I was interviewed for an article, Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators,
by Lisa Dawley, PhD for Edsurge.com. I think it's a wonderful honor to be considered an educational innovator but also a bit confusing for me. When you see who I am grouped with in the article, you'll find educators who have unique educational brands that shape their career paths.
I'm in the same job I've had since I graduated from college. I did all my growing, exploring, and "innovating" in my art room. My career path is the one I've worn through the tiles of my classroom floor.
I think what I offer teachers is the same thing I offer my students, tech-infused art lessons that make learning (Fugle) fun.
The more I shared via blogs, Twitter, or on Artsonia, the more I realized that other teachers wanted to use our movies, lessons, and resources for their classrooms. Knowing that their work could potentially be seen by others beyond our school community raised the bar for my students in motivation and execution. This has energized me personally and my students. It's not a one-way street.
The IAEA Student Art Show is a year-long traveling exhibit of selected pieces of K-12 student art. This year there were over 640 pieces submitted for consideration. Congratulations to Klaudia (center) from Dryden Elementary. Her monochromatic Old Guitarist paper sculpture was one of the 40 pieces chosen. Watch a quick slideshow of the awards ceremony here or below.
I taught a walk-in (free) 90 minute iPad workshop on Friday morning at the conference. We looked at using Sketchbook Express for a bunch of different art learning experiences including portraits, digital collages, and drawing landscapes using shapes. See the artwork workshop attendees uploaded to Artsonia using the Classroom Mode in this gallery. View my lesson page here.
I attended some wonderful sessions at the conference to get my mind thinking about visual languages for programing like SCRATCH for tinkering spaces with squishy circuits so students can join the maker movement. I hope to explore the Plugin studio to figure out how to bring these ideas to my art students.
I participated in a panel discussion with International (Olivia Gude), National (Deborah Reeve), Regional (Laura Milas), Higher Ed (Richard Siegesmund), and Museum (Marissa Reyes,) art education leaders to discuss changes needed in our field. This felt like a huge stretch out of my comfort zone (my theme for the week) especially since I am k-5 art teacher who holds no official leadership position. Normally I do show and tell presentations where I let my students' work do the talking. On this panel I couldn't hide behind animations, videos, and artwork. I had to talk about my practice and my ideas for art education which I found to be very challenging in itself but considerably more so considering my distinguished colleagues. However my trip to Washington DC to discuss changing education to create innovators was fresh on my mind and fueled many of my responses. Thankfully, art educator Mark Hays, recorded most of the conversation and shared the file with me. You can watch the discussion below or at this link. (Thanks Mark)
I just returned from an invitation-only workshop in Washington DC called Educate to Innovate. Here we discussed possible roadblocks and action items to help change education to create innovators. I was joined by university leaders, large and small business leaders, policy makers, and K-12 representatives that were considered innovators. This workshop is part of an ongoing research project sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences in partnership with the University of Illinois department of Engineering. We met in the NAS building to listen to lectures and break out into small groups to share our ideas.
I was so honored to be invited to this workshop and have a chance to share my ideas for elevating the role of the arts in K-12. I believe the arts teachers should be the leaders in creating a culture of creativity, open-mindedness, and collaboration with a freedom to take risks and learn from mistakes. This is what our art rooms look like everyday. I was so happy to share with this diverse group of leaders how important an art teachers' role is in nurturing curiosity and creativity at every stage in life. I took visual notes from our sessions. Take a look at the ideas that were being shared below.
UPDATE: I used my visual notes and photos to make a video reflection of my experience.
I felt like this trip put me WAY out of my comfort zone. I traveled alone, to meet with strangers, and was a lone voice in many ways.
This became the topic of the Arts Roundtable podcast I contributed to from DC on Tuesday night.
Listen to Carol, Brenda, Jen and I talk about stretching our teaching and learning beyond our comfort zones in this new podcast.
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