News Bites: Art Education Faculty, Student Present at Michigan Art Education Association Conference

Posted December 17, 2014 in Art Education, News Bites

KCAD’s Art Education program has made quite the impact in 2014.

The year began with the Kendall Art Education Student Association (KAESA) being named Outstanding Student Chapter of 2014 by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and this fall, Program Chair Cindy Todd was named both Art Educator of the Year and Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA). In a fitting capstone to these monumental achievements, the program continued its remarkable leadership efforts by playing a big role in the MEAE Annual Conference.

Todd, professors Donna St. John and Kristen Morrison, and student Megan Armstrong were all invited to be featured presenters at the conference, which united over 512 artists and art educators from Michigan and beyond in the pursuit of collaborative professional development. The theme for this year’s conference was “Art in the Heart of Michigan,” with all of the programming focused on promoting integrity, integration, and advocacy.

Art Education students at the annual MAEA conferenceArt Education Program Chair Cindy Todd (back row, third from left) with Art Education students at the MAEA Annual Conference in Lansing, MI

Todd gave a presentation titled “Teacher Evaluation: Everyone’s Favorite” that explored how to make the act of teacher evaluation a more accurate and effective way of measuring performance and potential.

Morrison gave a talk titled “Beyond Day of the Dead: Creating Meaningful Multicultural Lessons” that focused on developing lesson plans that give students the means to evaluate art from any culture on a deeper level, using concepts, themes, context, and consideration of criteria beyond aesthetics.

St. John gave an interactive presentation that modeled a four-tier approach to designing a 21st century curriculum, one that considers art standards as well as integrated standards, and is equipped to cater to the multiple intelligences and different mind styles of students.

Armstrong’s presentation – “Integrating a Global Dialogue for 21st Century Students – set forth the idea that it is now more important than ever for students to be capable of having global dialogues in the classroom in order to celebrate diverse perspectives and break down cultural barriers.

In addition to the featured presenters, several Art Education students also made the trip to Lansing to attend the conference, soak up new ideas, and expand their professional networks.

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