It is safe to say that the academic year 2020-2021 was not like any other year. If you’re like most art teachers, right now, there’s only one thing on your mind – summer vacation. And that’s how it should be! After the year we’ve all been through, there’s nothing you deserve more than rest and relaxation.
But what if you need to earn professional development hours this summer? Or what if you love learning but don’t know where to start? What can you muster the energy for?
Introducing Summer PRO Playlists
Professional Learning is AOEU’s on-demand professional development solution. It’s like Netflix for art teachers! When we plan content for PRO, we focus on what art teachers need most.
After thinking about the kind of professional development teachers they need after this school year, we took into account the real burnout many teachers face. This led us to compile a resource that highlights the art and creativity industry. What better way to rejuvenate yourself after a challenging year than with the healing power of art?
Even better, with these playlists, you can gain new ideas, techniques, and processes to infuse into your classroom next year and earn PD hours at the same time! We recently surveyed active PRO users. 97% of teachers using PRO said that these playlists increased their confidence in the classroom. It also helped 95% of teachers get more involved in their teaching.
In these three playlists, you will find a total of 28 PRO packs focusing on three main themes.
1. Reconnect with your inner artist
The first playlist focuses on the importance of making art. So many things fell by the wayside this past school year, as teachers barely kept themselves up. For many, this has meant giving up practicing art. Let this playlist make it easy for you to create again! Follow along with the facilitators in front of the camera as you learn about digital painting, posters, sculpting, and more.
Each pack contains tips and tricks for operations, techniques, and teaching strategies. You’ll walk away from every pack and feel more confident with the medium And the How do you teach it to your students? It is a win.
2. Discover new ways
If you need a little more jolt to get back into art practice, Second Playlist is for you. Here we have curated 10 of the most exciting media-based packages for you to explore. Have you ever thought of trying adventures? How about making art that lights up? Maybe you want to tie-dye this summer. Wherever your media interests lie, we have a package that takes your skills to the next level! Plus, your students will be very excited when you share some of these new media in the upcoming school year.
3. Boost your creativity
Were you someone who bowed to your creativity in the past year or someone who felt lost when it came to creativity? You may have tried both. If you feel like you could use some creative energy, the third playlist is for you.
In this playlist, you’ll find packs that talk about creativity on a variety of levels. For example, you might be looking to get more creative with materials. If so, the file Creating unexpected materials The package would be a great place to start. Or maybe your lessons look outdated. The Bringing new life to old lessons The package will make you think about your teaching practice in a whole new light. Finally, if you feel like you can’t get your thoughts flowing, Helping students plan artwork And the Generating ideas for art You will have ideas for students that you can also use yourself!
Make a plan for making art
Wherever your interests lie, we have a new education for you. Be sure to Download A copy of the playlists, so that your inspiration will last all summer long. It only takes a moment to get started. Take a look at the packages and select one to start with today. The PDF file is hyperlinked, so all you have to do is click on the package you wish to explore.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Be sure to check out our other collection of playlists in the PRO implementation tab. Or view all PRO packages available here. There are over 170 to choose from!
And remember, many school districts invest in PRO for art teachers.
If you would like to explore getting a PRO at your school, fill out the contact form here, and a member of our team will get in touch with you.
We wish you the best summer in your educational career. Make sure you take some time to get away from the classroom, put your feet up, and do something you enjoy!
What are your professional development plans for this summer?
What packages seem most interesting to you?