Welcome to the 2015 NAEA National Convention Call for Presentations

The 2015 NAEA National Convention will be held March 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana
at the New Orleans Convention Center and Hilton New Orleans Riverside

The 2015 NAEA National Convention Theme is:

The Art of Design: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education

VISUAL ARTS include the traditional fine arts such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture; media arts including film,  graphic communications, animation and emerging technologies; architectural, environmental and industrial arts such as urban, interior, product and landscape design; folk arts; and works of art such as ceramics, fibers, jewelry, works in wood, paper, and other materials. (NAEA 2012)

The 2015 NAEA National Convention will investigate the comprehensive role of design in our modern world and its implications for visual arts education. The lines between art and design are rapidly converging. Design surrounds us in media, architecture, landscapes, and the products that we use every day. The city of New Orleans has redesigned its sense of place, post Katrina, and provides an inspiring background for the exploration of art and design; a place where large scale experimentation is transforming buildings, public spaces, neighborhoods and thoroughfares – NOLA is sure to broaden our view of art and design and inspire fresh ideas about how to use the new national arts standards to design learning that ensures optimal growth for our students and ourselves.

NAEA invites proposals from its members that embrace thoughtful integration of design thinking into the student art experience and demonstrate current strategies for innovative teaching that supports student learning. NAEA continues to collaborate with numerous partners to provide the premiere professional development event for K-20 art educators, administrators, museum educators, preservice members, retired art educators, and teaching artists. We are seeking interactive and engaging proposals for our 2015 National Convention in New Orleans, LA, March 26-28. Suggested topics might include the following:

  • Problem solving within the four categories of design: environmental, object, communication and  experiential
  • New National Standards for Visual Arts and Media Arts
  • Emerging technologies that support innovative teaching and learning
  • K-16 collaborations
  • Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
  • Global connections
  • Media arts
  • Planning and designing art education learning environments
  • Using social media to strengthen art instruction
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Student assessment
  • Research that supports art and design
  • Your ideas!

 To submit a presentation proposal, review the NAEA Convention Presenter Policy below and then
proceed to "New Speaker" at the bottom of this page. By submitting a presentation proposal,
you are agreeing to the NAEA Convention Presenter Policy.


REQUIREMENT: Presentations must reflect one or more of the following NAEA Strategic Planning
Goals & Strategic Objectives: Community, Advocacy, Learning,
Research and Knowledge, and Organizational Vibrancy
NAEA Strategic Plan


Individual Presentation Limit Policy: Individuals may not be accepted for more than two presentations as the principal presenter or co-presenter [you may be accepted for two as main presenter and two as co-presenter] at the annual National Convention, with the exception of business meetings, divisional or regional functions, or at the invitation of the National Convention Program Coordinator.

Each year NAEA receives more than 1,800 Convention presentations and schedules approximately 900 sessions and events, including 200 business meetings and forums, meal functions, special workshops, and off-site events. This policy was adopted to ensure a more equitable distribution of member presenters.

To ensure your presentation is considered, please complete all sections according to instructions. We appreciate your participation in the NAEA National Convention and look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

NAEA membership is REQUIRED for all presenters and co-presenters to submit and present at the 2015 NAEA National Convention. We will immediately verify membership for the main presenter and co-presenters upon presentation submissions. All memberships must be active now and in March 2015.
Presentations not meeting NAEA membership requirements for presenters and co-presenters will automatically be rejected.
Before adding a co-presenter, please verify with them that they wish to be added to your session and acquire their membership status and NAEA member ID number.
Please verify your NAEA membership and/or renew or join PRIOR to submitting a presentation proposal. E-mail membership inquiries to members@arteducators.org or call us toll-free: 800-299-8321, 8:15 AM-4:30 PM EST, Monday-Friday.
Co-presenters may not be added or changed once presentations have been submitted.
If accepted, I understand that I and all my co-presenters must pay the registration fee for the Convention and register by the earlybird deadline (February 26, 2015) in order to have my/our presentation listed in the program catalog.
If accepted, I agree to present the session information as given on this submittal form.
With the exception of General Sessions and invited presentations, NAEA cannot pay an honorarium or expenses for anyone presenting at the Convention.
I agree that if I am unable to attend and/or present my scheduled session and I do not notify NAEA, then I acknowledge that I will not be allowed to present at the following year's Convention.

 As a presentation applicant, I agree as follows:

(a) I represent that: (i) I am the exclusive creator of all of the works, materials, and content presented by me and the works, materials, and content are original; and/or (ii) I have licensed the right to present the works, materials, and content presented by me which I did not create or which are not original. I represent that the works, materials, and content presented by me do not infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity;

(b) My presentation will not defame, slander, or libel any person, firm, or corporation;

(c) My presentation will be professional and shall not denigrate NAEA, its programs, or representatives in any manner;

(d) I will defend and hold harmless NAEA, its officers, and agents against claims of copyright, trademark, patent or intellectual property rights infringement, and against other claims made by third parties as a result of my presentation; and

(e) I grant to NAEA permission to photograph, record, or videotape my presentation at the NAEA National Convention; and I grant to NAEA a limited, non-exclusive license to use and reproduce such photographs, records, or videotapes on its website, in its publications, and in videotapes, CDs, and other media presentations about the NAEA National Convention. I consent to NAEA editing my presentation for its use on its website, in its publications, and in videotapes, CDs, and other media presentations about the NAEA National Convention.

Presenter and co-presenter memberships must be current or the presentation will automatically be rejected. No more than four (4) presenter names will be listed for any session.

Attendees of the NAEA National Convention have an expectation that program sessions will be professional development or instructional and relevant to art educators and NAEA members. Sessions are not to be commercial in nature, no matter how subtle. Should you or your company/organization sell products or services, including consulting, as part of your session, you will be required to purchase space in the Exhibit Hall.


Not an NAEA member or need to renew your existing NAEA membership?

  • Visit NAEA's website at arteducators.org/membership
  • Call NAEA toll-free: 800-299-8321, 8:15 AM-4:30 PM EST, Monday-Friday (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express accepted)
  • Fax* the NAEA Membership form found on the above web page with credit card payment to 703-860-2960
  • Mail* the NAEA Membership form with payment to Member Services Team, NAEA, PO Box 1444, Merrifield, VA 22116-1444
    *Please allow up to three weeks time for processing memberships by fax or mail.


Tips for completing the 2015 NAEA National Convention
online presentation form:

Please use the correct NAEA member ID number for all presenters listed on the presentation form. Your member ID number is the first set of numbers listed on your NAEA membership card or the mailing labels of NAEA News and Art Education. If you need assistance in locating your NAEA ID number, please e-mail members@arteducators.org or call 800-299-8321 between 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM EST, Monday-Friday.

Don't know your Member ID? Visit the
NAEA website
. Your member ID number (same as your Customer ID) can be found by logging into My NAEA. Your ID number will be listed right under your name.

Titles and program descriptions should accurately reflect the presentation content and should be concise and to the point.

The full session description (the one used to score the presentation) is limited to 150 words and the program description is limited to 30 words.

Please do not use all capital letters, quote marks, or other symbols in your title or description.

There will not be complimentary Internet access in the meeting rooms at the Convention Center or hotel. Internet access can be purchased at the presenter's own expense should your presentation require it.

Please choose from among the following presentation formats the one that is most appropriate for your session. Should you have questions, please e-mail

Best Practice Lecture: Practitioners present exemplary lessons, instructional practices, programs, and/or initiatives from actual practice followed by Q&A; 25- or 50-minute sessions. Regular theatre seating.

Hands-on Demonstration: 25- or 50-minute session to present a demonstration or technique relative to art. Tables for attendee participation are not available for Hands-on Demonstrations.

Hands-on Studio Workshop: 2-hour ticketed session, held late afternoon or early evening in the headquarters hotel, where attendees will make a project during the session. If accepted, presenters will be reimbursed for cost of materials, up to a maximum of $300. Tables for attendee participation are provided.

Performance: An opportunity to present arts-based performance to provoke thoughtful engagement, reflection, and dialogue related to a topic or issue; 25- or 50-minute sessions. Regular theatre seating.

Research Lecture: Researchers present academic papers and findings from formal research followed by Q&A; 25- or 50-minute sessions. Regular theatre seating.

Interactive Discussion: Presenters engage participants in a discussion related to current topics such as effective practice, art education issues, and instructional or curriculum topics; 25- or 50-minute sessions. Regular theatre seating.



All proposals submitted for concurrent sessions are peer-reviewed and evaluated by members of the Proposal Review Committees. All proposals will be reviewed using a blind review process. Please find below the scoring rubric used by the review committees and the points awarded for each:

Clarity of Purpose–
Proposal provides a clear focus and defines a purpose or approach to process, concept, and/or subject matter. Clearly defines what participants will learn or experience.

5 Context clearly defined and focused on purpose, well-written and
thoroughly described. Clearly describes context of best
practices/technology/research/etc. Reader can clearly tell what
participants will learn or experience.
4 Reasonably defined, described, written, and focused.
3 Some description of practices/technology/research/etc. Some focus on
purpose evident.
2 Difficult to understand context, description. Vague.
1 Not understandable. No context described.

Suitability/Relevance–Proposal provides relevance to Convention theme, suitability for division/issues groups, etc., timeliness, and general interest level of topic. Supports mission of NAEA.

5 Clearly describes relevance to theme, suitability for division/issue group,
etc., timeliness, and high interest level.
4 Reasonably relevant, suitable, timely.
3 Somewhat timely, suitable, and relevant.
2 Major problems evident in suitability/relevance.
1 Not suitable to division/organization/issue group/etc., and will not be
of interest to the arts education community.

Quality–Proposal clearly demonstrates innovation, context of best practices, logical and clear successes and/or failures of instructional practices, and thorough description. Promotes rigor, thought, and challenge.
5 Clearly demands attention and admiration; clear evidence of personal
vision/style/innovation; clear use of best practices and reflection.
4 Stimulate attention and reasonable interest. Reasonable evidence of best
3 Some evidence of personal vision/style, some evidence of best practices.
2 Lacks evidence of best practices, does not compel attention, vague.
1 Unappealing, lacks scholarly support for ideas.

NAEA strives to notify members of the status of their presentation submission as early as possible, but cannot guarantee notification prior to December 1, 2014. For inquiries, please call 703-860-8000, ext. 281, or e-mail

MAY 15, 2014 (at the end of the day)

Please have presenter and co-presenter NAEA member ID numbers ready before submitting a proposal.

You will create your proposal log-in and password with your first submission for 2015. You must create a new username and password each year; it does not carry over from the previous year. Already logged in this year but forgot your password? Contact NAEA at presenters@arteducators.org and it will be e-mailed to you.

To submit a presentation, please click on "Submit by clicking here" below.  "New Speaker" means new for 2015.