Art Education faculty and alumni at the 2020 National Art Education Association conference in Minneapolis

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

The following is a representation of The University of Texas at Austin's Art Education program contributions to the annual conference by way of presentations and panel participation from both current faculty and alumni.

Thursday, March 26

3:30 – 4:50 pm 
Session: Patterns and Pathways: A Decade of Data on Art Teacher Certification
UT Art Education Associate Professor Christina Bain co-presenting with Sean Justice
A decade of data acquired from our state accreditation agency reveals patterns and raises questions pertaining to art teacher certification pathways. 

Friday, March 27

12 – 12:50 pm
Special Needs in Art Education Interest Group Session: Trauma, Art, and the Children We Teach
UT Visiting Associate Professor Donalyn Heise co-presenting alongside Beverley Johns and Adrienne Hunter
With the increasing population of students coming to school who have experienced adverse childhood experience, art educators must become aware of the needs of these students. A whole array of strategies and activities will be provided in this session. 

2 – 2:30 pm
Preservice Session: I’m an Ethical Teacher, Aren’t I? When Our Personal and Professional Code of Ethics Collide
Christina Bain, Rina Little, and Andres Peralta
What is an ethical educator? How can we reconcile dissonance between our personal and professional codes of ethics? Learn how to apply practical reasoning strategies to authentic ethical (teaching) dilemmas. 

2 – 3:20 pm
Preservice Session: Investigating Non-Traditional Pedagogies in Art Education: A Convergence of Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Art Practices
Organizers include Professional Learning through Research Working Group members, Joana Hyatt, Tracey Hunter-Doniger, Gloria Wilson, Christina Bain and Samantha Melvin
**Daedelus Hoffman (Visual Art Studies BA candidate, 2020) was selected by the PLR group to present his research on makerspaces. This session will showcase preservice teachers’ diverse range of research practices, strategies, and approaches that investigate the historical intersections of pedagogy informed by contemporary and non-traditional art practices. 

5:30 – 5:50 pm
Global Connections Session: Front and Center: Contemporary Female Artists of Color in Art Curriculum
UT Art Education Professor Christina Bain co-presenting alongside Art Education master's alumnae Elainy Lopez (2019), Serena Naidu (2019), Sakura Stephens (2019) 
This session features the work of three contemporary female artists of color: Roshini Kempadoo, Sama Alshaibi, and Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Learn how these female artists’ work can be front and center in your art curriculum. 

Saturday, March 28

11 – 11:50 pm
Special Needs in Art Education Interest Group Session: So Many Worries and Fears: Supporting Children With Anxiety Through the Visual Arts
Beverley Johns, Donalyn Heise, Adrienne Hunter
This session focuses on guiding principles for working with students with anxiety, providing an array of visual arts activities designed to assist students as they cope with anxiety and fears.

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