Building Inclusive Classroom Communities

Recorded On: 03/01/2023


Building Inclusive Classroom Communities
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 
FREE for NAEA members; $49 for nonmembers

Join us as we unpack the meaning and characteristics of an inclusive learning environment through art while uncovering a variety of pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies to build inclusive communities in your learning spaces. Learn firsthand how inclusive community building has helped students develop a stronger sense of belonging and how studying a community’s local history and its demographic landscape helps to expand understanding of inclusive learning. Come away with strategies to align art teaching resources with cultural competence in order to address issues related to diversity, social justice, and inclusion. 

Tara Rousseau

MA CSE; Art Educator, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School at OISE, University of Toronto

Tara Rousseau (she/they) has been the visual arts teacher at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School at University of Toronto since 2009. She has been on the board of NAEA’s LGBTQ+ Interest Group since 2017, and is serving the second of a 2-year term as Co-President of that group. She has also recently joined the Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA) Board, supporting equity work and curriculum development. Tara has a background in journalism, and has taught both English as a second language and French.

Yichien Cooper

PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Washington State University Tri-Cities

Yichien Cooper received her Ph.D. in Art Education with a Museum Studies Certificate from Florida State University. She is an Assistant Professor and a field supervisor at the College of Education at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She chairs the Asian Art and Culture Interest Group and will soon begin her term as the Higher Education Division Director-Elect at the National Art Education Association. Her research interests include STEAM, data visualization, identity and social justice, arts-based,public art, and cultural studies. She has given numerous keynotes and workshops internationally. She published extensively in English and Chinese. She received a Proclamation of Appreciation for her contributions as an Art Commissioner (2014- 2019) at the City of Richland, WA.

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