The world of education needs more art teachers who are instructional leaders. I had two brief opportunities recently to stand on this soap box, most exciting of which when a good sized group of art teacher colleagues chose to come to an evening leadership training session.
At my state art ed conference I was reminded that many art teachers around the state do not have a local art curriculum. With recently revised state standards and new National Arts Standards, a teacher in this situation might wonder why they would want such a thing. Well, all you have to do is ask a teacher who has one.
I spent the last three days at the Virginia Art Education Association Annual Conference in Richmond,Virginia.
Yesterday we had a county-wide staff development day (and student holiday), a day dedicated to providing time for teachers to gain valuable training within the contract day and without interfering with instruction. With any luck some teachers might have gotten a little time to do some grading or planning.
Ah, the blank walls of a gallery… as exciting, intimidating, and wrought with potential as a blank canvas or an empty page.
Let’s try to measure creativity!
A little reading about school improvement and teacher evaluation will quickly reveal some strong feelings and differing opinions on these issues. On a regular basis, I witness what I believe is a significant part of the conflict. A deep desire to innovate is hampered by the immediate threat of failure.