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Waco ISD Named TAEA District of Distinction Award Winner

Waco ISD has been named a District of Distinction award winner by TAEA Texas Art Education Association for the third year in a row. Waco is one of 40 school districts in Texas to receive this honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and reach all different learners.

TAEA is the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state. The organization has previously honored outstanding TAEA members for work in their classrooms and districts. This is the third year that TAEA is honoring districts that meet rigorous criteria as evidenced from data.

For the 2021 award, over 1,100 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2020-2021 school year. Only 40 districts met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor indicating they are in the top 4 percent in art education of districts in the state.

The Texas Art Education Association named Waco ISD a District of Distinction in 2019 and 2020. Waco was one of only 17 school districts in Texas to earn this honor for the third year in a row.

The District of Distinction Award is a fairly new award created by the TAEA in 2019. The TAEA’ Administration and Supervision division oversees the award program. The award honors school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community. TAEA wants to identify districts actively participating in areas such as VASE, Junior VASE and TEAM as a few examples. The organization also looks at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions, to name a few, as part of the award’s rigorous rubric.

TAEA is the largest state professional organization for art educators in the United States. It is the mission of TAEA to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, advocacy, service, and professional development.