AOE’s Biggest News Yet…We are Growing!
A Little History
For those of you who’ve been around reading this blog for several years now, you know we’ve gone through plenty of changes. We went from posting once a week, (and the first comment belonged to my mom!- ha!) to twice a week, to three times as week. Over time we’ve added video content, online classes, lesson plans, completely re-designed our site, and more. For some time now though, I’ve wanted to give you, our amazing readers, more. More of the content you want, on a more regular basis. In order to this we must grow.
The Big News
We are propelling AOE into becoming Art Education’s first online magazine. Why wait weeks or even months for new ideas to use in your classroom? Now you don’t have to. We want to be the place you wake up with, the site you drink your coffee with every morning to get motivated and inspired for your day in the art room. Every single weekday and even sometimes on the weekend, all year long, you should be able to visit AOE and get great new content designed with you in mind. Art teachers deserve this amazing content, and they deserve it every day.
How will we accomplish this? Today we’re taking two big steps to make this dream a reality:
The First Step:
Next school year, I will be moving from working full-time at two elementary schools, to working part-time, at only one school, 2 days per week. I’m really excited that this opportunity came up because it will allow me to pour myself into growing AOE and providing great content for all of my wonderful readers, while at the same time giving me the perfect amount of time to still work with my students in the classroom.
If you have taken the course “The Element” you know it’s important for all of us to find that special thing that makes us feel alive. The place where our passion meets our talent. For me, working on AOE, teaching online classes, and helping teachers break boundaries has become an insane passion, one at which I cannot run from anymore. I can’t do this halfway. I must run straight into it, full force! This is a terribly exciting move for both me and my family because I will also get more time with my little one, and find a better balance between being the mother, wife, entrepreneur and art teacher I strive to be.
The Second Step:
Up until this point, almost all of the content on AOE has been created exclusively by me. Tens of thousands of readers, but only one writer… Even though next year I’ll be working part time, much of that time will be spent developing and instructing online classes, speaking at events, developing new AOE content, and working on some new projects you’ll find out about very soon. ;)
This presents an amazing opportunity. There are some incredibly talented Art Teachers out there, many of whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with over the past few years. These Art Teachers have such amazing stories and ideas to share, they just needed an outlet to share their expertise!
Today, we’re introducing the AOE Writing Team.
Not one, not two, but three amazing writers that I’ve hand-selected for their unique insight into the field of Art Education. Their personality, their professionalism, and their entertaining and engaging writing style make them all perfectly suited for the opportunity. These are truly inspiring and brilliant educators who I’ve learned from, and now so can you! These writers are not simply “guest bloggers,” they, along with me, will be the editorial backbone of AOE. Moving forward I will be writing more articles each week than in the past, but now will also be serving as editor and curator.
You will be hearing from these new writers in the coming weeks through their weekly posts on AOE, please be sure to welcome them aboard and give them your feedback in the comments section of their articles. Until then, please read more about the entire team on the new and improved ‘About’ page.
This is such an exciting time for AOE, and I feel so blessed that you, our readers, have made this all possible. Thank you for your unquestionable support and for helping to spread the word about AOE. I am very excited about how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed. Stay tuned for a great Summer of content from The Art of Education!
Let us know what you think of these exciting changes in the comments below!