Supporting Language and Literacy Education Through VTLO Cares

Supporting Language and Literacy Education Through VTLO Cares

By Nadine Green

With the expansion of VTLO’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, one of the initiatives supported by VTLO Cares was an innovative pilot program in partnership with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ). Using the Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st century (CALTA21) model, the program equips public school educators to use contemporary art in teaching language and literacy to students for whom English is a second language. The technique focuses on the power of art for emotional responses and uses active participation through storytelling and paraphrasing.

VTLO’s funding of the program specifically helped support the coaching of Anamaria Llanos, an English Language Learner (ELL) educator from the Elizabeth Public School District. In commemoration of International Literacy Day on September 8, here’s look at one of the programs Llanos conducted this summer as she continues to use the CALTA21 technique in her classroom.

Llanos initiating a discussion about the artwork under the theme of “Who Am I?”
Students using the technique of paraphrasing and storytelling to describe the artwork.










Students creating collages about themselves, which were later used to communicate their own stories.
Students with their individual collages.








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