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K12ArtChat the podcast

Laura and Matt Grundler

What do you get when two groups of mission-driven creatives band together? A new podcast from The Creativity Department and Davis Publications! Listen to K12ArtChat the podcast and learn from experts in the field during in-depth conversations filled with education innovations, resources, tips, tools, and inspiration to keep you connected and moving forward!

Check out new episodes every Thursday!

Laura and Matt Grundler strive to help connect the dots for educators by building a professional learning network infused with art.

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Episode 33: Content Creation & The Arts
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Episode 33: Content Creation & The Arts

Craig Yen

Because students live in a digital world, they must learn how to create content responsibly. Before they share their thoughts with the universe, it is important to teach them how to do it correctly and with purpose. This week, the Creativity Department is joined by Craig Yen. Craig is an elementary classroom teacher who infuses art into everything he does. He understands the importance of creativity, creating, and making sure students have a voice and outlet in his classroom. As everyone has traversed this last year, he made sure his students had even more art to help them navigate the constant changes. Listen to this idea-filled conversation for information, advice, and resources on engaging students in the process of creating content around topics important to them.

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Episode 32: Exploring Queer Identities in the Art Room
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Episode 32: Exploring Queer Identities in the Art Room

Carlos Cruz and Tara Rousseau

Have you heard statements like “it seems the LGBTQ+ student population is growing”? So have we. The thing is these students have always existed! What is growing is bravery, awareness, safety, and the vocabulary with which students can express their lived reality. The art classroom is a special place where students can feel safe, seen, and included. To keep that statement true, it’s important to constantly learn, grow, and be comfortable with being uncomfortable. In this episode, the Creativity Department speaks with Carlos Cruz and Tara Rousseau from the NAEA LGBTQ+ Interest Group. During the conversation, they offer inspiration, ideas, and advice on ways to break through the discomfort, connect with students, and help them thrive. Discover readily available resources that will explain LGBTQ+ issues and help you understand what students need to be successful.

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Episode 31: Contemporary Asian Artists’ Work & Social Justice
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Episode 31: Contemporary Asian Artists’ Work & Social Justice

Dr. Ryan Shin and Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Recent waves of discrimination and prejudice due to the pandemic have created an even greater need for education and resources in support of Asian culture. But how does an educator who isn’t sure where to begin respectfully and honorably incorporate Asian art, culture, and artifacts into their curriculum? In this week’s conversation, the Creativity Department speaks with Dr. Ryan Shin and Dr. Kevin Hsieh about ways in which this can be achieved. Ryan and Kevin both teach Art Education at the university level and serve on the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Asian Art and Culture Interest Group (AACIG). Because of the tension and turmoil being experienced, in this episode, Ryan and Kevin address Asian culture, the importance of educating students on Social Justice and diversity, and resources to help you create successful lessons to cover these important topics in your classes.

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Episode 30: Creative Writing to Increase Emotional Intelligence
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Episode 30: Creative Writing to Increase Emotional Intelligence

Adam Sáenz

Creativity is directly linked to emotion; it fuels inspiration and the creative process. Creativity and art provide a format to enter emotion, experience emotion, and express it in a way that is not hurtful to anyone. The past year and a half have been tough on everyone, but art and creative expression have eased the anxiety many of us are facing. In this episode, the Creativity Department speaks to veteran psychologist and author Dr. Adam Sáenz. Adam Sáenz specializes in creative writing to expand emotional intelligence. During the conversation, you will hear his thoughts on how creativity can be used to increase emotional intelligence and address mental health.

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Episode 29: Social Media, Identity, & Civic Duty in the Classroom
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Episode 29: Social Media, Identity, & Civic Duty in the Classroom

Flávia Bastos and James Rees

Educators empower students to transform the world. From digital citizenship and democratic dialogue to addressing controversial topics, an educator’s role is to act as a facilitator for students to find and develop their voices. What students have to say is meaningful, they have a vision to share. The critical part of this is helping them understand their responsibility to think critically about their choices when sharing that vision, so their voice is heard as intended. During this episode, the Creativity Department speaks with the research team behind the Who Is American Today project, Flávia Bastos and James Rees. Discover what Critical Digital Citizenship looks like, what role it plays in student’s lives, and how art education prepares students to examine their identity and become critical digital citizens.

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Episode 27: Pains & Gains of Remote & Hybrid Learning
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Episode 27: Pains & Gains of Remote & Hybrid Learning

Carl Hooker

This year has been a remote learning whirlwind filled with struggle and doubt. But has there been success too? As we begin to slowly transition back to in-person learning, it’s time for a conversation with educator and consultant Carl Hooker. The Creativity Dept. and Carl discuss learnings and dare we say advances achieved this year. From student-driven learning to thoughtful technology integration Carl’s insight is a driving force for change in the classroom. How can we ensure there is opportunity for interspace learning and keep the advantages discovered over this year? Enjoy this episode filled with ideas.

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Episode 26: Public Art and Student Collaboration
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Episode 26: Public Art and Student Collaboration

Leah Smith and Michael Townsend

The Tape Art movement originated in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1989 in the form of large-scale, collaborative drawings created out of tape in public spaces. In the years since then, Tape Art has opened the world of innovation and collaboration to thousands of students. From brainstorming to critical thinking and problem solving, Collaborative Tape Art has countless benefits! In this episode, the Creativity Department speaks with Leah Smith and Michael Townsend of the original Tape Art Crew. Listen in and learn about the importance of experimentation, thinking big, working together, and taking risks for students of all abilities across all grades.

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Episode 25: The Perceptions of Digital Arts
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Episode 25: The Perceptions of Digital Arts

Kasmira Mohanty

Digital art IS art. Why does it seem like it is considered lesser than traditional art? We don’t have to abandon traditional art-making to include digital techniques in our practice. The two can meld into one space and enrich students’ experience at the same time. But the perceptions of digital art can be hard to overcome and hurdles such as lack of training, fear of technology, perceived value, labeling, and fear of “failing” all make the idea of including digital techniques daunting. In this episode, the Creativity Department speaks with Kasmira Mohanty, Digital Artist and Art Educator, about how to get past the perception of digital art and why it is important.

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Episode 24: Critical Creativity
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Episode 24: Critical Creativity

Dan Ryder

Critical creativity is the idea that the act of creating is inherently critical thinking and requires higher-order thinking. Creativity is going to change the world! Those who understand this know that making meaningful opportunities for it in all areas of learning is imperative. This week’s guest isn’t an art educator. Dan Ryder comes from an English background, is an expert in project-based learning, and infuses creativity into the work he does with students a different way. He connects everything and uses creative expression to deepen understanding. Listen in for a different perspective on the importance of creativity as Laura and Matt dig into how Dan always finds time for building experiences that go deeper and allow for expansion.

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Episode 23: Createquity - A Fair & Just Art Classroom
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Episode 23: Createquity - A Fair & Just Art Classroom

James Wells

The arts offer equity in a different way than any other class, through creativity and the process of making. Focusing on the fact that an artist is anyone who communicates ideas well unlocks equity and gives students the opportunity to be openly creative. Allowing students to bring their authentic selves to the classroom, dig into their identity and culture, and discover who they are is essential. In this week’s episode, The Creativity Department speaks with James Wells, Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager at Crayola, about the topic of equity and the importance diversity and inclusion have in creating it.

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Episode 22: Adaptive Art - Deconstructing Disability in the Art Room
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Episode 22: Adaptive Art - Deconstructing Disability in the Art Room

Bette Naughton

Reaching students with physical or developmental differences can be challenging, but the art room is a space where they can go to feel valued for who they are and express themselves. How can you work through a student’s ability? By focusing on what they can do instead of what they cannot to ensure success in art making. In this episode, the Creativity Department discusses adaptive art with author and educator Bette Naughton. Learn how to focus on the potential of all your students and think with an adaptive mindset. Discover available resources to create a network in your school or district, and develop strategies to remove roadblocks impeding student learning and creativity.

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Episode 21: The Arts Are The Catalyst We Need After The Crisis
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Episode 21: The Arts Are The Catalyst We Need After The Crisis

James Haywood Rolling Jr.

After a year filled with crisis, it is time to revive ourselves. We know the arts are far more important to students (and the community as a whole) than is acknowledged. However, despite being consistently under-valued, there is no denying the arts are the catalyst we need to start fresh and re-energize. In this episode, the Creativity Departments speaks with NAEA President James Haywood Rolling Jr. about the importance of recognizing the arts as the power needed to create social change, build resilience, rehab our minds and spirits, break down systems that hurt us, and inspire the champions around us.

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Episode 20: Making Social Justice Action Visible at Your School
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Episode 20: Making Social Justice Action Visible at Your School

Barbara Libby-Steinmann and Anna Rochester

Social Justice is a commitment to challenge cultural, social, and economic inequality. Social Justice impacts everyone. Learning about all races, religions, and identities helps students and their communities embrace differences and be more inclusive. In this episode, The Creativity Department speaks with Barbara Libby-Steinmann and Anna Rochester about why making Social Justice Action visible in your school and community is vitally important. Discover how the need to connect and understand and one idea sparked school and community-wide action to help students explore their concepts of identity, build empathy, and understand Social Justice in non-confrontational and enriching ways.

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Episode 19: Culturally Connecting & Celebrating
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Episode 19: Culturally Connecting & Celebrating

Crocodile River Music

Connecting students to a culture through art is a powerful way of valuing the history and heritage of a culture. “It’s important to learn about art traditions in their own right and not in comparison to other traditions. Diversity in art helps students see varied approaches to how people engage in the world and solve problems.” In this episode of K12ArtChat, The Creativity Department speaks with Crocodile River Music about culturally connecting. As visiting artists, Crocodile River creates experiences for students that provide a chance to understand African culture and traditions through art and music. Listen in as they explain what “NOT being a tourist of art” means and how important it is to understand the hard work and history behind making art.

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Episode 18: Engaging Students in a Virtual or Hybrid Classroom
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Episode 18: Engaging Students in a Virtual or Hybrid Classroom

Tricia Fuglestad

Engaging students in a virtual or hybrid classroom takes imagination. It’s hard right now, be as kind to yourselves as you are to your students and consider goals for the year from a different angle. You make a difference in your students’ lives simply by connecting with them and making sure they are seen and heard.

In this episode, The Creativity Department speaks with Tricia Fuglestad. Tricia shares great ideas and tips she uses to keep her students engaged as well as encouragement for everyone out there. Remember, you’re not lowering expectations, you’re creating less stressful and more achievable ways of working together.

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Episode 17: Building Relationships with ALL of Our Students
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Episode 17: Building Relationships with ALL of Our Students

Anti-Racist Art Teachers

The Anti-Racist Art Teachers work towards removing biases, stereotypes, and false narratives in art education. Having an anti-racist curriculum “isn’t achieved with a checklist,” it requires attention all year long. In this episode, The Creativity Department interviews Abby Birhanu, Francesca Levy, and Paula Liz from the Anti-Racist Art Teachers group of educators. Listen in and discover information that will support how to build an anti-racist classroom environment in a way that is responsible and student centered.

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Episode 16: Building EQ – Emotional Intelligence through Visual Storytelling
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Episode 16: Building EQ – Emotional Intelligence through Visual Storytelling

Al Thomas

Students (and teachers, administration, parents, all of us) are struggling to process what is happening in the world these days. How can visual storytelling and creativity in general help? In this episode, The Creativity Department interviews Al Thomas, educator, principal, and visual storyteller. Listen in to the discussion about how creativity in the classroom provides opportunities for conversation and can help students process emotions and develop their own EQ. Through visual storytelling students can slow the world down, process emotion, and engage fully in a moment.

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Episode 15: Creating Diversity through Character Development
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Episode 15: Creating Diversity through Character Development

David Gorden

Art is storytelling. Creating authentic, honest, and real characters takes research, patience, and a whole lot of being careful. This week, The Creativity Department speaks with sequential artist and author David Gorden. In this episode, they discuss the importance of asking “why” questions during the process of character development to avoid stereotypes, and the value of understanding the “rules of art” before you try to bend them.

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Episode 14: Discussing Art with Students
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Episode 14: Discussing Art with Students

Trevor Bryan

Generally speaking, we all struggle with open-ended discussions. More than ever, we are afraid to be wrong. This week, The Creativity Department speaks with Trevor Bryan (@trevorabryan), author of The Art of Comprehension. Learn new techniques and strategies you can implement to engage students and help them open up, connect to art and the world, and have meaningful discussions in the process.

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Episode 13: AP & IB Art Topics
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Episode 13: AP & IB Art Topics

Connie Jimenez Zammett

Investigation, experimentation, and communication are skills used by all artists and designers. Developing these skills is the focus of AP & IB Art programs. This week, high school art educator Connie Jimenez Zammett (@conniedraws) discusses AP & IB Art with Laura and Matt. While demanding, these programs challenge students to ask questions and inquire deeply about their process, empowering them to be independent thinkers.

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Episode 12: Graphic Novels and Visual Narratives
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Episode 12: Graphic Novels and Visual Narratives

Michael Hernandez

During this episode, Michael Hernandez (educator, speaker, and author) comments “students are hungry to do something that is relevant, meaningful, and that has purpose.” Listen in to the conversation with Michael as the Creativity Department digs into how graphic novels (a.k.a. sequential art) can help students do just that. Graphic novels have the potential to empower students to tell their stories and help them engage with important questions about life, experience, and art.

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Episode 11: Student Empowerment
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Episode 11: Student Empowerment

Kelly Young and Karen Caswell

The difference between engaged and empowered students boils down to what you do for them versus what they do for themselves. In today’s world of constant distraction, students must be intrinsically motivated to buy into their learning. In this episode, The Creativity Department speaks with Kelly Young (@teachthisorthat) and Karen Caswell (@kcasw1) about shifting mindset beyond engagement and empowering students to be excited about using what they learn in ways that make sense to them—to OWN their learning.

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Episode 10: C4 - Cultivating Creative & Civic Capacities
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Episode 10: C4 - Cultivating Creative & Civic Capacities

Jason Blair

Empathic curiosity, radical imagination, design thinking…these skills are essential for developing well-rounded students prepared to live in the world. In this episode, The Creativity Department delves into these ideas with Jason Blair as they discuss his C4 research project with Columbus Museum of Art and Harvard’s Project Zero.

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Episode 9: Reflection, Intention, & Goal Setting
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Episode 9: Reflection, Intention, & Goal Setting

Matt and Laura Grundler

A special Happy New Year episode from Matt and Laura. Listen in as they chat about their goals for 2021, setting goals as a practice, and the importance of incorporating reflection and intention when crafting goals for yourself.

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Episode 8: The Future of Makerspaces
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Episode 8: The Future of Makerspaces

Chris Sweeney

Wondering what exactly a makerspace is? Listen in as the Creativity Department interviews Chris Sweeney, Art/Makerspace Teacher and Artist in Philadelphia. Find out the “what, why, and how” of creating a makerspace as they examine using this concept in any art program.

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Episode 7: Connecting through Mentoring
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Episode 7: Connecting through Mentoring

Matt Neylon

Today it’s more important than ever to develop a strong support network (your ART Family). In this episode, The Creativity Department is joined by Matt Neylon, Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Mount Vernon School, to discuss the importance of having people in your network with different talents, specific strengths, and diverse opinions and points of view.

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Episode 6: Create Art in AR
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Episode 6: Create Art in AR

Jaime Donally

AR - Augmented Reality (not Arkansas) can easily be included in today’s classroom. Matt and Laura speak with Jaime Donally, author and Instructional Technology Consultant, about practical ways of adding AR and VR to the tools you use with your students. Discover apps, programs, and ideas for using this exciting technology easily and for FREE.

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Episode 5: Gratitude
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Episode 5: Gratitude

Matt and Laura Grundler

A special Thanksgiving episode from Matt and Laura. Listen in as they chat about ideas for using gratitude with students and teams, share things to be thankful for in 2020, and relay a message of gratitude to all of you listening in each week.

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Episode 4: Leadership and Clarity
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Episode 4: Leadership and Clarity

Andrew Surloff

Hear an administrative perspective of education in the time of COVID. Laura and Matt speak with Andrew Surloff, Assistant Superintendent of Quaker Valley School District in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Listen in to get an admin’s take on the importance of communication, working collaboratively with teachers, and navigating the different classroom models necessary during COVID.

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Episode 3: Creating Safe Zones for ALL Students
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Episode 3: Creating Safe Zones for ALL Students

Paul Kretchmer

This week, team Grundler is joined by Paul Kretchmer, Visual Arts Instructional Coordinator for Austin ISD, in Austin, TX. Listen in for information and inspiration about how to create safe spaces for all students in the classroom. Discover a host of resources for crafting environments that are safe, inclusive, joyful, and predictable for our students, virtually and in-person.

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Episode 2: Teaching Art in 2020
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Episode 2: Teaching Art in 2020

Frank Juarez

In this episode, Matt and Laura speak with Frank Juarez, head of the art department at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Learn about Frank’s experience as art educator, artist, contributing editor of SchoolArts magazine, and founder of four projects focused on contemporary art and art education (The Midwest Artist Studios, 365 Artists 365 Days Project, Artdose Magazine, and FRANK & Company art e-newsletter). His accomplishments also include winning National Art Educator of the Year, founding Sheboygan Visual Artists, opening Frank Juarez Gallery, and Artdose Magazine.

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Episode 1: Introducing K12ArtChat the podcast
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Episode 1: Introducing K12ArtChat the podcast

Kristi Oliver

The Creativity Department is joined by Kristi Oliver, Professional Development Manager for Davis Publications. Enjoy the conversation about our new partnership, the importance of art education, and the many resources available from Davis Publications.

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