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.
For more information, visit www.arteducators.org/events/school-for-art-leaders or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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!!!
- Write for NAHS NEWS! Submission deadline for the Spring Issue is March 1st. You can access guidelines HERE or email NAHS@arteducators.org.
- 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 email@example.com
Fabulous Faculty | A Spotlight Series
February's FABULOUS FACULTY is:
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.
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.
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.