CISD Chosen as TAEA 2020 District of Distinction for Visual Arts

CISD Chosen as TAEA 2020 District of Distinction for Visual Arts


Coppell ISD among only 42 school districts in the state honored as one of the 2020 Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Districts of Distinction. TAEA announced the award winners, which constitutes the top four percent of 1,000 eligible districts, Sept. 10. 


“Receiving this recognition during a school year where for months students were learning remotely, speaks volumes about the dedication of our exceptional visual art educators at every grade level and the talent and resilience of our students” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt. “I am extremely proud of these teachers’ ongoing commitment to excellence and their ability to provide a creative and engaging visual arts education.” 


According to TAEA, these districts receive the distinction for providing a well-rounded education, which advocates and integrates a visual arts curriculum that inspires creativity and reaches all learners. 


Cacey Narez, who teaches art at Lakeside Elementary, organized CISD’s entry into this competition and coordinated the efforts for the documentation that had to be submitted as part of the process. 


“CISD remains dedicated to instilling a love for the visual arts among all of its students starting at a young age,” Narez said. “Our teachers are committed to showcasing the talents of our learners and encouraging their creativity to thrive. We work together to encourage the importance of the visual arts in our schools, community and beyond.”


Alejandra Quinonez, who teaches art at Wilson Elementary, said, “Providing an outlet to allow our learners to express themselves and show off their creativity is why my colleagues and I teach art. TAEA recognizing our efforts in going above and beyond is the icing on the cake of the fulfillment we receive each day in teaching our students.” 


TAEA recognition of districts of distinction began in 2019. The award strives to honor Texas school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. Districts of distinction have outstanding leadership and promote the arts in their district and community. 


“CISD has long been a leader in promoting our student artists and displaying their work in the district and statewide,” said Gail Cary, who teaches art at Coppell Middle School West. “As they reach middle and high school, our learners choosing to take art are developing into accomplished artists dedicated to advancing their talent and skill.  My students astonish and inspire each day, and I am proud that the state is recognizing our teachers, students and our district’s commitment to the visual arts.” 


Districts competed for this distinction using the TAEA’s 2019-20 rigorous 12-point rubric, which includes work and activities in the following areas. 

  1. TASA/TASB Show
  2. Youth Art Month Show and Capitol Show 
  3. Art Teachers Membership 
  4. VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event), Junior VASE and TEAM 
  5. Texas Big Art Day
  6. Visual Arts Advocacy articles promoting visual art event
  7. Social Media
  8. District Exhibition
  9. Community Service 
  10. Field trips
  11. Collaboration with other disciplines
  12. Administration and Supervision Conference Session, representatives attends TAEA conference session


CISD will be honored at the TAEA Administration and Supervision Division meeting during the TAEA Conference held virtually on Nov. 21, 2020.