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Art Education and Crafts Professor Presented Shellenberg Award

Heather Fountain, center, with President Javier Cevallos (left) and Dr. John White (right), chair Department of Art Education and CraftsFebruary 25, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Heather Fountain, associate professor of Art Education and Crafts was presented the John P. Schellenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on Feb. 24.  Fountain has been instrumental in the development of authentic differentiated instruction practices, including publishing a book, Differentiated Instruction in the Arts, and chairing a KU conference for professional learning devoted to disabilities studies and a Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference on future concerns of visual arts in the schools.

Dr. Fountain has worked tirelessly to connect student learning in and beyond the classroom, seeking new ways to engage students in authentic questioning, processing and engagement.  In addition to partnerships on campus and in the community she has worked to integrate digital technology in her classroom and to enable students to engage with others through service learning.  Some of the groups with which she has partnered include Kutztown Middle School, the Reifton School, Schuylkill Valley Middle School, Special Education Department of the Kutztown Area School District, Read 180 Program, the Best Buddies Program and the KU Phoenix Group.

Dr. Fountain's use of digital technology takes many forms such as Skype and Facetime visits by authors, experts, and guest speakers, the use of apps and free websites to create animation, videos, photo editing, video game design, adaptive art media for students on the autism spectrum, and digital assessment tools.

Dr. Fountain has received state and national recognition for her work on differentiated instruction in art.  She received the Pennsylvania Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association's Council for Exceptional Children, Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator Award.

The award was established by John P. Schellenberg, emeriti Professor of Physical Science, faculty, alumni, and friends to recognize an early career faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding work.

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