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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.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Educator Open House
Wednesday, September 26, 4:005:30 p.m. Be the first to experience the Connie Towson Ford Teaching Innovation Lab. Explore the museum’s collection, experiment with new ways to use objects in coursework, and learn about CMA programs for students and teachers. Light refreshments and free classroom resources will be available. Open to all educators. Free; registration required. For questions and to register, email TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org.

Early Childhood Educator Workshop Series
One Saturday per quarter, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Explore how to use art as a valuable teaching tool to help you meet early-learning standards in all content areas. Each workshop focuses on a specific subject; expect gallery discussions, classroom activities, and art making. You’ll leave with practical strategies to try in your classroom.

Sign up for the series or individual workshops. Check this page for updates regarding credit hours. Register by calling 216-421-7350. $25 per workshop.

Questions? Email TeachingInnovationLab [at] clevelandart.org or call 216-707-2181.

October 13—The Art of Storytelling CANCELED
Discover strategies for building your students’ visual and verbal literacy while engaging them with art. Art is a powerful communication tool that can help promote language development and that encourages early learners to share ideas and seek new information. We’ll show you how to pair children’s literature with works of art in the collection, leading to exploration of more complex concepts.

January 26—Experiments with Art
Math and science are brought to life through hands-on art experiences. The museum’s collection can be the starting point for exploring the natural world and mathematical concepts. We’ll show you how to extend those experiences and deepen understanding through art making and other activities.

April 6—How Artists See the World
View history and geography through the lens of the world’s artists. The museum’s encyclopedic collection includes objects from around the world and different time periods; we’ll teach you how to align this resource with your curriculum. Exploring artworks from different cultures provides early learners the foundation to become empathetic global citizens.


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.