Amboy Art Teacher Invited to National Art Conference

posted Apr 16, 2015, 12:53 PM by BGPS Web

Amboy Art Teacher Invited to National Art Conference

April 16, 2015

Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state--and one of only 40 from across the country--who has been invited to attend the Power of Art Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which takes place April 16-18, focuses on students with learning disabilities and how to teach all subjects with projects or hands-on wo rk through the arts. 

"I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn with other art teachers in our district," Davisson said, "As an art teacher, I see every day how well my students learn from hands-on projects." Davisson's methods have proven successful as her disabled students have completed their assignments following the same criteria as the other students. She varies her teaching approaches based on the individual child and what he/she requires. "Having a relationship with my students is key to understanding their needs and struggles," Davisson said. 

When she first graduated with her teaching credentials, Davisson said she was not prepared for the unique skills necessary to teach students with learning disabilities and over the years has modified her curriculum to best suit their needs. At the conference, she hopes to obtain additional skills that will help her teach her students with learning disabilities. 

Rather than have students absorb information through lectures and visuals alone, Davisson hopes to find a way to incorporate the arts into everyday learning and helping students to experience what they are being taught. 

Davisson, who has taught at Amboy for five years, also earned National Board Certification this year. Her lodging and meals at the conference will be provided by the Rauschenburg Foundation.