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You Are Your Teaching Artists: Frame. Train. Retain. 2

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Chicago Literacy Alliance | Literacenter

641 W. Lake Street

2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60661

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To build an organizational culture that supports quality teaching and learning, organizations must work to recruit, train and retain quality teaching artists. They are the educators in the classrooms, schools, and the community, professionaly representing the organization. They require regular communication, opportunities for development and growth in areas like creating a safe space and the stages of development, and structures to empower them to collaborate and build relationships within the organization and in schools and communities.

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  • Understand the importance of organizations empowering Teaching Artists to demonstrate their skills and build a positive classroom culture, engage in personal and artistic self-awareness, and positvely represent the organization

  • Determine diferent methods to assess Teaching Artist strengths, opportunities for growth, and a plan for relevant professional development opportunities

  • Learn strategies to create a professional learning community and support system within the organization for all Teaching Artists

Continental breakfast will be provided.




  • Jessica Kadish-Hernandez

    Jessica Kadish-Hernandez

    The Morten Group

    Consulting Associate

  • Vince Pagan

    Vince Pagan

    The Morten Group

    Consulting Associate



Vince Pagan joined Morten Group as a Project Assistant and has since served the firm in various roles. As a Consulting Associate, Vince works with clients in the areas of operations, strategic planning and racial equity integration, in addition to workshop facilitation, interviews, and focus groups, as well as data and research assessment generation. Vince also works as a freelance teaching artist and uses his experience with theatre for social change to inform his work at Morten Group, including developing a series of storytelling workshops. Vince holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Ithaca College. He is fluent in Spanish.






Jessica Kadish-Hernandez joined Morten Group as the firm's Project Coordinator and later served as Project Manager, working on strategic planning, executive searches, organizational assessments, and board development. As a Consulting Associate, she works as a facilitator with Morten Group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team. She has a decade of experience as a teaching artist. Jessica holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to develop and facilitate professional development curricula for Urbana public educators. She is fluent in Spanish.
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