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Dr. Patty Bode - July Mentor


Patty Bode has woven a tapestry of art education teaching experiences in PK-12 public schools and higher education teacher preparation programs. In each setting she focuses on innovative teaching, curriculum transformation, social justice leadership, and community partnerships. Equipping teachers as active citizens to prepare their PK-12 students to be full participants in our multicultural democracy defines her work. She has received several awards from NAEA, such as: the Massachusetts Art Educator of the year at the 2018 NAEA convention; Supervision/Administration Art Educator Award of Eastern Region in 2017; the Carrie Nordlund PK-12 Feminist Pedagogy from the Women’s Caucus in 2016; and from other organizations such as the National Association of Multicultural Education she has been the recipient of the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year. She asserts art education as a civil right and human right through her art-making, teaching and research.

As Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, in 2012-2014, and prior to that as Director of the Art Education program at Tufts University with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2006-2012, Patty became known for bridging critical social theory with hands-on practice while giving special attention to racial literacy and culturally sustaining pedagogies. She returned to PK-12 Massachusetts Public Schools in 2014 to help launch Springfield Conservatory of the Arts, an urban, public magnet school for middle and high school students, and when that grant ended, she accepted the call to be interim middle school principal in Amherst Regional Public Schools in Amherst, Massachusetts from 2016-2018. She has infused perspectives of solidarity and empathy throughout her work with teachers and young people to cultivate collaboration within communities and make lasting social change. She has published with co-author, Sonia Nieto, that one of the key goals of multicultural education is “providing students with an apprenticeship in the opportunity to become critical and productive members of a democratic society” (in The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 7th ed., 2018). Later this month Patty will be speaking and facilitating on “Our Collective Responsibility in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” at NAEA’s Summer Leadership conference in Charleston, SC.

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