What CALTA21 Can Offer Your Institution

We offer professional training for museums, community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and language instructors and program administrators. Participants learn  strategies for building language through art  and engaging new audiences while transforming museums into inclusive spaces of civic dialogue. 

We also offer access and training for our successfully piloted and evaluated curriculum “Identity, Portraiture and Photography.”


How do I know if CALTA21 is right for my institution?

Explore our website. Find out what CALTA21 is. Consider our goals and our two cornerstones: the Professional Development Institute and the CALTA21 Curriculum titled Identity, Portraiture and Photography. Read and watch participants’ testimonials, view our gallery and look through our resources.

If you discover that CALTA21’s guiding principles and outcomes are aligned with your own goals, and if you think that taking CALTA21 to your institution is an opportunity for growth and successful results for all the participants, you can:

CONTACT US! We will take time to outline out the process to follow.

You can reach us at calta21info@gmail.com or at (516) 313-1091.

Who are the program audiences?

  1. Museum educators, staff and docents
  2. English language instructors, academic literacy faculty, librarians and workforce development staff
  3. Adult immigrant students enrolled in English language programs in community colleges and community-based organizations

What is my institution committing to? What are my responsibilities?

Individuals and institutions interested in learning about and/or implementing CALTA21 have access to the two model cornerstones: a professional development institute and the curriculum titled Identity, Portraiture and Photography.


Participants from organizations working with adult immigrants and art museum staff commit to a two-day professional development institute hosted at a museum in your local community. The professional development institute’s schedule can be adapted to local needs, but it does require 10 hours of attendance in total.  A planning meeting among the leadership of the different participating institutions will decide on best dates to offer the institute.  For a sample agenda, see here.

  • CALTA21 professionals conduct the institute, provide all the materials and organize all the logistics. Planning meetings (online, through phone calls or in person) with different representatives of the potential participating organizations allow for time to fine tune all the details prior to the launching of the institute and potential collaborations.
  • The elected museum offers the space and becomes responsible for inviting members of their staff and their docent corps. They are also responsible for opening the invitation to the community of English language instructors, whether they work in a community college, a Community Based Organization or a library. CALTA21’s team will extend the invitation to the network developed in the area.
  • The organizations that gather the English language instructors also extend the invitation to their constituents. Not every participating teacher has to implement the curriculum. This is the first step to building a museum-language instructors collaboration in which participants can work together to strengthen adult immigrants’ academic, cultural, social and civic capital.

Why should I participate in the professional development institute?

Professional literature in education and the piloting and evaluation of our CALTA21 model in four consecutive cycles show that the success of new curriculum implementation depends on a collaborative exploration of the curriculum theme and units, training in visual literacy practices and logistics discussions (exhibitions themes, dates, hours of museum operation, class schedule, materials, transportation, etc.) of all the practitioners that might be involved in the implementation. Systemic change depends on a community embracement of CALTA21’s guiding principles and content.

“On the one hand CALTA21 provides extensive resources, training, contacts in museums and colleges and on the other, it respects individual teachers who are at different stages of familiarity with the process, and have different ways to make it their own. Thus, even as there are many components in CALTA21 that are set and stable, its character is alive and growing and evolving, responsive to whatever different teachers, different student populations, different museums offer.”
–  A participating teacher

What do I gain by participating in a CALTA21 professional development institute?

  • Professional capacity and a community of practitioners
  • Training and coaching on visual literacy
  • Access to a research-based, innovative English language curriculum that strengthens students: oral skills and fluency, writing skills, visual and museum literacy, intercultural and social competence and development of own voice.

What happens after the institute?

 Curriculum Implementation: Identity, Portraiture and Photography

Once participants have attended the professional development institute, are made familiar with CALTA21’s guiding principles and have been trained to use the curriculum in both the classroom and the museum, the participating English instructors who choose to implement the curriculum take it into their classrooms.

The curriculum encompasses 10 units for a total of 30 hours.

  • Units 1 through 5 are taught in the classroom by the English instructor (15 hours in total)
  • Unit 6 is facilitated by a museum educator as well as by teachers and students at the museum  (2 hours)
  • Unit 7 through 9 are taught in the classroom by the English instructor  (9 hours in total)
  • Unit 10 is at the museum. The students curate the experience for their peers, friends and families. Teachers and museum educators are present for support (2 hours)

To access the CALTA21 curriculum and its additional materials, email calta21info@gmail.com with your request. Please include your professional title and the name of the organization or institution with which you are affiliated.  


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