NAEA: National Art Education Association-if you're not a member
of this professional organization for art teachers, join now! While many of the resources are available to nonmembers,
they have so much more to offer members, including Artsonia! Artsonia! is a fabulous resource for lesson plans and student
artwork. In addition, NAEA's site contains information about standards, local and national events, research, grants,
career opportunities and links to other great resources. Click on the link below to visit NAEA:
ArtsEdge: sponsored by the Kennedy Center, this web site contains
lesson plans, standards, current information about art education and advocacy, and information about art, artists and activities.
The 'articles & reports' section is full of great information about the current state of the arts and I love the lesson
plans--they're clearly written and carefully tied into the national visual arts standards and the 'meet the artist' section.
Click on the linnk below to visit ArtsEdge:
Smithsonian Education: all of the Smithsonian sites are great,
especially the National Gallelry of Art site which has information about art and artists as well as interactive games and
activities for kids, but this section is particularly helpful for educators. This site has lesson plans, resources,
workshops, professional development opportunities and grant information. I also recently discovered that you can arrange
for someone from the Smithsonian to visit your school and make presentations/hold workshops through their "Scholars in Schools"
program. Click on the link below to visit Smithsonian Education:
NBPTS: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards-if you haven't
looked into this program, you should. This program gives you the opportunity to earn a national teaching
certification. The mission of the NBPTS "is () to advance quality teaching and learning." I completed the
certification process 4 years ago and found it to be incredibly worthwhile...it made me a better teacher, gave me insight
and information about new resources, methods and approaches to my students and subject area. I highly recommend it!
Click on the link below to visit NBPTS:
U.S. Department of Education:
this government web site is packed with information about education for students, teachers, parents and administrators.
In the teacher section of the site, there are links to lesson plans, artist biographies, teaching fellowships, ways to enhance
student achievement, assessment ideas, grant information and more. The site is easy to navigate and has a great section
called "Continuing Education" where they list the editor's picks for publications, organizations and workshops. Click
on the link below to visit the U.S. Department of Education:
EDUCATION WORLD: in addition
to lesson plans, this web site has entire sections on Professional Development, Tech Integration and School Issues. Their
offerings include suggested math and reading strategies as well as classroom management ideas. The tech integration
section gives teachers guidance about integrating technology into their classroom and the school issues section posts articles
about current educational issues. A must see reference site for any educator. Click on the link below to visit Education