Art for All!

We are happy to share this offering will be happening March through May 2024.

Register for this offering here.

A panel of Massachusetts Art Educator facilitators will present on relevant topics for teaching special populations. Each week will feature a different focus. 

Week 1: Supporting Voice & Choice for Learners with ASD
Week 2: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Practice
Week 3: ASD and the Adaptive Classroom
Week 4: The Visual Classroom: Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Art
One Month Independent Field Study Component
Week 5: Final Full Panel Discussion and Presentation of Field Studies

2024 Session Dates: March 5 – May 7, 2024
Pete Curran

Pete (he/him) has been teaching visual art since 2004. He spent his first ten years teaching at the Dr Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster, MA, a pre-K-12 residential and day program servicing students with a range of social and emotional needs and learning disabilities. Currently he teaches grades 6-8 at Wayland Middle School in Wayland, MA.

Pete studied art education at Syracuse University (BFA, 2002) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MSAE, 2009). He has taught at all levels and has worked with a variety of statewide and national arts organizations, including roles as NAEA Middle Level Division Director (2017-19) and MAEA Special Needs Representative.

Laura Evonne Steinman

Laura Evonne (she, her) is an arts educator and activist. Laura Evonne believes that lives are nurtured and transformed by creating art together, that dirt under your nails is healthy, that having hard messy conversations is a must and that we must be connected to the natural world we all share. Laura Evonne currently is based in Central MA.

Laura Evonne has over 2 decades of experience working with people who struggle with mental health and learning challenges.

Sarah Tomkins

Sarah (she/her) is thrilled to be part of this professional development series for Massachusetts Art educators. She has taught students in grades Prek-12 since 2006. Currently teaching at North Andover Middle School, North Andover, MA.  

Sarah studied Fine Arts & Art Education at Framingham State University (BFA,2006) (M.ED 2016). Sarah also has taught and been a dynamic community member at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA and Southboro Art Center in Southboro, MA and currently teaches at The New Art Center in Newton, MA & Acting OUT! Theater Company, Lawrence, MA.

Mary Geisser

Mary (she/her) is currently the art teacher at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf where she works with students from preschool to 12th grade. She studied Creative Arts in Learning (M.Ed) at Lesley University where she continued her doctoral studies in educational studies.

Her experience as an arts educator is varied, having worked in Early Childhood Education classrooms, after school programs, as a college professor, and now as a pre-K-12 art teacher. She is currently serving on the board of the RI Art Education Association and was a former member of MAEA, where she worked to establish the role of Early Childhood Education representation and the Early Childhood education Award.

SYLLABUS: View or download

  • 3/5/2024, 7:30pm – 9:00pm: Supporting Voice & Choice for Learners with ASD 
  • 3/12/2024. 7:30pm – 9:00pm: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Practice
  • 3/19/2024 7:30pm – 9:00pm: ASD and the Adaptive Classroom
  • 3/26/2024 7:30pm – 9:00pm: The Visual Classroom: Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Art
  • 3/27/2024 – 5/6/2024: Independent field study and personal reflection.
  • 5/7/2024, 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Join the full panel of facilitators to share final thoughts, questions and reflections. Note the earlier start time and longer duration of this meeting.

Due to the format of the class, it is imperative that participants attend each session.  Participant interaction is an integral part of the course format.  Additionally, it is crucial that participants zoom in on time to each session.


Participants will earn 15 PDPs after active participation and the completion of the course requirements.

If you would like the member pricing, consider joining MAEA/NAEA:

Pay What You Can Option
If you are unable to pay the MAEA/NAEA Member or Non-Member ticket fees, please consider paying as much as you can using the “Pay What You Can” option. Without your support these workshops would not be possible.

If you have any questions, please email