Professional Development

The most significant Web address for me as an art educator has been ArtsEdNet. I have used this site since its inception as a resource for lesson plans and as an activity for group computer lab lessons with my students. Many of the lessons have been adapted for elementary, middle school, and high school levels. I have also been able to print art reproductions from the site to accompany my lessons. I highly recommend joining the ArtsEdNet listserve e-mail discussion group for information, support, and professional growth.

CAAE – California Alliance for Arts Education
California Alliance for Arts Education, a coalition of statewide organizations, arts providers, businesses, and individuals, is the united voice in California promoting visual and performing arts as an integral part of the core curriculum for the youth of our state. This site includes an up-to-date comprehensive calendar of conferences for arts educators.

Cable in the Classroom
Cable in the Classroom is the companion Web site for Cable in the Classroom Magazine and the programming provided free to public and private schools via cable television service. The site provides information to help teachers use cable programming effectively in their classrooms. The site provides program and schedule information, support materials and lesson plans, copyright clearance information, information on media literacy, plus research and professional development information. When first visiting the site be sure to visit the links at the top of the page to get an overview of what is available. A browse programs by subject feature is also available at the top of the page. The link to discussion groups is found at the bottom of the page.

California Arts Council
The mission of the California Arts Council (CAC) is to make available and accessible quality art reflecting all of California’s diverse cultures; to support the state’s broad economic, educational, and social goals through the arts; to provide leadership for all levels of the arts community; and to present effective programs that add a further dimension to our cities, our schools, our jobs, and our creative spirit. You will find current information about educational grants programs on this Web site.

National Art Education Association
The purpose of National Arts Education Association is to promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. Members include educators from every level of instruction, publishers, art suppliers, parents, students, and arts councils. The Web site provides information on membership, publications, recent news updates, conferences, and special programs.

Project Zero
Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts as well as in humanistic and scientific disciplines at individual and institutional sites. Investigations include making assessment an ongoing and integral part of the curriculum. Resource material on this site does not directly argue for arts education, but can be used in support of the argument for arts education. Project Zero offers publications, symposia, workshops, and online courses. Online courses can be located under Symposia & Workshops. Users can access information on arts assessment by going to Products and Services and using the search engine. Type in the word assessment to find a variety of materials on arts assessment.

TCAP – The California Arts Project
The California Arts Project (TCAP) is the state’s subject matter project in Visual and Performing Arts. TCAP’s central mission is to deepen teachers’ knowledge of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, and to enhance instructional strategies for teaching these four disciplines to California’s students, pre-kindergarten through post-secondary. This site hosts interesting features such as arts education research and a standards database.

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