Connie Towson Ford Teaching Innovation Lab

The Connie Towson Ford Teaching Innovation Lab (TIL) serves as a launch point for object-based experiences in the CMA galleries. The TIL assists classroom teachers, community-based educators, CMA staff, volunteers, and others interested in using the museum as a tool for teaching and learning. 

Upcoming Teacher Workshops
The TIL offers professional development workshops to support learning across grade levels and subject areas. For questions about workshop content, or for workshops in the Early Childhood Educator series, email TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org. To register for workshops, call the ticket center at 216-421-7350.

FREE Summer Professional Development
What happens when a group of educators spend three consecutive days immersed in an art museum . . .

  • Asking big questions?
  • Envisioning the possibilities for what education can be?
  • Developing “outside-the-box” strategies to empower students as curious learners?

If you’re a curious northeast Ohio teacher who’s eager to find out the answer, apply now for a FREE Summer Professional Development Experience at the Cleveland Museum of Art! Prepare to be inspired by the time and the space to experiment and play your way to a stronger and more fulfilling professional practice, as you co-create a learning community with reinvigorated colleagues.

Option 1:
Summer Teaching Innovation Institute*
Up to 40 participants
When: Tuesday, June 11, to Thursday, June 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*Participants interested in college credit are required to attend two additional meetings during the school year.
Who should apply? Educators of all grade levels and content areas who are new to or interested in working with the CMA, using art to engage student learning, and finding professional inspiration, renewal, and a community of support.
Option 2:
Yearlong Teaching Innovation Fellowship
Up to 10 cohort members
When: Tuesday, July 9, to Thursday, July 11, 2019, 9:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m., and a series of cohort-selected dates throughout the 2019–20 academic year.
Who should apply? Educators of all grade levels and content areas ready to take a yearlong, deep-dive into object-based learning and a related, self-designed action-research project. Each cohort teacher receives a $1,000 stipend at the completion of the project year.
For more information, please email TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org. To register for either opportunity, apply at http://bit.ly/CMASummerPD no later than May 17, 2019.

Educator Open House
Wednesday, August 7, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Receive resources for your classroom, enjoy refreshments, and explore all of the CMA’s programs and curricula for students and educators. RSVP for this free event by August 1 at TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org.

Now Accepting Applications for 2019–20 Teen Summit
High school teachers are invited to apply to Teen Summit, a field trip program beginning November 2019. This program allows students to learn about professional environments and to develop problem-solving skills by experiencing real-world situations in a safe space that encourages them to experiment, make mistakes, and grow—using a world-class institution as a classroom.
Participating students and teachers are required to come to three sessions at the CMA during the school day. Each day is themed with a particular focus that encourages students to think deeper, collaborate, and try something new. To apply, a teacher representative must fill out a group application. Transportation reimbursements may be available—please inquire! For questions or application information, please contact Arcelia Gandarilla at agandarilla [at] clevelandart.org.

TIL to Go—Professional Development Comes to You!
The TIL offers professional development sessions custom-designed for your district, school, or subject area. To book a visit to your faculty meeting or district professional development day, or to find out more, email TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org.

Did you know that we have subsidies for some of our programs? Please check here or email TransportationSubsidy [at] clevelandart.org for more information. 

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