Thursday, October 8, 2009

High Tech. High

This is a wonderful short documentary about a middle school and high school that embraces learning that flows from personal interests, passion for discovery, and a celebration of art, technology, and craftsmanship.
If your school is not embracing some of the techniques used in this school, your students will be at a disadvantage. Teachers are encouraged to teach what they are passionate about. Students are treated like adults: responsible and inquiring people. Students work in groups to produce projects that solve problems. Their work is exhibited and people ask questions about the work and the processes. They learn from each other, not just the adults in their school.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Art Educators of Iowa Award Winners

 (l. to r.) Nancy Sojka, Distinguished Service Within the Profession; Kay Huffaker Hall, Supervision/Administration; Kenneth Esveld, Art Educator of the Year and Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan Endownment from the Belin Blank Center; Stacy Houk, Elementary Art Educator of the Year, and Bob Sanderson, Distinguished Service Outside the Profession. Not pictured, Robert Glocke, Lifetime Achievement Award.
At the 2009 Fall AEI Conference, these members of the Arts Education community were recognized for their contributions to the state of Iowa. The Conference, held at UNI, highlighted the best of teaching practices in the Visual Arts realm.