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“…some of your best teaching flows spontaneously from your deepest intuition. At its core, teaching is the artistry of creating experiences that lead people into greater awareness.  It’s an artistry of knowing the moods, needs, and expectations of your student while staying fully aware of your own.”  The Compassionate Classroom

Jane Dalton is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts in Education, and a M.F.A in Textile Design and Weaving, from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research interests include teacher renewal, contemplative pedagogy, and transformative learning in classrooms using the arts. She teaches with the arts at the center of learning, believing the arts are a powerful tool for transforming classrooms by motivating students to make connections across content area, to work cooperatively, and to think critically and creatively. Through the arts, her aim is to support individuals to become richer, more whole, perhaps more compassionate because of greater self-awareness and a deeper understanding of their place in the world. Her teaching includes designing arts-based professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, preparing pre-service art education teachers, and studio art classes. She is the co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Empathy and Wisdom, and co-editor of the forthcoming series, Contemplative Practices, Pedagogy, and Research in Education (Rowan & Littlefield). She has published articles and book chapters on the value of arts in K-12, Higher Education, and in professional development settings. A textile artist, Jane’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and China.