2019 TAEA Districts of Distinction



TAEA Districts of Distinction

It is my honor to announce the following districts have successfully submitted all required materials with fidelity and are named a TAEA District of Distinction in its inaugural year. Over 1,000 districts were eligible to apply for the Texas Art Education Association Visual Arts Award and only twenty districts received this outstanding honor. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division as sponsor recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community. We want districts that are actively participating members in TAEA and beyond TAEA sponsored events. These districts exemplify a visual arts district of distinction. Congratulations and I commend you on your work with advocating and promoting the visual arts in your district and community.

Dr. Michaelann Kelley
Administration and Supervision Chair

TAEA Districts of Distinction


Aldine ISD
Alief ISD
Austin ISD
Comal ISD
Frisco ISD
Garland ISD
Humble ISD
Hutto ISD
Klein ISD
Lake Dallas ISD
Lubbock ISD
Manor ISD
Pampa ISD
Pearland ISD
Round Rock ISD
Spring ISD
Texas City ISD
Tyler ISD
Victoria ISD
Waco ISD

Please view a short video showcasing our first awardees for the TAEA District of Distinction.

Celebrating Excellence in the Visual Arts


What is a District of Distinction?

District of Distinction is an annual recognition program created by Texas Art Education Association and run by the Administration and Supervision division to honor school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision would like to recognize districts with outstanding leadership (be that formal or informal) in promoting the arts in their district and community. We are looking to recognize districts that are active participating members in the TAEA and beyond the confines of TAEA sponsored events. The rubric is differentiated by number of students in the district, has exemptions on regions that do not have sponsored events and allows for each district submitting to meet 12 out of the 14 criteria (excluding exemptions). A district may receive the award more than once.

If your school district is engaged in advocating for the visual arts your district could be a TAEA District of Distinction.

When will we announce the 2020 winners?

Winners will be announced in August of 2020 and recognized at the TAEA Conference 2020. (Rubric will be based on events/activities from September 2019 – June 2020)

How does TAEA promote honorees?

Districts of Distinction honorees will:

  • Be identified on the association's website
  • Receive a District of Distinction plaque along with a letter of commendation from the association
  • Receive a press release template to promote their recognition to local media

Who will choose the winners?

The Administration and Supervision Chair and Chair Elect will check the criteria and mark whether the district submission meets the qualifications to receive the designation of a TAEA District of Distinction. All districts fulfilling the rigorous criteria will be awarded the title of a District of Distinction.

What is my responsibility as a District of Distinction?

The winning district(s) as part of the award will write an article for highlighting why they were awarded the District of Distinction. The winner(s) will also be asked to make a short video to be posted on the organizations website promoting their district accomplishments, but also providing inspiration for others. In addition, the winning district(s) will be asked to attend at the Administration and Supervision Meeting.

Criteria / Rubric

Event / Function Quota Evidence Initials
TASA/TASB Show Minimum entries per size of district

  • Over 25,000 students, six (6) entries
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students, four (4) entries
  • Less than 10,000 students, one (1) entry
District provided Inventory/payment
Youth Art Month Show (Capitol Show) Minimum entries per size of district

  • Over 25,000 students, six (6) entries
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students, four (4) entries
  • Less than 10,000 students, one (1) entry
District provided Inventory/payment
Art Teachers Membership 50% of art teachers in the district are TAEA members District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership
VASE 60% of art teachers in the district participate in their local event District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership
Junior VASE 50% of art teachers in the district participate in their local event (exempt if no events scheduled in your region) District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership
TEAM 25% of art teachers in the district participate in their local event (exempt if no events scheduled in your region) District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership
Texas Big Art Day Big Art Day registered events

  • Over 25,000 students – 10 registered events
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students – 6 registered events
  • Less than 10,000 students – 2 registered events
Photos emailed of school activities and district administrator signature of participation
Visual Arts Advocacy Advocacy articles promoting a visual arts event

  • Over 25,000 students – 3 articles
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students – 2 articles
  • Less than 10,000 students – 1 article
District provided articles submitted (print or electronic)
Social Media Active account promoting the visual arts
(20 entries over the year)
Share website, twitter handle, Facebook, etc for verification
District Exhibition Open to the Public/Community Exhibition (minimum 1) Photos of activities with captions
Community Service NAHS, NJAHS, IB, Art Clubs, etc.
(minimum 60 hours)
Log of activities and hours with sponsor signature
Field Experiences Field Trips to museums, zoos, galleries or workshops with artists

  • Over 25,000 students – 5 experiences
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students – 3 experiences
  • Less than 10,000 students – 1 experience
Photos of activities with captions
Collaboration with other disciplines Cross-curricular units, Integrated Lesson Plans, set design, etc.

  • Over 25,000 students – 5 examples
  • 10,000 to 25,000 students – 3 examples
  • Less than 10,000 students – 1 example
PDF submissions, photos, and products
Administration and Supervision Conference Session Representative attends TAEA conference session for Administrators and Supervisors Sign-in Sheet – payment on conference registration

 

Examples of possible evidence of meeting the District of Distinction Rubric

Event / Function Evidence Examples
TASA/TASB Show District provided Inventory/payment Copy of TAEA website submission paperwork
Youth Art Month Show (Capitol Show) District provided Inventory/payment Copy of TAEA website submission paperwork
Art Teachers Membership District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership List of art teachers in your district highlight if members
VASE District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership Print out of district VASE submissions
Junior VASE District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership Print out of district Junior VASE submissions
TEAM District provided list of teachers – cross check with membership Print out of district TEAM submissions
Texas Big Art Day Photos emailed of school activities and district administrator signature of participation Teacher copies of registration, or photos of art/events
Visual Arts Advocacy District provided articles submitted (print or electronic) Article could be district web news, local paper, editorial/opinion piece
Social Media Share website, twitter handle, Facebook, etc for verification Printed list of twitter handles, link to Facebook page, or hashtag for district
District Exhibition Photos of activities with captions Invitation to show, pictures of show, PTA exhibition
Community Service Log of activities and hours with sponsor signature Sign-in sheets, making cards for nursing homes, hurricane relief efforts, etc.
Field Experiences Photos of activities with captions Field trip form from district, copy of bus receipt, pictures
Collaboration with other disciplines Pdf submissions, photos, and products Copy of lesson plan/unit, PowerPoint, art created with description
Administration and Supervision Conference Session Sign-in Sheet – payment on conference registration Attendance, payment of TAEA Adm. session