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Heather Crockett

Dean of Curriculum & Instruction

After almost ten years in the K-12 art classroom and five years in higher education, I started as AOEU’s very first adjunct faculty member. I’ve had the opportunity to help AOEU evolve from a blog to a university, serving in various capacities along the way, including the Education Director and Chief of Staff.

In my current role as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, I am privileged to serve over 60 faculty members— all K-12 art teachers—and a curriculum team dedicated to creating content for art teachers, by art teachers. My passion areas include curriculum design, assessment, and differentiation strategies to meet the needs of individual learners—including adult learners!

When I am not immersed in everything art ed, you will find me outside with my husband and three boys, camping and fishing, or on the sidelines of a baseball game.

Professional Accomplishments:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Drake University (anticipated 2022)

Presenter, The Art of Education University Faculty Retreat (2021)

AOEU Pillar Award: Ownership (2020)

AOEU Legacy Award: 5 years (2020)

AOEU Team Member of the Year: Runner Up (2020)

Board of Education—Sacred Heart School (2020-Current)

AOEU Pillar Award: Pace and Change (2019)

AOEU Curriculum Advisory Council (2018-Current)

Presenter, The Art of Education University Retreat, Managing Your Remote Work Environment (2018)

Presenter, The Art of Education Retreat, How to Work From Home Like a Boss (2016)

Guest Speaker, Art Ed Radio Podcast, “Assessments You Can Actually Fall In Love With”Episode 44 (2016)

Presenter, Art Ed Now Conference, Tips to Protect Your #1 Teaching Tool: Your Voice! (2016)

Presenter, AOE National Online Conference, 5 Things Every Art Teacher Should Know Before Creating a Rubric (2015)

Presenter, NAEA Conference, Practical Solutions for Designing an Autism-Friendly Art Room (2015)

Presenter, AEI State Convention, Let’s Talk Art (2014)

Published articles for The Art of Education University Online Magazine (2013-2018)

Presenter, AOE National Online Conference, 5 Adaptations for Students with Autism (2013)

Presenter, AOE National Online Conference, Save Your Art Program: Smart Advocacy Tips and Tricks for the Modern Art Teacher (2013)

Master of Arts in Education, Viterbo University (2008)

Presenter, Iowa Music Educator’s Association Conference, Arts Integration Through Music, Movement and Visual Art (2008)

Presenter, AEI State Convention, Earth Connections (2007)

Presenter, AEI State Convention, The Effects of Electronic Portfolios on Student Attitude and Achievement in Art (2006)

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, The University of Iowa (2002)

Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science, The University of Iowa (2002)

Teacher Certification Program: Art Education K-12, The University of Iowa (2002)

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