Jen Dahl –President
Thank you to everyone who attended, presented at or planned this wonderful professional development opportunity. During this conference I was able to present three sessions that I will talk about later. I love the opportunity to discuss with members about what they would love to see WAEA foster in the future. Below are notes on topics that participants would like to be included in the next conference:
· Advanced learners: How to reach AP learners
· Cornerstone assessments
· Unpacking standards
· Return of Division Level Meetings: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, K-12, and Higher Education
· SLO sharing session
Please let me know additional topics you would like to focus on in professional development opportunities. You can always email me any suggestions.
I look forward to the spark that each conference provides. In addition to presenting and helping with registration, I also offer this conference for credit. Conference for credit is an opportunity for educators to get a credit for attending the conference and completing a meaningful project about their conference experience. This year I had more than 12 educators completing conference for credit, which is very exciting and a useful way for relevant application of professional development.
While at this conference, I also presented three different sessions:
· I love to share with everyone my passion for teaching art and being a leader in the Wisconsin Art Education Association. During my first session I got to brag and explain the benefits of being a WAEA member and also the benefits designed with students in mind. Please visit www.wiarted.org to find out about the benefits of being a member. For example, members can apply for two different kinds of grants and sign their students up for Youth Art Month. I would love for more members to be part of the organization in addition to attending the annual conference.
· The final session that I presented is about the art of Wisconsin and the 4th grade lessons that I teach. My students study Wisconsin history in 4th grade so I figured this was a perfect way to integrate and connect to their classroom. We also did a brainstorming activity about art or artists that could be included in the 4th grade curriculum. This is the list that we came up with during the session: Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Huddel, Bayfield Light Houses, Clyde Wynia, Fred Smith, Beth Lipman, Dave Constantine, Washington Collescott, Harley Davidson, Hmong Story Cloths, Lois Elhert, Native American traditions in Wisconsin, Dr. Evermore, Wandering Wisconsin, Styttende Mai- Stoughton Trolls, Levi Fisher Ames, David Lenz, Tom Grade.
Thanks to all of you who joined us at this year’s WAEA conference. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference and throughout the coming year!
Greetings from the DPI
Julie Palkowski, Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Art Connects Us
This year’s conference theme provides some food for thought. I enjoy being around educators and especially fine arts educators. I feel comfortable, but yet challenged to stretch; able to share, but humbled by the expertise and care of my colleagues; and allowed to be an individual, yet connected with the group.
Several of us had the opportunity to get together at the conference to stretch, share, inspire, and connect. This was a face-to-face opportunity. We don’t get the chance to meet this way too often, however there are alternative ways we can foster additional connections with one another. I wish to encourage you to reach out, share, and connect with your colleagues. Here are a few ways to support your professional and artistic growth.
Join an online Professional Learning Community.
Consider becoming a part of the Wisconsin Art Educators, a Google community. As of the printing of this article, there are 60+ members within this new networking group. The group is meant to foster the sharing of art and design educational ideas, ask questions, and offer encouragement to support each other in the work to build arts skills and knowledge with our students. To join, start by setting up a free Gmail account, and then search within Google+ for Google Communities tab for Wisconsin Art Educators.