AOE Conference 2013
Have you attended an Art Ed conference lately? If you’re like most Art Teachers – probably not. Hi, I’m Jessica Balsley, founder of the Art of Education. Attending Art Ed conferences can be incredibly rewarding, but after attending more than I can count over the past few years and talking with hundreds of Art Teachers just like you, I came away with a several questions that I think deserve answers:
- Why aren’t all conference presentations high quality, engaging, and relevant to me?
- Why should Art Teachers have to spend hundreds of dollars on travel, lodging, dining, for every conference they attend?
- Why do Art Teachers have to regularly skip professional experiences simply because they have young children at home, or unavoidable family or community obligations?
- Why, as empowered education professionals, do we have to waste time going to presentations that aren’t relevant to us?
- Why should art teachers settle for just one local or national PD opportutnity each year? Why can’t multiple opportunities be easily accessible to everyone?
As I considered these questions again and again, I decided that what Art Teachers really
needed deserved, was an Art Ed Conference for the 21st century! The conference had to be online so there was no traveling, lodging, or dining expenses… (huge money saver!) It needed to be a conference you could attend from the comfort of home – in your PJ’s if you wanted! Secondly, the presentations needed to be Ridiculously Relevant, the price had to be affordable for everyone, and Art Teachers attending needed to walk away inspired and empowered to start their next teaching year on the right foot!
I’m proud to say, that all of those goals have been met, and I’m now very excited to announce the very first online conference for Art Teachers – the 2013 AOE Online Conference! Get all the details below. I’ll see you on June 25th for the big day!
See you at the conference!
What you can expect:
Because the conference is held online though, there are a lot of benefits you could never get at a traditional conference! The most obvious example is that with the AOE Online Conference, there’s no reason to pay for lodging, dining, or travel expenses! You can sit back and enjoy all the great inspiring content from the comfort of home!
Eliminating the need to travel isn’t the only way the AOE Online Conference sets itself apart! You can live chat with presenters during their presentations, you can interact in forums with other attendees, and some of your favorite Art Ed bloggers will be presenting. Plus, all paid participants will get 2 months of exclusive access to detailed printables, presentations, videos and other conference materials through a password protected website.
The conference will take place on June 25th. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please. Watch one presentation live, take a break, get a snack, come back a bit later for another presentation. Each presentation will be pre-scheduled so you can plan out your day how you see fit! Presentations will NOT be long and drawn out. We will offer short snippets in 10 and 20 minute increments including a mix of live presentations, video presentations and the ability to chat live in real time with every single presenter and get your questions answered. Think of it as our very own Art Ed ‘TED Talks!’
A Personal Message from Jessica:
What’s the process? How do I sign up?
If you’re ready to experience the first online conference exclusively for Art Teachers, breathe easy because we’ve made the process as absolutely simple as possible:
1) Sign Up and Pay - Use our simple sign-up process. It only takes about 2 minutes to complete! If you’re an individual, the entire cost of your conference will be will be $99. Yes, we take purchase orders from your school, contact email@example.com to get the details and enjoy the conference on your school’s dime.
2) Sit back and relax - We’ll send you updates each month to announce new presentations and more goodies for paid attendees.
3) Attend the conference - On the big day, June 25th, we will send you an exclusive link and access code. Using this link and code, you’ll be able to access the live conference and all of the conference-exclusive content through any internet-enabled computer. You won’t need to install any complicated software, and any modern computer will do the job. If you’re browsing The Art of Education right now, you’re computer likely has all it needs to attend the conference!
Summer is a great time to reflect on the past school year AND make exciting plans for the next. Make the 2013 AOE Online Conference part of your Summer Professional Development and get inspired all over again!
One of the worst feelings ever is when you take all the time, effort, and money to attend a conference only to be left disappointed at the end of the day because A)You were only allowed to attend a select few of the presentations available and B)That only one or two of the presentations you DID attend were worth their salt.
The AOE Online Conference is different. First, you will get to attend ALL of the presentations. Since they all happen in sequential order, and there are no rooms to find, you can attend every presentation if you want to. Second, each and every presentation included in the conference is 100% AOE curated content. We’ve hand-selected each presentation and each presenter to be ‘Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development’ just for you.
Scan some of the presentations below. Many new presentations will be added periodically, so stay tuned! We have lots more to share The finalized schedule including times will be posted prior to June 1st. We are thrilled to welcome a variety of presenters, including your favorite art ed bloggers, award winning art teachers, and of course members of our AOE Team. Some people fly across the country to hear these people speak, but now, you don’t have to!
'The Empowered Art Teacher: From Surviving to Thriving!' - Jessica Balsley (Founder, The Art of Education)
Though this presentation you will explore the 10 Keys to becoming an “Empowered Art Teacher” – areas all art teachers need to master for success in this profession. Learn to re-set your motivation and mindset regardless of the struggles you face on a daily basis. Get ready to see a huge difference in how your view your students, your profession, and your SELF. Attitude does matter – Become an empowered art teacher today!
'10 Easy Ways to Integrate Tech into your Art Curriculum' - Theresa McGee (The Teaching Palette)
Pinterest in the Art Room: Donna Staten (The #1 Art Teacher to Follow on Pinterest!)
Blogging for Art Teachers 101: Jessica Balsley (The Art of Education)
Through this presentation, participants will learn how easy it can be to start your own blog, why you should be blogging and the benefits it can bring to both you and your art program, and will receive vast resources and links to view the top art education blogs in the country. You will learn secrets of the trade that pro bloggers use to gain readership. Can’t keep up to all the blogs out there? You will also learn how to follow 100 blogs and still stay sane. Blogging is quickly changing the way art educators receive professional development, so get into the blogosphere and jump on the blogging bandwagon!!
Creative Digital Projects that put STEAM into STEM: Tricia Fuglestead (The Fugleblog)
Save Your Art Program! Smart Advocacy Tricks for the Modern Art Teacher: Heather Crockett (AOE Team)
Artsonia: Donna Staten (Art Educator)
Ditch the Rubric! Simple Art Assessments That Work!: Jessica Balsley (Founder, The Art of Education)
Assessment doesn’t have to be a bad word, and doesn’t have to be scary for Art Teachers. This presentation will provide Art Teachers with the ammunition they need to use assessment not only as a way to measure student progress but also as an advocacy tool to promote their Art Program and celebrate student success and form important relationships with administration and the community. It’s time to think differently about assessments in Art Education – let’s discover how!
Art VS Education: Ian Sands (Art of Apex High)
5 Adaptations for Art Students with Autism: Heather Crockett (AOE Team)
Kindergarten Solutions for the Busy Art Teacher: Erica Stinziani (Art Project Girl)
Equipping Kids for Career Success: How to Convince Parents that Arts Education is What Children Need Most: Lisa Phillips (Author, The Artistic Edge)
Peace Building Through Arts Education: Erica Stinziani (Art Project Girl)
Getting Started With Cross Curricular Planning: Amanda Heyn (AOE Team)
Art Techniques: How to Produce Great Art with Basic Supplies: Patty Palmer (Deep Space Sparkle)
Paying it Forward…Providing Student Teachers with the Best Experience: Ted Edinger (Art with Mr. E)
Art Critiques- Using Higher Order Thinking Skills to Get Your Students Talking About Art. Cassidy Reinken (AOE Team)
Masterpiece Mosaics: A Collaborative Art Project for All Ages: Cheryl Trowbridge (Teach Kids Art)
Using iPads in the Art Room: Theresa Gillespie (Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs)
Knofolio: Creating Online Portfolios for Serious HS Art Students: Andrew Coyle (Founder, Knofolio)
Communicating with Parents in an Online World: Nic Hahn (Mini Matisse)
Repurposing Items for Organizing Your Art Room: Michelle Hoile (Art Educator and Department Head)
Conquering the Research Beast - Practical Ways to Conduct Research as an Art Educator: Kelly Berwager (AAEA President Elect)
A New Way to Introduce the Color Wheel: Cassidy Reinken (AOE Team)
Arts Integration Strategies: Sarah Dougherty (AOE Team)
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