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Photo-Ed Organizations

The following organizations — some regional, some national, some international — exist, in whole or in part, to serve the K-12 photo-education community:

  • Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI): “Provides information and resources to teachers and students that work with photography, whether in Art, Journalism, Industrial Technology or Vocational curriculum areas.” High school through college-level programs.
  • Photo Educators' Forum logoPhoto Educators’ Forum: “We are a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of education in photography and related media. All of our Directors, Executive, and Production Team are secondary school teachers. Our organization is 100% volunteer.” This Toronto-based organization hosts an annual conference for high-school teachers, and also publishes the handsome journal PhotoEd.
  • Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA): “A membership section of Photo Marketing Association International (PMA).” Hosts conferences in different countries (e.g., Australia, the U.S.) for teachers. Includes resources for high school and college photo teachers.
  • Society for Photographic Education logoSociety for Photographic Education (SPE): U.S. organization founded in the early 1960s. “The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography and related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight.” (From the SPE mission statement.) Primarily oriented toward college-level fine-arts programs, though a high school photo teachers’ caucus is in the making. Hosts an annual national conference and annual regional conferences, and also publishes the journal Exposure, along with national and regional newsletters.
  • Student Photographic Society (SPS): Low-cost membership fee ($29 in 2011) includes many benefits. Looks useful to high school-level students and teachers, especially for students planning to continue in college-level programs.
  • Visible Rights: Photography by and for Youth: Part of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, self-described as “a network of academics, artists, educators, and organizations who develop recognition of the arts as resources for positive change.” The “Visible Rights” component thereof is “a series of conferences for international photographer-educators who teach young people to take pictures gives practitioners opportunities to share techniques and best practices that enhance their own work.” The second conference will take place at Harvard in December 2007.
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