Professional Development Initiative

CUNY-CAT Professional Development workshops are great opportunities to discover innovative ways to engage and motivate your students, meet new colleagues, and explore creative approaches to the educational process. All align with Common Core Learning Standards.

CUNY-CAT is an approved New York State Education Department Sponsor of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE).

For workshop descriptions, registration, and other details, click the links below.  To see the calendar, click here.


Ready to switch things up in your classroom?

Join the CUNY Creative Arts Team for CTLE and Aspire-Eligible Professional Development sessions that explore fresh and engaging approaches to student instruction:  

We Have Puppets, Now What?
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW for Friday, February 7th
Moving Puppets Off the Shelf and Into Action in the Classroom.
Facilitated by Helen Wheelock, Program Director, Early Learning

Moving from Classroom Management to Student Engagement
Community-building through drama activities that foster cooperative and collaborative learning in the classroom or after-school setting.
Facilitated by Helen Wheelock, Program Director, Early Learning

GAMES! GAMES! GAMES! Strategies for Success w/ Young People
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW for Wednesday, April 1st

Games and theatre activities for young people to build confidence, promote community and collaboration, and/or strengthen literacy skills.
Facilitated by Joey Schultz, Associate Program Director, CAT Youth Theatre

Interactive Drama Strategies for Social & Emotional Learning
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW for Thursday, May 7th

Exploring how drama strategies can support social and emotional learning for High School, Middle School and Elementary School students.
Facilitated by Mícheál Curtin, Program Director, Literacy Through Drama

Combat Culture: Violence Prevention Strategies & Techniques
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW for Thursday, June 4th

Strategies and techniques for violence prevention and information about pervasive violence culture. 
Facilitated by Priscilla Flores, Program Director, College & Adult Program

Storytelling in the Classroom & Beyond
- Next Session TBD
Developing a personal storytelling technique to support student engagement and comprehension.

Facilitated by Helen Wheelock, Project Director, Early Learning

Interactive Storytelling & Emergent Literacy, Level 1 
- Next Session TBD
Storytelling to build literacy skills and support student engagement. 
Facilitated by Helen Wheelock, Program Director, Early Learning

Interactive Storytelling & Critical Thinking, Level 2 
- Next Session TBD
Combining storytelling and participant centered practice to build literacy skills, support engagement, and encourage creative and critical thinking skills. 
Facilitated by Helen Wheelock, Project Director, Early Learning



More titles and dates will be added soon! 
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$50 per registrant.

ALL PD SESSIONS are hosted at the CUNY Creative Arts Team's Midtown offices from 9am-1pm, facilitated by CAT Staff.

TO REGISTER: Click on the registration links above.

OPTIONAL "Study Hall" (coaching session) with Early Learning Program Director, Helen Wheelock, will follow each session, from 1:30-2:30pm

CONTACT Courtney McClellan for details, payment and registration inquiries, and group rates/special discounts.

Earn 4 hours of CTLE credits per session or credit toward your Aspire registry and, after successfully completing the training, you will receive a CUNY Certificate of Completion.

Space IS LIMITED: Please pre-register. 


"I can't wait to go back to the classroom to use what I have learned!"

"I love coming to CAT and learning.  
Every time I come out feeling like I will be a better teacher."

“Best PD in my decades-long arts education career.” 

Interactive Drama Strategies for Social & Emotional Learning
- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Wednesday, April 10th
Explore how specific drama strategies, games and activities can support Social-Emotional Learning for high school, middle school and elementary students.


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