Professional Development

The 2016 AEI Fall Conference registrationBridging All the Gaps
is ready.  Please click THIS REGISTRATION LINK to register for this year’s conference, “Bridging All the Gaps.”  This year’s conference is at Southwestern Community College in Burlington on Sept 30 – Oct 2. Click on the links below to see the Conference Itinerary and Session Descriptions.

Conference Itinerary

Session Descriptions (Excel)
Session Descriptions (Google Sheets)

License Renewal Credit Opportunity, Oct 8 & 9, 2016
Willow: Using Indigenous Materials in the Classroom

License Renewal Credit Opportunity, Sept 24 & Oct 1, 2016
Haiku and Water-based Media


Bridging All the GapsFall Conference, 2016
Burlington, IA
Sept 30 – Oct 2

Vendor Online Registration Form

Annual Fall Conference Information

Presenters Information Vendor Online Registration Form

Other Professional Development Information

Fall Conference Archive Other Professional Opportunities
Membership Visual Arts and Iowa Core
Mentoring Volunteer Opportunities

Publication Opportunities
Art Education, the Journal of the National Arts Education Association, is always looking for articles.  The following links are opportunities for art teachers to share their knowledge and research regarding diverse topics.  Click on the links below to find details regarding guidelines for content and submissions.

Swarm Intelligence and Collaboration, September 2016
(Due January 31, 2016)

Online Courses for Art Teachers
Jessica Balsley, an AEI Member, is teaching Graduate Courses Online through her website The Art of Education.  This is the first of it’s kind in Iowa and perfect for some of those teachers who may not live close to an AEA where they can easily take a class that is relevant to art education.

More Professional Development Opportunities
1.® – Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500! is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability.  Lesson plans may vary in scope and topic but all lessons must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge
  • Appropriate for a grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade
  • Include goals and how you plan to measure students’ understanding
  • Include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., including a list of all materials needed
  • Use information found on (including Kids Learning Center, blog posts, state pages, etc.)
  • Created by one teacher without use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on
  • Encourage student development through participation opportunities.

2. Champion Creatively Alive Children (a grant opportunity from Crayola)

3. Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) (the most convenient sources for re-certification credits)

4. Iowa Learns (a central web-based catalog of Iowa distance learning resources)

Professional Organizations, Resourses, and Associations
Many of these organizations offer summer and weekend workshops.  Each will inspire you to do your own art work.  Check them out.

Listings and links shown on this page are provided to art teachers as a service.  AEI claims no endorsement or support for courses offered or credit given.  External links may change without notice.  We attempt to list events chronologically and delete listings as the dates pass.