My mission in the field of art education is to influence art instruction in both public and private schools and encourage art educators to stay strongly connected to research, studio, and assessment practice. I strive to create innovative lessons and curricula that have students explore, respond to, and reflect upon contemporary and social issues. My research topics are school bullying, assessment, technology and art education, and arts-based research.
I believe art instructors need to realize the profoundly meaningful connections that quality art instruction can have for their students in other areas of learning and development. Some of these areas include social and emotional, cognitive development, responding to social, visual, and media cultural, gathering new understandings about the world students live in, and helping students become self-sustainable learners, thinkers, and collaborators.
My everyday studio work and teaching informs my personal writing and research for publications, presentations, lectures, and workshops.
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