Addressing Teacher Recruitment and Retention



Addressing Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 
FREE for NAEA members; $49 for nonmembers

NAEA is committed to supporting our current and future visual arts, design, and media arts educators. Pandemic burnout, early retirements, rise in school violence, lack of clear career pathways, and ongoing pedagogical cultural wars—among other challenges—make the recruitment and retention of art teachers increasingly more difficult. To better understand and address the obstacles that current and future art educators face, as well as the growing issue of educator staffing shortages, the NAEA Board of Directors has formed a national “Art Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force.” The Task Force is tasked with investigating the obstacles and opportunities to entering and serving the field of visual arts, design, and media arts education, and engage with the membership, peer organizations, and external experts to gather data and draft a report of findings and recommendations for short, mid, and long-term action to be presented to the Board. Join us as members of the NAEA Art Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force share their findings and recommendations for the association and the field.

Theresa McGee

Art and Digital Media Educator, Hinsdale Middle School, Illinois

Theresa McGee is a passionate art educator who recently finished her term on the NAEA Board of Directors as the Western Region Vice President. She currently serves as co-chair of the NAEA Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force and is deeply committed to developing solutions for the problems currently plaguing the profession. As a National Board Certified educator, McGee has taught Art & Digital Media to all grades from K–8. She is frequent presenter both online and at local, regional, and national conferences covering topics on technology integration, design thinking, and literacy. She has served the Illinois Art Education Association as President, Vice President, Webmaster, and Webinar Coordinator.

Cathy Rosamond

Chair of Art Education, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Cathy Rosamond has an extensive background in higher education teaching and research, as well as museum education for K–12 students. At NAEA, she serves on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission and is the co-chair of the Teacher Retention and Recruitment Task Force. Her scholarship interests include artistic research, specifically in investigations that focus on diverse approaches to inquiry.

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