Classroom Comics

Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience Through Comic Art Sunday, August 5 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA Presenter: Sunnylee Mowery This VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference workshop will explore the powerful potential that comic art has to reach and teach students with disabilities. The presentation portion of this session will … Continue reading Classroom Comics

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Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

By Maude Wiltshire The art classroom can be a welcoming and productive learning environment for nonverbal students with autism. But in order for every student to find success and joy in creating art, we must first equip art educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to support the art making process. These tips can help … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

The arts can be a way to break down silos and boundaries in schools, something Brad Walkenhorst and Barb Raney recognized when they first started working on theater programs at Northview High School in Florissant, Missouri. Northview is a school for students ages 14-21 with a range of disabilities, and Walkenhorst and Raney saw how … Continue reading Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

By Aysha Upchurch The demographic landscape in schools has been undergoing major shifts. The United States Census projects that by 2020—less than two years from now—the majority of youth under the age of 18 will be people of color.[1] Additionally, the Department of Education has been tracking the number of students with disabilities and noted … Continue reading Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1.) Exciting new options in 2018! Enroll in a pre-conference workshop led by a national arts and special education expert! Pre-conference workshops offer 4-hour deep dives into exciting and critical content, led … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Jonathan Hale was teaching art at both Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, and Sprucewood Elementary School in Utah’s Canyons School District when he had an idea—what if he brought students from Jordan Valley into the art classroom at Sprucewood to work in grade level peer pairs? Hale, an … Continue reading Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Five Tips for Working with Families of Students with Disabilities

By Alyson M. Martin, Ed.D. and Emily R. Shamash, Ed.D. Effective communication is the foundation for promoting an enduring trust between families and educational professionals, including arts educators. It is trust that is imperative for successful long-term partnerships between families and educators to enhance the teaching, learning, and progress of students with disabilities (Cox, 2005; … Continue reading Five Tips for Working with Families of Students with Disabilities

Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

By Bev Johns Estimates show that 46 million children are impacted every year by trauma. The content and processes of art education can play a vital role in the education of children who have experienced trauma, are at-risk, are homeless, and/or are incarcerated. As educators, we must be very sensitive to the needs of children … Continue reading Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Helping Arts Educators Understand and Prepare for a Spectrum of Traumatic Experiences

Research shows that traumatic experiences impact a child’s ability to learn and process information, and traumatic experiences can affect student behavior in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, educators are often unaware of which students have experienced trauma; this is especially true for arts educators, who may have limited access to student IEPs or knowledge … Continue reading Helping Arts Educators Understand and Prepare for a Spectrum of Traumatic Experiences

Using Art Education Effectively with Students who have Experienced Trauma

In over 30 years of teaching visual art classes in K-12 settings, one student from early in Donalyn Heise’s career continues to drive her work. “This student made the top grade in every art assignment I gave, but I failed him as a teacher because I had no idea he was flunking out of school,” … Continue reading Using Art Education Effectively with Students who have Experienced Trauma