What We Gained from the CALTA21 Institute
“”I learned so much about teaching as well as about myself! Patricia Lannes is a wonderful instructor and a great person and I was really inspired by the way in which she has combined doing what she loves with helping other people!”
The Katonah Museum of Art and the Neuberger Museum of Art partnered to host a professional development institute in February, 2016. Participants included ESL instructors from Westchester Community College, Southern Western BOCES, Parsons School of Design, and Stonybrook University.
After two immersive days of active participation in the CALTA21 pedagogies and curriculum activities, attendees left with new practices and ideas to bring to their classrooms. It is a deeply rewarding experience to see participants exploring their own professional and personal selves while looking at art and sharing their personal stories.
Comments from our participants after the institute:
‘It was informative and thought-provoking in terms of what I can do for my ESL students and on a personal level as well. I really enjoyed the workshop and realize I would like to have more involvement in art.”
-Terry Fiore Laverly, Westchester Community College
“I decided to put my experience to work immediately in a Level 4 class and a Level 5-6 class. In both sections I conducted a whole class VTS discussion. This went beautifully, with high participation and enthusiasm…All of the different groups were very engaged in their discovery of the painting, and I noticed many students reaching for new vocabulary to express their observations. A quiet Peruvian man remarked that he liked that they were using their imaginations.”
-Katherine Dehais, Westchester Community College
“I learned so much about teaching as well as about myself! She is a wonderful instructor and a great person and I was really inspired by the way in which she has combined doing what she loves with helping other people!”