A podcast for K-12 art educators interested in connecting with colleagues and ideas. Each episode, hosted by Matt and Laura Grundler, takes you backstage with guest hosts from #K12ArtChat to dig into the latest art education innovations and resources. You’ll find tips, tools, and inspiration to keep you connected and moving forward.
Episode 143 – Jonathan Juravich – Intentional SEL in the Art Room
In this episode, The Creativity Department is joined by 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year – Jonathan Juravich to talk about the importance of being intentional with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the art room. Jonathan shares his dissertation work on SEL, experience working as a national arts advocate, and expertise from years of teaching Elementary students incorporating SEL into his curriculum. Jonathan makes a constant effort to set a good example not only for his students, but his fellow art educators as well. Listen in to discover a plethora of resources you can use for your own practice!
Episode 142 – National Arts in Education Week
It’s National Arts in Education week! Established in 2010, this week-long celebration was created to recognize the impact arts have in education. Dive into this episode and learn the story of The Creativity Department and the impact arts have had on them! Hear how they became Art Educators and what their “who & why” is. Learn who inspired them to become art educators, why they became art educators, and what keeps them inspired to teach day in and day out! Listen in to this inspiring episode and share your art education story for a chance to win our raffle!
Episode 141 – What do you Mean "Rules" for the Art Room?
Paul Kretchmer returns in this episode all about setting art room rules and guidelines in the art room! Paul follows a philosophy he coined as “Happy Art Teacher Rules” which are guidelines for fellow art educators and students to follow – helping create a positive environment, celebrating diversity, and amplifying student voice. Listen in to hear how Paul implements these into his art room!
Episode 140 – Creativity Crew – Starting The School Year Off Right
Art educators, Raine Valentine and Joe Boatfield join The Creativity Department in this episode to explore preparing for a new school year! Explore everything from setting the tone of the classroom and connecting with students in the first days of the year, to art room layout and organization and adjusting curriculum to align with standards. Hear what advice these art room veterans have and learn about what could excite students for the coming year.
Episode 139 – Mike Mitchell – Creating Art Ecosystems
In this episode the Creativity Department is joined by fellow art educator Mike Mitchell to examine the networks, communities, and connections that can create an “Art Ecosystem” around us. Mike is the Art Education Coordinator at Tennessee State University (TSU) with years of experience teaching high school art. Listen in as he dives into what exactly an “Art Ecosystem” is and how it can affect you as an educator as well as an artist. Mike also talks about how he built his own Art Ecosystem through years of teaching, networking, connecting through social media, and mentoring.
Episode 138 – Jen Ferrari & Abi Paytoe Gbayee – Talking About Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)
In this episode the Creativity Department is joined by fellow podcasters Jen Ferrari & Abi Paytoe Gbayee – hosts of the TAB Storytellers podcast. Dive into TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) during a discussion covering how Jen and Abi chose it as their pedagogy. Listen in as they share implementation advice, resources for using it in the art room, and useful information like how it can be assessed using a skill criteria.
It was great! Just listened to it tonight. Love hearing the way @ruthcbyrne talks about her teaching process & how she helps students scaffold their thinking through play, blocks & the creative process.
This podcast provides so many amazing guests and they cover such a wide array of topics and themes. You always get practical things to try on Monday and deeper gifts that inspire you to reflect and think more about. If you haven’t subscribed…. You need to!
Teacher Appreciation and Mental Health
I have never been motivated to write a review about any podcast or product before this. I was highly impacted by this conversation. Thank you for the length and depth of sharing among your guests. I have immediately implemented the concept of evaluating my to actions to ask is this self-soothing or self-care, and how will it affect my tomorrow? While it was Mr. Crespo who lead me to your podcast, the hosts will keep me coming back!
My favorite arts ed podcast!
I may be a bit biased, but I love this podcast. Since Matt and Laura started hosting, the quality has been incredible! It is meaningful to me to hear about the experiences of other arts educators and arts integration/STEAM educators. I highly recommend this!