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SOVA Art Education Ph.D. Candidate Amy Migliore Presents at Prestigious Design Education Conference

Left to Right: Robin Vandezande, Amy Migliore, Sandy Corson, Judy Treffinger, Lisbeth Bucci


SoVA Art Education Ph.D candidate Amy Migliore presented and led a workshop at the Design-Ed Design Education Conference in Philadephia in June, where speakers from Project Zero, the Cooper-Hewitt museum, and other prominent thinkers in art and design education also presented.

In its second year, this prestigious conference is a collaboration of preK-12 teachers, schools, administrators, universities, designers, organizations, businesses, museums, institutions, individuals, and others supporting design education initiatives in K-12 schools.

"Amy is very active in the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA), the state professional organization, where she is an emerging leader,” said SoVA Art Education Professor B. Steven Carpenter. “Her interdisciplinary presentation demonstrates her ability to make meaningful connections and practical applications of theory to art educational practice for preK-12 learning contexts. Amy's research and service to the field exemplifies the important work our graduate students are carrying out within the professional organizations in our field."

As the Design Issues Chair for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Migliore led a workshop titled "Engineering Around the Form," in which multiple leaders of PAEA took turns presenting their experiences of helping K-12 students design wearable, up-cycled art pieces in response to state challenges. “This workshop sought to bridge theory and practice by providing relevant reflections and artifacts from initiatives that we started as a special interest committee in PAEA, called Learning By Design,” Migliore said.  “As a collective of practitioners, Learning By Design offered evidence that teachers who believe in the capability of each other and their students can achieve groundbreaking momentum as they assist their students with building agency and self-efficacy!”