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Art Exposure for Students - it's good for them.

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I'm a bit biased when it comes to art.  I'm in love with it.  While I am not drawn to a certain style or an artist in particular, I am a fan of getting as many people to see art for what it is - an avenue of expression utilizing a gift someone has.  

My breakthrough moment was when I was 12 years olf and began to volunteer at the Les Malamut Art Gallery - a small gallery in the basement of the Union Public Library. I was exposed to local people creating art in a myriad of ways  - -showing local talent.  I have been hooked since. I was so amazed by some of the photography - I bought my first piece for $100.00 from an artist in 1993. It hangs in my office today. 

I did not take art classes or pursue an artistic career, but if anyone ever wants to go to a gallery and show me an up and coming artist, I'm there.

A few weeks ago, 6th-grade students in an art club in my current school district had the opportunity to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of the most beautiful museums in the US, students got to see pop art, an authentic Japanese tea house, medieval armor and weapons, and priceless VanGogh works.  

20 years ago, it was practical to see such works on slides or in an art book.  Today, online tours through websites or someone on Periscope, virtual field trips through devices like  Google Cardboard, or even robots on wheels with Ipads as 'heads' that you can control to walk through the gallery.  The tools to get ALL learners go see art - whether it be 10 or 100,000 miles away - are here.  

Expose your learners to art, regardless of the age or subject you teach. Your students will thank you.

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Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools. A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects including social studies, computers, and digital literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was student centered, data driven, and technology infused. Jay received his Masters Degree from Kean University in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written & received over $140,000 in grants for his students. Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive gold-rush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009. Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal in the Washington Township Schools , a K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, and a Superintendent of the Lower Alloways Creek School District. Jay currently serves as a Superintendent of Schools for the Waterford Township School District. He has presented a series of workshops on digital leadership, technology infusion, and student achievement. Recent awards include the 2015 national Educators Voice Award in the category of Superintendent, the White House MakerSpace distinction, and named to the national Academy of Arts & Sciences as a 2016 Educator To Watch.

Jay currently resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and is a proud Dad of twin girls and his puppy Lola.

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