>From: Maggie White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> BUT...the NAEA convention is like A/C or power windows,or this list!
>> once you've been there, you don't know how you got along before! it is
>> the most inspirational, informative, exciting art education event on
>> the planet. so i'm going. paying my own way. hoping i don't end up
>> needing those 2 personal days for anything else!
> I've gone halvsies (halfsies?) with the district or paid my own way the
> last five years. It's always worth it! And it's so great to put a face
> with the names on this list. If you itemize your taxes--and a good
> preparer could advise you how--you can write off your expenses.
It's surely helps your cause if you can sign up to present a workshop or
presentation at NAEA. Anyone on this artsednet list can do it...even
beginners. You don't have to know anybody special. There's GOT to be that
special lesson you do that could WOW other art teachers. Once you're
accepted for giving a NAEA workshop/presentation, it's a great carrot to get
the funds from your school sources.
I usually go to every source when I'm trying to fund my trip. I ask the PTA,
the magazine sales committee, the site council, the academic booster's club,
and principal's fund. I provide my 2-day personal days for part of the
subbing but I can usually get funds for the registration costs and the
flight costs. I volunteer to pay for my hotel and food. Get your asking
papers in order and get them in early...before the rush...before other
people start using up those resources. It'll take approx. $300 for
registration and workshops, plus flight cost usually costs me around $400+
round trip to fly across country during the week. "cheaptickets.com" is
excellent for finding good rates. I usually CALL from my phone book...not
get them on-line.
NAEA is absolutely something you CAN'T miss!! I'm so pumped up with new
ideas and samples of new products when I return home. Last year I had to
dump 10 lbs. from my suitcase so I could get on the plane! (smile) THAT was
very painful...should I dump my free packs of celluclay, my marker boxes and
paint, or a few of my clothes. Ha...decisions! I finally pulled out 2 packs
of celluclay and CARRIED them in my saggin' pocketbook.
Consider doing a workshop/presentation next year....seriously. There are
several of us here on the list that do just that and can help you. The
workshop request forms are usually due in the early summertime so start
thinking soon about what you could present. Toodles....Bunki