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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
If you are an educator who is interested in getting together with like-minded colleagues in an informal meet-up, the CMA’s Teaching Innovation Lab would be delighted to have your presence for an evening of conversation and collaboration.

We will host two meet-ups during the school year:

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to teachinginnovationlab [at] clevelandart.org by October 9, 2019 (for the October 16 meet-up), and provide your name, school/organization, and subject/grade level, and indicate if you are interested in facilitating a roundtable idea-sharing discussion. A Doodle Poll will be sent for attendees to propose different topics of interest. If you’d simply like to meet other educators and have informal conversations, you’re still very welcome to attend!

* This will be a “bring/purpose-your-own” dinner event.


Now Accepting Applications for 2019–20 Teen Summit
High school teachers are invited to apply to Teen Summit, a field trip program beginning January 15, 2020. 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.

The deadline for applications is January 9, 2020.


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.