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

February 2018

seattle, here we come!

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

Thursday, March 22
  • CONVERSATION WITH COLLEAGUES : A Middle Level Meet-Up. 12:00-12:50pm. Center/Mtg Rm 3B/Level3
  • MIDDLE LEVEL MEDLEY I : An Artroom for All. 1:00-1:50pm. Center/Mtg Rm 602 & 603/Level 6
  • MIDDLE LEVEL MEDLEY II : Promising Practices. 2:00-3:20pm. Center/Mtr Rm 602 & 603/Level 6
  • DIVISION AWARDS CEREMONY. 4:00-5:50pm. Center/Ballroom 6 A,B,C/Level 6
Friday, March 23
  • BRIDGING THE DIVISIONAL GAP: Misconceptions and Challenges of Working across Grade Levels. 9:00-9:50am. Center/Meeting Room 4C-4/Level 4
Saturday, March 24
  • EXCELLENCE IN OUR MIDST: Middle Level Awardee Showcase. 12:00-12:50pm. Center/Meeting Room 608/Level 6
  • MAKING & MYSTERY : “Chopped” for the Middle and Secondary Divisions. 3:30-4:50pm. Center/Meeting Room 602 & 603/Level 6
  • MIDDLE LEVEL MEDLEY III : Action and Advocacy. 5:00-5:50pm. Center/Meeting Room 602 & 603/Level 6
Medley Presenters

MEDLEY I: An Artroom for All

Patty Bode, MA | Tara Rousseau, Toronto, ON | 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

See you in Seattle!

@naeamiddlelevel #NAEA18 #MiddleMindset

2018 Middle Division Awardees!
(left to right) So Choi (NJAHS), Kirstie Hein Sadler (Southeastern), Marisa Pappas (National), Tamara Draper (Western), Lora Marie Durr (Eastern)

Congratulations to our 2018 Regional and National award winners!

  • 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

If you'll be in Seattle for the convention, come cheer on our talented and deserving colleagues at this year's Divisional Awards Ceremony, to be held in Ballroom 6 (A,B,C), starting at 4:00pm. You can also meet some of them up-close and personal at our Awardees Showcase, which is scheduled for Saturday, from noon-12:50pm.

Meet some of our Regional & National Award Winners up close and personal at our showcase session. Saturday, March 24, 12:00-12:50PM in Center/Meeting Room 608/Level 6

Other division news

"ask an alum!" | An online Discussion about School for Art Leaders

The deadline to apply for the 2018 School for Art Leaders (SAL) is Monday, April 9th. If you're interested in learning more about the program, please join us for a "live" chat on our Facebook page with SAL alumni Lora Marie Durr and Michael Orlando, both from the class of 2016, who will share their experiences, discuss the application process, and field questions from YOU!

Have a question you'd like to ask? Add it as a "Comment" on our FB Event page.

From NAEA's program description:

Committed to supporting art educators in their quest to excel as leaders, NAEA has designed a 21st-century flagship program: School for Art Leaders. Utilizing experiential, action learning modules and in-depth conversations with expert leaders, the program provides participants with learning experiences and skills to successfully lead in any environment.

Those selected for each class annually will contribute to the development of an extraordinary community cohort committed to leadership excellence. Upon successful completion, participants become members of the national School for Art Leaders network and are positioned to excel as leaders in education, the arts, and advocacy.

Applications are due: Monday, April 9, 2018

If you are planning to apply, thinking about applying, or just curious to hear more, we hope you'll log-on at 8pm EST on March 7th.

For more information, visit www.arteducators.org/events/school-for-art-leaders or email artleaders@arteducators.org

Click for "SAL 2018 Overview & Calendar"

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!
  • So Choi, of Leawood Middle School in Leawood, Kansas, is our 2018 National NJAHS Sponsor of the Year! Congratulations!!!
Thank you to So Choi for sharing these inspiring images from her chapter's activities.
Check out our "NJAHS Sponsor Forum" board on Pinterest (screenshot)
  • 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


Rebecca Pagani

Hereford Middle School | Monkton, Maryland

We asked ms. Pagani to tell us about the exemplary work she has done in her school. Here's how she responded:

Middle school can be a tough time in life. Students are trying to fit in and find out how they belong in their surroundings. They may have awkward bodies with lanky arms and braces on their teeth. In the classroom, I try to celebrate our differences and build more confidence as individuals through various activities. These activities help recognize, while accepting, all differences from multiple cultures, beliefs, interests and body types. I love to see the students open up and be more comfortable portraying who they are, while participating in the creation and designing of art processes. I encourage the students to take their newly developed confidence and individuality throughout life.

I try to show my enthusiasm for art and various cultures while I share my energetic personality in my classroom. I have created a “CAT T-Shirt TUESDAY,” in which I ask the students to wear clothing that portrays something they love and adore, while not necessarily embracing popularity or trends. When I am wearing my wacky cat t-shirts and encouraging students to be themselves through their graphic tees, it develops an engaging and safe environment. It promotes positive interactions throughout the art room. The students become highly motivated in applying personal meaning and design in their artwork. This also gives us the opportunity to design unique ideas and creative solutions in our assignments.

Scenes from Ms. Pagani's art program

In order to create a strong studio art room, there must be clear expectations and routines. I have high expectations for respectful and well-mannered behavior from all students. We constantly use questioning techniques, technology, step-by-step process instruction, skill development, reading/researching and interdisciplinary connections. We work with a variety of materials and techniques to build knowledge and skill. By the end of the unit introduction, the students are ready to effectively construct, revise and design their personal artwork. My door is always open, and I am welcoming to new ideas and developments created by students. My art room is a constant organized mess that portrays creativity.

from https://twitter.com/Hereford_MS

I couldn’t be a successful art teacher without having a solid relationship with the ones I work with in the art department and school community. I am fortunate to have amazing, supportive colleagues, administrators and county supervisors, who support one another and promote a solid art program. As the department head, I appreciate my colleagues' enthusiasm and passion for art. We work hard to make the HMS Art Department outstanding.

Our art department consistently goes above and beyond for our students. We are constantly evaluating and reworking the program. We are always looking for new ideas to implement in our classes. We do this through art magazines, museum visits, internet research and networking with other teachers in the county/community. We all have a passion for students and art.

Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing this glimpse into your inspiring program.

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.

Want to connect with our Division? There are many options!
Recent examples of students' work being featured as our social media PROFILE PICS
  • PROFILE PICS. Our social media profiles continue to feature submitted artworks from our Middle Division members. If you would like to share your students' work for an upcoming spotlight, please message us on FB, Instagram 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.
  • 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.

Jen is our newest addition to our leadership team. She's just begun her work as a member of NAEA's Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She shares this, about her work: "I am happy to represent the middle level art educators on the task force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion through the National Art Education Association. The work is just starting but I will share outcomes and conversations with everyone as soon as I can. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it pertains to NAEA membership and support." Let's give a warm welcome to Jen!


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

national art education association
  • NAEA Mission. The National Art Education Association advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
  • NAEA's Statement on Diversity & Inclusion. NAEA is committed to the important role of visual art education in providing and promoting more just, inclusive learning communities in local and global contexts, and embraces diversity as an integral part of the mission of visual art education. The mosaic of our global humanity is enriched and expanded by the inclusion of all peoples and cultures and the art forms they create.
Featured Cover Art

Oil Pastel on linoleum block print by Sara, an 8th grader at Creekside Middle School in Zeeland, Michigan. Submitted by Tamara Draper, our Western Region Middle Level Art Educator of the Year.


Created with images by Free-Photos - "seattle washington city"

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