Aug. 9 – Teacher Identity Workshop at Bechtler Museum

Teacher Identity: Pop Culture’s Influences, Images and Narrative

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

August 1, 2, and 9, 2016

This workshop engaged teachers in examining their teacher identity on two planes. First, it allowed teachers to explore past and present influences, images, and narratives in popular culture that contribute to teacher identity within our present educational climate in our State and Nation. Second, the workshop allowed teachers to examine on a personal level the influences, images, and narratives that create his/her individual teacher identity.

After exploring the topic of teacher identity, teachers produced a creative piece that translates and transforms what they have learned into art. The workshop culminated with an art exhibit that served as an influence, image, and narrative of the teachers in the workshop that is also representative of teachers in Charlotte and thereby teachers in our State and Nation.

This workshop included 19 CMS classroom teachers who make up Charlotte Teachers Institute’s Teacher Leadership Council. They teach in elementary, middle and high schools, in subjects ranging from science to art, and social studies to Spanish, and have an average of 15 years of teaching experience.   This workshop served as a pilot to inform best practices to investigate teacher identity at a larger scale in the future.

Here is are Teacher Participants and Facilitators that helped make this event Great!