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I probably haven’t done a great job of broadcasting it here on AOE, but I have a new role with my district this year. I am now the Visual Arts Curriculum Coordinator, meaning I am out of the classroom and working with and for teachers across our district. I run professional developments, make district-wide curricular decisions, support teachers with instructional and management strategies, and act as a representative and advocate for the 77 art teachers and 33,000 students they serve.
The short time I’ve spent doing this work has started to open my eyes to what art teachers want and need in terms of leadership, support, and opportunity. I’d like to start that wider conversation here today!
What kinds of leadership structures are in place for art teachers in your district?
If none, what would you want those structures to look like?
Do you have enough opportunities to take leadership roles? What types?
Who are the driving forces behind art department decisions in your district?
We’d love to hear about the successes and challenges happening in your district and department!
Let us know in the comments section below!