2020 – 2021
The pilot year of the CTO Pathway to Literacy for Kids program took place at F.W. Begley Public School in downtown Windsor, and Queen Elizabeth Public School in Leamington for a few months before it abruptly ended when the schools pivoted to at-home learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to health safety measures in place at the time, the artist educators had to be “Zoomed” into the classrooms to team-teach an arts-based learning activity from their home studio spaces. The kids, teachers, and artists made it work!
During the pilot year, Matthew Romain, artist educator and acclaimed puppeteer, conducted a Professional Development workshop for teachers at the GECDSB, sharing his Kindergarten lesson plan exploring the “Language of Feelings Through Puppetry” where he led participants through a step-by-step process of creating their own expressive rod puppets!