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Kasey E. Power, PhD

I am an artist, educator, researcher, mentor, and student advocate. In pursuing a PhD in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona, I researched, developed, and implemented programs for preparing, mentoring, and coaching preservice and novice art teachers. My focus on developing and implementing strategies for teacher success is directly rooted in a deep care for cultivating creativity and innovation within students.


I realize the necessity of embracing and creating new pedagogical approaches that defy the traditional, compliance-driven strategies that dominate the educational landscape. In my current role, I encourage graduate students to question educational structures, the role of the teacher, and the power of the hidden curriculum. 


Social Media & 
Lesson Planning

More than ever, preservice, novice, and veteran art teachers use social media and other online resources to aid in lesson planning and curriculum development. But are all resources created equal? During dissertation research, which involved preservice art educators during their semester of student teaching, I developed a prototype application that 1) offers a usable framework from which to assess online resources, 2) guides art educators through the traits of effective lesson plans, and 3) offers downloadable lesson plans.


Art education is a field that can impact lives from infancy to old age, both within and outside of traditional school settings. With experience teaching students from preschool to the graduate level, I've learned that the desire to learn, create, and solve problems is not only the purview of education, but of all creative endeavors in all people. Thus, my teaching experience has also been leveraged to pursue creative goals outside of the classroom, including curriculum development, marketing, branding, and small business start-up.


UPCOMING: Florida Art Educators Association — St. Petersburg, FL

Presentation | October 2024

The Ethical Responsibility to Foster Studio-Based Classrooms

National Art Educators Association — San Antonio, TX

Presentation | April 2022

Lesson Planning in the Age of Social Media

Emerging Conversations Symposium — The University of Arizona

Presentation | November 2021

I Saw It, I Liked It, I Taught It: Preservice Art Teachers' Use and Transformation of Online Resources in Curriculum Development

Art Education for Social Justice Symposium Presentation—

The University of Georgia

Presentation | February 2020

Responding to the Challenge to Care: Curricular Suggestions for Social Justice Art Education (Co-Presented with Dr. Jeff Broome, Dr. Bryna Bobick, Dr. ALyssia Ruggiero, & Cindy Jesup)


American Educational Researchers Association Conference Presentation —Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentation | April 2019

The Staying Power of Status Quo Scripts: Preservice Teachers’ Field-based Encounters with the Masculinity Narrative in Elementary School Settings (Co-Presented with Dr. Kathy Carter)

National Art Educators Association Conference Presentation — Boston, MA

Presentation | April 2019

Teaching Care and Empathy in Preservice Art Education Programs 


Emerging Conversations Symposium —The University of Arizona

Presentation | November 2017

Teaching with care: Utilizing the Art Classroom to Accommodate Adolescent Depression and Anxiety


National Art Educators Association Conference Presentation — San Diego, CA

Presentation | March 2014 

BASIS Has an Art Program? Teaching Art in One of the Nation’s Top Ten High Schools (Co-Presented with Porter McDonald)


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