May 16, 2012
We have a great art department at Molina High School. Bill Adkins, and his colleagues, pull great work out of kids who too often are not expected to produce good art.
Adkins is in contest to get a fancy printer, based on votes from the internet. Will you do Mr. Adkins, and especially his students, a great favor and go cast a vote for him right now? Voting ends today, and he’s in the running but not in first.
I want to thank Mr. Rhee and Mr. Jones for their efforts encouraging their students to vote for my project. I also thank the rest of you who have voted to help me win a new printer for the art department. It’s still a very close race, I’m currently in 3rd place and voting ends tomorrow. If you haven’t voted yet, I hope you will. Your students are allowed to vote too. Just go the this link: http://www.weareteachers.com/teaching-ideas/grant/teaching-idea?app=24725&grantId=98 and click on vote for me.
Someday schools will provide equipment like this without contests on the internet — but not yet. A vote for Adkins is a vote for educational excellence.
From an earlier post:
June 24, 2011
One of our very good art teachers at Moises Molina High School, William Adkins, works with a group called Big Thoughts. Big Thoughts interviews teachers who work with the program about how arts education boosts student achievement in core areas, and how to leverage arts to improve the boost. Adkins had some thoughts about how art really is a core part of education , and on the role of administrators in helping teachers:
You can view 74 videos from about 30 different people on the Big Thoughts menu at Vimeo.
Adkins’ students regularly win awards, often outperforming the many more students at our district’s arts magnets. One of his students, Moses Ochieng, too the top prize at the state art meet this year for a brilliant sculpture he did. Moses was my student in U.S. history, too — a great adventure, since he emigrated from Kenya just a few years ago, and he lacks the familiarity with so many American things that we, and the textbooks, and the state tests, take for granted that students know. Ochieng’s art helped focus him on history. It supplemented his studies so that he picked up two years of history work in just one year.