KIPP Texas-Houston Awarded 2022 District of Distinction Award by the Texas Art Education Association

KIPP Texas-Houston is in the top four percent of school districts in the state for art education.

KIPP Texas Public Schools is proud to announce that KIPP Texas-Houston has been awarded the 2022 District of Distinction Award by the Texas Art Education Association(TAEA).

Over 1,200 districts were eligible to receive the award, and only 59 districts were awarded. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division recognize districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community.

A self-portrait by KIPP Journey student, Mospefoluwa Lawal.

“We are ecstatic to be receiving this distinguished award by TAEA,” says Lisa Sandifer, Director of Academic and Leadership Programming in Fine Arts and Physical Education for KIPP Texas. “Two years ago, we set a goal to earn this award. It feels so great to see the hard work of our outstanding visual art teachers be recognized.”

Districts are chosen using a rigorous 14-point rubric. The rubric examines a 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.

This past summer, Julianne Resendiz-Aquino, a 7th-grade student at KIPP Intrepid, was the youngest art vendor at Houston’s Comicpalooza, which was made possible by the help of the visual arts department at KIPP Texas-Houston and her art teacher Mr. Kelvin Goodings.

KIPP Texas-Houston has 34 tuition-free schools educating nearly 21,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade and is part of the KIPP Texas network of 59 pre-K-12 schools with 33,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

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