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Chisum ISD Wins 2023 TAEA District Of Distinction Award

Only the top 5.5 percent of districts in the state, including Chisum ISD, earned the honor this year.

The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) announced the 68 winners of the 2023 District of Distinction Award. Among the list of honorees is Chisum ISD. The districts were honored for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates a visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social-emotional learning that connects learners to their community and beyond.

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. It is the fifth year that TAEA has honored school districts that meet rigorous criteria, as evidenced by data.

For the 2023 award, over 1,200 districts were eligible to apply. Each school district submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2022-2023 school year. Only 68 districts met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor, indicating they are in the top 5.5 percent in art education of school districts in the state.

“This is our second year to be honored with this tremendous distinction. Our students, staff, and administrators excel in promoting the arts. Since last year, we have added additional faculty to our art program to serve Chisum students better and continue expanding the vital avenues of creativity for students to learn and grow through visual art. We hosted the premier TAEA VASE contest for Region 8 at Chisum High School this year with positive success and look forward to hosting again next year.

Through our continued work with TAEA, I hope our district becomes a beacon for other art programs in our region and the state to show that a school district of any size can create remarkable art experiences in the classroom, community, and beyond.” said Mario Munguia Jr, Chisum art teacher.

Sixty-eight districts, including Chisum ISD, will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division Meeting and General Session during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Friday, November 17, 2023. 

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About the TAEA – District of Distinction Award:

District of Distinction has just completed its fifth year and looks forward to increased participation in the 2023-2024 school year. The Administration and Supervision division oversees the award program. The award honors school districts leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their school district and community. As a few examples, TAEA wants to identify actively participating members in areas such as VASE, Junior VASE, and TEAM. The organization also looks at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions, to name a few, as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.

About TAEA-

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.