The Art Educator as Leader

The Art Educator as Leader

Washington, DC art educators have great potential to lead their schools, organizations, and the DC community. With inherent leadership capacity as well as new skills, art educators can begin to increase the value and importance of art education in our society.

Over the past three years, the National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with the strategic planning firm Strategy Arts, has been crafting a new initiative to develop leadership skills among art educators across the country. Concurrently, AEDC Board has been developing leadership training capacity for art educators in Washington, DC. Find out about our first two leadership workshops below.

Welcome to a new era for DC art educators!

Step Up: The Art Educator as Leader 3.0

In September 2016,  AEDC hosted its third annual interactive leadership workshop for Washington, D.C. area visual art educators. Participants developed their unique potential as leaders by defining personal stories, strengths, and next steps. The workshop featured prominent, engaging speakers—including Sarah Neuabold, arts administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools, and Kate DeCiccio, arts activist and teaching artist—as well as art-making, self-reflection time, and connecting with colleagues.

Speak Out: The Art Educator as Leader 2.0

AEDC believes all art educators can be unique leaders in their communities. This Fall 2015 PD focused on the art of communication and continued the leadership training begun the previous summer. Participants assessed their personal communication style, practiced leadership competencies, and artfully explored their potential for impact! The program highlights included:

      • Contemporary artist Maria Fabrizio, famed communicator of top news stories through daily artworks on, led hands-on exercises based on her artistic process
      • Art education leadership guru, and former NAEA president, Dennis Inhulsen shared tips on leadership and communication
      • Two Rivers Public Charter School’s Instructional Guide, Jeff Heyck-Williams, guided participants through an in-depth assessment to uncover individual communication styles.

Summer 2014 Program

AEDC and Strategy Arts developed a leadership workshop for AEDC members, with NAEA’s guidance. Below please find more information about the Summer 2014 program.

Art educators will:

      •  Explore the new NAEA Leadership Competency Model to evaluate their leadership skills
      • Gain specific leadership skills and strategies that they can use in their work settings
      • Creatively envision their goals through the visual arts
      • Choose goals for ongoing leadership development work
      • Consider how to translate new leadership capacity for AEDC initiatives




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