Venue: The American International School of Muscat, Oman

Dennis Inhulsen

Chief Learning Officer, National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Full Bio

DENNIS INHULSEN is Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for the National Art Education Association (NAEA). He was an elementary principal and art educator for thirty-five years, and taught art for all ages, pre-school through university.

He is past-president, and past vice-president and convention chair for NAEA. Mr Inhulsen was president of the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) in addition to holding many volunteer positions nationally and locally.

Mr Inhulsen is a frequent workshop and school improvement facilitator for art and general education in subjects such as the National Arts Education Standards, Understanding by Design, Thinking Maps in the Classroom, Curriculum Mapping, and Legal Issues for Early Career Teachers.

He served as visual arts writing chair with the National Coalition of Core Art Standards (NCCAS) and is a member of the NCCAS Leadership Team.

Institute Description

Nationals Arts Standards in Action (Curriculum Design with the National Arts Education Standards)

Day 1:
We will learn about the philosophical foundations and framework consisting of Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions and Grade by Grade Performance Standards. Questioning Strategies, Authentic Assessments and Unit Planning will be stressed in this active learning and discussion based day.

Day 2:
Experience working with colleagues in “job alike” Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s) as we deconstruct successful units of study, plan new units and share our successes with one another. Be prepared to bring your curriculum maps, notes, lesson plans and your creative juices for refining your craft as an arts educator.

Target Audience: All Arts Educators - PK through Secondary

Continuum Levels: 2, 3

NESA's Learning Continuum:

Learn more about how NESA plans Professional Learning


Participants will. . .

. . .learn about the purpose, form and structure of the National Arts Standards. Through interactive lectures, discussion, table-top exercises, and "job-alike" planning sessions participants will experience first-hand how to apply the standards to their unit planning, instruction and assessment to their unique teaching situation.

Advance Prep/Prereqs

Participants should have experience teaching visual art, music, dance, theatre or media arts and be prepared to apply the new Arts Standards to their teaching.

Please bring your laptop to this workshop.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(C) National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning

Also, the following article would be beneficial for pre-reading:

What You Need To Know About the New National Core Arts Standards, by Jeff Poulin

(D) Leadership Organizations - Helpful websites to review and bookmark:

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