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Olivia Kalin Museum Educator Wave Hill

Olivia is a museum educator dedicated to empowering individuals to connect with art and nature on a personal level. A graduate of City College’s Art History and Art Museum Education program, Olivia develops and teaches programs for audiences of all ages and abilities at art and nature-based organizations across New York City, including Wave Hill, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design. As Curator of Education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Olivia organized educational programs for audiences of all ages, managed the museum’s docent corps, and lectured for Purchase College classes in museum education. Olivia is a NYCMER past president and vice president.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Outsider/Insider: Serving Schools and Students

Where: China Institute
40 Rector Street
New York , NY

When:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

The way we think about learners is constantly changing -- curriculum is always evolving, teachers are looking for more and varied professional development workshops, and educators are teaching English as a new language to more young people than ever. How can different education sectors learn from and sustain each other?

Join NYCMER as we delve into three areas: curriculum connections, English language learners, and teacher professional development. Explore how cultural organizations can adapt existing programs, update program language, and design new opportunities to better support and exchange practices with schools, students, and teachers.

Hear from three experts in a variety of education fields and specialties: Kate Sokol, Curriculum Developer and Education Designer; Joy Liu, Education Specialist and Workshop Coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian; and Jennifer Stengel-Mohr, ENL Specialist, before dividing into breakout sessions with each speaker to dive deeper and gain tools and techniques that you can integrate into your work.

The China Institute’s gallery will remain open after the program for viewing of the current exhibit “The Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer's Lens”. Artists and Photographers include Wang Wusheng, Yang Yongliang and Yan Changjiang.



Kate Sokol

Kate Sokol is a curriculum developer and education designer with a focus on science, technology, and culture. Her work is based in design research and utilizes constructivist and critical pedagogy to create more equitable learning experiences across disciplines.

Before moving to New York, Kate developed in-school and afterschool resources for the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum with the Museum of Science in Boston. She has produced videos with scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, performed with puppets to get preschoolers excited about engineering, and created a suite of resources for K-5 educators to further engage diverse learners in hands-on, inquiry-based problem-solving. Kate earned an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and a master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She currently works at the Open Society Foundations in New York.

Kate Sokol:, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn


Joy Liu

 Joy Liu is currently an Education Specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York. She oversees the development of education workshops, including teacher professional development programs and workshops for youth and families. She is also an adjunct professor for the Center for Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She was the former Director of Education at the Museum of Chinese in America and the Diversity Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Ms. Liu is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Response volunteer, having completed education and capacity-building projects in South Africa and the Republic of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine and a Master’s degree in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona.

Joy Liu: Instagram


Jennifer Stengel-Mohr

Jennifer has worked in the field of educating English Language Learners for 20 years. Formerly an ESL teacher and Staff Developer for the NYC Department of Education, Jennifer is currently a TESOL Lecturer in Teacher Education at Queens College, CUNY. Over the past 10 years, she has researched, presented and published around the specific topic of English language development through the arts. Jennifer has worked with all grades from Kindergarten to Adult learners in various schools throughout NYC and has partnered with a variety of arts organizations in multiple art forms. Language at the Core: Developing Meaningful Connections Between the Arts and Classroom Instruction, an article detailing some of this work.



The China Institute is wheelchair accessible. All attendees should use the entrance at 40 Rector Street. NYCMER is committed to providing opportunities for all of our members to participate in our programs and engage with one another. Should you require any accessibility services, please contact by Tuesday, February 19.



Members of the NYCMER Board's Advocacy Committee will also be on site at this and all upcoming programs to share resources and hear your priorities.


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