The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) recently named Aldine ISD a District of Distinction. Aldine was one of only 20 school districts in Texas to earn this honor.

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“We are extremely proud that our visual arts program has been named a District of Distinction by TAEA and that we are one of only 20 school districts across Texas to be in the inaugural class,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “I want to commend Michaelann Kelley, our director of visual arts, for her leadership and vision in helping Aldine attain this prestigious honor. We are super proud of the many talented visual arts students we have across our district at every grade level.”

Kelley credited the district’s art teachers for bringing out the talent of their students.

“Aldine’s art teachers are passionate about their work with our Aldine art students and are always working to nurture their talent and creativity,” she said.

The district successfully submitted all required materials with fidelity to be named a TAEA District of Distinction. More than 1,000 districts were eligible to apply for this inaugural Texas Art Education Association Visual Arts Award. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division sponsor recognized districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community.

Aldine ISD’s visual arts program met or exceeded TAEA’s rigorous 14-point rubric. The rubric examined district’s visual art program from participation in TAEA through membership, exhibitions, and contests to community engagement in the visual arts through field experiences, community service, and collaboration with other content areas.