Visual Arts Professional Learning

  • The Visual Arts Department provides professional learning sessions about various topics throughout the year. Educators from outside of Knox County Schools are welcome to attend most PD sessions. Interns and students teachers are also welcome. Please see below or contact one of our Professional Learning Specialists for more information.
    District Learning Days
    These dates are scheduled by Knox County Schools. The Visual Arts Department will provide professional learning sessions for teachers K-12.
    4th Tuesday
    The 4th Tuesday of every month is reserved for system-wide meetings. The Visual Arts Department will meet as a whole group, K-12, unless otherwise notified. Meetings are held from 4:30-6:30 at various locations.
    Aug. 23, 2016, Simpson Center: Great Room. Topic: Team Building.
    KCS employees and interns only.
    Sept. 27, 2016, Central High School. Topic: Kiln Training Makeup.
    KCS employees and interns only.
    Oct. 25, 2016, West High School. Topic: Art & Special Populations.
    Non-KCS art teachers welcome!
    Jan. 24, 2017, location TBD. Topic: Best Instructional Practices.
    Non-KCS art teachers welcome!
    Mar. 28, 2017, Central High. Topic: Optional Portfolio Work Session.
    Non-KCS art teachers welcome!
    Apr. 25, 2017, location TBD. Topic: Content 101 & End-of-year Celebrations.
    Non-KCS art teachers welcome!
    Elementary Art Focus Group
    Founded in 2005, the Elementary Art Focus Group (EAFG) usually covers topics concerning elementary art education. This group meets a few times per semester. Times and location vary.
    Secondary Art Focus Group
    The Secondary Art Focus Group (SAFG) is a new group that meets online via Collaborate on Canvas. This group meets a few times per semester. Times will vary.
    Other KCS Inservice
    There are a variety of other workshops provided by the Visual Arts Department throughout the school year. Art educators may also attend other departmental training (e.g. Common Core, Science, Social Studies) for the purpose of integrating other subjects into the art curriculum. General teacher training on classroom management, TEAM/TAP, special education, and technology are also acceptable for art educators.
    Out-of-District Opportunities
    Workshops, conferences, or training from organizations other than KCS may need to be approved for art educators to attend. NAEA, TAEA, and Art of Education conferences will be approved, but the educator will need to submit the correct paperwork.

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