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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 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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