Special Education in the Art Room


Special Education in the Art Room
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 7-8 pm ET
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

Join in this interactive conversation examining the challenges of and opportunities for teaching art to children with special needs alongside their typical peers. Discover meaningful ways to focus and refocus behavior in the art room, as well as techniques and activities to better engage students while presenting content-filled lessons with exciting outcomes.

"This webinar is a practical resource led by art teachers with varying degrees of experience. Based on our individual trials, errors, education, and skills, we will offer advice to help make your time with your special needs kids a success."
— Lynne Horoschak

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Hanna Lee (Moderator)

Art Educator, K-6

Hanna Lee is an art educator who currently teaches at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia. She works with students of all abilities including the general K-6 population, Autism Support classes, as well as students within the school's specialized center for children with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD).

She completed her Masters degree in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art & Design in 2016 where she conducted her thesis on the benefits of a STEAM-based art curriculum on students with EBD.

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Lynne Horoschak (Moderator)

Faculty Emerita & Founder of the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations

Lynne Horoschak was instrumental in creating the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. This one-of-a-kind program was launched in 2008 and continues as a hybrid Online + On-Campus.

Lynne taught art in the School District of Philadelphia for 36 years after which, in 2002, she was appointed Chair of Art Education at Moore College and subsequently the Director of the Graduate Program. Recently, Lynne received the PAEA Outstanding Art Educator of the Year, the Outstanding Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator, the Distinguished Professor Award from Moore College of Art & Design, The Visionary Leader Award from ArtWell, and in March 2017 at the NAEA Conference The Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Lifetime Achievement Award. She is Past-President of Special Needs Art Education (SNAE) of NAEA and has presented nationally and regionally. She loves being an art teacher!

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Lauren Stichter (Moderator)

Director of the Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations Program, Moore College of Art & Design

Lauren Stichter is the Director of the Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations program at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before taking on the director role at Moore, Lauren was the lead art teacher at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf as well as an adjunct faculty member at Moore where she taught the Special Populations class in the undergraduate and post baccalaureate art education department. In 2009, Lauren spent 6 months in northern India where she taught art to children who have different needs and trained special educators how to incorporate art into their curriculum.

In the summer of 2014, Lauren became the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Special Needs in Art Education Chairperson. Lauren has presented at the National Art Education Association convention, Pennsylvania Art Education Association conference, and Council for Exceptional Children Division of the Arts convention. Lauren has also facilitated multiple professional development days for regional art institutes including The Barnes Foundation, Michener Museum, and the Dickinson College Museum.

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Samantha Varian (Moderator)

Art Educator, Middle and Secondary

Samantha Varian is an art teacher who has worked in Norristown Area School District for the past 3 years and is currently working at Lower Moreland High School. She works with students with of all abilities in her 5th through 8th and 9th through 12th inclusive classroom populations.

She has received her Masters degree in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art & Design in 2016. There she conducted an action research study for her thesis work on the benefits of a Choice-Based art education curriculum for the inclusive classroom and how CBAE builds creativity, confidence, and critical thinking skills, while meeting and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.

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