Pre-Service Students

Pre-service students are an essential part of our organization. IAEA supports students by providing resources to promote high-quality art education, collaboration, job opportunities, and scholarships/grants.

Volunteer for a Conference Discount!

Active, IAEA Student members may be eligible for a $30 conference fee reimbursement after the completion of a minimum of 3 hours of volunteer service during the 2019 IAEA Conference in St. Charles, IL

Upon completion of the conference, you will submit your record of service and the reimbursement will be mailed to you after the conference. This volunteer opportunity is only available to FULL-TIME students (undergrads with at least 12 registered hours and grad students with at least 9 hours.) You will be able to attend the conference sessions, workshops, and special activities while also meeting your service hours. This is a great opportunity to network with art teachers from around the state and become involved with your state professional association. 

After registering for the conference . . .

1. Please sign up HERE for a total of 3 hours or more.

2. Email Aylish Cooper, IAEA student advisor, at and let her know.

After completion of volunteer hours, submit google form for reimbursement:

Must be completed by November 30th, 2019

Conference Sessions for Pre-Service Art Ed Students

Friday, 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Room: E L 212/14

Classroom Management Skills for the Art Classroom

Cheryl Gold, Art Educator

With Karyl Silerzio, Margaret Koreman, Louise Grissinger, and Anne Becker

Veteran art educators will discuss art classroom management skills that will

help pre-service art candidates during student teaching as well as art educators starting their careers.

Preservice, First Year Teachers

Friday, 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Room: E L 211/13

AP New Course Frame Work

Jerry Stefl,  Faculty Emeritus The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 Investigating the new requirements for the AP Art and Design Portfolios in 2D, 3D and Drawing.

High School/Higher Ed./Preservice

Friday, 9:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. 

Room: E L 402/04/06

Beyond STEAM

Chris Sykora, High School Art Educator, Deerfield High School

Engaging learning communities in student-directed, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and compassionate education. This session focuses on student-directed STEAM curricula that encourages dialogue, inquiry, and interdisciplinary teaching that extends beyond the classroom to produce meaningful change. We will explore projects which illustrate how interactive, collaborative, and project-based learning shifts educational systems from teaching content in isolated silos towards developing skills in authentic, innovative processes that engage the community, promote leadership, and build compassion.

Participants will learn how to guide students in large-scale projects that nurture collaboration, encourage divergent thinking, challenge assumptions, build design skills, and empower students as advocates of change. We will show participants how to move beyond training students for career paths toward innovative STEAM curricula that embrace natural processes promote positive futures for students.

Middle/High School/Higher Ed./Preservice

Friday 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Looking AT Museum Experiences via the Illinois Art Standards

Meg Bero, Executive Director, Schingoethe Museum at Aurora University

This workshop will investigate various museum experiences that relate to the

Illinois Art Standards specifically Presenting Standards 4-5-6. The workshop will address a variety of possible curating ideas for art teachers to use in their classrooms.

Preservice, All

Friday 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Room: E L 211/13

AP: What is a Sustained Investigation

Jerry Stefl,  Faculty Emeritus The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Exploring how the sustained investigation gives students the permission to practice, experiment, and revise illustrated through ideas, materials and process.

High School/Higher Ed./Preservice

Friday 11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

Room: E L 212/14

Preservice Educators: Leading the Future of Art Education 

Jessica Aulisio, Art Department Chair Schaumburg High School

With Alice Brandenburg

As you begin to chart your path in art education, you may not be aware of all the opportunities you have to lead in the field this early in your career. In this informal session, meet with NAEA Past Preservice Director, Jessica Aulisio to learn about opportunities to become a preservice leader in art education at the local, state, and national level. The future of our field is bright with Rockstars like YOU leading the way!

Friday 1:00 p.m.- 1:45 p.m.

Room: E L 212/14

Student Teaching to First Year Transition

Ailysh Cooper, High School Art Educator, Oak Lawn Community High School

This interactive presentation includes steps and advice on finding edTPA resources, student teaching success, and the transition to becoming a successful first-year teacher. This will include time for questions and a great opportunity for preservice educators to meet each other. Teachers of all experience levels are welcome!


Friday 2:00 p.m. -2:45p.m.

Room: E L 212/14

What Have We Learned From the edTPA? 

Dr. Anne Becker, Art Educator

With Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Dr. Steven Ciampaglia, and Dr. Kelly Gross

Perspectives from the three different institutions about what we have learned from our students taking the test these past few years, and how to best prepare new candidates. Areas discussed will be: academic language in the art room, assessment, concerns about how they address Task 3 and any other areas pre-service candidates might want to discuss plus Q/A.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. 

Room: E L 212/14

Finding Fulfillment in Your First Years of Teaching

Jessica Aulisio, Art Department Chair Schaumburg High School

NAEA Past Preservice Division Director, Jessica Aulisio speaks her path to education, leadership and career fulfillment. You will also receive a toolkit of resources to help plan what you can do while still in school and in your first two years of teaching to set yourself up for success in education.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Session

Room: E L 212/14

Mock Interviews

Sarah Cress- Ackermann

Student members, are you gearing up for the job hunt?! Or, maybe you haven’t given it much thought until now. It’s never too soon to start practicing for the dreaded interview! Gain valuable experience sharing your talents and expertise in a safe and welcoming environment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a current resume or portfolio. We will end the event with a short panel conversation featuring teachers who have been in your shoes!


Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Room: E L 211/13

Make the IAEA Yours!

Nick Hostert, High School Art Educator, IAEA President

What do you want from the IAEA? How can we better serve you? What skills and talents can you lend to improve art education in Illinois? The expertise and leadership of our Illinois art educators drives this organization. Our mission is guided by the interests and passions of our membership and the people we serve. Come make your voice heard in this open discussion with the IAEA President and leadership team.


Saturday, 2:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. 

Room: E L 212/14

Lesson Bonanza! 

Sarah Cress- Ackermann, 

Student members, gain fresh and innovative ideas from others just starting out in the field! Accepted presenters will showcase a lesson idea or art making method during this round table event. Come learn and create in a fast, inspiring environment!


Student Resources

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Pre-Service Students

We have a group set up just for students on Facebook to connect. Join to get student updates!


We have many online resources to help support you in your journey as an art educator. Join our live webinars or watch our recordings covering everything from art standards to classroom management.


IAEA offers annual $1000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate art education students.  Applications will be available in the spring and due in May.

Learn more.

IAEA is here to help with your questions!

Ailysh Cooper, Pre-Service Student Advisor