Category: Professional Development

Center for Instructional Support Program 2020-2021

The Arts Leaders Network will support PreK-12 arts leaders to come together to engage in discussions relevant to the arts and their role as leaders within their districts. This network will provide participants an opportunity to share resources and strategies for implementing the 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework, discuss arts instructional materials, and connect with leaders from across the Commonwealth. It will provide participants an opportunity to deepen understanding of the major shifts and standards of the Framework, as well as accompanying guidance and resources, including response to COVID-19.

Audience:  Arts content leaders/lead teachers, arts content coaches, and arts coordinators or arts content designees invited to attend by a district’s curriculum director or school principal.

Location: Virtual sessions

Dates and Times: 11/5/20, 1/19/21, 3/10/21, 5/6/21

3:00 – 4:30 pm with optional working groups from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Register Here.

Find more information on the DESE website.

For questions email Dawn Benski,


PD Opportunity – MAEA Watch Party

MAEA is so excited to announce another PD opportunity for the 2020-2021 academic school year on a topic that we think will benefit the practice of many of our members. MAEA will be facilitating discussions around a series of NAEA online webinars that focus on the theme of ‘Special Populations and Situations in Art Education”. Viewing the full series of selected NAEA webinars and participating in the follow up discussions via zoom will allow educators to earn 10 PDPs. This opportunity is free for MAEA members and participants must be active NAEA/MAEA members to access the webinars for free. If you aren’t currently a member, we encourage you to join or renew today so you can participate in this amazing opportunity. 

Learn more and register here by October 14, 2020. 

Virtual Art Educators – Free PD Webinars from NAEA

NAEA has recently released the webinars now through June 2021, so you can plan some of your professional development now for the entire upcoming school year! Below you will see the webinars scheduled from August – June 2021. You can also look at archived webinars here.

Teaching Creativity: Developing and Refining Student Ideas
Wednesday, August 5 | 7-8pm ET

WTF? (Where’s the Feminism?) in Art Education: Pandemic Perceptual Shifts
Wednesday, September 23 | 7-8pm ET

Engaging the Latinx and Indigenous Community: One Museum’s Journey
Wednesday, October 28 | 7-8pm ET

Developing Emotional Awareness and Empathic Curiosity in the Art Classroom
Wednesday, November 4 | 7-8pm ET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Curricular Resources: Inquiry, Creativity, and Social Justice Lessons for Your Classroom
Wednesday, December 9 | 7-8pm ET

Mindfulness Exercises for the School Day: Prioritizing Self-Care
Wednesday, January 13 | 7-8pm ET

Collaboration: An Essential Tool for Inclusive Teaching Practices
Wednesday, February 17 | 7-8pm ET

Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting: The Elementary Curriculum and the NCCAS Standards
Wednesday, March 24 | 7-8pm ET

Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting: The Middle School Curriculum and the NCCAS Standards
Wednesday, April 14 | 7-8pm ET

Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting: The Secondary Curriculum and the NCCAS Standards
Wednesday, May 12 | 7-8pm ET

Visual Note Taking: Using Words and Pictures in the Art Education Classroom and Beyond!
Wednesday, June 23 | 7-8pm ET

DESE Webinars: Supporting Remote Learning in Arts

The Center for Instructional Support is providing content-specific support to assist teachers, coaches and instructional leaders with implementation of remote learning building upon the Department’s remote learning guidance issued on 4/24/2020. We will focus on the prerequisite content standards and share best practices. These webinars will be recorded live and posted on the DESE website for you to access as needed. See below for a list of the available webinars and their dates.

Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Elementary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Secondary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Elementary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


2 PM – 3PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead


Supporting Remote Learning in Arts:

Secondary Arts

Meeting ID: 216 241 7563

Phone: 1-646-558-8656


1 PM -2 PM

Dawn Benski, Arts Content Support Lead

Institute on Leadership in Arts Integration Mar 13-14 – POSTPONED 

Message from Arts|Learning and Lesley University –
In an abundance of caution (there is a phrase we are getting used to hearing) and having consulted with our partners, we have decided to POSTPONE  the Institute on Leadership in Arts Integration. Our hope is to reschedule later this spring. Once new dates have been set, we will let you know and hope that you can attend at that time.
Any registration fees will be refunded in the next few days.
While we are disappointed that we had to make this decision, everyone’s health and safety are more important.
Questions? Contact –
Looking forward to seeing you later in the spring,
Nancy Moses

Arts Integration Institute – Call for Proposals //DESE, Arts Learning, MA Cultural Council, Lesley University

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Arts/Learning and Lesley University are pleased to host the Institute on Leadership in Arts Integration on March 13th & 14th, 2020, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Institute will bring leaders in arts integration from around Massachusetts to present models for designing and implementing arts integration programs in PreK-12 schools.

Keynote presenters at the Institute will include State and National leaders in the arts and education, including Jamie Kasper, the newly appointed Director of the Arts Education Partnership of the Education Commission of the States.

In order to provide a variety of models of leadership in arts integration, we are seeking proposals from arts specialists, classroom teachers, school leaders, artists, and other professionals who have engaged in designing arts integration programs in schools.

Call for Proposals for Presentations due Jan. 10th! Click here to download the form to submit your session proposal and for more information.

For information contact-

Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Opportunities

Invitation to Apply for Arts Cultural Diversity Committee

Consider participating in the creation of a new and much needed resource. The Guidebook of Diverse Artists and Artworks will highlight 10 examples that are representative of the student population in Massachusetts. It will also provide best practices for including these artists and artworks into the arts curriculum so that they are presented in culturally responsive ways. Learn more and apply here yourself or extend the opportunity to anyone who you feel this work may be a great match!

Professional Learning Opportunities in Arts Education

1) Take the Online Course: Overview of the 2019 MA Arts Curriculum Framework
This two-hour online course provides a basic overview of the major shifts in the 2019 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework. It consists of four self-paced, unlocking topic sections with embedded assessments at the conclusion of each to check for understanding. To learn more about the course contents, please view this short video overview. Participants can self-enroll in the course here.
2) Register for DESE’s Professional Development Series on the Arts Curriculum Framework
Earn 10 PDPs for participating in this professional learning series led by DESE’s Arts Education Ambassadors in every region of the state. The series is comprised of the two-hour online course as a pre-requisite, followed by 8 hours total of in-person sessions that examine the major components of the new Arts Framework as they apply to practice. Participants engage collaboratively with authentic hands-on tasks that unpack the artistic practices and content standards. Registration is open now.  Enroll by following the simple steps on this PD Series Registration Flyer.

Funding for the 2020 NAEA Convention in Minnesota

If you are planning to attend the National Art Education Association Convention this March in Minneapolis Minnesota, you may be interested in a few opportunities to help fund this professional development.

First Time Attendee Scholarship – Cover Convention Registration fee; Up to three nights hotel accommodations at the NAEA designated hotel; Travel stipend of up to $300 for transportation and food. Deadline December 17.

Art Educator Scholarship – Covers Convention Registration Fee – Deadline December 17.

Additionally, besides the scholarships from NAEA, some of the NAEA Interest Groups offer travel awards with various requirements and deadlines. The Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education offers a travel award if you are presenting. The deadline January 15. The Community Arts Caucus also offers a travel award of $300. The deadline is January 10.

PD Opportunity at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Beautiful Stuff from Nature Workshop at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Oct 21 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Learn how we, as educators, can engage others in exploring the natural environment, building collaborations and sharing knowledge and local resources.”

Registration includes lunch and a copy of the book, Beautiful Stuff from Nature.