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Leslie Loughran

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Teachers are lifelong learners.  We learn from our students, from books and web sites and from each other. These are some of my favorite web sites with great information, lesson plans and professional development information for art teachers.

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:

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:

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:

SMITHSONIAN ED

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:

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:

ED.GOV

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 World:

EDWORLD

THIS IS A BRIEF LISTING OF SOME OF MY FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SITES, IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE OF YOUR OWN, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT.  EMAIL ME AT:  LESLIE.LOUGHRAN@GMAIL.COM