Professional Development

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Is there an educator in your life whom you would like to thank for all their hard work? Give them the gift of a Children's Arts Guild workshop, course, or retreat.

Select your sponsorship level, nominate an educator in your life, and we’ll take it from there. The educator you nominate will receive a gift certificate from the Guild good for one year from the date of purchase, as well as notifications about upcoming professional development opportunities.

You will receive great thanks!

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We are partnering with educators to ignite a new movement to bring authenticity-based social-emotional learning to school communities across the country.

Our professional development training workshops, education conferences, online courses, and year-long partnerships focus on the role of authenticity and creativity in children's lives and development as learners.

Our workshops have recently been featured at SXSW EDU, The National School Board Association Conference, and the New York State Art Educators Conference.

In addition to our per-existing offerings, we are available to work with organizations to create a customized programs that meet the needs of their classroom, school, or district. To discuss how to bring Guild programs to your community, please contact Mark LaRiviere at

(Children's Arts Guild is a NYSED certified professional development provider.)


Professional Development Programs:


Authenticity in the Classroom: An Introduction to Authenticity Based Social-Emotional Learning

As part of NYCDOE’s After School Professional Development Program, this series of four bi-weekly hands on workshops will demonstrate lessons, routines, and discussion techniques that foster a culture of authenticity and demonstrate how existing curriculum can support social- emotional learning.


July 10th, July 24th, August 7th, August 21st


419 E 13th St, New York, NY

The cost for all four sessions will be $195 (this includes the $150 fee for the Guild and a $45 fee for ASPDP)




Self-Care in the Craft of Teaching

Situated on 57 gorgeous acres in the Hudson Valley, this weekend workshop will provide the perfect getaway for relaxation and restoration. We will focus on helping educators relax, recharge, and prepare to meet the challenges of the year ahead by tapping into their passion for their craft and address stress in their professional lives. 

August 16th-18th 

Powell House Retreat Center

Old Chatham, NY 

The cost for this weekend will be $200-$280 including lodging and meal. 



Authenticity in the Classroom: Developing a Culture of Authenticity in Your Classroom

This introductory course will be offered online via this summer.

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Authenticity in the Classroom: Addressing student stress through an authenticity-focused social-emotional learning approach

This unique professional development program helps educators bring authenticity-focused social emotional learning (SEL) into their classrooms, schools, and communities.


Creative Classrooms

Designed as year-long professional development  for art teachers and creativity specialists, these programs train educators in the foundations of SEL and creativity-based authentic learning. We work with educators to incorporate creativity into their existing curricula and build a community. 

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Artful Thinking: Early Childhood Program

This program shows educators how to help young children explore their natural creativity and develop their authentic selves. Teachers will learn how to guide students through an examination of the way they view themselves, their identity, and their choices.  We will address the ever encroaching constriction of gender roles that begins to affect these youngest children and how we can help them grow beyond these limiting expectations.

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Artful Thinking: Middle School Program

Middle School students are constantly questioning who they are, their place in the world, and whether their passions, ideas, and choices are valued by others.Many young adult fiction books center around these very questions making them both exciting reads for middle school students and excellent tools for educators. The Guild’s Middle School Program teaches educators to use young adult fiction as a springboard for memorable lessons, meaningful reflection, and critical literary examination.

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Children's arts guild is a New York State certified CTLE provider. Get your CTLE credits with us.