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Present at NPEN Professional Development Conference for Art Educators

The Northeast Professional Educator Network (NPEN), in collaboration with fine and performing arts educators, will be sponsoring a full day of teacher workshops on November 5, 2019 to provide professional development for art, music, theater, and foreign language educators at Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road in Chelmsford. NPEN is a multi-district organization that has been formed to provide high-quality professional development to educators.

Visual art educators are encouraged to present sessions at this event. Each presenter facilitates a 90-minute session to art educators. Educators will have a range of sessions to choose from in each of the three blocks of sessions that day, so to help plan and provide them with information to make their selections, interested applicants will need to submit a title for the session, a brief description, presenter bio, and the levels for which this session is appropriate (elementary, middle, and/or high school level educators). Past attendees have indicated in their survey responses that very “hands-on” sessions are the most popular.

NPEN will compensate the presenter $100 for preparing and presenting the session.

This November, there were almost 250 visual art teachers signed up for the event, and these numbers are guaranteed to increase in 2019. Districts involved in this event are Amesbury, Andover, ASRSD, Bedford, Beverly, Carlisle, Chelmsford, CREST, Georgetown, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lynnfield, Manchester Essex, Melrose, Methuen, North Andover, North Middlesex Regional, North Reading, Northshore Education Consortium, Reading, Rockport, Salem, SEEM, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Tri-Town, Valley Collaborative, Wilmington, and more.

Presenters do not need to be a member of NPEN. If you would like to learn more about NPEN, please visit the NPEN website:http://northeastpen.com/

Interested teachers should email their proposed session title, description, level, and bio no later than July 1 for consideration to Dr. Christina Whittlesey whittleseyc@chelmsford.k12.ma.us.

Fall Course/PDP Offering – Tufts University

Kay Furst, Tuesdays 5:30–8:30 p.m. School of the Museum of Fine Arts
This is a graduate level course that provides an overview of visual art methods and materials that are appropriate for art students in grades PK-8. The focus of this course is to provide you with hands-on opportunities to explore and become familiar with a wide range of materials and to evaluate the properties of these materials to expand upon new lesson possibilities. This course will also require a re-look at the artistic, emotional, cognitive and social development of young students in the PK-8 age group through readings and discussions. Learn more .

Week-Long Summer Professional Development for Art Educators

Montserrat College of Art invites you to come build your studio practice and earn 30 PDPs on their campus from June 23 – 28.
The Art Educator Summer Institute is a week-long residential summer program created for art educators teaching grades K through 12, and community college art educators.
Come immerse yourself in our state-of-the-art studio spaces to develop your practice and build new skills that you can bring back to your classroom.
Participants will engage in four days of art-making, consisting of daily morning and afternoon workshops led by our BFA faculty.
The program’s $450 cost includes participation in up to two workshops and double occupancy in residential housing (single room housing may be secured for an additional cost). Community meals covered by the program cost includes a welcome dinner, continental breakfasts, and a closing reception. Learn more and register here .

PD Offering at MASS MoCA

Consenses offers a social-emotional learning platform in the form of a multidisciplinary arts curriculum. Students learn to see from each other’s points of view and in the process get to sample photography, music, dance, sculpture, poetry and painting. The workshop builds off the current Kidspace exhibition Come to Your Senses, and will offer teachers the opportunity to strengthen connections and incorporate elements for use in the classroom.

Though geared towards teachers of students in grades 5-8, participants may be able to adapt the material for use with other age ranges.

Space is limited to 12 teachers, who will receive 20 PDPs each for their active participation in the entire workshop.

Workshop Timing: March 2-3, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 9am-5pm
Sunday, March 3, 9am-5pm
Workshop Location: MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

Contact MASS MoCA at 413.664.4481 x8165 or education@massmoca.org with any additional questions. Register for the professional development here and learn more about Consenses here.

Slavery in The Colonial North a 2019 NEH Teacher Institute – Free Tuition

Slavery in The Colonial North a 2019 NEH Teacher Institute is a learning experience where teachers can explore history at a site where 23 enslaved Africans lived and worked in 1750. Art teachers can enrich their teaching to have students understand issues related to slavery in the colonial north where they construct and demonstrate a deeper understanding, and engage in the a creative process to better connect to the topic at hand.

Slavery in The Colonial North takes place July 14-20, 2019 and is open to all K-12 teachers.  Tuition is free and there is a $1,200 stipend.  Apply today at hudsonvalley.org/nehinstitute, application deadline March 1, 2019 and notifications will be made by March 29, 2019. Learn more about eligibility and applying.

Summer Licensure Workshops

SEI/ELL & Special Needs for Art Educators

UMASS Dartmouth

Differential Learning or Different Teaching? Relating to Students with Special Needs in K-12 Art Classes

  • July 5 – 7 // VPA 500-8101
  • July 17 – 19 // VPA 500-8102
  • Cost: $150 // Maura & Peter Geisser

This course will focus on what art teachers need to know about their students and what special needs they may have. Participants will be asked to share past experiences, pose possible problems and look for better solutions in working with special needs populations in both integrated and self- contained classes.

*PDPs offered specifically for licensure renewal requirement regarding strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.


Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) for Arts Educators

  • June 28 – June 30 // VPA 501-8101
  • July 10 – 12 // VPA 501-8102
  • Cost: $150 // Constance Moore

The purpose of this class is to prepare Massachusetts art educators with the requisite knowledge and skills to shelter instruction effectively as it pertains to the discipline of the visual arts, and in so doing meet the needs of our ever increasing population of English language learners (ELLs), so that they can equitably “access the curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy.”

*PDPs offered specifically for SEI/ English as a second language licensure renewal requirement.


Massachusetts Art Education Association Members receive 10% off workshops. Click here for more information

Additional summer courses and opportunities, please click here.

Questions: Call 508.999.9202 or email artsoceana@umassd.edu