley III : Action & Advocacy
  • Conversation with Colleagues: A Middle Level Meet-Up

And don’t miss sessions like Cappie Dobyn’s “Reimagining the Art Honor Society Model Towards Purposeful Talent Development” or Barry Morang’s “Bridging the Divisional Gap: Misconceptions and Challenges of Working across Grade Levels.” Keep an eye out for divisional meet-ups, opportunities for involvement, and SWAG -- lots of SWAG!

Medley Presenters Announced!
Thank you to all who submitted a proposal to participate as Medley Presenters. Such great work is being done across the division! The team had a difficult decision in selecting our final roster, and this promises to be an inspiring series of session of speakers.

MEDLEY I: An Artroom for All

Patty Bode, MA | Anna Ramsey, AZ | Kathy Bareis, WI

MEDLEY II: Promising practices

Leslie Flowers, CT | Mari Atkinson, WA | Shelly Hallsted, WA | Ericka Ryba, TN | Hannah Salia, WA

MEDLEY III: Action & Advocacy

Marisa Pappas, VA | Carolyn Dooley, RI | Janis Nunnally, TN | Catherine Campbell, SC | Tara Rousseau, Toronto, ON

Middle Division Awardees!

We're thrilled to announce our 2018 Middle Division national and regional award winners. Every year, the review process provides a chance to hear about the inspiring work being done by division members across NAEA. It is an honor to showcase the following educators for their incredible service to the field:

  • National Middle Level Art Educator: Marisa Pappas, VA
  • Eastern Region Middle Level Art Educator: Lora Marie Durr, NJ
  • Southeastern Region Middle Level Art Educator: Kirstie Hein Sadler, VA
  • Western Region Middle Level Art Educator: Tamara Draper, MI
  • Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor: So Choi, KS

Our awardees will be honored during the 2018 National Convention in Seattle. The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also meet them up-close and personal at our Awardees Showcase, which is scheduled for Saturday, from noon-12:50pm.

Other division news

Our Middle Level Book Chat

In October, we hosted our third book chat, though this time, we shared thoughts on a trio of art-related PodCasts.

The format borrowed from Jennifer Gonzalez's Cult of Pedagogy and its "Summer 2017 YA Book Club," and we had some lively discussions. We will continue to tweak and revise as we embark on our next selection.

If you have suggestions for future book chats or articles, we'd love to hear from you. Hit us up online or via email at naeamiddlelevel@gmail.com

AMLE Webinar

Middle level member, Katlyn Crews, GA, and Division Director, Pete Curran, MA, presented a webinar for the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE) titled, "Teaching & Using Art in the Middle Grades." The presentation may be found HERE, and a recording of the webinar may be accessed HERE.

The presentation covered topics related to integrating the visual/media arts across the middle school curriculum. They discussed Creativity, the design process, and shared examples from their own practice.
Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE)
Njahs happenings
  • Our new Facebook NJAHS Sponsor Forum is LIVE! We're looking to connect with chapter sponsors, soon-to-be chapter sponsors, and folks just curious about the whole art honor society thing. Check us out!
  • Write for NAHS NEWS! Submission deadline for the Fall Issue was November 1st. You can access guidelines HERE or email NAHS@arteducators.org. The next issue's deadline is: March 1, 2018.
  • Follow our "NJAHS SPONSOR FORUM" Pinterest Board. We've begun compiling resources to share, and we hope to build this resource over the coming months and years. If you'd like to be added as a contributor, email naeamiddlelevel@gmail.com
Fabulous Faculty | A Spotlight Series


Timothy chaves

1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School | Marlborough, Massachusetts

WhICH qualities make YOUR art room a special place TO LEARN & CREATE?

My goal as an art educator is to create an atmosphere that fosters problem solving, risk taking, and critical thinking. I think what makes my room a special place to learn and create is the environment I’ve established. I facilitate my students through the creative process, while simultaneously giving them choices. I believe one of the biggest catalysts for creativity is appealing to students’ interests. I give students a choice to tie their artwork with something they care about in order to inspire motivation and passion.

Another significant aspect of my teaching practice, which contributes to my classroom environment, is building strong relationships with my students. I can always perceive the best way to help a child grow by getting to know their strengths, weaknesses, and motivators. Even having a casual conversation about their weekend or a popular show can help make your students more comfortable to approach you with problems, questions, or concerns.

Scenes from Mr. Chaves' art classroom

Where do you find inspiration for new ideas & lessons?

I always find inspiration for new projects by staying current and relevant. I get inspired by reflecting on current events and how I can implement them into my classroom. Maintaining an awareness of current and changing teaching trends in art education is super important when creating new lessons. For example, I’ve recently been reading a lot about visual culture and design education and how they can be infused into your art curriculum.

I also get inspired through social media. It’s important to me to recognize what other art educators are doing in their classrooms. Seeing successes of other art educators inspires a drive for the same success in my classroom. I use Instagram and Facebook as a means of “following” other teachers and their strategies for delivering curriculum.

If you would like to recognize a Fabulous Faculty or share a bit about your own program, please contact our Eastern Regional Division Director, Leslie Flowers.

  • COLLABORATE. Our new professional community has officially launched, and it's off to a great start! This new platform aims to connect art educators from across NAEA in ways that support our professional development and bolster our organizational vibrancy. We encourage you to check it out and share your own perspectives/experiences. NAEA has compiled a great FAQ page to help you get started!
  • PROFILE PICS. You may have noticed our recent move to showcase student work as our profile pictures on our various social media platforms. If you would like to share your students' work for an upcoming spotlight, please message us on FB or Twitter, or email your attachments to naeamiddlelevel@gmail.com. Please include your name, your school name & location, and the grade level/medium/etc. of the attached works.
Recent profile pics showcasing student work of our members.
  • NAEA NEWS & NEWSLETTER. Have an idea for an upcoming issue of NAEA News or this Newsletter? We'd love to hear it. Email us at naeamiddlelevel@gmail.com and pitch your story ideas! Check out the latest issue of NAEA News, too.

Next month we'll continue talking about Convention planning, getting involved with the Division, various social media endeavors, a check-in about COLLABORATE, NJAHS tips, and another "Fabulous Faculty" spotlight. See you then!

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  • NAEA Mission. The National Art Education Association advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
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Featured Cover Art

Art I Printmaking Project, submitted by Suzanne Suggs Mortimer, from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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