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Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 20:51:31 PST

This is from Illinois, thought you might be interested. Gail

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 Hello everybody
I'm back with some new bits and pieces:
1. How classroom assessments improve learning - an excellent article - be
sure to use the link.
2. Information on a learning trip to Africa
3.Teacher Tax Relief Act could go further - interesting opinion
5. Youth Art Month material returns may be picked up at the EIU Conference
on March 1.
6. Deadline for conference proposals coming up in April
7. Awards for 2003 now open!
Coming soon - I am preparing a list of over 75 jobs around the country - be
sure to send me openings/job descriptions in your school along with a
contact email or address so I can send them out too. I'll send it later
this week.

1. How Classroom Assessments Improve Learning
According to Thomas R. Guskey, the assessments most likely to improve
student achievement are those that teachers create. Teachers who develop
useful assessments, provide corrective instruction, and give students second
chances to demonstrate success can improve their instruction and help
students learn. Educational Leadership
Read more Educational Leadership stories

2. Africa:
check out information on an interesting trip/course to Africa: You can also get an email
poster by emailing <>.
3. Opinion: Teacher Tax Relief Act could go further
The law, which allows teachers to deduct out-of-pocket classroom expenses on
their taxes, is "too much of a baby step," says Kathleen Carpenter, editor
of Gazette. Many teachers spend $500 or more of their own money
on extra items for their classrooms, studies have shown. The
Gazette (February 2003)
California has suspended a program that gave teachers $250 to $1,500 tax
deductions for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.  The Sacramento Bee
(Calif.) (2/10)

The FY 2004 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines are now available on the web
site. These guidelines encompass most of the agency's organizational support

5. Youth Art Month material to be returned
If you sent work for the YAM Poster it will be available for pick up at the
March 1 Media and Methods Conference at Eastern Illinois University. It
will be available at the luncheon --look for Jamie Willis's table. You may
also pick up the work of teachers in your districts or colleagues. This
should save on some costly postage returning the bundles. Save room in your
car when you come to Eastern. To register for this conference contact: Jo
Ellen at - or call her at 1-800-446-8918.

6. Conference proposal deadline is April 13.
Check page 17 of your last issue of the Mosaic for the conference form (it
can be photocopied). Get together with a fellow teacher or send one in
yourself. Conference dates: October 30,31, November 1, 2003, at the Holiday
Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago. Mail or fax the info to proposal coordinator Pat
Indovina - her address/fax is on the form.

7. AWARDS for 2003
Now is your chance to nominate a fellow art educator (or perhaps you should
be nominated). Dedicated and successful teachers and administrators need to
be recognized. Here are the categories: Elementary Art Educator of the Year
(AEY), Middle School AEY, Secondary AEY, Higher Education AEY, Art
Administator/Supervisor of the Year, Distinguished Service in IAEA,
Distinguished Service to the Profession of Art Education, Distinguished
Service to Art Education (outside the Profession), Best School Art Program
in Illinois. As nominator you'll be responsible for sending in the form and
giving 3 reasons why you are making the nomination - by April 15. The
candidate is responsible for compiling support materials and mailing them by
June 1, 2003. All questions may be directed to Lisa Kastello, IAEA Vice
President at 815 284 0069 OR email

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the
source of all true art and science."
-- Albert Einstein

Marge Dickinson
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