2020 TAEA Districts of Distinction



TAEA Districts of Distinction

It is my honor to announce the 2020 District of Distinction awardees. The following districts have successfully submitted all required materials with fidelity. Over 1,000 districts state-wide were eligible to apply for the Texas Art Education Association Visual Arts Award. Only 43 districts met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor indicating they are in the top 4 percent of districts in the state. 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. This year's recipients exemplify a visual arts district of distinction. Congratulations and I commend you on your work advocating and promoting the visual arts in your district and community as well as providing continued creative learning and instruction during a year of many unforeseen challenges.

Stacia Gower
Administration and Supervision Chair

 

TAEA Districts of Distinction


Aldine ISD
Alief ISD
Austin ISD
Bryan ISD
Channelview ISD
College Station ISD
Comal ISD
Coppell ISD
Crosby ISD
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Del Valle ISD
Edinburg Consolidated ISD
Fort Bend ISD
Frisco ISD
Garland ISD
Georgetown ISD
Grand Prairie ISD
Huffman ISD
Humble ISD
Hutto ISD
Katy ISD
Klein ISD
Lake Dallas ISD
Lubbock ISD
Manor ISD
McAllen ISD
Nacogdoces ISD
Northside ISD
Northwest ISD
Pasadena ISD
Pearland ISD
Pflugerville ISD
Plano ISD
Prosper ISD
Redwater ISD
Richardson ISD
Round Rock ISD
San Marcos ISD
Spring ISD
Texas City ISD
Tyler ISD
Victoria ISD
Waco ISD

Please view a short video showcasing our 2019 awardees for the TAEA District of Distinction.

Click here to see the 2019 Districts 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 2021 winners?

Winners will be announced in September of 2021 and recognized at the TAEA Conference 2021. (Rubric will be based on events / activities from September 2020 — June 2021.)

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.

If you are interested in participating, please for more information. Submission deadline is June 28, 2021.

 

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 and payment of all entries
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 and payment of all entries
Art Teachers Membership 50% of art teachers in the district are TAEA members District provided spreadsheet of teachers with TAEA members highlighted-crosscheck with TAEA membership
VASE 60% of art teachers in the district participate in their local event District provided spreadsheet of teachers with VASE participants highlighted– 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 spreadsheet of teachers with TEAM participants highlighted — 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 of school activities, descriptions of events and receipts of event registration from TAEA
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-printed, electronic and/or video
Social Media Active account promoting the visual arts
(20 entries over the year)
Share website, twitter handle, Facebook, etc with screenshots of activity for verification
District Exhibition Open to the Public/Community Exhibition (minimum 2) Photos of activities with captions. This includes in-person and virtual exhibitions
Community Service NAHS, NJAHS, IB, Art Clubs, etc.
(minimum 60 hours)
Log of activities and hours with pictures and 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. For virtual field trips include links to the site visited and the lesson plan that was part of this virtual trip
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
Lesson plan submissions, photos, and products
Administration and Supervision Conference Session Representative attends TAEA conference session for Administrators and Supervisors payment on conference registration, sign-in sheet