Empowering Students Through Project-Based Learning

Includes a Live Event on 05/04/2022 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Empowering Students Through Project-Based Learning
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 7–8pm ET
FREE for NAEA members; $49 for nonmembers  

If you’ve always wondered how to make art class important for the kids who don’t love to draw, this webinar is for you! Join three art educators and project-based learning (PBL) leaders from the DC metro area to explore PBL and why it is getting so much attention globally! Discover how PBL provides engaging opportunities for students to build real-world skills and learn content by focusing deeply on personal response, identity, and community impact. Learn why “doing art projects” doesn’t mean doing “PBL,” and gain easy, actionable steps to revise current projects to increase authenticity, engagement, and long-term impact—the starting points of PBL.

Andrew D. Watson

Fine Arts Instructional Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia


Andrew D. Watson, recipient of the 2015 Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from NAEA, is a leading arts educator. As the fine arts instructional specialist for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), he supervises the curriculum and professional development of the ACPS art, music, and theater teachers. Watson regularly writes and speaks on issues involving design thinking, arts integration, creative careers, and STEAM education. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Innovation Collaborative, the Fine Arts Steering Committee of the Virginia Department of Education, and previously served on advisory boards to the National Art Honor Society, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery, Congressional STEAM Caucus, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Watson was also the 2018 NAEA National Convention Coordinator.

Jeff Lonnett

Educational Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia

Jeff Lonnett is an educational specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools’s Advanced Academics Program. His primary focus is the growth and sustainment of PBL across the school district, preK through 12th grade. Lonnett has trained more than 6,000 teachers and administrators in PBL, who gain the ability to implement the model, refine practices, and raise awareness in their school communities. He started his career in art education, then worked to support new teachers by serving as a coach for FCPS’s induction program and led professional development on how to mentor and support novice teachers. Additionally, Lonnett has facilitated statewide professional development on PBL at James Madison University’s yearly Content Teaching Academy, at the Virginia Association for the Gifted’s yearly conferences, and has worked with the Kennedy Center through the CETA program. A 22-year educator, he is also an artist and illustrator. You can follow him on Twitter @JeffLonnett.

Michelle Land

Art Specialist, PBL County Support Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia

Michelle Land is an art specialist and PBL county support teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in Alexandria, VA. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA and an MAT. Her pedagogy revolves around student-centered learning and cross-curricular collaboration through a PBL approach. Putting theory to practice, she embeds PBL into her art lessons, fostering real-world skills while teaching content to her students. Land has published and presented extensively on STEAM and PBL for Spring Publishing Company, NAEA, Complex Adaptive Systems, and FCPS.

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