The acronyms are pretty straight forward; maybe your school uses these:
· IMPACT (Individual Music, PE, Art, Computers, Tech)
· ARC (Academically Related Curriculum)
· FAPEs (Fine Arts and Physical Education)
· PAVA (performing and visual arts)
· PAM (PE, Art, Music)
· C.A.M.P. (Chinese, Art, Music & PE)
These are some other titles that art departments fall under:
· Essential Arts (I like this one best!)
· Quarter classes
· Unified Arts
· Applied arts
· Fine Arts
· Related Arts
These seem to indicate that art is a side subject, and not as important:
· Resource Teachers* (Might be the same as "Preps")
The worst though as to be:
This name, "Preps," tells everyone that your ONLY purpose is to offer "relief time" to the "real" teachers. That you are just barely better than a glorified baby sitter because you hold some laughable degree. I would hope that anyone who is called that at any time would stand up to administration and their colleagues and let them know it is unacceptable.
We all know that students who have art, outscore their peers by a wide margin on standardized tests. For example, art students score an average of 100 points higher on SATs. (See my "Advocate" page for more statistics and links)
We know that when a child grows up and are called "Stupid" by their family daily, it has a dramatic effect on their performance, no matter how high their IQ is. It's a form of child abuse. The same thing is true in our profession... If you are referred to as less than the valuable team member you are, then you will begin to believe that you are nothing more than a glorified babysitter.
Feel free to print this file and hang it in places where your colleagues gather, and get a discussion going. A poster version is available HERE.