Elementary Division Column: Feb/Mar 2022

NAEA News Feb/Mar 2022

The columns for this issue of NAEA News were written prior to the 2022 National Convention. As such, you may find information about Convention sessions and references to past occurrences in the future tense.

We can’t wait to see you at the 2022 NAEA National Convention, both virtually and in person, in New York City from Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5! We hope you are able to join us for our Elementary Division sessions!

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Culturally Relevant Practices (Thursday, 11:00–11:50) Join five elementary art educators as they share how they engage in culturally relevant practices in their own classrooms. They will share how they engage all learners in instruction that recognizes the strengths and assets of all and builds upon prior knowledge and experiences gained outside of the classroom.

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Postpandemic Learning (Thursday, 9:00–9:50) Join five elementary art educators as they reflect on how teaching through a global pandemic has changed our practice. Engage in small group discussions that examine ways in which teaching and learning was different throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on positive outcomes and teaching strategies that changed for the better as a result.

Social–Emotional Learning Through Student Voice and Choice (Saturday 3:00–3:50) Join five elementary art educators as they present ways in which they give students voice and choice in their classroom in order to engage students and create social–emotional learning opportunities. Educators will share teaching strategies, lesson plans, and classroom setup examples.

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Digital Art in the Elementary Art Room (Thursday, 1:00–1:50) Join five elementary art educators as they share how they incorporate lessons on digital art into the elementary classroom. Learn about apps, programs, devices, lessons, and resources, and also see student examples that will assist you in adding digital art into your own elementary art curriculum.

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Hands-On Studio Make and Take (Friday, 11:00–12:20) Join five elementary art educators from across the country to create in this hands-on make-and-take session. Participants will have a chance to get their hands dirty making projects that you can adapt for your learners and take back to your classroom on Monday!

Conversations With Colleagues: Art Ed Scattergories (Saturday, 8:00–9:20) What are the hot topics of elementary art education today? How do we handle them? In this session, we will discover and discuss the issues plaguing elementary art teachers across the nation in the style of the classic game of Scattergories!

Celebrating Leadership: Elementary Division (Saturday, 1:00–1:50) Join this year’s NAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year as they share what makes their classroom great!

Tiffany Beltz, Division Director
K–5 Art Educator, Irving Pertzsch Elementary, Onalaska, WI. Tel: 608-377-1409.

Devon Calvert, K–3 Art Educator, School District of Milton, WI.

Regional Directors:
Eastern: Jennifer Leniart,;
Southeastern: Sean Murphy,;
Western: Ashley LaVoy,;
Pacific: Don Masse,

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