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Teaching in a Diverse Community
Moving Beyond Stereotypes 1:06
Challenges and Opportunities 2:41
Preparing for the Classroom 3:57
Roles of the Art Teacher
Art Teacher as Relationship Builder 6:19
Art Teacher and Community Connections 3:33
Art Teacher as Change Agent 1:04
Engaging and Supporting Diverse Students 3:11
Concrete Art Classroom Management Strategies 3:22
Lesson Planning for Diverse Environments
The Lesson Planning Process 3:36
The Role of Contemporary Art 2:42
Comics (Drawing) 11:27
Soft Armor (Sculpture) 13:27
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
2 PD Hours
1 Learn a variety of strategies to help engage and support art students in diverse communities.
2 Explore the role of contemporary art as a resource for engaging all students.
3 Gain unique and powerful lesson ideas designed to empower students.
Teaching art in a diverse community can be a deeply challenging and rewarding experience. In this PRO Learning Pack, Janani Nathan helps move art teachers beyond stereotypes and towards authentic understanding of diverse student populations. She offers practical strategies for relationship building and connecting to the larger community. Finally, this PRO Pack also includes relevant projects for empowering students to use artmaking to explore and confront contemporary issues that matter to them.
5.9 Demonstrates rapport with students
5.13 Works to build rapport and positive relationships with students
3.2 Communicates effectively with students
3.6 Demonstrates adaptability
3.10 Considers multiple intelligences when planning instruction
3.11 Considers students’ background knowledge and ability levels when planning instruction
Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
High School Art Teacher and Pro Facilitator
Janani is an art educator for a high school in Chicago as well as for a free community arts center for young people. She teaches to provide students with the resources, agency, and trust to think and create critically responding to their surroundings through drawing and painting, sculpture, and graphic design.