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Manor ISD Wins 2021 TAEA District of Distinction Award


Manor ISD Wins 2021 TAEA District of Distinction Award

Only the top 4 percent of districts in the state, including Manor ISD, earned the honor this year.

Manor ISD — Sept. 3, the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) announced the 40 winners of the 2021 District of Distinction Award. Among the list of honorees is Manor ISD. The districts received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social-emotional learning that connects learners to their community and beyond.

TAEA is the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state. The organization has previously honored outstanding TAEA members for work in their classrooms and districts. This is the third year that TAEA is honoring districts that meet rigorous criteria as evidenced from data.

For the 2021 award, over 1,100 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2020-2021 school year. Only 40 districts met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor indicating they are in the top 4 percent in art education of districts in the state.

“Manor ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation and student growth,” said Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA. “The past school year, educators faced many challenges associated with constantly changing guidelines and instruction procedures as well as participation in contests and visual art events. It is a true testament to our visual art educators’ skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”

“Manor ISD is honored to be awarded this prestigious distinction for the third consecutive year. In Manor, we are proud of our extra-curricular activities just as much as our academics. I am proud that our Fine Arts Education Programs, continue to be the best in the State of Texas,” said Dr. Andre D. Spencer, Superintendent of Schools.

Forty districts, including Manor ISD will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division meeting and during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Friday, November 5, 2021.


Manor ISD is committed to educating the whole child through a quality fine arts education. It is our mission to foster life-long learners from a diverse community cultivating creativity, innovation, and expression through the arts. By providing opportunities for students to use critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and to be actively engaged in the learning process, students are able to explore their areas of interest and have opportunities for self-expression in PreK-12th grades.

Manor ISD is recognized as a ‘District of Distinction’ from the Texas Art Education Association and was named in 2019 a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ by the National Association of Music Merchants. Fine arts classes are offered at all 17 campuses in Manor ISD.

About TAEA District of Distinction Award:

District of Distinction has just completed its third year and is looking forward to increased participation going into the 2021-2022 school year. The Administration and Supervision division oversees the award program. The award honors school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community. TAEA wants to identify districts that are actively participating members in areas such as VASE, Junior VASE, and TEAM as a few examples. The organization also looks at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions to name a few as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.

About TAEA:

TAEA is the largest state professional organization for art educators in the United States. It is the mission of TAEA to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, advocacy, service, and professional development.