Advocacy & Policy

NAEA Position Statement on Utilizing Quality Resources to Build Curriculum

[Adopted April 2020]

NAEA recognizes building rigorous, culturally relevant, and coherent curriculum is developed through educator and learner passion and curiosity. In developing meaningful, engaging, and pedagogically powerful curriculum, art educators use quality, research-informed, and evidence-based resources.

Quality resources provide guidance in the inclusion of essential content that incorporates metacognitive thinking and inquiry. Comprehensive curricular resources should advise flexible, emerging, and inclusive opportunities with learners. Curriculum is built to support learning through a scaffolded approach, utilizing scope and sequence, allowing for differentiated discovery, and modeling artistic behaviors/thinking.

NAEA encourages educators to move beyond isolated learning activities, and into developmentally appropriate curriculum that provides richer and deeper interconnections, conceptual thinking, and learner agency through voice and choice. Purposeful curriculum encourages learners to stretch beyond a single idea, and places global awareness, creating, and exploration at the center of art education. Curriculum that is relatable and relevant allows for all learners to see themselves as a part of the learning and the artistic processes of creating, connecting, presenting, and responding.

Curriculum: A series of carefully planned and sequenced units that build upon or scaffold students’ growing knowledge and skills (Baxter, K., 2019, Creating Vibrant Art Lesson Plans, A Teacher’s Sketchbook)

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